Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

St. Mary's University
Texas, United States
Commensurate with experience
Nov 06, 2017
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of English & Communication Studies at St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas, seeks an assistant professor to fill a tenure-track position in communication studies starting Fall 2018. We are interested in teaching and scholarship in communication specialties related to journalism, media studies, digital and visual communication, and/or digital humanities—and particularly how theory and practice from those traditions are situated in community contexts. Teaching duties will include core curriculum, upper-division, and MA-level courses, with general and specific topics in communication theory and methods, writing across media contexts and platforms, journalism and broadcasting, and media design and production. Ability to teach quantitative methods at graduate and undergraduate levels is preferred.

Candidates for the position must demonstrate evidence of teaching excellence, dedication to service, and research potential in the candidate’s field of specialty. A commitment to student-centered learning is essential, and engaged and innovative pedagogies and community-focused teaching practices such as experiential and service learning are favorable. Successful candidates will integrate research into their teaching, and vice versa. Interdisciplinary, collaborative, and student- and pedagogy-centered research programs are preferential and encouraged institution-wide. Dedication to serving the campus and local community is elemental to the mission and culture at St. Mary’s University. Candidates should be prepared to conduct academic advising, advise student media organizations such as the national award-winning student news publication The Rattler, and contribute to department, school, and university committees and initiatives. Ph.D. or ABD in communication or related field by August 2018 required. Some professional experience is desirable.

Part of a department with English, the growing communication studies program offers undergraduate and M.A. graduate degrees and opportunities for interdisciplinary certificates and minors. Drawing on the tradition of English and Communication studies and a strong interdisciplinary spirit and collaboration across the university, the Communication Studies program and curriculum focus on cultivating in students the values and skills essential to ethical and effective leadership in local and global communities. Please visit our department website for more information (

Founded in 1852 by the Society of Mary, St. Mary’s is a comprehensive Catholic and Marianist university with a strong tradition of integrating liberal arts with professional education. St. Mary’s is the oldest Catholic University in the Southwest and continues to advocate the Marianist mission of academic excellence and servant leadership. St. Mary’s fosters a community of faith in which people of varied traditions and experiences unite in commitment to an educational venture, in dedication to a life of scholarship, and in service to society. The successful candidate does not need to be of the Catholic faith but should support and contribute to the University’s Marianist educational mission ( Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate an interest in affiliating with the University's new Center for Catholic Studies, which will explore a wide range of human issues across disciplinary boundaries and in a global context.

Applications can be found at with the option to upload all supporting documents electronically. Along with the employment application please also submit a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references. Questions may be emailed to the search committee chair, Amanda Kennedy ( Review of applications will begin December 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Any offer of employment will be contingent upon successful completion of a clear background check. Underrepresented candidates are strongly encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will be considered regardless of religion, race, gender, sex, sexuality, age, disability, or any other legally protected category. AA/EOE