Cornell University, Department of Communication

Position ID:Cornell-Department of Communication-LECWRITCOMM [#26552, WDR-00041163]
Position Title: Lecturer/Senior Lecturer Written Communication
Position Type:Non tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Areas: Communications / Communication, Writing
Appl Deadline: (posted 2023/11/09, updated 2023/11/08, listed until 2024/02/14)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Lecturer/Senior Lecturer

Department of Communication, Cornell University

Position:                Lecturer/Senior Lecturer, non-tenure-track (9-month position)

                                Full-time, 100% FTE; 3-year term position, renewable contingent upon funding, work, and performance  

Location:               Ithaca, NY, USA. The academic home for this position is the Department of Communication, housed in the College
       of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) on the Ithaca campus of Cornell University.

Position Description and Responsibilities:

Cornell University’s Department of Communication seeks a colleague to join a dynamic program and make strong teaching contributions to our core curriculum requirements of excellence in written communication and expression. The ability to write within the communication major and beyond is central to the training of the next generation of communication leaders. The successful candidate will have demonstrated excellence in the ability to teach students to communicate successfully through writing and in the use of innovative teaching methods in the classroom.

The primary responsibility will be teaching the required undergraduate writing course, which has previously covered topics, including academic/database research, source credibility identification, social scientific argumentation with clarity, editing and revising, citation management, writing in communication careers, and abiding by the highest standards of academic integrity. The successful candidate will help us to integrate/re-envision the role of the writing course in light of the department’s other research and curricular strengths (e.g., social media studies, environmental and health communication, intercultural communication, etc.). Additionally, there is the opportunity to develop coursework in the candidate’s area of expertise.

We invite applications for a 9-month, full-time, non-tenure-track faculty position at the Lecturer/Senior Lecturer level. The position involves 100% teaching responsibilities, which is equivalent to 3 courses per semester. The successful candidate will also advise approximately 25 undergraduate Communication majors, which entails keeping abreast of university, college, and departmental graduation requirements and meeting with students no less than once per semester to plan enrollment strategies and to monitor progress. Responsibilities also include serving on the awards committee and participating in other departmental, college, and university committees. Summer and winter session teaching and distance learning opportunities may also be available. This is a three-year appointment with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2024, renewable contingent upon funding, work, and performance. Cornell offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package.

Cornell’s Department of Communication is an international leader in the study of communication as a social science. Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems, and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day. The department is ranked among the top five in the nation in the most recent study by the National Research Council. This ranking reflects the productivity and quality of the faculty and the diversity and success of our students. The department is housed in a state-of-the-art office space that encourages collaborative work.

Required Qualifications:

A successful candidate will have a master’s degree (Ph.D. preferred) in Communication or a closely aligned field with the ability to teach writing at the university level, oversee teaching assistants, and develop and coordinate activities with other instructors.



Applications are encouraged from candidates of all backgrounds, particularly from underrepresented groups and identities. Qualified applicants should submit 1) a cover letter briefly summarizing background, qualifications, and interest in the position, 2) a Curriculum Vitae, 3) a teaching statement outlining experience, interests, and goals, 4) statement supporting diverse communities (this can be a stand-alone document (preferred) or the information can be embedded in other parts of the application materials) outlining how, through research, teaching, service, mentoring, extension, and/or outreach, the candidate has and will contribute to support Cornell’s historical mission of “any person … any study”, 5) evidence of ability to teach social scientific writing and writing for communication careers at the university level, e.g., syllabi and teaching evaluations, and 5) names and contact information for three references. Please apply via Academic Jobs Online, Applications received by January 19, 2024, will be given full consideration.


For questions regarding the position, please contact Search Committee Chair, Professor Connie Yuan. For administrative support regarding the application process, contact Kelli Carr.

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University is engaged in pioneering pursuit of inclusive, purpose-driven science. As Cornell University’s second largest college, with discovery for impact at its core, we work across disciplines to tackle the challenges of our time through equitable, world-renowned research, education, and outreach. The questions we probe and the answers we seek focus on three overlapping concerns: natural and human systems; food, energy, and environmental resources; and social, physical, and economic well-being. CALS is fundamentally invested in improving the lives of people, their environments, and their communities both in New York state and around the world.

Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches including positions available in higher education in the upstate New York area.

The new faculty member will join a collaborative, interdisciplinary community on the main campus in Ithaca, New York. Cornell University is an innovative Ivy League and Land-grant university and a great place to work. Our inclusive community of scholars, students, and staff impart an uncommon sense of larger purpose and contribute creative ideas to further the university's mission of teaching, discovery, and engagement.

Cornell's regional and global presence includes state-wide Cornell Cooperative Extension programs and offices in all counties and boroughs, global partnerships with institutions and communities engaged in life-changing research and education, the medical college's campuses on the Upper East Side of Manhattan and Doha, Qatar, and the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in the heart of New York City.

The Cornell community embraces diversity and inclusion. We strongly encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply. We value AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities and seek candidates who will create a climate that attracts and retains persons of all races, ethnicities, and genders. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations.

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EEO Statement:

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, and we do not tolerate discrimination based on any protected characteristic, including race, ethnic or national origin, citizenship and immigration status, color, sex/gender, pregnancy or pregnancy-related conditions, age, creed, religion, actual or perceived disability (including persons associated with such a person), arrest and/or conviction record, military or veteran status, sexual orientation, gender expression and/or identity, an individual’s genetic information, domestic violence victim status, familial status, marital status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We also recognize a lawful preference in employment practices for Native Americans living on or near Indian reservations in accordance with applicable law. 

Cornell University embraces diversity and seeks candidates who will contribute to a climate that supports students, faculty, and staff to all identities and backgrounds. We encourage individuals from underrepresented and/or marginalized identities to apply.

Pay Ranges:

The hiring rate of pay for the successful candidate will be determined considering the following criteria:

  • Prior relevant work or industry experience.
  • Education level to the extent education is relevant to the position.
  • Academic Discipline (faculty pay ranges reflects 9-month annual salary)
  • Unique applicable skills.

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:
email address
450 Mann Library Building
Ithaca, NY 14853