Arizona State University — Assistant Professor, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

JOB #12098

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication (HDSHC) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Assistant Professor with an anticipated start date of August 2018. Applicants at entry level or advanced Assistant level are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in applicants with a scholarship and teaching focus in critical/cultural communication studies. Salary will be competitive based on qualifications.

The successful candidate will join a dynamic faculty working to advance innovative research and excellence in teaching through its efforts with the diverse and growing undergraduate and graduate student population at Arizona State University. The School’s mission aims to produce transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching that responds to pressing issues in the world today. We invite you to learn more about the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and Arizona State University by visiting and, respectively.

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous research program; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contribute to curriculum development and graduate advising; serve on school, college, and university committees; and provide service to the school, professional associations, and the community.

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication includes 22 full-time faculty members and offers the BA, BS, masters in passing, MA and PhD degrees in human communication. The School offers laboratory facilities, computer resources, project support, grant development support, and a performance studio. The Main Campus is located in Tempe, a progressive suburb of Phoenix. Our location offers the resources of a major metropolitan area (5+ million) in a state with spectacular natural scenery and recreational areas, sublime winters, and a culturally rich population.

Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Ph.D. in communication or a related field by the time of appointment
  • A scholarship (research and/or creative activity) and teaching focus in critical/cultural communication studies

Desired Qualifications: 

  • Ability to also contribute to research and teaching in one or more of the School’s core areas (rhetoric/public communication, performance studies, intercultural, organizational, or interpersonal)
  • Ability to also contribute to research and teaching in one or more of the School’s strategic initiatives (The Intersections of Civil, Critical, and Creative Communication Collective, The Transformation Project, Health Communication Initiative, or the Center for Strategic Communication)
  • Evidence of the potential to seek external funding
  • A strong potential for success in serving the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities.

Initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is Tuesday, October 31, 2017; if not filled, review of complete applications will continue every two weeks thereafter until the search is closed. A background check is required for employment.

To apply, please submit to a single PDF document that includes the following:

  1. A cover letter specifying interest in the position and how qualifications match the required and desired qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Evidence of excellence or potential for excellence in teaching (e.g., syllabi, teaching evaluations)
  4. Evidence of excellence or potential for excellence in scholarship (e.g., reprints of no more than 3
  5. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references who may be contacted at a later stage of the search.

Please write the job order #12098 in the SUBJECT area of the email.

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.” (NOTE: For electronic advertisement, please create and include at the end of this statement hyperlinks to ASU’s policy manual
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