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Communication Studies: Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor

Communication Studies – Augustana College, Rock Island, Illinois, invites applications for a full-time  tenure-track position in Communication Studies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning the 2018-2019 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: We seek a colleague who can strengthen or complement one of the department’s core areas: rhetorical/political, interpersonal/intercultural, organizational/business, health, media studies. Your primary responsibility will be to teach undergraduate Comm courses. Our other responsibilities include advising students, participating in course and program development, pursuing scholarly and professional activities, performing college and professional service, working cooperatively with diverse groups, and helping students engage with, lead, and serve their communities. We also teach courses in, and in support of, Women & Gender Studies, First-Year Inquiry and Public Health.
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. Augustana transitions from trimesters to semesters in 2019, so our new colleague will help re-imagine and reconstruct our major.
We encourage applicants with demonstrated success in working with diverse populations.  Ph.D. is strongly preferred, although ABD will be considered.
Questions may be directed to the chair of the department, David Snowball, snowball@augustana.edu.  We will be able to meet with interested candidates at the NCA Conference in November. You can find the department on Facebook, Twitter and Linked In. We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the position is filled. We expect to complete our semi-finalist “phone interview” list by December 8.
A complete application includes:

  • letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • copy of graduate transcript
  • a teaching statement or teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • a writing sample
  • three letters of recommendation (including contact information)

To apply, please email application materials to sherrydocherty@augustana.edu using the subject line: Search #104-18 Comm. Studies, and directed to Gail Summer. Alternatively, application materials can be mailed to: Search #104-18 Comm. Studies, C/O Gail Summer, Dean of the College, Augustana College, 639 – 38th Street, Rock Island, IL 61201.  

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.


Review of applications will begin December 8, 2017.

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