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Associate or Full Professor - Co-Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program

NC State University
Raleigh, NC
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Internal Recruitment :


Working Title:

Associate or Full Professor - Co-Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program

Anticipated Hiring Range:

Commensurate with experience and credentials

Work Schedule:

Varies according to need

Job Location:

Raleigh, NC

Department :


About the Department:

The Department of Communication at NC State is an accomplished community of students, staff members, teachers and researchers with diverse intellectual interests in the communication arts and sciences. Through our teaching, research and service, we cultivate responsible, caring and collaborative communication practices for our students, our community partners and the global citizenry. We do this because communication is central to addressing the significant challenges and opportunities of the 21st Century and we are committed to enabling people, organizations and communities to thrive. We strive to promote inclusive and ethical dialogue to ensure that our communication processes and practices meaningfully contribute to creating the conditions for a society in which everyone feels they belong and can flourish. We stand with the University community in its call to champion a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion and aspire to creating a more diverse workforce and student population in Communication.

We serve approximately 700 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students. Faculty also teach in the department’s Master of Science in Communication program and in its interdisciplinary doctoral program in Communication, Rhetoric, and Digital Media. The department partners with NC State’s Poole College of Management to offer an online graduate certificate in Professional Communication and Managerial Skills and collaborates with multiple initiatives across the university.

The Campus Writing and Speaking Program was established in July, 1997 to provide leadership for NC State as it implemented its General Education Requirements, which state that “each curriculum is designed so that upper-level courses and other programmatic experiences help students write and speak competently in the disciplines.” Our program was the first in the nation at our class of institution to integrate writing and speaking across the curriculum using the departmentally-focused model (now sometimes referred to as the “WEC,” or Writing-Enriched Curriculum). Through a variety of consultations, workshops, and activities, we are sustaining this goal.

The Campus Writing and Speaking Program is housed in the Office of Faculty Excellence within the Office of the Provost. The Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost is the Chief Academic Officer for North Carolina State University, which is by some measures, the largest of the 16 Universities in the UNC System. This office is responsible for the academic programs, policies, and budget affecting over 34,000 students in 10 colleges.

Essential Job Duties:

Work with the Executive Director and the Co-Director of the Campus Writing and Speaking Program (also a new hire) to transition the program to the Office of Faculty Excellence and develop the revised program to integrate with current OFE offerings. Provide leadership and support to university faculty and departments as they plan, implement, and assess enhanced oral and written communication activities across the curriculum. Half-time teaching, research, and service responsibilities in the Department of Communication (1 course per semester).

Other Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will be expected to maintain a robust research agenda and participate in Department service as needed and appropriate.

Minimum Education and Experience:

  • Applicant must have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field and hold the current rank as an advanced Associate or Full Professor.

Other Required Qualifications:

  • Excellence in teaching and ability to carry out independent research and publish in academic journals and other outlets.
  • Experience with cross-disciplinary communication or speaking-across-the- curriculum programs/workshops, preferably at a comparable research institution and with diverse disciplines and faculty.
  • Exemplary communication, leadership, and personal skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience directing a cross-disciplinary communication or speaking-across- the-curriculum program, preferably at a comparable research institution.
  • Teaching and research specialization in one or more of the following areas: public speaking, communication education, rhetorical studies, science or health communication, digital communication.
  • Demonstrated experience engaging with diversity through activities such as fostering an inclusive environment, working with students from diverse backgrounds, or incorporating diverse perspectives in research.
  • Record of seeking and securing external funding.

Required License(s) or Certification(s):


Valid NC Driver's License required:


Commercial Driver's License required:


Job Open Date:


Anticipated Close Date:

Open until filled.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please submit a CV, cover letter, and contact information for professional references.

Review of applications will begin October 17, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. For more information, contact search committee chair, Dr. Ken Zagacki, [email protected].

Position Number:


Position Type:

Tenured/Tenure-Track Faculty

Full Time Equivalent (FTE) (1.0 = 40 hours/week):



9 Month Recurring

Mandatory Designation - Adverse Weather:

Non Mandatory - Adverse Weather

Mandatory Designation - Emergency Events:

Non Mandatory - Emergency Event

Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies?:


Department ID:

160701 - Communication


NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.

If you have general questions about the application process, you may contact Human Resources at (919) 515-2135 or [email protected] Individuals with disabilities requiring disability-related accommodations in the application and interview process, please call 919-515-3148.

Final candidates are subject to criminal & sex offender background checks. Some vacancies also require credit or motor vehicle checks. Degree(s) must be obtained prior to start date in order to meet qualifications and receive credit.

NC State University participates in E-Verify. Federal law requires all employers to verify the identity and employment eligibility of all persons hired to work in the United States.


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NC State’s 9,000 faculty and staff are world leaders in their fields, bridging the divides between academic disciplines and training high-caliber students to meet tomorrow’s challenges. NC State students won two Goldwater scholarships, five Fulbright scholarships, one Churchill scholarship and a record-breaking 25 National Science Foundation graduate research fellowships in the 2016-2017 academic year. In addition, 25 faculty are members of the National Academies.

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More than 130 years after its creation, NC State continues to make its founding purpose a reality. Every day, our career-ready graduates and world-leading faculty make the fruits of learning and discovery available to people across the state, throughout the nation and around the world.

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