Assistant Professor, Communication

Macon, Georgia, United States

Job description

Department Liberal Studies
Vacancy Number F19-014
Work Location Atlanta

AA/EEO Employer/Veteran/Disabled

Mercer University’s Penfield College invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Communication, a non-tenure track, full-time renewable position beginning August 1, 2018. The position, in the College’s department of Liberal Studies, is based on Mercer’s Atlanta campus with teaching responsibilities at the University’s Regional Academic Centers. The Department of Liberal Studies is an interdisciplinary department offering a B.A. in Liberal Studies, a B.A. in Communication, and general education courses in the evenings and on weekends to students in the working adult programs of the University.
The B.A. in Communication degree blends a grounding in Societal, Organizational, and Relational Communication. Students gain a knowledge of these broad spheres of communication as they intersect in society, organizations, and in everyday life.

The successful candidate will hold a Ph.D. in Communication from an accredited college/university. Candidates will teach undergraduate courses including Interpersonal Communication, Organizational Communication, Communication Theory, as well as interdisciplinary liberal studies courses. Applicants who have successfully taught general communication courses will be strongly considered.

A record of or demonstrated potential for exemplary teaching of non-traditional learners at the undergraduate level is required. Preference will be given to applicants who have experience teaching adult learners and who have experience in the administration of non-traditional academic programs.

Additional responsibilities in the College include: advising students; participating in committees as assigned; attending program, departmental, and College-wide faculty meetings; engaging in scholarly activity; maintaining the requisite number of office hours; working collaboratively with colleagues within the department, the College, and across the academic units of the University. The basic appointment is for the traditional nine-month academic year (seven course teaching load), with the possibility of additional teaching in summer.

How to apply

Interested candidates may apply by accessing Mercer’s online system at to complete a brief online application and attach required documentation including letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and names and contact information of three references. In addition, candidates must have three current letters of recommendation and official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work sent directly to Office of the Dean, Penfield College, 3001 Mercer University Drive, Atlanta, GA 30341-4115. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Selection of the final candidate is contingent upon successful completion of a criminal background check.
Is a criminal background check needed for this position? Yes
Is a credit check needed for this position? No
Does this position require travel for University business in a rental car or University owned vehicle? No

About Mercer Mercer University is one of America’s oldest and most distinctive institutions of higher learning, offering rigorous programs that span the undergraduate liberal arts to doctoral-level degrees. Founded by early 19th century Baptists, Mercer — while no longer formally affiliated with the Baptist denomination — remains committed to an educational environment that embraces intellectual and religious freedom while affirming values that arise from a Judeo-Christian understanding of the world.