Augustana College — Communication Studies / Multimedia Journalism: open rank, visiting

Communication Studies/Multimedia Journalism – Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for an open rank visiting position in Communication Studies beginning in August of the 2019-2020 academic year, with possible renewal for the 2020-2021 academic year. Augustana College is a selective liberal arts college of approximately 2,500 students, most of whom live on a wooded 115-acre campus. Rock Island, Illinois, is part of the Illinois-Iowa Quad Cities along the Mississippi River, a diverse metropolitan area with 400,000 residents, located about three hours west of Chicago and 45 minutes east of Iowa City, home of the University of Iowa.

Position summary: The primary teaching assignment is in media studies. Courses include Media Theory in Communication, Media Literacy, Media and Culture, Cultural History of Media, and Contemporary Issues in Media. We will give preference to candidates who have professional and/or academic experience in journalism and those who can serve as advisor at our student radio station. All faculty contribute to the first-year experience through a combination of teaching in the college’s first-year inquiry program and/or offering January-term courses aimed at first-year students. This is a one-year appointment, but is renewable upon mutual agreement up to a total of three years. Ph.D. is strongly preferred, although ABD will be considered.

Program distinctions: Our department is one of the college’s largest; it’s high-achieving, cheerful, collaborative and flexible. Our curriculum has twice received NCA’s Rex Mix award for excellence, we are regularly called upon to provide leadership to the campus and community, and we work with a bright, diverse and ambitious group of students. The Multimedia Journalism and Mass Communication program, an integral part of the Comm. Studies department, is growing steadily and oversees an award-winning student media effort.

Being a diverse and inclusive community is central to the college’s mission and reflected in the strategic plan. We seek applicants with a demonstrated commitment to fostering an inclusive learning environment for a diverse student body. Minorities and members of underrepresented populations are encouraged to apply.

Augustana College is an equal opportunity employer and actively encourages applications from women and persons of diverse ethnic backgrounds. We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, ethnic origin, gender, sexual orientation, disability or creed and strongly encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds to apply for this position. Details about Augustana College, our expectations of the faculty, the selection process, and the Quad Cities all are available at Teaching at Augustana.

Questions may be directed to the chair of the department, David Snowball at snowball@augustana.edu. Review of applications will begin February 18, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled.

A complete application includes: a cover letter indicating an interest in and understanding of teaching in a liberal arts setting, curriculum vitae, copy of graduate transcript, three letters of recommendation (including contact information), a statement of teaching philosophy, writing sample. To apply, please email application materials to sherrydocherty@augustana.edu using the subject line: Search #113-19 Comm. Studies, and directed to Jessica Schultz, Associate Dean of the College. Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to: Search #113-19 Comm. Studies, C/O Jessica Schultz, Associate Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 – 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.

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