ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR, Professional Communication / Communication Studies CAS 34798

Job Title: ASSISTANT TEACHING PROFESSOR, Professional Communication / Communication Studies CAS 34798
Location: UMKC Volker Campus
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Job ID: 41481
Hiring Department

The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Missouri-Kansas City transitions to the new School of Humanities and Social Sciences effective with the Fall 2022 semester. The department of Communication Studies will become the Department of Communication and Journalism with the transition of the College.

Job Description

The department of Communication Studies seeks an Assistant Teaching Professor to teach courses within the Professional Communication emphasis. This is a non-tenure track position with a typical course load of four courses per semester. These courses may include Fundamentals of Effective Speaking and Listening, Intercultural Communication, Interpersonal Communication, Introduction to the Study of Human Communication, Organizational Communication, and Group Dynamics. The position also requires service that may include serving on university committees and advising student organizations.

Minimum Qualifications
  • The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a closely related discipline by the start date.
  • The successful candidate will have at least two years of experience teaching Communication curriculum at the undergraduate level. Graduate teaching assistant experience will be sufficient if it involved serving as instructor of record.
  • Experience teaching upper-division courses.
  • The successful candidate should also be committed to helping create a climate via teaching that attracts a diverse student body, serves first-generation college students, and contributes to social equality and justice
Full Time/Part Time This is a 9-month, full-time, ranked non-tenure track academic appointment eligible for benefits. The opportunity exists for ranked promotion. The position begins fall semester 2022.

Salary Salary is negotiable and commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Deadline Review of applications begins upon receipt. The position remains open until filled.

Application Instructions

Applications must be received online through the UMKC recruitment portal. To apply, please combine all application materials (cover letter, full curriculum vitae, 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


The Department of Communication Studies is committed to excellence in teaching, and it values professional experience, research, and community service that benefits underserved communities and populations. Our faculty — award-winning scholars, filmmakers and journalists — inspire our students to understand the practical and theoretical aspects of human communication through classroom work, collaborative research and projects, internships and professional development.

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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.


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UMKC Statement on Diversity Diversity, equity and inclusion are central to the UMKC mission as an urban-serving institution. Kansas City is a particularly diverse city, including African, African American, Asian, German, Irish, Italian, Latino, Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, Native American and Slavic communities. Such ethnic diversity, in addition to our thriving neighborhoods of the Westside, Northeast Kansas City and the Eastside, fosters creativity, connection and innovation, which is showcased across the 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 a small sample of the many ways our diverse city enriches us.

For the reasons enumerated 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 position themselves as global citizens who seek out, embrace and celebrate the many benefits of diversity. UMKC received the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) Award in 2019 in recognition of our continued commitment to equity and inclusion. Such commitment is demonstrated across teaching, service and research. We welcome applicants to share in our commitment to these core values and know that you will quickly understand the beauty of calling Kansas City your home.

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