The Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA, invites applications for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position beginning fall 2022. We wish to welcome humanities-based teacher-scholars with a commitment to inclusive, equity-minded teaching to join a department with an innovative curriculum grounded in rhetoric, media, and cultural studies and to collaborate with colleagues animated by concerns of social justice, civic engagement, media representation, and systems of power, privilege, and oppression.
We look forward to collaborating with a colleague who possesses strong pedagogical abilities, with particular sensitivity to inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices; who can address questions of diversity, equity, and social justice broadly considered; who can effectively teach the impacts and consequences of communication on society, media, culture, and identity; and who approaches communication as a constitutive material, social, cultural, and political endeavor.
We seek a candidate who is invested in creative, reflective pedagogy and who has experience teaching about communication as symbolic action from a rhetorical, media, and/or cultural studies perspective. Our curriculum is centered around three theoretical pillars: communication and meaning-making, communication’s relationship to systems of power, privilege, and oppression; and intersectionality and the performance of identity. This colleague will contribute to our introductory theory and methodology courses in addition to teaching our upper-level course offerings for majors and minors (see course and curriculum on department website). In addition, all members of our department share in the responsibility of teaching the first-year, Core Curriculum course, COMM 100: Communication and Speech. This course emphasizes communication as symbolic action and foregrounds civic engagement—a theme that continues throughout all our courses. The teaching load for the tenure-track position is 18 credits per year (9 credits per semester).
We envision applicants whose teaching and scholarship explore intersections of rhetoric, media, and cultural studies with one or more of the following areas, which form the foundations of our curriculum:
· Meaning, representation, and media
· Communication, power, and culture
· Intersections of race / ethnicity / gender / sexuality / ability / religion / citizenship
· Activism, organizing, civic engagement, and social movements
· Technology and digital cultures
Applicants should be comfortable working in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, we hope to find a colleague with potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Critical Race and Ethnic Studies; Native American Studies; Environmental Studies and the Center for Climate, Society, and the Environment; Women’s and Gender Studies; International Studies; and Film Studies.
Additionally, all members of the department contribute to and participate in peer review of teaching activities, department committees, and special projects. Gonzaga University features an outstanding Center for Teaching and Advising that sponsors regular faculty development and education opportunities.
The Communication Studies Department is committed to inclusive excellence, to increasing the diversity of the campus community, and to supporting traditionally underrepresented students in higher education, especially at a predominantly white institution. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we expect applicants to provide evidence of direct experience and expertise in issues related to social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have demonstrated experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify specific experiences in these areas. Candidates who have demonstrated expertise in issues applicable to populations with diverse backgrounds and experiences, and direct experience working with underrepresented.
·Ph.D. in Communication with preferred backgrounds in rhetoric, media, and/or cultural studies. ABDs considered with the expectation degree in hand by July 15, 2022.
·Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching
·Evidence of inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices
·Evidence of an active research program (particularly at the intersections of rhetoric, media, and culture studies and the relationship to power, social identity, and social/environmental justice)
·Ability to communicate disciplinary ways of thinking within a liberal arts curriculum
·Collaborative approach to teaching and institutional service
·Demonstrated abilities, or strategies for, mentoring and advising traditionally underrepresented identity groups
Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is a committed EEO/AA employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.