Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Job description

Category:: Academic / Faculty
Department:: Communication Studies
Locations:: Pella, IA
Posted:: Oct 5, 2020
Closes:: Apr 2, 2021 - 11:59 PM EDT
Type:: Faculty
Position ID:: 125466

About Central College:

Central College in Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college. Central is known for its academic rigor, leadership and character formation, global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) and sustainability education, athletics and service. The Central experience is rooted in exploration and self-discovery and enhanced by life in a residential community of 1,100 students. Founded in 1853, Central values its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the American Rivers Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa's largest lake.

Job Description:

POSITION: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies specializing in Strategic Communication

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, tenure-line appointment beginning August 2021.

Central College seeks a dynamic faculty member to join a collaborative department committed to the integration of "career preparation with the development of values essential to responsible citizenship, empowering graduates for effective service in local, national and international communities" as called out in the college's Mission Statement. Candidates should be strongly committed to undergraduate teaching and have an appreciation for the liberal arts environment.

Responsibilities for this position include the potential for teaching introduction to communication, communication theory, communication research and writing, and/or public relations in addition to developing and teaching upper level courses in strategic communication (e.g., public relations, social media, digital strategy, persuasion, social movement campaigns, and / or advocacy.) The successful candidate will be expected to participate in curriculum development and be able to teach the College's first year or senior-year interdisciplinary seminar. In addition to teaching, all faculty at Central College are expected to participate in the life of the college and to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professional development.

The Communication Studies Department provides students with a broad-based exposure to the process of creating messages, meaning and relationships in a broad array of contexts. In an effort to cultivate critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speaking and proficiency with digital media, our students study communication within a variety of contexts, particularly those related to media citizenship, civic responsibility, professional engagement, and personal relationships. Through a combination of theoretical grounding and applied experience, we prepare our majors for a range of careers, enable them to participate productively in a democratic culture and instill in them a desire for life-long learning. This position represents a new area of emphasis for the department. The faculty in the department and across the Central campus interact in an academically stimulating and congenial environment with a focus on student success. 100% of communication studies majors complete at least one internship and two-thirds participate in one of Central's off-campus domestic or international semester programs.


Applicants should have a PhD (ABD may apply) in Communication Studies or relevant field and some evidence of scholarly productivity. Some professional experience preferred.

Additional Information:

Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position please click "apply now". Review of applications will begin 19 December 2020. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background check. Please submit the following materials online:

  1. a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position at a liberal arts, residential college. Please discuss your interest in developing as a teacher and scholar at an undergraduate, liberal arts college.
  2. an updated curriculum vitae
  3. copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
  4. a statement of teaching philosophy
  5. Please arrange for three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate's qualifications sent electronically to [email protected] or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.




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Job No:
Posted: 10/6/2020
Application Due: 4/2/2021
Work Type: Full Time