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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Race and Rhetoric

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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies, Race and Rhetoric


Communication Studies-1080

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Description of Work:

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in Race and Rhetoric to begin on August 14, 2023. We seek a communication scholar whose research and teaching are in line with our scholarly emphasis in rhetoric and public culture and fit the goal of building a supportive inclusive and diverse academic community. Specifically, we seek a humanities scholar whose specializations may include but are not limited to research on race, racism, antiracism, Black studies, Latinx studies, whiteness, colonialism, neocolonialism, indigeneity, American Indian studies, borders and borderlands, or similar areas of inquiry. As a tenure-leading assistant professor, duties include undertaking and publishing research in high-quality outlets; undergraduate and graduate instruction; graduate advising; and engaging in service.

The candidate’s scholarship should focus on race and rhetoric and would ideally be located at the intersection of our strategic initiatives which include Health and Well-being (individual/family/community health; promoting healthy behaviors, including through policy change; and helping persons navigate relational and structural challenges); Civic Engagement (facilitating civic engagement, mediating public controversies, and organizing for social change); and Identity and Difference (creating, maintaining, and challenging personal, social, and community identity in a complex and diverse world). We are particularly interested in a scholar who can build synergy between our strategic initiatives and our two departmental scholarly emphasis areas of Rhetoric and Public Culture and Interpersonal, Family, and Health Communication and whose work demonstrates a strong commitment to culture, identity, power, equity, and justice.
The person hired for this position should contribute to the department’s interdisciplinary ties and, depending upon research foci, strengthen departmental connections with one or more campus strategic research initiatives (e.g., the Institute for Ethnic Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Digital Humanities, Great Plains Studies, Nebraska Public Policy Center and interdisciplinary programming such as Humanities on the Edge and to the synergistic integration of humanities and social science scholarship).
As an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

  • A Ph.D. in Communication Studies is required by the time the appointment begins.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct an active program of research in rhetoric.
  • Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in race and rhetoric, courses in the general education program, and other courses relevant to the applicant’s scholarship.
  • Demonstrated experience in, or readiness for, teaching upper division courses in Communication Studies and/or related subject areas.
  • Ability to advise graduate students, and engage in professional service.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • A track record of peer-reviewed publications.
  • Demonstrated success in, or potential for, securing internal and/or extramural funding, including but not limited to the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Grand Challenges initiative (

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this Job” and complete the information form. Attach the following materials:

  1. A letter of application addressing the candidate’s match with the required and preferred qualifications.
  2. Curriculum Vitae (including a list of courses taught).
  3. The names, addresses, and email addresses of at least three references (letters will be requested from references when a candidate advances in the search process).
Please email the following materials to
  1. Two or three (2-3) sample publications or article-length scholarly writing samples.
  2. A statement on how the candidate’s past and present teaching, research, community engagement, and/or lived experience supports the department and university mission related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  3. A statement of teaching philosophy and examples of teaching effectiveness (e.g., 1-2 sample syllabi and/or assignments).

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Casey Kelly

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For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

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The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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