The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applicants for a full-time tenure- track assistant professor position. Candidates will have an expertise in Intercultural Communication and will teach in our Interpersonal Communication emphasis area. Our department is one of the College of Liberal Studies' largest academic units and continues to grow. Our curriculum is student-centered and emphasizes the importance of undergraduate research; as such, we seek engaging teacher-scholars who can inspire undergraduate students in Communication Studies. UW-La Crosse is the ideal location for individuals who seek to integrate their teaching, scholarship, and service activities. Our department is committed to the creation of an inclusive, supportive climate for all of our members. In our continuous effort toward Inclusive Excellence, we seek collegial faculty members from a wide variety of perspectives and backgrounds who can demonstrate an understanding of and appreciation for diversity.
Candidates must have a PhD by time of appointment (August 28, 2017) in Communication Studies with a specialization in Intercultural Communication. The candidate's research agenda might include areas of focus such as: intercultural relationship development, intercultural communication competence, social justice and identity, interracial communication, interethnic communication, or intercultural conflict. 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 full-time, nine-month contract at the university teaching load of four courses per semester. Specific teaching responsibilities will include teaching courses in the candidate's area of expertise, in our interpersonal communication emphasis area, in our department's research core, as well as our General Education course. The successful candidate will have at least two years of university- level teaching experience, which can include graduate teaching experience as the instructor of record. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to inclusive excellence and appreciation for diversity in their teaching, scholarship and service.
Application materials include: (a) a letter of application that outlines your qualifications and describes your teaching effectiveness, research agenda, and commitment to inclusivity; (b) a curriculum vitae; (c) a list of three references including each reference's name, title, employer, complete contact information, and relationship to the applicant; and (d) one document that includes all unofficial transcripts of graduate work. ABDs should also address their progress toward a completed degree by the appointment date. Review of applications will begin February 10, 2017. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. If you have questions about this position, please email the Search and Screen Chair, Dr. Nici Ploeger-Lyons (nploeger- email@example.com).
Note: Electronic submission of application materials is required. For additional information about this position and to apply, please visit https://employment.uwlax.edu/
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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 91 undergraduate programs in at least 30 disciplines and 26 graduate programs in three colleges: Liberal Studies, Science and Health, and Business Administration, including the School of Arts & Communication and the School of Education. There are 502 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 86 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.
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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.