Assistant Professor Communication Science

California State University, Northridge


The department of Communication Studies at California State University, Northridge (CSUN) is seeking a tenure-track faculty member in Communication Science with a focus in Theory and Research Methods, at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The position requires teaching and research in communication from a social scientific perspective.

In addition to teaching, the position requires weekly office hours, attending faculty meetings, and service to the department, college, and university. The successful candidate will be held to the standards and requirements of the college and department in which he/she is housed for recommending tenure and promotion.


Faculty success at CSUN is measured by three criteria: teaching effectiveness; contributions to one's field of study; and service to the University and Community.

The standard teaching assignment is 12 units (4 courses per semester). However, new faculty members in their first two years teach 9 units per semester (3 courses). The successful candidate will be expected to join faculty and staff in a commitment to active learning, to assessment of learning outcomes, and to multiple teaching and learning modalities, including face-to-face, online, and hybrid courses.

Successful candidates should be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the department. A description of Communication Studies courses can be found here. Faculty members may have the opportunity to develop new courses as needed by the department. Teaching in other departments is possible, depending on the candidate’s interests and the needs of the Communication Studies department.

Peer-reviewed publications are important for tenure and promotion. CSUN faculty members can apply for competitive awards that provide course releases or fund travel for research. Presentations at academic conferences are supported with annual travel funds.

Participation in shared governance, usually in Department, College, and University committees and other service assignments, and other service activities is expected.

Required Qualifications:

As a Hispanic-serving Institution (HSI), inclusiveness and diversity are integral to CSUN’s commitment to excellence in teaching, research, and engagement. As of Fall 2020, CSUN enrolls ~40,000 students, where 56% are Latinx, 20.8% are White, 9.3% are Asian-American, 4.8% are Black/African American, 0.1% are Native American, and 0.1% are Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. The successful candidate will help the Department achieve equitable outcomes for all students through teaching, student mentorship, scholarship, and service. The candidate must also have the following qualifications:

• An earned Ph.D. in Communication Studies or related field from an accredited institution at time of hire;

• Evidence of, or clear potential for, excellence in teaching communication science theory and social scientific research methods at both the undergraduate and graduate level;

• Evidence of, or clear potential for, excellence in teaching in one or more of the following areas at both the undergraduate and graduate level: Health Communication; Interpersonal Communication; Organizational Communication; Group Communication; Persuasion/Strategic Communication; Family Communication; Communicative Functions of Language and/or Nonverbal Communication;

• Evidence of, or clear potential for, research and scholarly activity that utilizes social scientific methods (i.e., quantitative and/or qualitative) and results in publication or equivalent; and

• Evidence of, or clear potential for, mentoring and advising students from diverse backgrounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

• Evidence of, or clear potential for, research and other scholarly activity that contributes to the department’s commitment to social justice, including but not limited to research related to underserved, underrepresented, and/or marginalized communities;

• Evidence of, or clear potential for, the use of inclusive pedagogical practices in the classroom; and

• Active participation in the discipline of Communication.

Application Deadline:

Screening of applications will begin Friday, October 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time. Priority will be given to applicants who meet the screening deadline; however, the position will remain open until filled. Please be advised that all components of the interview process will be conducted virtually.

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Additional information can be found at this link: California State University Northridge

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