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Assistant Professor, Communication

Governors State University
University Park, IL

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Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
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Tenured & Tenure-Track
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Full Time
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Position Type:

Faculty, Tenure Track

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor

Position's Functional Title:

Assistant Professor, Communication

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Position Summary:

Assistant Professor, Communication (tenure track) Governors State University (University Park, IL) is a minority serving institution inviting applications for a tenure track position as an assistant professor of communication beginning the Fall 2022 semester. We seek a communication teacher-scholar who is committed to a culture of diversity and inclusiveness to complement existing faculty strengths. The area of specialty for this position is organizational communication with a social scientific research approach. This position will include teaching responsibilities at both the undergraduate and graduate level, including research methods, sections of the basic public speaking course each year, and contribute to the core courses, such as junior and senior seminar. Successful candidates should demonstrate the ability to develop new courses. We are particularly interested in courses with foci on non-profits, social justice, and diversity and inclusion. Candidates should be proficient in their teaching ability and show evidence of the potential for a strong record of scholarship. Candidates should have completed their Ph.D. in Communication or related field by August 15, 2022. The Communication Program at Governors State University offers an undergraduate (B.A.) degree with concentrations in Human Communication and Strategic Communication. We also offer a graduate M.A.) degree in Communication, Media, and Performance. Our faculty are dedicated to advancing the teaching, research, and service missions of the university. Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago’s south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate. Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university’s academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in the successful transfer of community college students to universities and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master’s programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership. GSU’s 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations. It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited. Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Qualifications:

1. Ph.D. in Communication or closely related discipline. A.B.D. candidates will be considered; all degree requirements must be completed by August 15, 2022.2. Ability to complement the program’s strengths.3. Ability to teach advanced undergraduate organizational communication courses.4. Ability to teach quantitative and qualitative methods at the graduate level.5. Ability to teach graduate level organizational communication courses.6. Evidence of proficiency in teaching ability.7. Evidence of potential for strong record of scholarship.

Preferred Qualifications:

1. Experience with non-traditional, first-generation, and/or traditionally underrepresented student populations. 2. Ability to teach courses in non-profits, social justice, and/or diversity and inclusion3. Experience with teaching online courses.4. Teaching experience at graduate level.5. Demonstrated record of scholarship through publication and conference presentations.6. Demonstrated ability to infuse course content with scholarship related to underrepresented and marginalized groups.

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Special Instructions to Applicants:

To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and list of professional references by October 1, 2021 to receive full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. References will only be contacted prior to candidate interviews.


Working at Governors State University

Success by Degrees

GSU is an “island of excellence,” according to Dr. Martha J. Kanter, Under Secretary of the United States Department of Education. With bold, new initiatives, 23 bachelor’s, 27 master’s, and five doctoral degree programs, GSU excels at providing the quality education that is essential for success in today’s world.

Success by Opportunity

GSU’s exemplary efforts bring unequalled education opportunities to the region’s diverse population. The university is remarkably inclusive and serves students from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds. The student body, like the faculty and staff, reflect a rich blend of ideas, perspectives, talents, and life experiences.

Success by Innovation

GSU, expanding on its commitment to excellence and reflecting the best research on student success, will become a full-service university with the admission of its inaugural freshman class in 2014. The groundbreaking Dual Degree Program encourages community college students to complete both an associate and bachelor’s degree at an affordable tuition rate and with comprehensive academic advising.

Success by Commitment

GSU is committed to serving as the region’s public square and making the community stronger through programs and partnerships in education, healthcare, government, and business. The Center for Performing Arts and Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park integrate arts and education. The university is also fully committed to sustainability through its alternative energy and conservation efforts.

Success by Excellence

GSU, the only public university in the Chicago Southland region, is a national model in providing education pathways that lead its graduates to lives rich in purpose, commitment, and contribution.

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