Assistant Professor

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UNT System Overview:

Welcome to the University of North Texas System, or UNT World as we like to call ourselves. UNT World includes the University of North Texas in Denton, the University of North Texas at Dallas and the University of North Texas Health Science Center in Fort Worth. We are the only university system based exclusively in the robust Dallas-Fort Worth region and we are committed to transforming lives and creating economic opportunity through education. Over the past decade, combined UNTS enrollment has grown by more than 25 percent to nearly 44,000 students.

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Assistant Professor


UNT-Communication Studies-121300


College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

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Department Summary:

UNT’s Department of Communication Studies is a collegial and growing scholarly community with strong traditions in three areas: interpersonal, digital, and organizational communication, rhetorical studies, and performance studies. The department maintains an undergraduate major with an enrollment around 400 students and a master’s degree program with more than 25 students. The department is committed to broader university initiatives aimed at cultivating a diverse and inclusive educational environment as well as a rigorous research culture.

The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 40,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, UNT is one of the nation’s most diverse universities with more than 10,000 Hispanic students, 5,700 African American students, 3,100 Asian students, and 500 Indigenous students. UNT has been designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in its pursuit of academic excellence. Located in Denton, TX at the northern edge of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, UNT fosters meaningful partnerships with organizations throughout the DFW area.

Denton is home to two state universities (UNT and Texas Woman’s University) and is known for its live music scene. Denton is part of the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex and is located just 36 miles from either city’s center. With 7.5 million people and two international airports, DFW is the fourth-largest metro area in the United States. DFW is racially, ethnically, religiously, and culturally diverse and maintains a long-standing commitment to the arts exemplified by local attractions such as the Dallas Arts District and the Fort Worth Cultural District. UNT’s proximity to these major metropolitan centers ensures that our new colleague will be able to access a wide range of activities and cultural experiences.

Position Summary:

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in performance studies to start in Fall 2021. We seek a scholar-artist whose research explores the intersections between digital performance and social justice who is prepared to supervise master’s students, conduct graduate courses, and teach at the undergraduate level.

We are searching for a theoretically and methodologically innovative scholar who performs and publishes research with a critical/cultural focus at the nexus of social justice and digital performance. Our new colleague should be a scholar-artist who has experience with creative research including group performance, solo-based performance work, and new media. The ideal candidate will also engage in community-based research, service learning, or work with outreach programs that pursue justice for oppressed or marginalized communities. The successful applicant will pursue a research agenda commensurate with UNT’s ambitions and obligations as a Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university that is also both a Hispanic and Minority Serving Institution.

Faculty in the Department of Communication Studies teach two courses per semester. Our new colleague will offer undergraduate and graduate courses within the performance studies area of the department and supervise master’s students. We are particularly interested in applicants who will make creative and extensive use of the department’s Black Box Theatre. Candidates with a commitment to mentoring historically underrepresented racial and ethnic groups and/or first-generation college students are especially encouraged to apply.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D in Communication Studies or a terminal degree in a closely related field completed in advance of the 2021 fall semester.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to applicants specializing in performance studies who focus on issues of social justice and digitally enhanced praxis.

The preferred candidate will also demonstrate promise for contributing to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion.

Physical Requirements:

Talk or Hear

Area of Specialty:

Performance Studies

Security Sensitive:

This is a security sensitive position.

EEO Statement:

The University of North Texas System and its component institutions are committed to equal opportunity and comply with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University of North Texas System and its component institutions do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, religion, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its application and admission processes, educational programs and activities, and employment practices.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Applicants must submit:
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(1) Cover Letter

(2) Curriculum Vitae

(3) An example of written scholarship. Use Sample Publication 1.

(4) An example of scholarly activity which may be either a written or creative project. Use Sample Publication 2. If submitting a media file, upload a document with a link to where it can be viewed.

(5) Statement addressing past and possible future contributions to equity, diversity, and/or inclusion. Use Other Document.

(6) Unofficial Graduate Transcripts

(7) List of names and contact information for three references.

Special Instructions:
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(1) A short list of candidates will be required to submit three letters of reference, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and sample syllabi.

(2) Official transcripts will be due upon hire.

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Posted: 11/7/2020
Application Due: 1/6/2021
Work Type: Full Time