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Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Interpersonal and Public Communication - 34779

University of Missouri-Kansas City
UMKC Volker Campus
Job Title: Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Interpersonal and Public Communication - 34779
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 37268
Hiring Department

College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Communication Studies

Job Description

The Department of Communication Studies, University of Missouri-Kansas City, seeks applications for a new 9-month, benefit-eligible, tenure track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Interpersonal and Public Communication beginning Fall 2022. While the position is broadly defined as professional communication, we are particularly interested in two specific sub fields: Health/Science and Public Communication/Public Relations. Our goal is to find ways to deepen the public understanding of health and science, improve public discourse about public health issues and to facilitate high-impact research activities that can help bridge the divide between researchers, healthcare professionals, and scientists, and the broader public. The Department also values research that focuses on underserved communities and populations. Candidates may come from academic disciplines such as communication or related fields, with research expertise in communication as broadly defined.

Minimum Qualifications
  • The successful candidate has a Ph.D. degree in communication or related field by the start date.
  • The successful candidate should be able to teach undergraduate core courses in the areas of public and interpersonal communication, and create new courses in areas of their research interest.
  • The successful candidate should have a promising research program, for example, publications, manuscripts in progress, conference papers, conference presentations, or other evidence of research, and a desire to conduct interdisciplinary research and secure grant funding.
  • The successful candidate should also be committed to help create a climate via teaching and research that attracts a diverse student body, serve first-generation college students, and contribute to social equality and justice.
Full Time/Part Time

Full-time, benefit-eligble, Tenure-Track 9 month academic position


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience

Application Instructions

To apply, please combine all application materials (cover letter, full curriculum vitae, statement of research philosophy, statement of teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references) into one PDF or Microsoft Word document with a maximum size of 11MB and upload online at as your resume attachment. Limit the document name to 50 characters and do not include any special characters (e.g., /, &, %, etc.).

Reasonable accommodations may be requested during the application and recruitment process. If you need an accommodation, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323. For more information about the Department of Communication Studies and UMKC, please visit

For questions about this position, please contact Ye Wang at [email protected]


UMKC is the University of Missouri System and is located on a beautifully landscaped campus in the Country Club Plaza area of Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City is the heart of the Midwest with major sports teams, arts district, yet 2-3 hours from some of the best lakes, rivers and hiking in the country. Our cost of living is low compared to east and west coasts.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at 816-235-1621.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative Action at (816) 235-1323.


To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use the following links:

UMKC Statement on Diversity

UMKC values diversity as central to its mission as an urban-serving research university and as a driver of excellence in teaching and learning. UMKC embraces a broad spectrum of diversities, including race, ethnicity, culture, nationality, gender, age, sexual orientation, disability, linguistic ability, learning style, religion, socioeconomic and veteran status, life experiences, educational level and family structure. For more information on our diversity mission, visit the Office of Diversity and Inclusion website:

UMKC is the largest comprehensive, fully accredited university in the Kansas City area. Our students come from all 50 states and over 85 countries, enriching our community with diverse perspectives. With more than 125 academic areas, our students have a lot of opportunities to explore on their way to discovering and creating their perfect career. We are at the heart of a thriving urban area where the city’s life and energy influence everything that happens here. We are Kansas City’s university and we can’t wait for you to join us! Find out more about UMKC in the About UMKC section of our website.

Details about UMKC’s community and the benefits of being an employee can be found on our careers page.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion are central to UMKC’s mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a highly diverse city with African-American, African, Asian, Latino, Italian, Irish, German, Nordic, Anglo-Saxon, Native American, Slavic, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern communities. Such diversity has created vibrant neighborhoods throughout the metro Kansas City area and has fostered creativity, connection, and innovation that can be across our bi-state region. Major attractions such as the Annual Ethnic Enrichment Festival, the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum, the Filipino Cultural Center, the American Jazz Museum, Guadalupe Centers and Mattie Rhodes and Kansas City Irish Fest are just a few examples of how diversity has enriched our city.

For the reasons detailed above, UMKC’s strategic plan prioritizes our commitment to multiculturalism, globalism, diversity and inclusion. The university’s values call upon its faculty, staff, students, and community to regard themselves as global citizens who seek, embrace, and celebrate the benefits of multiculturalism. Such commitment is demonstrated through teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants who share in our commitment to these core values. We are confident you will appreciate the beauty and friendliness of Kansas City and why we are proud to call it home.

Please visit these pages to learn more about UMKC’s engagement in diversity, equity and inclusion:

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