The University of Kansas Communication Studies Department invites candidates to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Political Communication with an emphasis in social media or new media studies and a strong preference for candidates using quantitative methods of inquiry. Superior candidates will be those who can also compliment to other areas of department focus, including interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, rhetorical studies or organizational communication. Candidates should have a demonstrated record of research in the field and evidence of teaching excellence. This position is designed to fit within the university’s strategic initiatives that include: Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. Application materials should speak to the ability of the candidate to meet one or more of these strategic initiatives. For more information see http://www.provost.ku.edu/strategic-plan/initiatives. Candidates will be expected to teach courses in the political communication track at both the undergraduate and graduate level as well as participate in departmental and university duties, including student advising and committee work.
The Communication Studies Department at the University of Kansas emphasizes the following: critical thinking in constructing and analyzing arguments, research and discourse; fostering understanding in the ways in which communication shapes and in turn shapes a diverse society; understanding of the relationship between community and communication; transfer of communication skills to public, professional and personal endeavors; and synthesis of existing communication theories and application to contemporary understandings. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
KU is a Research 1 (RU/VH) institution, the flagship of the Kansas system, and a member of the AAU. It is located in Lawrence, a thriving and progressive community a short drive from Kansas City.
1. A Ph.D. or ABD in Communication Studies or a related discipline from an accredited school is expected by the start date of the appointment [August 18, 2014].
2. Demonstrated ability to work in interdisciplinary and collaborative environments.
3. A proven record or demonstration for high potential in research and publications.
4. Demonstrated ability to teach effectively at undergraduate and graduate levels.
For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/1697BR or https://employment.ku.edu and click “Search Faculty Jobs”; search by key word [POLITICAL]. A complete online application includes the following materials: cover letter, curriculum vitae, proof of teaching experience (e.g. course evaluations), teaching philosophy, research statement, and the names and contact information for three references.
Initial review of applications will begin October 8, 2014 and will continue as long as needed to identify a qualified pool.
KU is an EO/AAE. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, national origin, disability, genetic information or protected Veteran status.