Assistant Professor of Communication

Chicago, IL
Apr 20, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Faculty Position
Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication
Columbia College Chicago

Columbia College Chicagoan acclaimed higher education institution set in the heart of Chicago, with over 6,800 undergraduate and graduate students, offering a distinctive curriculum that blends liberal arts, creative and media arts and business.

The Communication Department at Columbia College Chicago seeks applicants for a full-time tenure track faculty position with expertise in communication and civic media beginning August 2017.

Primary responsibilities involve teaching three classes a semester in communication-related fields. Additional responsibilities include sustained engagement in research, creative and/or professional practice in communication or a communication-related field; advising students; serving on college-wide and departmental committees; contributing to curriculum development; contributing to community initiatives.

The faculty member will demonstrate a commitment to building sustainable models of communication that connect people and communities. A background in such areas as information literacy, media analysis, civic tech, and/or data-driven storytelling is highly desirable. The faculty member will have critical expertise in digital technologies, multiplatform content production, and emerging community forms.

The faculty member will contribute to the department's BA in Communication as well as a developing MA in Civic Media, both of which are critically engaged with building civic capacity and strengthening the regional information ecosystem.

The faculty member must hold a PhD in communication, journalism, public relations or a related field; a MA and significant professional experience in the media and communication industries is also acceptable. The faculty member must possess a high degree of critical competency to participate in partnerships with a broad range of media industries and civic agencies, and have a well-defined research agenda or history of critical practice. To apply please visit:

Please submit the following as ONE document (.doc .docx or .pdf):


  • Letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Link to Online Portfolio (if appropriate)
  • Sample Publication (if appropriate)


Candidates considered for interviews may be asked to provide three letters of reference, evidence of successful teaching, and a vision for the evolution of the interactive media field.

Applications will be accepted through May 15, 2017

Department of Communication faculty report to the Chair of Communication. Tenure is granted to those Tenure-Track Faculty who have successfully met the criteria set forth in the Department Criteria for Tenure: A Guide for Tenure Track Faculty Members and the Columbia College Chicago Tenure Document.

At Columbia, we offer a rewarding work environment for our faculty and staff. We take pride in offering competitive benefits with affordable health, dental and vision coverage; flexible spending accounts; commuter benefit program, life and accidental, death & dismemberment coverage; paid and unpaid leave options; work/life benefits; educational assistance programs; and retirement and financial planning benefits.

We invite you to join our talented faculty and staff and become part of our collective aspiration to ensure Columbia prepares students for success in their creative fields through innovation, engagement and real-world experiences.

Additional Information
Cover letter, including salary requirements, and three personal references are required.
Position subject to a background screening,
This is a non-union position.

Columbia College Chicago is an EEO Employer. Qualified candidates of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.






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