Utah State University

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 3 months ago(10/29/2021 3:13 PM)
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
Communication Studies & Philosophy
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Communication Studies and Philosophy at Utah State University invites applications for an Assistant Professor and Public Speaking Course Coordinator in our Communication Studies program.  This is a tenure track, nine-month, academic year position with a teaching emphasis. The expectations of the role are 60% teaching, 30% research, and 10% service.  The start date for this position is August 2022.


  • Teach the large-lecture, public speaking class once a semester.
  • Teach and mentor public speaking undergraduate and graduate teaching assistants.
  • Teach an additional class a semester in area of expertise.
  • Engage in outreach to local high schools in order to encourage historically marginalized students to become involve with Communication Studies classes at Utah State University.
  • Conduct scholarly research.
  • Serve on various departmental committees as needed.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Communication or a related field completed by August 1, 2022; will consider ABD.
  • Demonstrated teaching excellence in Communication Studies classes.
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct scholarly research and engage with the Communication Studies discipline.
  • Ability and willingness to mentor undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Job offer contingent upon the successful completion of a background check.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in public speaking pedagogy.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to teach and mentor first generation and historically marginalized undergraduate students.
  • Demonstrated ability and willingness to engage in outreach to local high schools.
  • Preferred areas of interest: civic engagement, racial justice, Latinx studies, critical communication pedagogy, intersectionality, or other areas that support current department emphases.

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach: 

  1. A curriculum vita (to be uploaded to the candidate profile);
  2. Evidence of teaching excellence, such as recent teaching evaluations, portfolio, etc. (.doc, .docx, .pdf format) (to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”);
  3. A sample of research (to be uploaded at the beginning of your application in the Candidate Profile under “Documents 1-5”);
  4. The names and email addresses of three references (your references will be sent an email from USU, asking them to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf).
  5. A cover letter expressing your interest in theposition (to be typed/pasted into a fillable form within the online application); 
  6. A letter addressing how your cultural, experiential, and/or academic background will contribute to the USU’s goals of academic equality and inclusion (https://www.usu.edu/president/initiatives/diversity-and-inclusion/) (to be typed/pasted at the end of your application);

Review of applications begins January 10, 2022


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes. The employee is regularly required to sit and often uses repetitive hand motions.

College/Department Highlights

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has played an instrumental role teaching independent thinking and discovery at Utah State University since 1888. Students in our college confront the great questions and controversies that exist. They learn about the forces that have shaped our world and develop skills to tackle its most pressing challenges. Our graduates are creative problem-solvers with a passion for making a difference. The education they receive prepares them to address the problems of today and to succeed wherever their career path takes them tomorrow (chass.usu.edu).


Department of Communication Studies and Philosophy (formerly Languages, Philosophy and Communication Studies): http://lpcs.usu.edu.


University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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