The Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University invites applications for a one-year, full-time, non tenure-track lecturer position beginning fall 2021. The position is eligible for renewal and reappointment. We wish to welcome humanities-based teacher-scholars with a commitment to inclusive, equity-minded teaching to join a department with an innovative curriculum grounded in rhetoric, media, and cultural studies.
We look forward to collaborating with a colleague who possesses strong pedagogical abilities, with particular sensitivity to inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices; who can effectively teach the impacts and consequences of communication on society, politics, culture, and identity; who can address questions of diversity, equity, and social justice broadly considered; and who approaches communication as a constitutive material, social, cultural, and political endeavor.
This colleague will primarily teach multiple sections of the first-year, Core Curriculum course, COMM 100: Communication and Speech. The course emphasizes communication as symbolic action and foregrounds civic engagement. Thus, we seek a candidate who is invested in creative, reflective pedagogy and who has experience teaching about public discourse and civic communication from a rhetorical, media, and/or cultural studies perspective. This colleague may also be asked to teach our department's theoretical foundation courses: Understanding Meaning-Making, Understanding Power in Culture, and Understanding Identity. The teaching load for the lecturer position is 24 credits per year (12 credits per semester).
Applicants should be comfortable working in a liberal arts setting that fosters faculty collaboration and student engagement both inside and outside the classroom. Thus, we seek a colleague with potential for interdisciplinary collaboration with departments and programs in the College of Arts and Sciences such as Women's and Gender Studies, Critical Race Studies, Native American Studies, Environmental Studies, International Studies, and Film Studies.
Additionally, all members of the department contribute to and participate in peer review of teaching activities, department committees, and special projects. Gonzaga University features an outstanding Center for Teaching and Advising that sponsors regular faculty development and education opportunities.
The Communication Studies Department is committed to inclusive excellence and to increasing the diversity of the campus community. In alignment with Gonzaga University's mission, we expect applicants to demonstrate a strong commitment to issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas. Candidates who have demonstrated a commitment to issues applicable to diverse populations and to working with underrepresented and minoritized students through teaching, mentoring, or administration are preferred.
Ph.D. in Communication with preferred concentrations in rhetoric, media, and cultural studies. ABDs considered with the expectation degree is in hand by August 1, 2021.
Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching
Evidence of inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices
At Gonzaga we don’t just state our mission. We live it every day as a Catholic, Jesuit, and humanistic University. It is the reason we exist and the foundation for our purpose: educating students for lives of leadership and service. From students to faculty and staff members, everyone here knows what we stand for – and they know how valuable our mission is to the success of our institution. Our competitive benefit packages are part of Gonzaga’s commitment to care for the whole person. Packages include medical, dental, vision, life insurance, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement, tuition benefits, and other University-provided benefits. We also provide numerous resources which help bring balance to the complexities of work and personal life through our work/life and wellness programs.