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Assistant Professor of Practice in Communication Studies, Fall 2022

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Tennessee, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Other Communications
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Nature of Position: The School of Communication Studies seeks to fill a full-time Assistant Professor of Practice position to begin August 1, 2022. This position is a non-tenure track faculty (NTTF) position on a 3-year, renewable contract. The individual hired will teach in the College of Communication and Information Strategic & Digital Communication asynchronous online master’s program. This is a 9-month position with opportunities for optional summer teaching.

We seek a colleague who is knowledgeable about interpersonal and organizational communication. Responsibilities include teaching online asynchronous graduate level courses (4/4 load). The ability to teach in one or more of the following areas is strongly desired:

  • Interpersonal Conflict
  • Social Influence, Persuasion, and Compliance Gaining
  • Organizational Communication Strategic Leadership and Culture

Other courses may be assigned based on expertise and experience. Applicants should have the requisite classroom and applied experience to teach these classes and in the program. Recent relevant industry experience is highly desired.

The Online Strategic & Digital Communication master’s program focuses on delivering high-quality, interdisciplinary courses for working professionals. Curriculum focuses on skills and trends in advertising, public relations, journalism, information sciences, and communication studies. Our program is grounded in research about the skillset needed to be an effective communicator in the ever-evolving digital landscape and is built on the latest methods and knowledge. The program is in its 5th semester and is quickly growing in popularity. More information about the online master’s program can be found on the following website:

 The salary for the position is competitive and commensurate with experience.


  • A Ph.D. at the start date with a concentration in communication studies is mandatory. ABDs will be considered but must complete the Ph.D. in time to start the position on August 1.
  • Preference given to candidates with a social scientific perspective.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching online courses is required.
  • Professional experience is preferred for candidates.
  • As a growing program, we prefer candidates with experience in course development, especially in online settings.
  • Candidates in the Knoxville region are preferred, but all applicants will be equally considered.
  • We especially welcome candidates with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations. The College’s Diversity and Inclusion Statement can be viewed at

The School: The School of Communication Studies includes 10 full-time faculty members who engage in social scientific research in interpersonal and organizational communication, offering coursework at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The School includes approximately 425 undergraduate majors and enrolls more than 2,700 students per term in its courses. The School also participates in the college-wide M.S. and Ph.D. programs. Approximately six doctoral students and 15 Master’s students are currently enrolled into the communication studies concentration.

The College: The College of Communication and Information consists of four schools: The School of Advertising and Public Relations, the School of Communication Studies, the School of Journalism and Electronic Media, and the School of Information Sciences. The College has a collaborative, active research faculty. College faculty regularly engage in partnerships with Oak Ridge National Laboratory, governmental agencies, the University of Tennessee Extension, the University of Tennessee Medical Center, as well as academic departments internal and external to the university. These research activities are supported by the college’s Center for Information and Communication Studies. The College includes approximately 1,200 majors and pre-majors, and enrolls more than 5,800 students per semester. For more information about the college, visit:

The University: Founded in 1794, the University of Tennessee enrolls approximately 30,000 students at its Knoxville campus. The University of Tennessee is Tennessee’s only public Carnegie Doctoral: Highest Research Activity University and is currently ranked among the nation’s Top 55 public universities.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit: (1) a letter of application, (2) vita, (3) evidence of teaching experience and excellence, and (4) the names and contact information of at least three references in Interfolio:

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Review of applications begins April 11, 2022 and continues until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement: All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admission without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, genetic information, veteran status, and parental status, or any other characteristic protected by federal or state law. In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, the University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the university. Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), the ADA (disability), the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity, 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37996-3560, telephone 865-974-2498. Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.


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