Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences, University of Washington Tacoma

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Position ID:UWT-Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences-COMMEDIA [#9567]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Communication
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Tacoma, Washington 98402, United States [map]
Subject Area: Communications
Starting Date:2018/09/16
Appl Deadline:2017/11/01 finished (2017/08/22, finished 2018/03/08)
Position Description:    

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Assistant Professor in Communication

The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Communication in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time position with a 9-month service period. The successful candidate will be an intellectually expansive scholar whose research and teaching addresses the relationship between media and activism, such as community media, participatory media, development communications, or other areas, and will have the ability to teach professional skills in pre-existing courses in print, video, web design, or to develop new skills courses in their area. Communication faculty at the University of Washington Tacoma are committed to taking a critical perspective and including themes of inclusivity, diversity, and equity across the breadth of their research and teaching. In addition to their strong research profile, candidates should be prepared to teach a range of courses including foundation and skills courses as well as to develop new courses in areas including but not limited to global media activism, digital media activism, and activism and social movements. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate effective teaching of media activism with diverse student populations and integrate new pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning. Faculty are encouraged to involve students in their research and do community-based teaching and scholarship.

The position primarily contributes to the Communication major but also supports other interdisciplinary majors and concentrations at UW Tacoma. The position begins September 16, 2018, and at the time of appointment requires an earned doctorate, terminal degree, or foreign equivalent in Communication or related field with an emphasis on Media Activism. Candidates in the final stages of their dissertation will be appointed on an acting basis. The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth within our campus and broader community. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit UW Tacoma faculty engage in teaching, research, and service and generally participate in lower division, upper division, and graduate instruction.

Application Instructions To apply, please submit:

  1. Letter delineating your interests and qualifications, a description of research projects underway, and your teaching experience. Applicant statements should detail how their teaching, service and/or scholarship has supported the success of students from racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds that are underrepresented in their academic fields; applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity;
  2. curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught,
  3. statement of your teaching philosophy,
  4. an article-length writing sample,
  5. evidence of teaching effectiveness, and
  6. three letters of reference

Short-listed candidates may be asked to submit additional examples of their creative or professional work or syllabi.

Submit all application materials through Academic Jobs Online at Application materials, including letters of recommendation, received via email will not be considered. Screening of applicants will begin November 1, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Incomplete applications may not be considered. For further information, e-mail Dr. Randy Nichols, search chair, at

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, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
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Further Info:
1900 Commerce Street, Box 358436
Tacoma, WA 98402

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