Assistant Professor of Political Communication

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty

The University of Denver is a leading university in the Rocky Mountain region and is situated in an urban setting. Denver is a thriving city, with the population of the metropolitan area approaching 3 million. The University of Denver's vision is to be a great private university dedicated to the public good. The Department of Communication Studies calls students to engage communication meaningfully, creatively, ethically, and with intellectual curiosity, in order to enhance their personal and public lives, as well as contribute to a sustainable common good. The department recently redesigned our undergraduate program and offers the BA in communication studies. Our current teaching load is five courses across three academic quarters. More information about the mission and programs at DU can be found on the departmental website:

The university and department value diversity, equity, and inclusion, recognizing that our success is dependent on how well we engage the rich diversity of constituents and actively promote a more culturally responsive and just society. We are committed to hiring faculty who support this mission. If selected as a candidate, during the job presentation we will expect applicants to demonstrate knowledge and experience with a variety of teaching methods and/or pedagogical perspectives that effectively engage diverse populations and learning styles. The Department of Communication Studies statement on inclusive excellence can be found here:

Position Summary

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Denver seeks to hire a tenure track Assistant Professor, who will start at the beginning of the 2022-2023 academic year. We seek a teacher-scholar in political communication with research interests, for example, in social movements/activism, race/ethnicity/gender, community/civic engagement, deliberation, political organizations, and/or political affect and identities.

Essential Functions

Teaching responsibilities include the ability and desire to teach undergraduate courses in political communication, courses in the applicant's area of research specialty, introductory communication theory, introduction to communication studies, and other courses in the undergraduate curriculum.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Candidates should have a demonstrated commitment to working with diverse student and community populations.

Required Qualifications

  • ABD in Communication Studies.
  • Publications and research agenda in Communication Studies.
  • Excellent university level teaching experience in Communication Studies.
  • Demonstrated or potential for service to academic institutions, the discipline, and the community is also expected.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on December 20th, 2021.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $71,000-$76,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. CV
2. Cover Letter that describes your pre-tenure research agenda, articulates yourself in relationship to the department and university, and demonstrates how your interests and expertise fit the job description
3. Writing Sample
4. Evidence of teaching effectiveness, such as a teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, teaching observations, and/or summaries of course evaluations relevant to this position
5. Statement demonstrating how you will contribute to the department’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
6. Names of three references; reference letter requests will be sent through the online system.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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