The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor specializing in Rhetorical Studies to begin fall semester 2018 (August 28, 2018). We are particularly interested in diverse candidates whose work is theoretically and methodologically vested in critical traditions associated with textual analysis. Candidates may emphasize a wide variety of textual forms (visual, digital, written, spoken) and methods (archival, ethnographic, discourse and argument analysis, critical and/or interpretive). We especially seek a scholar attentive to the cultural and political dynamics of rhetorical practices by and for social movements, civic organizations, transnational advocacy networks, and/or political and legal actors. We welcome candidates pursuing a research agenda in rhetorical studies that strengthens shared discussions among department colleagues in areas such as: human rights and social justice, political economy and governance, intersectional feminism and communicative labor, intercultural communication and argumentation, media technology and communication history, persuasion and organizational communication, violence and social support. This list is neither prescriptive nor exhaustive. We invite candidates to thoughtfully and creatively narrate how their rhetorical scholarship will amplify some aspect of our department’s shared work.
The appointment will be 100% time over the nine-month academic year (late-August to late-May), and will be made at rank of tenure-track assistant professor. Salary is competitive.
Candidates should provide clear evidence of scholarly and teaching excellence with a commitment to participating in department self-governance and leadership. In addition to conducting research and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in rhetorical studies, responsibilities include course development in the area of specialty, serving on graduate committees, professional development of undergraduate and graduate students, and involvement in other departmental activities. Successful candidates will demonstrate a research trajectory likely to garner a national and/or international reputation consistent with the University of Minnesota’s membership in the Association of American Universities.
Faculty members in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; mentor graduate students; and contribute service to the department, college, university, and profession that is appropriate for their rank.
Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in communication studies or related field.
Preferred Qualifications: College/University level teaching experiences are preferred. Candidates will be evaluated according to (a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, (b) evidence of research ability, (c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, (d) strengths of letters of recommendations and (e) success in administrating undergraduate and/or graduate curriculum.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.