ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in the Department of Communication Studies: Relationships and Digital Media

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas is seeking candidates for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Relationships and Digital Media with a strong preference for candidates in interpersonal, intergroup, and/or intercultural communication to begin as early as August 18, 2018. The qualifying candidates must have a Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related field. Ideal candidates should study and teach in the area of Relationships and Digital Media with a strong preference for candidates in interpersonal, intergroup, and/or intercultural communication. Methodologically, we seek a quantitative or qualitative scholar in order to expand our ability to support graduate student research. Applicants will be expected to have demonstrated abilities to conduct and publish scholarly research; secure external funding; and effectively teach undergraduate and graduate courses. Areas of research foci could include: the role of digital media in relationship formation, maintenance, and termination; identity processes; online communities; and big data and social behaviors in local, national, and international contexts.

As part of the position, the ideal candidate would teach four courses per academic year related to Relationships and Digital Media at the undergraduate and graduate levels in the Department of Communication Studies. All faculty members are expected to be active in advising. All faculty members are to take their teaching and advising responsibilities seriously and to strive for excellence in the classroom. In addition, the ideal candidate would conduct research in area of Relationships and Digital Media. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to develop and maintain an active research program, which gains national recognition and is advanced substantially beyond the level of the Ph.D. dissertation. This research program should provide solid evidence that the faculty member is a dedicated scholar whose work will continue to develop in depth and importance throughout their career. Tenure-track faculty members are expected to publish in peer-reviewed journals and to present findings at professional conferences.

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas has a long and distinguished history dating back to 1925. Situated within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the department has approximately 600 undergraduate majors, houses the top-ranked KU Debate program, and runs the Basic Course program, which provides oral communication knowledge and skills to approximately 3,000 students each year. Along with its popular Bachelor’s degree, the Department of Communication Studies also offers M.A. and Ph.D. Degrees. Situated between Kansas City and Topeka on the bluffs overlooking the Kansas river, Lawrence has fiery history, a nationally recognized arts scene, a rich culture, beautiful scenery, incredible arts and entertainment venues, and, of course, a long-standing basketball tradition. The University of Kansas (KU) is located in Lawrence, Kansas, a bustling and progressive college town of around 94,000.

The University of Kansas is especially interested in hiring faculty members who can contribute to the climate of diversity in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and to four key campus-wide strategic initiatives: (1) Sustaining the Planet, Powering the World; (2) Promoting Well-Being, Finding Cures; (3) Building Communities, Expanding Opportunities; and (4) Harnessing Information, Multiplying Knowledge. For more information, see

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to: A complete online application includes the following materials: (1) a cover letter, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a teaching philosophy statement, (4) a research statement, and (5) names and contact information for three professional references. Questions may be directed to Professor Adrianne Kunkel, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication Studies, 102 Bailey Hall, 1440 Jayhawk Blvd., Lawrence, KS 66045-7574; e-mail: Initial review of applications will begin October 2, 2017 and will continue as long as needed ensure a large, high quality, and diverse applicant pool.

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