Chatham University — Assistant Professor of Communication

Founded in 1869, Chatham University has an enrollment of over 2,200 students across over 60 undergraduate and graduate programs in our areas of excellence: sustainability and health, the arts and sciences and business and communications. Chatham has consistently been named a College of Distinction and a “Best College” by U.S. News & World Report, andas the alma mater of environmental icon, Rachel Carson (Class of ’29)—is perennially ranked as one of the greenest colleges in the United States by Sierra Magazine and the Princeton Review. 

Chatham’s mission is: “to prepare students to build lives of purpose, value and fulfilling work…by preparing graduates to be informed and engaged citizens in their communities; to recognize and respect diversity of culture, identity, and opinion; and to live sustainably.” Building on this mission, Chatham is committed to creating a supportive and inclusive learning, living and working environment for all members of the campus community. 

Chatham consists of the School of Health Sciences; the Falk School of Sustainability and Environment; the School of Arts, Science and Business; and the School for Continuing and Professional Studies.

Located in Pittsburgh, PA—one of the country’s most livable cities and great college towns—Chatham is spread across three distinct locations: the historic arboretum, Shadyside Campus; Chatham Eastside in the fast-growing East End; and Eden Hall Campus, one of the world’s most sustainable campuses. 

Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equity. Women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of other underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply. Chatham University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, or national origin.

Position Summary:  The Department of Art, Design, & Communication is seeking an Assistant Professor with teaching excellence and a promising program of research in Public Relations/Strategic Communication, with a secondary focus in one or more of the following areas: Organizational Communication, Health Communication, Internal/Change Communication, Professional Writing, Media Theory & Criticism. 

The successful candidate will be able to teach courses both in those areas and in broader domains of Communication theory, history, and practice. 


  • Completion of a Ph.D. in Communication or related field (e.g. Rhetoric, Media Studies) is required
  • Experience working with a diverse student population

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Develop and maintain an active research program
  • Teach both in Chatham’s fully online Master of Professional Writing (MPW) program as well as within on-ground undergraduate programs in Communication and Media Arts
  • Take on an advising load of graduate and undergraduate students, participate in departmental activities including admissions events, and develop an active research program

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter addressing how you will further this goal including previous activities mentoring women and members of underrepresented groups; a curriculum vitae; a teaching and research statement; and contact information for three professional references.

A review of applicants will begin Monday, February 17, 2020 and continue until March 15, 2020. Phone interviews with qualified candidates will be held at the end of March, and campus visits will take place during the first two weeks of April. 

Chatham University offers competitive salary, an excellent benefits package, including tuition remission for qualified personnel, and a generous retirement plan.

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Chatham University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Actively Seeks Diverse Candidates