Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies

West Chester University of Pennsylvania

Position Summary

Join a vibrant campus community whose excellence is reflected in its diversity and student success. The Department of Communication and Media invites applicants for a full-time, tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Communication and Rhetorical Studies position to begin in August 2023.

West Chester University, a member of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education, is a public, comprehensive institution committed to offering high-quality undergraduate education, selected post-baccalaureate and graduate programs, and a variety of educational and cultural resources for its students, alumni, and citizens of southeastern Pennsylvania. The University offers more than 100 graduate and undergraduate programs in the sciences and mathematics, business and public management, arts and humanities, health sciences, education and social work, music, and interdisciplinary studies. We are a community of educators dedicated to developing graduates who succeed personally and professionally and contribute to the common good.

The College of Arts and Humanities, home of the Department of Communication and Media, is dedicated to fostering creativity, curiosity, civic engagement, and critical thinking through a rich liberal arts curriculum that instills a capacity for productive action. The department’s faculty are active scholars and professionals who love teaching and are committed to student success, diversity, and ethical communication.

The ideal candidate will have experience as a rhetorical scholar in the Communication Studies discipline. The position requires teaching undergraduate and/or graduate courses offered in-person and online in both synchronous and asynchronous formats, demonstrating attention to the needs of the department’s students, and collaborating with other departmental faculty and staff. The typical course load involves teaching four courses per semester.


-Teach undergraduate courses in the department’s Communication Studies major core and Public Communication course area, as well as specialized courses.

-Engage in scholarly activities such as research, presentations, and publications.

-Serve the University and the community through participation in various committees.

-Mentoring and advising students.

-Other duties as assigned.

Minimum Qualifications

-Ph.D. in Communication Studies or Rhetorical Studies (ABD may be considered. Must be completed before August 2023).

-Demonstrated ability to teach courses in public speaking, argumentation, rhetorical theory and criticism, and/or rhetoric and persuasion.

Preferred Qualifications

-Ability to develop specialized rhetoric courses.

-Experience teaching in different modalities or use of flipped pedagogies.

-Ability to teach graduate level courses.

-Research interests that align with one or more of the following areas: critical rhetoric, race or ethnicity, gender, queer rhetoric, social justice, social movements, political rhetoric, and visual rhetoric.

Special Instructions

Apply by the online application at Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Review of applications will begin in September 2022 and continue until the position has been filled.

Finalist must successfully complete an interview, teaching demonstration, and research presentation.

Required Documents for Consideration

To be considered as an applicant for this position, please submit the following:

- Cover letter (describe fit for position and scholarly agenda).

-Curriculum vitae (specify courses taught).

-Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as student class evaluations and peer or supervisor observations).

-List of three references with contact information.

-Unofficial graduate transcripts (official transcripts will be required at a later date).

-Diversity statement (see below)

Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

West Chester University has joined EAB’s Moon Shot initiative for Equity in Higher education. This initiative is designed to support faculty, students, and staff who are typically excluded and therefore are underrepresented. As part of your application for a tenure-track faculty position, we request a Diversity Statement. This request highlights our department's commitment to promote diversity and inclusiveness and to cultivate a campus environment that welcomes all. This commitment reflects the Diversity Theme of West Chester University's Strategic Plan and supports initiatives of our Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (WCU Diversity Equity Inclusion). We expect that each applicant's statement will be unique, as informed by their own experiences and goals. Some topics you might address in a 1-2-page statement include the following: (1) How have you supported diversity and inclusion in your interactions with others in classroom and research environments? (2) What have you done to help students from diverse communities (such as underrepresented minorities, non-traditional, LGBTQ, veteran, rural, and/or first generation) succeed, including any programs for these students in which you have participated? (3) Describe your commitment to working toward achieving equity and enhancing diversity at WCU. How might you contribute to our current diversity initiatives, and do you have any other ideas to help promote equity on our campus?

All offers of employment are subject to and contingent upon satisfactory completion of all preemployment criminal background checks.

Developing and sustaining a diverse faculty and staff advances West Chester University’s educational mission and strategic Plan for Excellence. West Chester University is an Affirmative Action – Equal Opportunity Employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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