Arizona State University — Assistant Professor in Interpersonal Communication in the Digital Age, Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

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 TWO full-time, tenure-track positions as Assistant Professor in Interpersonal Communication in the Digital Age with an anticipated start date of August 2020. Applicants at entry level through the advanced Assistant Professor level are encouraged to apply. 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 respond 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. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting

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.

Department Statement
The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication offers BA, BS, MA, and Ph.D. degrees. The School is composed of approximately 24 distinguished interdisciplinary faculty recognized for teaching and research excellence in areas of Human Communication including: health communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, performance studies, critical/cultural studies, and rhetoric. 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:

  • Doctorate in communication or a related field by the time of appointment
  • Publication record in the area of interpersonal and/or relational communication
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas related to Interpersonal Communication in the Digital Age: (a) communication technologies, including but not limited to digital media, social media, smart technologies, virtual/augmented spaces, and other emerging technologies; (b) social and personal relationship processes, such as conflict, emotion, online dating, patient-provider interactions, and nonverbal communication, and/or (c) civility, Civil Dialogue®, and/or conversation
  • Evidence of teaching excellence: Ability or experience to teach and mentor undergraduate and graduate students in interpersonal communication

Desired Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated or developing record of peer-reviewed publication
  • Ability to also contribute to research and teaching in one or more of the School’s core areas (intercultural, health, critical/cultural studies, rhetoric/public communication, performance studies, or organizational) and/or one or more of the School’s research collaboratives (The Intersections of Civil, Critical, and Creative Communication Collective, The Transformation Project, Health Communication Initiative, ICGlobal, or the Center for Strategic Communication)
  • Potential to enrich the breadth of the School and/or enhance intellectual diversity within the School
  • Evidence of the potential to seek external funding
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities
  • Evidence of commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment

How to Apply:
To apply, please submit 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 three articles or book chapters)
  5. Two letters of recommendation (to be submitted through Interfolio)
  6. A statement on how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence

Instructions to apply can be accessed here:

The initial deadline to apply is 11:59PM Eastern Standard Time on Sunday, December 29, 2019. If not filled, applications will be evaluated every week thereafter until the search is closed.

For additional information:
Email both search committee chairs: Dr. Laura Guerrero (, Dr. Heewon Kim (

The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.

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