Lecturer - Communication Studies
Eastern Washington University College of Social Sciences invites applications for a full-time Lecturer in the Department of Communication Studies.
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, and quality teaching. 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.
The successful candidate will have a variety of teaching responsibilities with a required responsibility to teach undergraduate research methodology, e.g., interviewing, surveys, focus groups, basic quantitative and qualitative analysis, etc., in a required junior level methods course. For more specifics, please contact our department secretary, Rosario Rodriguez ([email protected]), and she will send the current listing of subjects taught in this course.
Beyond this requirement to teach sections of our junior level research methods course, our current intent is to give preference to applicants who can teach introduction to public relations, public relations writing, social media, organizational communication and/or leadership. Do note that it is possible our current intent may shift as we progress in the hiring process. We are simultaneously hiring a tenure-track faculty member to teach research methods, with an emphasis on quantitative methods, at the undergraduate and graduate level. Based on the expertise areas, this new tenure track faculty member may teach courses from this list above which would then shift our preferences for the Lecturer position.
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.
•Participate in assessment of courses and programs.
•Teaching face-to-face at both Cheney and Spokane campuses.
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.
- Master's in Communication Studies or Public Relations.
- Effective teaching experience
- 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.
Preference will be given to candidates who also offer the following:
- Evidence of successfully teaching research methods at the undergraduate level