Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Job description

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Position Title
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies


Assistant Professor

FLSA status

Hiring Salary
Salary commensurates with experience and education.

Position Type
Full-Time Tenure Track

College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Dept of Communication Studies


Contact Name
Dr. Frances Brandau

Search Committee Chair Department of Communication Studies Sam Houston State University Box 2299 Huntsville, TX 77341-2299

Contact Phone

Contact Email
[email protected]

Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job
The Department of Communication Studies at Sam Houston State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall semester 2021. Where appropriate, the candidate will be expected to collaborate with colleagues to advance the research mission of Sam Houston State University through pursuit of internal and external funding, strategic development initiatives, and collaborative partnerships. The department seeks to hire an interpersonal communication scholar. The successful candidate should be an empiricist with expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodologies. The candidate’s research interests could include topics such as, but are not limited to one or more of the following: intercultural communication, conflict communication, communication theory, environmental/science communication, human communication and technology, sport communication, deceptive communication, and relational communication. The position will require teaching communication theory and research methods classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The teaching load is three courses per semester including graduate teaching. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service as well as candidates who possess a deep interest in teaching.

Educational Requirements for the Position
Candidates should have a Ph.D. (in hand by August 2021) in Communication Studies, a record of conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications that strongly indicates future success in scholarly research, evidence of excellent teaching, a record of service, and the ability to teach courses that will contribute to our undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

Experience Required for the Position
University level teaching experience is desirable. Experience in online teaching is a positive qualification.

Special Instructions Summary
Our department offers both a BA and BS in Communication Studies and an online MA in Communication Studies with a strong interpersonal communication focus. The department prepares students for a variety of fields, including teaching at all levels, public advocacy, public relations, governmental relations, ministry, and law. The department also offers an innovative communication research lab that supports a variety of faculty research programs. Our students come from all over the country—and all over the globe, with a drive to achieve. Communication Studies majors are a highly diverse collection of students, with over 40% being students of color, reflective of the diverse nature of the general student body of the university. More information about our department can be found at: Sam Houston State University is the twelfth largest University in Texas, with over 21,000 students, and is currently ranked #14 in The Chronicle of Higher Education listing of Fastest Growing Colleges 2003-2013 report. More information can be found at Our main campus is located in Huntsville, Texas, an area characterized by a relatively low cost of living, great natural beauty, and access to nearby cities such as Houston, Dallas, The Woodlands, and Austin. More information can be found at The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. We welcome applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. Candidates should submit a cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position, a diversity and inclusion statement that addresses strategies for engaging the diverse student population at SHSU, curriculum vita, research statement, teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, and at least one scholarly writing sample. Applications must also include three letters of recommendation. All materials should be addressed to: Dr. Frances Brandau, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication Studies, Box 2299, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2299. Applications received by January 1, 2021 will be given full consideration. Salary is competitive and negotiable, based on experience. Sam Houston State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Persons from historically under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

Open Until Filled

EEO Statement
Sam Houston State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Plan Employer and Smoke/Drug-Free Workplace. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, creed, ancestry, marital status, citizenship, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, veteran status, disability status, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Sam Houston State University is an “at will” employer. Security sensitive positions at SHSU require background checks in accordance with Education Code 51.215.

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * How did you learn about this position?
    • The Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HBCU Connect - Historically Black Colleges and Universities
    • HACU - Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities
    • The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education
    • Association for Women in Science
    • TWC - Work in Texas
    • Inside Higher Ed
    • Higher Ed Jobs
    • HERC - Higher Education Recruitment Consortium
    • SHSU Website
    • SHSU Employee
    • Other
  2. If your response to the question above was "Other" please indicate from what source.

    (Open Ended Question)

  3. * Please indicate your teaching availability.
    • Face-to-Face Only
    • Online Only
    • Face-to-Face and Online
  4. Are you available to teach during the day?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. Are you available to teach during the evening?
    • Yes
    • No
  6. Are you a current Sam Houston State University employee?
    • Yes
    • No
Candidate Documents Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae (Faculty)
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Statement of Research & Goals
  5. Letter of Recommendation 1
  6. Letter of Recommendation 2
  7. Letter of Recommendation 3
  8. Transcripts
  9. Writing Sample
  10. Teaching Evaluations
  11. Diversity & Inclusion Statement
Optional Documents




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    Posted: 10/23/2020
    Application Due: 10/27/2020
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