Lecturer of Communication Studies

Mar 21, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Company Description:

Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.

Job Description:

POSITION: Lecturer of Communication Studies

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: One year, non- tenure-line appointment beginning August 2017.


QUALIFICATIONS:  Candidates should have a Master's degree (PhD preferred) in Communication Studies or related field.

POSITION:  Candidates should be committed to undergraduate teaching and have an understanding of and appreciation for the liberal arts environment.  Responsibilities include teaching sections of Public Speaking, Introduction to Communication Theory, and either Communication in Everyday Life or a course in the candidate's specialty area (such as political communication or persuasion). 

The Communication Studies Department provides students with a broad-based exposure to the process of creating messages, meaning and relationships in a broad array of contexts. In an effort to cultivate critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speaking and proficiency with technology, our students study communication within a variety of contexts, particularly those related to media citizenship, civic responsibility, professional engagement, and personal relationships. Through a combination of theoretical grounding and applied experience, we prepare our majors for a range of careers, enable them to participate productively in a democratic culture, and instill in them a desire for life-long learning.  The faculty in the department and across the Central campus interact in an academically stimulating and congenial environment with a focus on student success.   100% of communication studies majors complete at least one internship and 66% participate in one of Central's off-campus domestic or international semester programs.

Additional Information:

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community.  Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please click "apply now". Review of applications will begin 31 March and continue until the position is filled.  Please submit the following materials online:

  1. a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position. Please discuss your interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal arts college 
  2. a curriculum vita 
  3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts

Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications for this teaching opportunity at a liberal arts college can be sent electronically to centraldean@central.edu or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.

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