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Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

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Position Status: Faculty, Full-time regular
Location: San Diego
Position Type: Faculty, College of Arts and Sciences

Position Title & Department:

 Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
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Department Description:

Communication Studies at USD was founded in 1982 and has grown to be one of the largest departments in the College of Arts and Sciences. The Department of Communication Studies is committed to faculty members who strive for innovation in their pedagogical and research approaches to investigating communication. Our faculty members represent the breadth of the discipline.  We approach communication as the primary social process: the various modes of human communication forge and maintain individual identity and collective organization. Communication Studies students perform research of personal interest — on their own under faculty advisement or in cooperation with faculty research — and are guided in finding internships so they have the chance to put their research and methods coursework into practice.

Detailed Description:

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of San Diego invites applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor with a scholarly interest in communication and policy. Candidates approaching communication and policy from any methodological perspective are welcome to apply. Policy is broadly defined, and could include the development, implementation, or implications of laws, regulations, or policies stemming from localities, regions, nation-states, international governing bodies, or from within private sectors. The department is particularly interested in scholars investigating policy as it relates to environmental communication, new media technologies, or borders and social justice.

We seek candidates who respect diverse approaches to studying the process of communication, and who recognize the social and political implications of the communication process. Qualified candidates should have an appreciation for the teacher-scholar model, a student-centered approach, and a commitment to the liberal arts. Candidates should be capable of teaching within our departmental core curriculum, as well as upper-division courses within their area of expertise. Preference will be given to candidates capable of teaching upper-division communication criticism.

The successful candidate will join other new faculty members from varying disciplines across the College of Arts & Sciences who will have similar pedagogical or scholarly interests to collaboratively engage in faculty clusters focused on climate change and environmental justice, technology and the human experience, or borders and social justice. The faculty clusters are designed to attract a diverse set of scholars to the College of Arts & Sciences who will have the opportunity to participate in campus and community collaborations. Information about the clusters can be found here. 

Job Requirements:

Candidates should hold an advanced degree, preferably a doctorate or other terminal degree. ABD candidates will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Qualified candidates should also have university-level teaching experience and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching. Candidates are also expected to have a strong research agenda, participate in university service, and advise undergraduate students. Qualified candidates who are dedicated to empowering students from underserved communities through teaching, research, creative and pedagogical scholarship, community engagement, service and/or mentoring are strongly encouraged to apply.

Background check:  Successful completion of a pre-employment background check.

Degree Verification Requirement: Persons offered employment in this position will be required to provide official education transcripts for degree verification purposes. 

Posting Salary:

Commensurate with experience; Excellent Benefits. 

The University of San Diego offers a very competitive benefits package, to include medical, dental, vision, a retirement contribution given to you by the University (with three year vesting period), and access to on-campus Fitness Centers.  Please visit the benefits section of our website to view all of the perks and benefits that USD has to offer.  USD: Human Resources: Benefits

Special Application Instructions:
Click 'Apply Now' to complete our online application. For full consideration, candidates should submit applications prior to October 15, 2021.

Applications must consist of the following:

  1. Letter of application
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Teaching statement and a sample syllabus
  4. Research statement and a sample of scholarly work
  5. Diversity statement, in which you address A) your values with respect to diversity, equity, and inclusion; B) your experience working with minoritized populations and/or on issues that disproportionately affect diverse populations, and C) your plans related to diversity and inclusion in your teaching and research
  6. Contact information for three references

Any questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Diane Keeling, search chair, keeling@sandiego.edu.

Any technical questions or difficulties uploading materials should be directed to the Employment Services Team at 619-260-6806 or jobs@sandiego.edu.

Additional Details:

More about the College of Arts and Sciences and University of San Diego:

The College of Arts and Sciences is at the heart of the University of San Diego. Our philosophy is built on the enduring values of the Catholic intellectual tradition, immersing students in the concepts of free inquiry, diversity and inclusion, ethical conduct and compassionate service. The College aims to establish an academic foundation for students to thrive and gain a comprehensive education, which spans the sciences, arts and social sciences. Through our exemplary liberal arts education and rigorous scholarship, we aspire to not only educate the mind but also develop the whole person.

The University of San Diego, a contemporary and engaged Roman Catholic institution, was founded by the Diocese of San Diego and the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1949. Governed by an independent board of trustees since 1972, USD remains committed to a liberal arts education grounded in the Catholic intellectual tradition and the pursuit of truth, goodness and beauty. Inspired by this centuries old tradition of Catholic higher education, the University welcomes people of all faith traditions and any, or no, religious background. The future success of USD relies on the contributions of those who seek to foster the development of engaged global citizens and an earnest confrontation of humanity’s urgent challenges.

The University of San Diego sits on the Indigenous homeland of the Kumeyaay people. The San Diego region is the third most populated area for American Indians in California and is surrounded by four autonomous Indigenous nations: the Kumeyaay, Luiseño, Cupeño, and Cahuilla. These four nations, represented by 19 tribes, make San Diego County home to the largest concentration of individual tribes in the United States. San Diego is also the second largest city in the state, near the busiest port of entry on an international border, and hosts significant ethnic, immigrant, and refugee communities from around the globe, including Central America, the Caribbean, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and Africa. Serving more than 5,500 undergraduate students, the university holds a commitment to advancing academic excellence, global citizenship, ethical knowledge and conduct, and compassionate service. 

The University of San Diego is an Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, age, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, covered veteran status, genetic information, or other characteristic protected by federal or state law. USD offers same sex domestic partner benefits.

The University of San Diego is a smoking and tobacco-free campus. For more information, visit www.sandiego.edu/smokefree.

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