Assistant Professor of Communication Studies -- Communication Technology

West Virginia University

Assistant Professor in Communication Technology

Department of Communication Studies

West Virginia University

Job No. 20843

The Department of Communication Studies at West Virginia University invites applications for an Assistant Professor with a specialization in Communication Technology starting August 11, 2023. This is a 9-month, full-time, tenure-track position with full benefits. The successful candidate will complement and extend current faculty expertise and student interest in communication technology by researching and teaching in areas such as social media, human-computer interaction, big data, mobile communication, or technology and society. Those scholars who employ social scientific approaches to communication studies are particularly encouraged to apply.

The successful applicant must have 1) a PhD or equivalent degree in human communication or a closely related field by the time of appointment; 2) strong research experience in communication technology; 3) the ability to build on existing departmental strengths in instructional communication, health communication, interpersonal communication, and mediated communication; 4) demonstrated ability or potential to develop a robust and externally funded research program; 5) strong potential for outstanding contribution to the department’s undergraduate and graduate teaching and research missions; 6) ability or potential to teach courses in computer mediated communication and/or social media; 7) interest in interdisciplinarity and other collaborative opportunities. The teaching load is two courses or course equivalents per semester. Teaching excellence is an expectation in the department.

The Department of Communication Studies at WVU has been historically impactful, and comprises faculty who are research productive, excellent classroom instructors, and have a strong commitment to faculty governance and diversity. The department has 14 full-time award-winning faculty who have been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally for their teaching, research, and service endeavors. The department offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degree programs in Communication Studies. At the B.A. level, majors select from one of five areas of emphasis: integrated communication; interpersonal communication; health communication; organizational communication; social media and communication technology. The department also offers a popular minor in Communication Studies. At the graduate level, a robust and growing number of students is enrolled in either the M.A. program that offers two areas of emphasis – communication theory and research and corporate and organizational communication or the Ph.D. degree program in Communication Studies. Rooted in the social science perspective, the Department of Communication Studies is committed to preparing students to be competent communicators. Our faculty is dedicated to developing students’ critical and practical, problem-solving and decision-making, and presentation skills with the intent of empowering students to construct and deliver context-specific messages across their personal, social, and professional relationships. To do so, we work diligently to create a communication climate that facilitates respect between and among faculty and students; cultivates a diverse and inclusive culture that allows for the expression of differing thoughts, beliefs, and opinions; and develops student appreciation for lifelong learning.

WVU is a R1 research land grant university located within 90 minutes of Pittsburgh and 3.5 hours from the Washington/Baltimore area. Morgantown has been recognized as one of the most livable small cities in the U.S. There are extensive recreational opportunities, excellent public schools, and a supportive University environment in which to develop a visible and productive career. The WVU Dual Career Program is available to assist candidates with suitable employment opportunities for spouses or partners.

To apply, please visit WVU Careers ( and upload 1) a CV, 2) application letter, 3) a list of references with complete contact information. Candidates may be asked for further materials at a later date.

The screening process will begin November 7, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. For more information, please visit our website ( or contact the chair of the search committee, Dr. Elizabeth Cohen,

WVU is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The university values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified individuals, including minorities, females, individuals with disabilities, and veterans.

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