Tenure -track, Open-rank Professor

Rowan University

Job no: 498168

Work type: Regular Full-Time

Location: Glassboro, New Jersey

Categories: Faculty - Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts

Job Description:

The Department of Communication Studies in the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts (CCCA) at Rowan University welcomes applications for a full-time (10-month) tenure-track open-rank Professor of Communication Studies to join the department September 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will specialize in Sports Communication and teach in the Department of Communication Studies, as well as the College’s Sports Communication and Media (Sports CaM) major. This interdisciplinary major brings together offerings from four departments in the College, including Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising, and Radio, Television & Film.

The successful candidate will teach courses including Rhetoric of Sport, Organizational Sports Communication, Sports Communication, Culture, & Identity, and/or Senior Seminar in Sports Communication and Media. There is also room for the successful candidate to develop courses in their areas of expertise.

We invite scholars and scholar-activists who have an outstanding research record (or the promise of such a record) in sports communication anchored by frameworks that expand on the department’s and college’s mission to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion. Candidates with particular interest in areas of diversity and sport (such as race, gender, class, LGBTQIA+ identities, and/or disability rights) are especially welcome to apply.

Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to play an active, scholarly support role as the department representative for the Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact (

Furthermore, we are looking for candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess and provide a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Scholars whose research, teaching, and/or service advances the university’s mission for the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply.

As a department with a strong history of teaching excellence, we seek a colleague who values and excels in teaching. This tenure track position also carries an expectation of successful scholarly research and publication, with efforts to seek external funding. In addition, the successful candidate will be asked to contribute to the department, college, and university through service and must be able to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with departmental colleagues to support the department’s mission.

The Department of Communication Studies is dedicated to an inclusive atmosphere in which intellectual curiosity and collegiality thrive. The department's atmosphere reflects the invigorating environment at Rowan University.

The Department of Communication Studies is one of six departments in the Ric Edelman College of Communication & Creative Arts that also includes Communication Studies, Journalism, Public Relations & Advertising, Radio, Television & Film, and Writing Arts. CCCA’s goal is to empower people to be storytellers, artists, critical thinkers, and engaged citizens. The college serves nearly 1900 majors through eleven B.A.s, two B.F.A.s, and three M.A.s. Additionally, we house first-year writing and public speaking, which serve all Rowan students. We are also home to the Rowan University Art Gallery, Rowan Radio WGLS 89.7, the Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication, and the Center for Sports Communication & Social Impact.


The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in communication or related discipline with experience teaching at the collegiate level. ABD candidates with dissertation nearing completion will be considered. The terminal degree is required at the time of appointment. Applicants must be currently authorized to work in the United States on a full-time basis.

Starting Date:

September 1, 2023




Applications will be evaluated on a rolling basis with the first review on January 15, 2023. That is, applications that are not submitted or not complete by the date of the first review may be eligible but are not guaranteed to be reviewed. Candidates will be contacted for pre-interviews to be held via Zoom (or similar virtual meeting platform) in February 2023.

Application Process:

Interested candidates must send all application materials through our online application system at (

Submissions must include a single pdf file containing:

- A letter of application

- A curriculum vita

- Statement of teaching philosophy

- Description of research agenda

- A diversity statement - candidates are encouraged to speak on how their teaching, service, and research activities show commitment to diversity and inclusion in this statement and throughout their application materials.

- A list of three references that may be contacted for letters of recommendation or consultation upon request

For more information, please contact the search chair, Dr. Dan Strasser:

Rowan University is an equal opportunity employer that offers same sex benefits and encourages and celebrates diversity within its community.

All positions are contingent upon budget appropriations.

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