Job Market

(18/12/2020) Job Market : University of Denver – Assistant Professor of Communication and Public Health

The University of Denver is a leading university in the Rocky Mountain region and is situated in an urban setting. Denver is a thriving city, with the population of the metropolitan area approaching 3 million. The University of Denver’s vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. The Department of Communication Studies calls students to engage communication meaningfully, creatively, ethically, and with intellectual curiosity, in order to enhance their personal and public lives, as well as contribute to a sustainable common good. The department recently redesigned our undergraduate program and offers the BA in communication studies, and we are seeking faculty who will build our expertise for our redesigned program. Our current teaching load is five courses across three academic quarters. More information about the mission and programs at DU can be found on the departmental website.

The University and Department value diversity, equity, and inclusion, recognizing that our success is dependent on how well we engage the rich diversity of constituents and actively promote a more culturally responsive and just society. We are committed to hiring faculty who support this mission. If selected as a candidate, during the job presentation we will expect applicants to demonstrate knowledge and experience with a variety of teaching methods and/or pedagogical perspectives that effectively engage diverse populations and learning styles. The Department of Communication Studies statement on inclusive excellence can be found here.

Position Summary

The Department of Communication Studies invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track appointments to start in September 2021.

Position 1: We seek a teacher-scholar in communication and public health and/or public engagement (including, but not limited to, research interests in health disparities; narrative approaches to health; public health controversies; equity issues in public health/expression; doctor-patient communication; or public wellness) whose work builds upon the current commitments of the program: diversity, equity, and inclusion; community engagement; critical thinking; mentoring and working closely with students; and advancing the public good through research, teaching, and service. This faculty member would teach undergraduate courses related to public health and/or public engagement as well as other undergraduate courses related to their expertise. The person hired will teach five courses over three quarters.

Position 2: We seek a teacher-scholar in organizational communication (including, but not limited to, research interests in communication in nonprofit organizations; organizational dissent; accessibility in organizations; diversity, equity, and inclusion in organizations; work-life issues; or organizational socialization) whose work builds upon the current commitments of the program: diversity, equity, and inclusion; community engagement; critical thinking; mentoring and working closely with students; and advancing the public good through research, teaching, and service. This faculty member would teach undergraduate courses related to organizational communication and quantitative research methods as well as other undergraduate courses related to their expertise. This faculty member should also have expertise and interest in developing and directing a departmental internship program. The person hired will teach five courses over three quarters.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to diversity, equity and inclusion through their teaching, research and service.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD in Communication Studies. ABD candidates will hold the title and rank of instructor until the degree is complete.
  • Publications and research agenda in communication studies.
  • Excellent university level teaching experience in communication studies.
  • Demonstrated or potential for service to academic institutions, the discipline, and the community.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by Friday, December 18, 2020.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range
Salary will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate balanced with departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information.

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Cover letter that indicates the position for which you are applying, describes your pre-tenure research agenda, articulates yourself in relationship to the department and university, and demonstrates how your interests and expertise fit the job description. 
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Writing sample
  4. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
    1. Please combine into one PDF document the following documents: Teaching Philosophy Statement, Sample Syllabi and Summaries of Course Evaluations relevant to position for which you are applying.
  5. Statement demonstrating how you will contribute to the department’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  6. Names and contact information of three individuals that can provide letters of recommendation.

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.