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Assistant Professor of Rhetoric - Tenure Track

Georgia College
Georgia, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications, Speech & Rhetoric
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Assistant Professor of Rhetoric - Tenure Track

Thank you for your interest in employment at our university. Georgia College is an integral part of our local and neighboring communities and we are seeking candidates who share that commitment and want to support our mission. Our university team is comprised of faculty and staff professionals who are dedicated to continuing to move Georgia College forward as a nationally preeminent public liberal arts university. Georgia College is located in Milledgeville, a charming town less than a two-hour drive from Atlanta. As you take the time to learn more about our university, we hope you enjoy it as much as we do. We invite you to review the current employment opportunities that are available at Georgia College.

In keeping with the University's mission, we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

Department Information

The Department of Communication, positioned within the College of Arts and Sciences, provides students with a versatile, engaged and marketable curriculum. The major in Rhetoric (Speech) provides the knowledge and practice of oral and written communication skills in order to communicate and evaluate communication effectively in the workplace and within society. Students develop and deliver speeches, analyze arguments from a variety of oral and written sources, develop and employ critical tools and engage in research and discussion that centers on communication and persuasion as central to business, politics, and culture. The Rhetoric major offers students a deep understanding of the core of the liberal arts curriculum: the uses of communication.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public universities. The university's main campus is a residential learning community focused on undergraduate education and a select number of graduate programs. Faculty and staff are dedicated to engaging students through high impact pedagogies that foster intellectual curiosity, reasoned inquiry, and critical thinking.

Job Summary

The Department of Communication at Georgia College is seeking a tenure track assistant professor to teach in the area of rhetoric and communication, as well as to restart an intercollegiate forensics team as the Director of Forensics.

The successful candidate will be expected to take the lead in developing a new competitive speech and/or debate program that would be part of the load for the position. The successful candidate would also teach courses in the Fundamentals of Public Speaking, rhetorical theory, and debate and argumentation, along with other courses in the rhetoric curriculum as needed.

Applications will be reviewed starting December 1, 2021.


Teaching/Instructing -

Teaching Responsibilities
* Instructional load teaching in the areas of expertise within the academic discipline
* Regular course meetings and instruction
* Mentoring Students
* Other teaching responsibilities

Knowledge and ability to convey current philosophies, practices, and theories related to the academic discipline.

Faculty employees also contribute to the Georgia College core curriculum by teaching topical freshman (GC1Y) or sophomore seminar (GC2Y) courses. All Georgia College faculty share the responsibility of teaching our core curriculum and providing foundation courses for majors and non-majors alike. To carry out our public liberal arts mission, we seek faculty with the desire and ability to engage students as they launch their intellectual journey.

The Department of Communication at Georgia College offers an integrated, cross-platform curriculum including degrees in mass communication and rhetoric, with concentrations in strategic communication, multimedia journalism, and film and television production. Community engagement, particularly through service learning in the classroom, is emphasized in the department.

Georgia College is known for combining the educational experience of a private liberal arts college with the affordability of a public university. The Department of Communication currently has 12 full-time faculty members and approximately 300 majors. The department is committed to the liberal arts mission and developing a diverse workforce and student body which values the expression of difference in ways that promote excellence in teaching, learning, personal development and institutional success.

Faculty - Service to Institution -
Service is an essential responsibility of all faculty in the Department of Communication.
Service is fulfilled through activities such as:
*participation in departmental, college, and university committees and programs,
*directing and advising programs, and
*participation in special programs or projects.

Faculty - Scholarship and Creative Activity -
Faculty are expected to conduct research and develop within the profession.
Examples of research possibilities include:
*publication and peer reviewed scholarship,
*presentations at professional meetings, and
*membership and participation in professional organizations

Other Duties and Responsibilities -
Demonstrable ability to work collegially and effectively with individuals of diverse backgrounds. In keeping with the University's mission we especially encourage applicants who will further our goal of cultural, ethnic, racial, and gender diversity.

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements

A Ph.D. (terminal degree) in the discipline taught at the time of the appointment is expected.

Must meet SACSCOC accreditation requirements stated in C.S. 3.7.1 ( (faculty credentials))

Preferred Qualifications

Additional Preferred Qualifications
Hiring preference will be given to faculty who demonstrate an understanding of Georgia College's mission and who are enthusiastic about working closely with high-achieving students within an academic community dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through learning and scholarship.

Preferred Experience
Prior teaching experience at the University level is preferred. Evidence of methodological innovation and creative teaching strategies is highly desirable. Previous experience in intercollegiate speech and/or debate is strongly preferred.

Required Documents to Attach

Applicants should include:

  • curriculum vitae
  • cover letter
  • list of three references and contact information
  • copies of transcripts (official copies from the degree granting instituion will be required only for the successful applicant).

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Dynamic individual with ability to manage a communication classroom, and implement new technology and engaged learning techniques. Ability to engage non-majors in a core curriculum course.
Ability to engage in professional development through attendance in training workshops on and off campus.
Ability to participate in service throughout the university.
Ability to engage in scholarship related to area of expertise and to incorporate current scholarship in the field in classes taught.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Georgia College is committed to the fundamental principle of equal opportunity and equal treatment for every prospective and current employee and strives to create a campus environment which understands, fosters, and embraces the value of diversity. No person shall, on the grounds of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information, be excluded from employment or participation in, be denied the benefits of, or otherwise be subjected to discrimination, under any program or activity conducted by Georgia College. It is the policy our institution to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to race, color, national or ethnical origin, age, disability, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity or veteran status as required by applicable state and federal laws (including Title VI, Title VII, Title IX, Sections 503, and 504, AREA, ADA, E.O. 11246, and Rev. Proc. 75-50). Georgia College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Institution.

Other Information
This is not a supervisory position.
This position does not have any financial responsibilities.
This position will not be required to drive.
This role is considered a position of trust.
This position does not require a purchasing card (P-Card).
This position will travel 1%-20% of the time.
This position does not require security clearance.

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  • Education
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