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Sam Houston State University Assistant Professor of Communication Studies - Specialty areas preferred: Legal, Political, Societal Communication - (See Duties Performed in the Usual Course of the Job for details) in Huntsville, Texas

Requisition: 202000080F

Hiring Salary: Yearly-Faculty

Department: Dept of Communication Studies

Nature & Purpose of Position/Usual Duties:

The Department of Communication Studies at Sam Houston State University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level to begin Fall semester 2021.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. (in hand by August 2021) in Communication Studies, a record of conference presentations and peer-reviewed publications that strongly indicates future success in scholarly research, evidence of excellent teaching, a record of service, and the ability to teach courses that will contribute to our undergraduate and graduate curriculum. Where appropriate, the candidate will be expected to collaborate with colleagues to advance the research mission of Sam Houston State University through pursuit of internal and external funding, strategic development initiatives, and collaborative partnerships.

Candidates should be empirical scholars with expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed methodologies. Candidates’ research interests could include, but are not limited to one or more of the following: legal communication, communication for activism and social justice, intercultural communication, persuasion & social influence, peace & conflict, and communication ethics.

The position will require teaching intercultural communication and research methods classes at the undergraduate and graduate levels. University-level teaching experience is desirable. Experience in online teaching is a positive qualification. The teaching load is three courses per semester including graduate teaching.

The university is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service as well as candidates who possess a deep interest in teaching.

Other Specifications/Instructions for the Position:

Our department offers both a BA and BS in Communication Studies and an online MA in Communication Studies with a strong interpersonal communication focus. The department prepares students for a variety of fields, including teaching at all levels, public advocacy, public relations, governmental relations, ministry, and law. The department also offers an innovative communication research lab that supports a variety of faculty research programs.

Our students come from all over the country—and all over the globe, with a drive to achieve. Communication Studies majors are a highly diverse collection of students, with over 40% being students of color, reflective of the diverse nature of the general student body of the university. More information about our department can be found at:

Sam Houston State University is the twelfth largest University in Texas, with over 21,000 students, and is currently ranked #14 in The Chronicle of Higher Education listing of Fastest Growing Colleges 2003-2013 report. More information can be found at Our main campus is located in Huntsville, Texas, an area characterized by a relatively low cost of living, great natural beauty, and access to nearby cities such as Houston, Dallas, The Woodlands, and Austin. More information can be found at

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Sam Houston State University is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the academic community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. We welcome applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community.

Candidates should submit a cover letter detailing their qualifications for the position, a diversity and inclusion statement that addresses strategies for engaging the diverse student population at SHSU, curriculum vita, research statement, teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching excellence, and at least one scholarly writing sample. Applications must also include three letters of recommendation. All materials should be addressed to: Dr. Frances Brandau, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication Studies, Box 2299, Sam Houston State University, Huntsville, TX 77341-2299.

Applications received by January 1, 2021 will be given full consideration. Salary is competitive and negotiable, based on experience. Sam Houston State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any individual or group of individuals on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Persons from historically under-represented populations are strongly encouraged to apply.

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