University of Connecticut, Department of Communication

Position ID:UConn-Department of Communication-496795 [#22745, 496795]
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Interpersonal Communication
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Communications / Interpersonal Communication
Appl Deadline: finished (2022/09/12, finished 2023/05/01, listed until 2022/11/28)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor with expertise in Interpersonal Communication. The position will be based on our Storrs campus and will begin on August 23, 2023. Potential areas of specialization may include family communication, interpersonal communication and health, interpersonal communication and social change, relational communication, and others. The candidate would be expected to teach our large lecture course in Interpersonal Communication, along with upper-level courses in their area of specialization: this may include Family Communication, Nonverbal Communication, Communication and Social Change, and others. We welcome applicants with expertise in a range of paradigms and methodologies, and encourage applicants with expertise in quantitative, qualitative empirical, and/or mixed methods approaches and an interest in teaching research methods to both undergraduate and graduate students. The successful applicant will have the potential to pursue funding opportunities from federal sources and/or private foundations. They will also have experience in – or the potential for – building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research, or service that will bolster our commitment to engagement and inclusion of culturally diverse audiences in higher education, particularly in Communication.

The Department of Communication has 20 tenure-stream faculty members and 5 non-tenure stream faculty and has approximately 35 graduate students and 1000 undergraduate majors. For more information see

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


  • Earned Ph.D. in communication or international equivalent (ABD candidates will be considered with the expectation that the Ph.D. is completed by the start date).
  • Demonstrated potential in establishing a successful research and scholarship program aligned with the description above.
  • Deep commitment to promoting diversity through academic and research programs.


  • Record of securing extramural funding from the agencies listed above or similar national-level grant-sponsoring agencies.
  • Record of research and scholarship excellence.
  • Record of teaching excellence.
  • Ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2023. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • Three letters of reference.

Application materials will only be accepted via Academic Jobs Online. Evaluation of applicants will begin on November 1, 2022.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Department of Communication
337 Mansfield Road, U-1259
Storrs, CT 06269-1259