Lecturer in Communication Studies

Lecturer in Communication Studies—Search #67488
College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Communication Arts

The Department of Communication Arts in the College of Arts and Humanities invites applications and nominations for the position of Lecturer. This position is located on the Armstrong campus in Savannah, Georgia.

In January 2017, the University System of Georgia Board of Regents voted to consolidate Armstrong State University and Georgia Southern University. The new, 27,000-student university will be named Georgia Southern University with campuses in Savannah, Statesboro, and Hinesville. The expected timeline for the first entering class will be fall 2018. Complete details are available at http://consolidation.georgiasouthern.edu/.

Within this setting, the Department of Communication Arts is the largest in the College of Arts and Humanities, and is home to five majors: Communication Studies, Multimedia Journalism, Multimedia Film and Production, Public Relations, and Theatre. The Department also offers an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership. It is a vibrant, innovative department that stresses faculty collaboration and cross-disciplinary instruction. Rigorous classroom instruction is complemented by experiential activities that encourage students to both learn about and apply class concepts. The successful candidate would be expected to contribute to program development and assessment, especially in the area of the University's Quality Enhancement Program's focus on writing.

The successful faculty member will join a growing program that includes both the rhetorical tradition of Communication Studies and the study of newer communication contexts. The Lecturer will be expected to contribute toward assessment and evaluation of the general education outcomes of public speaking courses, and provide general support for a program and department that values experiential learning and student scholarship. The ideal candidate would serve as the coordinator for the public speaking course.

Position Description. Reporting to the Chair of the Department of Communication Arts, the Lecturer in Communication Studies position requires teaching, service, and professional development. The Lecturer in Communication Studies will focus on support of the new-to-Armstrong Communication Studies major, including teaching Principles of Public Speaking, and teaching assignments will be based on the needs of the Department and individual expertise. The position is a 9-month, non-tenure track appointment, and the salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience. Non-tenure track lecturer positions are renewable on an annual basis.

Required Qualifications:
• Master's degree in Communication, or a closely-related discipline with at least 18 graduate semester hours in communication, by August 1, 2018
• One year of college/university-level teaching experience
• Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and professional service
• Excellent communication skills
• Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution

Preferred Qualifications:
• Ph.D. in Communication or a closely-related discipline
• Experience teaching and assessing the Public Speaking course
• Demonstrated commitment to professional development
• Ability to teach courses in communication studies such as, but not limited to, organizational communication, small group communication, communicating in the workplace, communication and leadership, and courses in a related area such as media and society, or introduction to public relations
• Experience teaching a diverse student body

Screening of applications begins March 1, 2018, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2018. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; curriculum vitae; a sample public speaking syllabus; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least five professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:
Dr. Elizabeth F. Desnoyers-Colas; Search Chair, Search #67488
Department of Communication Arts
Georgia Southern University Armstrong Campus
11935 Abercorn Drive
Savannah, GA 31419
Electronic mail: elizabeth.desnoyers-colas@armstrong.edu
Telephone: 912-344-3190
More information about the institution is available through http://www.georgiasouthern.edu or http://www.class.georgiasouthern.edu/commarts/. Georgia Southern University seeks to recruit individuals who are committed to working in diverse academic and professional communities and who are committed to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and professional service within the University and beyond. The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University is an Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity institution. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the ADA to participate in the search process should contact the Vice Provost.


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