The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Communication Studies. Our department is one of the largest academic units in the College of Liberal Studies. Our curriculum has a student-centered orientation and emphasizes the importance of undergraduate research. UW-La Crosse is an ideal location for faculty members who wish to integrate their teaching, research, and service activities. We seek colleagues who have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of inclusive excellence and diversity and who bring these commitments into their work as teachers and scholars.
Candidates must have a PhD in Communication Studies by the time of appointment (August 27, 2018). The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability and ambition to regularly teach our basic course (CST 110: Communicating Effectively), a general education requirement for all students. The course focuses on effective communication in interpersonal, group/teams, and public contexts. Candidates must be able to teach in our core curriculum, which includes Introduction to Communication Studies, Communication Theory, Research Methods, and Senior Research Project. Candidates should be able to contribute to the teaching of classes in one of our four departmental emphasis areas: Advocacy and Communication Criticism, Broadcast and Digital Media, Interpersonal Communication, and Organizational and Professional Communication.
Candidates must possess at least two years of university-level teaching experience. Preference will be given to candidates with experience as the instructor of record. Candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence of an active research agenda and a commitment to service both within and beyond the university. Candidates from all methodological backgrounds are welcome to apply, though special consideration will be given to candidates whose preferred methods complement our existing faculty expertise (e.g., candidates might specialize in ethnography or quantitative methods). The successful candidate will teach on a 9-month contract at the university load of 4 courses per semester.
As a department, we are committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive community for all of our members. We seek collegial faculty members who can demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for issues related to diversity.
If you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process, please contact Dr. Ronda Leahy at (608) 785-6724 or firstname.lastname@example.org to make appropriate arrangements.
A complete application will include: (a) a letter of application that describes your fit for the position with reference to your teaching philosophy, ability and ambition to teach CST 110, commitment to inclusivity, and research agenda (ABDs should address their progress toward program completion); (b) a curriculum vitae; (c) a list of three references with contact information and description of their relationship to the candidate; and (d) copies of your unofficial graduate transcripts. Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please do not mail or email any application materials.
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The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UW–La Crosse) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UW-La Crosse fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the contributions of all, UW-La Crosse is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.
UW-La Crosse's diversity and inclusion efforts are guided by our adherence to Inclusive Excellence. We define Inclusive Excellence as “... our active, intentional and ongoing commitment to bridge differences with understanding and respect so all can thrive." The goals of Inclusive Excellence are to increase the retention of diverse faculty, staff and students while encouraging a campus climate that is inviting and welcoming to all. UW-La Crosse strives to promote acceptance of all facets of diversity from racial/ethnic diversity to diversity of thought and experience. UW-La Crosse is a 2014 recipient of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity (HEED) award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. UW-La Crosse is proud to be one of only 83 recipients of this national honor recognizing our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
UW-La Crosse has appeared prominently on the U.S. News & World Report list of “America’s Best Colleges” for more than a decade and is ranked consistently as one of the top institutions in the Midwest. With a student population of roughly 10,500, the university offers 94 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 21 graduate programs in the following colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education, Professional and Continuing Education. There are 520 full-time faculty and instructional academic staff, 76 percent of whom hold terminal degrees. UW-La Crosse boasts a retention rate (freshmen returning as sophomores) of 85 percent, graduation rate (degree within six years) of 70 percent, and is among only 12 institutions cited nationally by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities for its success in linking campus culture and university leadership to outstanding graduation rates.
The UW-La Crosse campus is nestled in a residential area of the City of La Crosse (pop. 52,000) located in western Wisconsin. The area, known as the 7 Rivers Region, is famous for its exceptional natural beauty which includes the Mississippi River on one side, majestic bluffs on the other, and views of rolling farmland and forested valleys in between. Ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top ten “Best Places to Live” in 2009, La Crosse is one of the most scenic places in mid-America. Abundant water, woodlands and varying terrain provide ample opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation. Only a couple of hours from Minneapolis or Madison, La Crosse enjoys the affordability and charm of small town living with larger city benefits. Three colleges, two world-class medical institutions, the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, a restored nineteenth century downtown business district, and a number of galleries and art centers have made La Crosse a regional center for culture, entertainment, medical care, shopping, sports and recreation.
UW-La Crosse is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We strive to recruit, develop, and retain the most talented people from a diverse candidate pool, and we encourage applications from persons with varied backgrounds and perspectives. In support of the Wisconsin Veteran Employment Initiative we encourage veterans and veterans with disabilities to explore employment opportunities at UW-La Crosse.
Employment will require a criminal background check. A pending criminal charge or conviction will not necessarily disqualify an applicant. In compliance with the Wisconsin Fair Employment Act, UW-La Crosse does not discriminate on the basis of arrest or conviction record.
The University of Wisconsin-La Crosse (UWL) provides a challenging, dynamic, and diverse learning environment in which the entire university community is fully engaged in supporting student success. Grounded in the liberal arts, UWL fosters curiosity and life-long learning through collaboration, innovation, and the discovery and dissemination of new knowledge. Acknowledging and respecting the con...tributions of all, UWL is a regional academic and cultural center that prepares students to take their place in a constantly changing world community.