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Assistant Professor - Communication Studies

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Eastern Washington University College of Social Sciences invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies to begin September 2019.

The Communication Studies program has a strong major with two programs (Communication Studies and Public Relations in Communication) and over 250 majors, one of the most popular minors on campus, and an interdisciplinary graduate program. These programs prepare students for professional careers and/or further educational opportunities (masters and/or doctoral programs). The department is a part of the College of Social Sciences, which offers opportunities for creative interdisciplinary course work and research. The faculty in the department are actively involved in all aspects of the university serving on committees, key leadership positions, and representing the university in our local community, region, and beyond.

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, and additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

The main campus of Eastern Washington University is located in Cheney, Washington, only 17 miles from downtown Spokane (the second largest city in Washington state) and the Spokane International Airport. Known as the “Lilac City,” Spokane features four seasons per year and numerous outdoor adventure opportunities.

We seek a colleague with a strong commitment to students, collegiality, quality teaching and advising as well as scholarly potential. The faculty member hired for this position will be welcomed into a departmental community dedicated to student-centeredness, cultural diversity, community engagement, and social justice. We are seeking a candidate who truly enjoys their profession and is actively engaged in all aspects of these responsibilities.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will have a variety of teaching responsibilities with a primary responsibility to teach research methodology, with an emphasis in quantitative methods, at both the undergraduate and graduate level (this course requires an applied orientation to quantitative methods). Please be sure to carefully articulate in your letter of application how you are qualified to teach quantitative research methods, e.g., extensive coursework, dissertation experience, publications, etc.

Beyond this requirement to effectively teach quantitative methods, preference may be granted to the candidate who can teach courses within our current offerings (Media Studies, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Leadership, Interpersonal, Instructional Communication, etc.) though consideration will also be given to a candidate that can extend our offerings to additional areas relevant to our university, community, and/or region.

The candidate should also exhibit a culturally responsive and flexible approach supportive of diverse needs including universal accessibility of our students, faculty, staff, and the public. Teaching assignments will depend on the candidate's expertise and the needs of the department.

Teaching activities will include the following related responsibilities:

  • Participate in developing new and online classes.
  • Engage in curriculum review and revision of existing courses.
  • Creation of new courses based on the candidate's expertise and needs of the department.
  • Participate in assessment of courses and programs.
  • Advising students majoring and minoring in Communication Studies.
  • Teaching face-to-face at both Cheney and Spokane campuses.

Faculty responsibilities include maintaining an active research and scholarship agenda, and engaging in service to the school, college, university and community.

Application Instructions:

Position is open until further notice; review of applications will begin in January 2019. To be considered for this opportunity, please submit your application materials through our online applicant portal located at https://jobs.hr.ewu.edu/hr/postings/4219. If you are unable to submit through the applicant portal, please contact Human Resource Services at (509) 359-2381. Applications must include all of the following documents:

  • Letter of application which addresses all of the required and preferred qualifications of the position;
  • Curriculum vitae;
  • Evidence of your teaching success (e.g. evaluations) – attach to the link labeled Teaching Effectiveness;
  • Sample of your scholarship (article, book chapter, excerpts from dissertation)
  • Research plan
  • Transcripts (with grades) from both graduate and undergraduate colleges/universities; please combine your transcripts into one consolidate pdf before you upload your transcripts; if you need assistance with combining your transcripts, contact Lori Livingstone, [email protected]
  • Sample syllabus – attach to the link labeled Other Document #1;
  • Provide a list of EWU Communication Studies courses you feel competent to teach – attach to the link labeled Courses – List #1
  • Provide a 2nd list of the courses you would love to teach; this could include both courses from our current offerings, or new courses – attach to the link labeled Courses – List #2
  • Please include a chart which clearly shows how you fulfill each of the requirements and how you may meet the preferences (this is a visual version of what you discussed in your letter of application) – attach to the link labeled Other Document #2;
  • List of professional references to include names, titles, organization, email and telephone contact information, and their connection to you.
All application materials will be held in strict confidence. Questions about the position may be directed to the Department of Communication Studies Search Committee Chair, Dr. Susan Stearns, [email protected]


About Eastern Washington University

Eastern is a regional, comprehensive university located in Cheney, 20 minutes from downtown Spokane. In addition to Eastern's Cheney campus, we also offer our Riverpoint campus in Spokane, plus additional teaching/learning centers located in other cities throughout Washington State. Enrollment has reached over 12,000 students. The Cheney-Spokane area is the heart of the Inland Northwest, with excellent restaurants, theater, shopping, skiing, hiking, lakes, a choice of living in a medium-sized city or a small town, and high quality schools and housing.

Eastern Washington University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff, students, and academic program offerings and to strengthening sensitivity to diversity throughout the institution. Eastern Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and applications from members of historically underrepresented groups are especially encouraged.







Required Qualifications:
  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies. ABDs may be considered, but must have doctoral completion by September 1, 2019
  • At least one year teaching experience; preference may be given to candidates who offer this experience as instructor of record or candidates offering evidence of successfully teaching quantitative research methods.
  • Commitment to an active research agenda
  • Demonstrated ability to apply a culturally responsive and flexible approach that is supportive to the diverse needs, including universal access, of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.


Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to candidates who also offer the following:

  • Preference may be granted to candidates who can teach courses within our current offerings: Media Studies, Health Communication, Organizational Communication, Leadership, Interpersonal, Instructional Communication, etc.
  • Consideration may also be given to candidates who can extend our offerings to additional areas relevant to our university, community, and/or region.


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Posted: 11/27/2018
Application Due: 1/26/2019
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