Assistant Professor in Communication Studies

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
18 Oct 2016
End of advertisement period
17 Nov 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

Communication Studies focuses on how people use messages to generate meanings within and across various contexts, cultures, channels, and media. The study of communication leads to personal development, career success, and responsible citizenship.

Position Summary

The Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University seeks an entry-level assistant professor who specializes in interpersonal communication and uses quantitative research methods. This is an entry-level, tenure-track, nine-month appointment which starts August 16, 2017.

The Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University currently numbers over 700 undergraduate majors, 24 Master’s candidate, will enroll its first Ph.D. cohort in 2017, houses the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation (, and hosts the Act Human Rights Film Festival ( The university and the department are committed to continuing to build a diverse, multicultural, and inclusive campus community and the Department of Communication Studies currently represents one of the most diverse majors on campus. Candidates who can advance the Department’s commitment to diversity, multiculturalism, and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach are encouraged to apply.

Required Job Qualifications

1. PhD in Communication Studies or related field by appointment date.
2. Specialty in interpersonal communication.
3. Expertise in quantitative methods of studying communication

Preferred Job Qualifications

1. Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence.
2. Demonstrated potential for excellence in quantitative, grant-funded research and publication.
3. Ph.D. in hand.
4. Demonstrated experience in teaching/scholarship in Communications, following the liberal arts tradition.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, unofficial transcripts, statement of teaching philosophy, and statement of research philosophy by October 30, 2016 to receive full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. References will be contacted for a letter of recommendation upon submission of a completed application.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

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Essential Duties

Job Duty Category Teach Duty/Responsibility

Teach courses in interpersonal, conflict, communication theory, and research methods.

Percentage Of Time 50 Job Duty Category Research Duty/Responsibility

Conduct quantitative and mixed method research and publish in areas of specialty.

Percentage Of Time 35 Job Duty Category Service Duty/Responsibility

Work collegially with a faculty who represent the broad scope of communication.
Advise graduate students and serve on M.A. and Ph.D. committees.
Assume other duties normally expected of full-time faculty members at a major research institution.