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(08/03/2021) Job Market – Augusta University: A Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Position # 20014471

Augusta University is one of the four research universities in the University System of Georgia, and the state’s only public academic medical center.  The current total student enrollment for Augusta University is approximately 9,274, including a sizeable number of international students from more than 80 countries. Of the more than 5,600 students who comprise the University’s undergraduate student body, approximately 12 percent are first-generation students, 40 percent are Pell-eligible, and 47 percent are students of color. Host to ten colleges and schools, there are also several centers, institutes and departments at Augusta University with whom Psychological Sciences faculty collaborate. Among these are the Medical College of Georgia, the Georgia Cancer Center, the College of Nursing, the College of Allied Health, the Department of Population Health Sciences, and the Institute of Public and Preventive Health. Augusta is also becoming one of the nation’s foremost centers of cyber security, with Augusta University’s School of Computer and Cyber Sciences fulfilling a key role in educating students and conducting research.  Indeed, several faculty in our department engage in research collaborations with one or more of these entities, and the number of collaborative opportunities within Augusta University is rapidly increasing. 

Situated on the southern banks of the Savannah River, Augusta is Georgia’s second-oldest and second-largest city. Augusta is a vibrant, progressive, and diverse community built on a solid foundation of local pride. Affectionately known as the Garden City, Augusta is noted for Southern hospitality and eclectic offerings in culture, food, entertainment, sports, and a temperate climate which allows for year-round outdoor activities. These features, coupled with the area’s low cost of living, make Augusta the city of choice for more than half a million people in the metropolitan area. Most notably, Augusta is world-renowned as home to the prestigious Masters Tournament, the birthplace of Soul icon James Brown and close neighbor of Fort Gordon, home of the United States Army Cyber Command and NSA Georgia.

Job Summary

Augusta University’s Department of Communication is seeking an Assistant Professor for a tenure-track faculty appointment in communication studies. The candidate should have at minimum a Ph.D. in communication studies, or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated teaching excellence at the college level is preferred. The candidate would teach introduction to research and public speaking, as well as keystone and upper-level courses in communication studies (such as health communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, small group communication, gender communication, persuasion). The candidate will maintain a robust record of research, serve on department and college committees, and must be able to work well with both colleagues and students. 

Rank: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Communication Studies. 

Start date: August 1, 2021. 

Contact: Dr. David W. Bulla, department chair, at dbulla@augusta.edu.

The Department of Communication at Augusta University prepares students for today’s rapidly changing workplace and emphasizes transferable skills that employers demand in dynamic, creative, and team-oriented environments. In preparation for their career endeavors, our majors develop high professional and ethical standards while coming to appreciate both the innovative nature of modern communication and the importance of enduring democratic values in a free and open society. The department offers an integrated curriculum with the goal of producing graduates with a broad knowledge of communication, including the fundamental skills of the professions and an understanding of the theoretic, legal, and ethical dimensions of communication. The department’s areas of study include communication studies, journalism, public relations, and audio and video production. The department has a video production lab, a student newspaper and magazine, student-produced podcasts, a scholarly journal, and several student organizations, including the Media Club and the Society of Professional Journalists. The Augusta University Department of Communication website is: https://www.augusta.edu/pamplin/communication/index.php

Responsibilities include: teaching introduction to research and public speaking, as well as keystone and upper-level courses in communication studies (such as health communication, interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, small group communication, gender communication, persuasion). The candidate will maintain a robust record of research, serve on department and college committees, and must be able to work well with both colleagues and students.  

Required Qualifications

Educational Requirements

Ph.D. in communication studies, or a closely related discipline. 

Preferred Experience

Demonstrated teaching excellence at the college level is preferred.

Experience teaching fully online synchronous or asychronous courses.

Conditions of Employment

All candidates are required to successfully pass a background check review. The final candidate will be required to provide proof of completed academic degree in the form of an original transcript. Those candidates trained by a foreign institution will also be required to provide an educational/credential evaluation.

How To Apply

To be considered an applicant for this position you must apply online at http://www.augusta.edu/hr/jobs/faculty. 

Please upload your cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy statement, research statement, and a list of three references with Contact Information.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Augusta University is an equal employment, equal access, and equal educational opportunity and affirmative action institution. Also, Augusta University is a federal contractor and desires priority referrals of protected veterans. It is the policy of the University to recruit, hire, train, promote and educate persons without regard to age, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Other Information

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Augusta University is a tobacco free environment and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.