Assistant Professor of Communication

Columbia, MO
Sep 29, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job ID 24411
Full/Part Time Full-Time
Location Columbia

Job Description

Position will teach undergraduate and graduate communication courses, will advise and mentor communication doctoral students, will conduct research in communication area of expertise, and will contribute to department, university, state, and disciplinary service.

We are particularly interested in candidates who have research interests that include mediated communication, including mass, digital, or interactive forms of media. We are also interested in candidates who have research interests in the range of research areas in the department, which include: identity and diversity communication, interpersonal and family communication, health and crisis communication, organizational communication, and political communication.

We are committed to ethnic, racial, and gender diversity in our faculty and strongly encourage applications from members of groups underrepresented in Communication.

We encourage applications from individuals who demonstrate a commitment to increasing diversity and access to higher education for groups underrepresented in Communication and those who can help serve our diverse student population.


Candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field by August 15, 2018.

Other Information

The Department of Communication ( at the University of Missouri has a long history of leadership in the field of communication. We offer B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. communication degrees. Our faculty are engaged in research, excellent teaching, and community outreach. The department is home to the Disaster and Community Crisis Center (, the Institute of Family Diversity and Communication (, the Media and Diversity Center (, and the Political Communication Institute (

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Diversity Commitment

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of Missouri is an equal access, equal opportunity, affirmative action employer that is fully committed to achieving a diverse faculty and staff. Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor of Human Resource Services/Affirmative Action officer at 573-882-4256.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Disability Inclusion and ADA Compliance Manager at 573-884-7278.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

Columbia Missouri Information

Columbia, Mo., is known as an ideal college town, combining small-town comforts, community spirit and low cost of living with big-city culture, activities and resources. Home to nationally renowned public schools and other colleges and educational centers, Columbia is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals.

Application Materials

The following documents/materials are required for the application to be complete:
  • cover letter, including a description of research plans and teaching interests
  • CV
  • a diversity statement addressing contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and service
  • names and contact information of three references willing to write a letter if solicited

Use the online application and be prepared to upload your cover letter, CV, diversity statement, and list of references (names and contact information for three references).

Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Brian Houston (, with any questions about the job duties. Contact Human Resource Services ( for any questions about the application process.