Department Seeking Assistant Professor

Position Overview:

The Department of Communication at the University of Washington seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor who focuses on social interaction.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree, or foreign equivalent, by the start of appointment.

Candidates for this position take a humanistic/interpretive approach to studying communication in social and personal relationships. More specifically, their work engages the study of language, discourse, nonverbal behavior, and/or identity in social and cultural contexts. They ask questions with answers that are grounded in particular people, places, or phenomena and so are oriented more qualitatively in at least some of their work. Particular approaches are ethnography of communication, discourse analysis, or grounded theory, among others, and candidates should be prepared to teach one or more qualitative methods that reflect their scholarship. They should also have a commitment to student mentorship and evidence supporting this commitment. Particular contexts of interest should complement our existing faculty and center on areas such as Communication and Difference, Group/Intergroup Communication, Communication in Families, Online Communication, Health Communication, and/or Interpersonal Communication.

University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service.

Application Instructions:

Review of applications (to be submitted HERE) will be October 2, 2017. The start date for this position is September 16, 2018.

Candidates must submit the following:

(1) A letter of application that addresses research and teaching interests (for the latter, please include mention of existing courses and/or suggestions for potential new ones)

(2) A secondary essay that describes the candidate’s experiences with difference, race, equity, and social justice in their research, teaching, mentorship, and service and/or their potential to bring diversity to the department, university, and the communication field

(3) A curriculum vitae

(4) Names and contact information for three references

(5) Two academic writing samples, with first or sole authorships preferred, that reflect work in the humanist/interpretive tradition

Inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Valerie Manusov (

The University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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