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University of Colorado - College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


The Department of Communication invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure-track instructor and internships director, beginning in August, 2018. Depending on the individual's performance, multi-year renewals are possible.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is a public research university serving more than 18,000 students. We award nearly 4,000 degrees each year, including more graduate and professional degrees than any other Colorado institution. With our solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, we offer more than 140 highly rated degree programs through 13 schools and colleges. The university receives over $400 million in research awards each year. In addition to the wide array of health-related programs and facilities offered at CU Anschutz in Aurora, Colorado a significant number of undergraduate and graduate degree programs are taught at CU Denver, our comprehensive campus in the heart of downtown Denver-one of America's most vibrant urban centers. CU Denver is located steps from the Denver Center for Performing Arts and the LoDo District affording our students, faculty and staff access to a broad array of academic, professional, community, recreational and cultural outlets.

The Department of Communication is one of the largest majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on the downtown campus. We offer BA, MA, and online degrees and certificate programs. We serve more than 480 majors, 90 minors, and 25 MA students. We also offer a BA program at the International College Beijing in China. The Department's mission is to cultivate the knowledge and ability to use communication to create a more equitable and humane world. This mission infuses the Department's classes and assignments and is embodied in all aspects of the faculty's performance.

The ideal candidate will be committed to preparing students for success after college by helping them connect their interests and training in communication, media, and social justice to career paths. The successful candidate will be able to cultivate local community organization and business partnerships to connect students to internships and jobs. The contract includes four courses one semester and five courses in the other semester, including multiple sections of the same course when possible; additional summer teaching is a possibility but is not guaranteed. The contract will include a 10% service requirement across the academic year, with specific service roles negotiated in conversation with the Chair.

In their cover letters, candidates should describe their related prior experiences and approach to teaching the following courses:

  • Internships (COMM 3939): The successful candidate must demonstrate the capability to direct the Department's internship program, which places communication students in learning and working partnerships with local companies, NGOs, and nonprofit organizations. The individual works with our campus-wide Experiential Learning Center to develop and maintain community connections for student internship opportunities.
  • Transitioning from College to Career (COMM 4688): A senior-level course which is designed to prepare students for employment following graduation by helping students connect the communication degree to a career path and creating professional resumes, cover letters, personal websites, and a professional social media presence.
  • If possible, the candidate will teach courses in their areas of expertise that fit into one or more of the Department's pathways (community service and public affairs, health communication, media studies, strategic communication, and political communication and government), as negotiated with the Chair each semester.


Minimum Qualifications:

To be considered for the position, applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in communication or a related field by August 1, 2018. Additional qualifications include evidence of superior teaching at the undergraduate level and willingness to teach online.

Preferred qualification:

A track record of departmental, campus, and/or disciplinary service.

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.

Special Instructions to Applicants:Questions may be directed to the search-committee chair, Dr. Amy Hasinoff ([email protected]). Review of applications will commence on March 15, and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews of finalists will be conducted via Zoom in March or April.

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:Applications are accepted electronically only CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 12351 Applicants should submit a letter of application, a CV, a list of at least 3 professional references, two sample syllabi, and evidence of teaching excellence. Please do not exceed a total of 5 pages of evidence documents, which could include: summaries of course evaluations, teaching awards, peer-observation letters about your teaching, evidence of support for internships or service learning, and/or sample assignments. Letters of recommendation will be requested of the finalists.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: D0001 -- Denver Campus - 30095 - CLAS-Communication

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Jan 23, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Dr. Amy Hasinoff

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00636327





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Posted: 2/28/2018
Application Due: 4/29/2018
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