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Assistant Professor - Communication Studies (School of Communications)

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Work type: FAC - Tenure Track Faculty
Location: Allendale
Categories: College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Summary: The School of Communications at Grand Valley State University is seeking an effective teacher and scholar to join the faculty of the Communication Studies major. This is an Assistant Professor tenure-track position to begin Fall 2020. All areas of research and scholarship are welcome. The Communication Studies major places a premium on the abilities and skills of the applicant to successfully contribute to and complement the strong teaching of the current faculty within a range of communication courses.

Required Qualifications and Education:
• A doctorate in the field of Communication is required (PhD is expected at the time of appointment).
• Evidence of teaching effectiveness and scholarly/professional engagement is required.

Preferred Qualifications and Education:
• A record of involvement and achievement in scholarly/professional communication associations is preferred.

Responsibilities – Essential Functions:
• Teach courses across the undergraduate communication curriculum including: Concepts of Communication, Foundations of Communication Research, Storymaking, Argument and Analysis, Debate, Intercultural Communication, Speech, Critical Interpretation, among others, and within area(s) of specialty.
• Duties include attending School of Communications faculty meetings, advising students, and service to the institution, to the profession, and to the community.
• Typical teaching load is nine credit hours (usually three courses) per semester.

Responsibilities – Non-Essential Functions:
• Ability to teach a range of research methods as well as design, develop, and teach hybrid and online courses a plus.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Department/Division: Communication Studies is located in the School of Communications, which is a part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. The School offers the majors of Advertising/Public Relations, Communication Studies, Health Communication, and Multimedia Journalism. The School also offers a Masters in Communication. The School has over 1,000 students. For details about the School of Communications see our website at

Campus: The School of Communications and faculty offices are located at the main GVSU campus in Allendale; courses may be taught at Allendale and/or the Pew Campus in Grand Rapids. GVSU offers more than 200 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 25,000 students. The West Michigan area offers numerous cultural and recreational opportunities, a moderate cost of living, and a high quality of life.

Application Deadline: Review of applications begins October 15, 2019 and the posting may be closed at any time at the discretion of the University. 

How To Apply: Apply online at and select "Apply now." Include a cover letter and curriculum vitae, sample publication/conference papers, sample syllabi and other relevant teaching materials, strong evidence of teaching excellence, and statement of teaching philosophy. The online application will require attachment of documents. On the application, provide names, phone numbers, and e-mail addresses for three professional references. Applications selected for interviews will be required to submit official transcripts prior to the interview. If you have questions or need assistance, call Human Resources at 616-331-2215.

Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. Members of the University community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, including sexual misconduct, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex/gender (including gender identity and expression), sexual orientation, veteran or active duty military status or weight. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities. See TDD Callers: Call Michigan Relay Center at 711 (in State) or 1-800-833-7833 (out of State)

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Must have the physical stamina to work long hours and/or more than 5 days per week. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. GVSU will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request.

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