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Communication Studies: Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Lecturer

Hollins University
Roanoke, VA

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Faculty Jobs
Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
Position Type
Assistant Professor
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

(posted 12/14/23)

Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia invites applications for a Visiting Assistant Professor or Visiting Lecturer of Communication Studies. Both entry-level and experienced candidates are encouraged to apply. This is a full-time, two-year position beginning July 1, 2024 with the possibility of renewal. Please visit this web page ( to learn more about Hollins; its commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice; faculty development; the university’s students; and the Roanoke Valley.

Position and Qualifications

The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Communication focusing on human communication and experience teaching oral communication courses to undergraduates. ABDs and MAs with substantial teaching experience will be considered for appointment at lecturer rank. Teaching load is five courses per year including at least one section of Public Speaking, one section of Introduction to Communication, and three additional regular term courses that support the Communication Studies major.

This position has administrative duties which include supporting faculty from other departments to teach oral communication courses, offering training/workshops on teaching oral communication courses for new and continuing faculty, and supporting the Oral Communication Across the Curriculum program. The successful candidate will be committed to teaching excellence at a liberal arts institution and working with students, including those of underrepresented populations, within and beyond the classroom.

About Hollins

Known for its creative and highly engaged student body, Hollins University prides itself on its nationally recognized and award-winning undergraduate and graduate academic programs, its deeply committed alumnae/i network, its extraordinarily beautiful campus surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains, and its unique ability to ensure that each of its students has the opportunity to design a transformational college experience.

Application Process

Screening of candidates will begin January 1, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled.

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  • A cover letter describing qualifications and teaching interests and relevant experience in contributing to communication studies curriculum;
  • A curriculum vitae; and
  • A statement of teaching philosophy.

Candidates advanced to the second stage of review will be invited to submit the following materials:

  • Sample course syllabus;
  • Three letters of recommendation (at least one of which must focus specifically on teaching experience and abilities); and
  • Unofficial copy of graduate school transcripts.

Applicants should submit materials to The selected candidate will be asked to submit official transcripts to the Office of the Provost, and once they accept a contingent employment offer, a criminal history background check will be conducted. For questions about the position, please contact search chair Dr. Vladimir Bratic (

Hollins is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to promoting diversity and inclusivity at every level of the university. Persons of all genders; persons with disabilities; persons of all racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds; and first-generation college graduates are encouraged to apply.

For more information about Hollins, please visit our website (


Working at Hollins University

Hollins is an independent liberal arts university dedicated to academic excellence and humane values. Hollins University offers undergraduate liberal arts education for women, selected graduate programs for men and women, and community outreach initiatives. The Hollins curriculum and cocurricular programs prepare students for lives of active learning, fulfilling work, personal growth, achievement, and service to society.

The Hollins community sustains talented students engaged in challenging study, and productive scholars and artists devoted to teaching and to the advancement of knowledge. Experiential learning, study abroad, and internships enhance the academic program. The hallmarks of a Hollins education are creativity and effective self-expression, problem solving and critical thinking skills, and independent inquiry and the free exchange of ideas.

Hollins nurtures civility, integrity, and concern for others, encourages and values diversity and social justice, and affirms the equal worth of women and men. Our university motto, Levavi Oculos, calls us to leadership and service in accord with the Hollins values and traditions.

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