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Visiting Assistant Professor, Communication Studies Department

Western Washington University
Washington, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Apr 6, 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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Western Washington University, with over 16,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 90,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master's-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2022 U.S. News & World Report rankings.

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Communication Studies support Western's mission, which states that together with our students, staff, and faculty, we are committed to making a positive impact in the state and the world with a shared focus on academic excellence and inclusive achievement. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity. Our teaching, scholarship, and service nurture inclusive discourse, critical thinking, and cooperative solutions in a diverse global community. The Department currently has 10 full-time and additional part-time faculty serving approximately 200 undergraduate majors.

The Department of Communication Studies at Western Washington University (WWU) invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor with a 1-year renewable teaching position in Communication Studies starting September 16, 2022. We seek a communication scholar who can teach Communication Theory and Research Methods, as well as Intercultural and Health Communication at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will also be expected to fulfill teaching and mentoring responsibilities in ways that provide equitable and inclusive learning environments for all students. The successful candidate may also be asked to teach existing undergraduate courses, including some combination of Interpersonal Communication, Communication & Conflict, Organizational Communication, Small Group Communication, as well as other classes as needed. The teaching load is 6-8 courses per academic per academic year on a 10-week quarter system (i.e., teaching at least 2 courses in each of three quarters per year).  

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D.; ABDs will be considered.
  • Evidence of effective teaching at the college or the university level. 
  • Ability to teach intercultural communication.
  • Demonstrated ability and commitment to cultivating learning and working environments that are equitable and inclusive of students, faculty, and staff with diverse social identities and backgrounds.
  • All employees must comply with our Immunization policies, including COVID vaccinationby time of hire and Proof of Rubeola Measles Immunity within 60-days of hire. Please reach out to if you need information regarding medical or religious exemption and applicable accommodations.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ability to teach our interpersonal and small group communication and communication theory courses.
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