Lecturer positions

The Department of Communication at the University of Washington seeks to hire three full-time Lecturers on three-year contracts, beginning autumn 2013. The new faculty will contribute primarily to undergraduate education. The Department of Communication is an intellectually robust environment that includes an undergraduate program with 1000 majors and several areas of emphasis across a range of communication contexts; a leading MA/PhD program that admits 10-12 students annually; and a premier professional master’s program in Communication Leadership that admits 75 students annually. Research, teaching, and service are priorities in the Department, and diversity is a core value for the university, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the Department.

POSITION 1: Communication Studies. We seek a Lecturer in communication who will be able to contribute immediately to the teaching of a large enrollment introductory human communication theory class, as well as qualitative methods, communication and culture, and any additional areas of expertise. The faculty member will teach six courses a year on the quarter system, at both the introductory and advanced levels, and carry a typical departmental service load with such activities as serving on the Undergraduate Program Committee. Preference will be given to candidates whose interests, expertise, and experiences can — in addition to communication and culture — contribute to one of the following areas of strength in the Department: communication technology and society; global communication; media organizations and institutions; political communication; rhetoric and critical/cultural studies; and social interaction. The ideal faculty member would also have an interest in developing online courses, demonstrated excellence in teaching, and experience working with diverse populations. Candidates must have earned or be close to completion of a PhD in communication by the start date of the position.  Applications should include (1) a letter that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) representative quantitative teaching evaluations; and (4) three letters of recommendation. Complete applications received by February 15, 2013 will be given full consideration.

POSITION 2: Journalism in a Digital Age. We seek a Lecturer who understands and can teach well the entrepreneurial ways in which journalism is being practiced today, when journalism and other communication professions are undergoing rapid transformation in response to technological innovation, economic disruption, and social change. The ideal candidate will have recent, substantial professional experience producing journalism in a multiplatform setting. The faculty member will have significant responsibility for shaping the foundational course in the journalism area, which focuses on the core concepts of multiplatform journalism, and for helping to develop a “digital first” mindset among students. Candidates with a graduate degree and previous teaching experience are preferred. The faculty member will be expected to engage with journalism professionals in the region and nationally, either through content production or via involvement with journalism professional or educational associations, and to actively engage with the broader faculty and areas of interest in the Department. The faculty member will teach six courses a year on the quarter system, carry a typical departmental service load with such activities as coordinating guest speakers in journalism courses, and be expected to work successfully with diverse student populations. Applications should include (1) a letter of application that addresses teaching interests, experiences, and fit with current courses and/or suggestions for new ones; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) representative quantitative teaching evaluations; and (4) three letters of recommendation. Complete applications received by February 15, 2013 will be given full consideration.

POSITION 3: Speech Communication and Debate. We seek a Lecturer in speech communication to teach in the undergraduate curriculum who will also serve as debate coach, supporting the Department’s efforts to promote student participation in intercollegiate and public debate. Teaching duties will consist of four courses a year on the quarter system at both the introductory and advanced levels. Classes may include public speaking, argumentation, and debate. The candidate will be responsible for creating a small policy debate team, so the successful applicant will have experience with policy debate, recruitment, and grant writing. The Lecturer will coach, administer, and travel with the team, and will work with faculty on the Department’s intramural and public debate programs. The ideal candidate would also contribute to the Department’s intellectual conversation about rhetoric and speech and have experience working with diverse populations. Candidates must have a MA in communication or a closely related discipline. Doctoral candidates or PhDs are strongly preferred. Applications should include (1) a letter that addresses teaching interests and coaching philosophy; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) representative quantitative teaching evaluations; and (4) three letters of recommendation. Complete applications received by March 15, 2013 will be given full consideration.

The start date for these positions is September 16, 2013. Application materials are to be submitted online beginning January 25 at http://com.uw.edu/facultysearch.  Inquiries should be directed to Department Chair David Domke, at domke@uw.edu

The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action, equal-opportunity employer. The University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans.