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Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Communication

University of Washington, Department of Communication
Washington, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted Date
Apr 13, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies, Other Communications
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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Position Description

The Department of Communication at the University of Washington is hiring an Assistant Teaching Professor to teach courses in the areas of strategic communication, crisis communication, and public interest communication. 

This is a full time non-tenure track, Assistant Teaching Professor appointment with a 9-month service period (September 16-June 15) each year and an anticipated start date of September 2022. The criteria for merit evaluation and promotion in this position will be based primarily on teaching and service and not on research. The position is 3-year, renewable, with competitive salary, university benefits, opportunities for promotion, and the protection of academic freedom. 

Teaching responsibilities include 6 classes over 3 academic quarters: 3 courses on organizational and crisis communication will be taught in the Department’s Communication Leadership program, which confers a professional Master of Communication; the other 3 courses will focus on crisis communication, public relations and society, and public interest communication, and will be taught in the Department’s undergraduate program in Journalism and Public Interest Communication. 

Service in the Department of Communication includes departmental, university, disciplinary, and public service. All faculty serve on a variety of assigned and voluntary committees; this candidate can expect service assignments to include work related to the Communication Leadership program and the Journalism and Public Interest Communication program. Some service positions have been associated with teaching reductions.

Background Information

The Department of Communication is founded on the principles of intellectual and cultural pluralism, equity, interdisciplinarity, innovation through collaboration, and public scholarship. 

Building on a 20-year legacy, the  Communication Leadership Master’s program is constantly updated to respond to global opportunities in communication and digital media fields. Graduates are thoughtful and intentional professionals, equipped to engage critically with organizational challenges, and apply superb storytelling practices to effect change.

A list of courses in our Communication Leadership program can be found here: (

Undergraduate journalism instruction, offered at the UW since 1907,  has recently evolved from a stand-alone Journalism program to include Public Interest Communication, a field that seeks to effect positive social change through strategic communication practices.  This innovative expansion seeks to ensure students gain exposure to and training for the broad array of jobs available to graduates with strong analytical and multiplatform journalism  skills. Information about the program can be found at: 


Candidates should have at least one year of teaching experience at the university level as well as at least two years industry, professional, or academic experience in areas of related to teaching responsibilities in strategic communication, crisis communication, public relations, public affairs communication, journalism, and social responsibility communication. Applicants must have a Master's degree in Communications or another relevant field, or foreign equivalent. A PhD in Communications or another relevant field, or foreign equivalent is also acceptable.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit (1) a letter of interest, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a  syllabus, ideally for a course taught recently; (4) a 1-2 page teaching statement that discusses the candidate’s pedagogical philosophy, how it relates to their professional experience, with particular attention to strategic and public interest communication education in both a professional master’s program and an undergraduate program; (5) a separate 1-2 page statement that describes the candidate’s work in the areas of difference, race, equity, and social justice in prior professional experience and/or teaching, (6) and names of 3 references, at least one of whom can speak to the applicant's professional and/or teaching record. 

Application materials must be submitted online through Interfolio, please use the green button 'apply' below.  

Review of applications will begin on May 12, 2022. 

Inquiries can be directed to the search committee chair, Ekin Yasin at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under Washington State Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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