Assistant Professor – Communication Studies



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Job description

Ellensburg, WA

Job ID: 3295

Job Summary

Enjoy life near the Cascade Mountains teaching Communication Studies classes at Central Washington University (CWU). The Department of Communication at CWU seeks an Assistant Professor for a tenure-­track position, with productive scholarship and service expectations in addition to teaching. The Department supports a thriving major program in Communication Studies as well as minors in Organizational Communication and Communication, and also offers degrees in Public Relations, Digital Journalism, and Film.

The successful candidate will be a communication generalist who demonstrates strong theoretical and broad methodological knowledge, including quantitative, qualitative, and/or rhetorical methods, and the ability to teach a variety of Communication Studies courses.

Applications from candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds are particularly welcome.

This position begins in September 2020.

Job Duties

  • Teach a variety of courses in Communication Studies, Public Speaking, and Intercultural Communication.
  • Teach General Education Communication classes.
  • Participate in Departmental, College, and University Service.
  • Conduct research, generate projects, and publish in the discipline.
  • Additional responsibilities include advising students and recruitment.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Communication or related field by September 15, 2020.
  • Demonstrated record of university level teaching experience (minimum 1 year).
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity of race, religion, culture, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity, and socioeconomic status.


  • Demonstrated outstanding teaching experience in both face-to-face and online contexts in general communication studies.
  • Teaching experience in a broad variety of undergraduate communication courses. (The core courses of the Communication Studies major include Introduction to Human Communication, Communication Theory, Persuasion and Culture, Interpersonal Communication, Intercultural Communication, Organizational Communication, Public Speaking, Nonverbal Communication, Gender Communication, Conflict and Communication.)
  • Ability to coordinate curriculum delivery, design new courses, and conduct assessment for our Communication Studies program.
  • Experience with successful teaching practices to meet the needs of a diverse student population.
  • We particularly welcome applications from candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds, and those who demonstrate a commitment to interdisciplinary and academic service learning.

Pay, Benefits, & Work Schedule

Salary: Commensurate with education and experience

Appointment: Full-Time, Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track), 9 Month Appointment. A dditional Summer teaching may be available.

Central Washington University is on the quarter system with appointments from mid-September through mid-June.

BenefitsCWU offers a comprehensive benefits package including health insurance, retirement and optional savings plans, life and disability insurance.

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How to apply

To apply for this position, you must complete the on-line application and attach:

  • A detailed cover letter clearly demonstrating how your education and experience: (a) meet the required (and, as applicable, preferred) qualifications, and (b) demonstrate the ability to perform the responsibilities as described by the posting; and (c) detail how teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields (applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further CWU’s commitment to diversity);
  • Curriculum Vitae including work history, education, training; and
  • Contact information for three professional references.

* Finalists may be asked to provide graduate transcripts, teaching evaluations, and samples of scholarly work.

Screening Begins: October 31, 2019 and will be open until filled

NOTE: Although copies of transcripts are acceptable for application purposes, all job offers are contingent upon verification of highest degree.
**Priority will be given to applications received by the screening date. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

Contact Information

Name: Dr. Francesco Somaini
Title: Department Chair
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 509.963-1068

Please contact Human Resources at [email protected] or 509-963-1202 if you require technical assistance with the on-line application process.

Conditions of Employment

Prior to employment, final candidate(s) will be required to submit to a background check. All information obtained through background investigations will be strictly confidential and revealed only to those required to have access.

The conditions of employment with Central Washington University are set forth in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between Central Washington University and United Faculty of Central, University policies and procedures, and applicable state and federal laws.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement may be found here:

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