Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

University of Puget Sound
Washington, United States
Not specified
Aug 10, 2018
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Appointment: Full-time, tenure-track position; begins Fall Term 2019.


The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Puget Sound is seeking a full-time tenure-track faculty member who is a teacher-scholar dedicated to undergraduate education in Critical Rhetoric and Film Studies with demonstrated potential to complement and enhance existing faculty research and teaching.

This faculty member will contribute to our rhetorical/critical course curriculum. We encourage applications from candidates with expertise in critical and rhetorical media studies with concentration(s) in: rhetoric and film and/or film and memory. We also encourage applicants who demonstrate teaching and research interests in race and gender, and civic engagement with attention to “social movements.”

The teaching load is 3-3 and the student to faculty ratio is 12:1. The successful candidate's primary responsibilities will be to teach a variety of courses including: 1) an introductory course in communication criticism (COMM 240), 2) a 100-level introductory communication course stemming from the candidate's area of expertise which also satisfies the University's general degree core requirement toward Humanistic Approaches, 3) an upper division course in rhetorical theory (COMM 344), and 4) upper division rhetorical and critical film electives stemming from the candidate's specific area of expertise, including a 400-level senior seminar for graduating majors. The candidate will also contribute to the University's first-year seminar core: Seminars in Scholarly Inquiry (SSI). Other duties include continuation of professional development and involvement in activities sponsored by the department and University.

Qualifications: Ph.D. at the time of appointment. Applicants must demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and research with particular commitment to undergraduate teaching and liberal arts education.

Application Instructions & Deadline: Search and selection procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified candidates have been identified. Interested individuals are encouraged to submit online application materials no later than September 21, 2018 to ensure consideration. Materials can be addressed to Department Chair, Department of Communication Studies, University of Puget Sound.

Required Documents: Please upload the following applications materials for full consideration:

  • Application Letter. Please be sure to address your interest and capacity to contribute to our rhetorical/critical curriculum in a liberal arts environment committed to teaching excellence, active scholarship, inclusive learning and civic engagement.
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page Teaching Philosophy
  • One-page Description of Research Program
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Unofficial Graduate Transcripts, if coursework not detailed on CV
  • Diversity Statement (see details below)
  • Three Letters of References. You will be asked to specify the email addresses of reference providers at the time of application and the system will email these providers on the next business day.
If you need assistance applying or have inquiries about this position, please contact University of Puget Sound Human Resources, or 253-879-3369.

Compensation and Benefits:

Rank: Assistant Professor. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Puget Sound offers a generous benefits package. For more information, visit:

About Puget Sound: The University of Puget Sound is an independent national liberal arts college with approximately 2500 undergraduates and 150 graduate students. The University is located in Tacoma, Washington, a vibrant, diverse mid-sized urban port city. Within, and near, Tacoma there is ready access to urban, rural, and natural areas as well as opportunities to participate in a wide variety of cultural activities.

Puget Sound is a member of the Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC), Greater Washington State

Puget Sound also has a well-established Shared Faculty Appointments Policy. For more information, visit:

Campus Diversity Statement

  • We acknowledge the richness of commonalities and differences we share as a university community; the intrinsic worth of all who work and study here; that education is enhanced by investigation of and reflection upon multiple perspectives.
  • We aspire to create respect for and appreciation of all persons as a key characteristic of our campus community; to increase the diversity of all parts of our University community through commitment to diversity in our recruitment and retention efforts; to foster a spirit of openness to active engagement among all members of our campus community.
  • We act to achieve an environment that welcomes and supports diversity; to ensure full educational opportunity for all who teach and learn here; to prepare effectively citizen-leaders for a pluralistic world.
Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. To learn more please visit:

Applicant's Diversity Statement. As a department and university, we are strongly committed to creating an inclusive and effective teaching, learning, and working environment for all. In the applicant's diversity statement, applicants should comment on their ability to contribute meaningfully to our on-going commitment to be informed and competent with regard to issues of diversity, equity, and individual differences. We encourage applicants to reference the University of Puget Sound's current Diversity Strategic Plan (DSP) at prior to writing this statement. While not an exhaustive list, the following are some ways candidates can express their qualification:

  • Your lived experiences and/or identities that speak to the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Demonstration of your awareness of inequities for underrepresented student populations in education, research experience, and other opportunities;
  • Brief insights on why diversity is important at institutions like the University of Puget Sound;
  • Infusion of diversity and diversity-related issues into your research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Previous and/or current activities involving mentoring underrepresented student populations;
  • Creative ideas or strategies you could enact as a member of the University of Puget Sound campus community to support the university's DSP;
  • Brief insights on how cultural competency increases one's effectiveness as an educator and department/university colleague.

All offers of employment are contingent on successful completion of a background inquiry.

The University of Puget Sound is an equal opportunity employer.

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