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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies

Apply now Job no: 492451
Work type: Tenure track faculty
Location: Chester
Categories: Faculty

The Communication Studies Department at Widener University invites applicants to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin in August 2020. This position will have a teaching load of 3-4 courses (9 or 12 credit hours) per semester.

Preferred candidates will have a PhD in Communication Studies or related field completed by August 2020.  Candidates with terminal degrees such as an EdD, PsyD, MFA, MBA, or JD will also be considered.

The ideal candidate will be a communication studies generalist with a preferred specialization in digital communication, new media technologies, political communication, health care communication, fine arts, or other related specialties.  Candidates must be able to teach some of the Communication Studies core courses including Media & Society, Public Speaking, Media Ethics, Communication Theory, Communication Research, and the Capstone Courses.  The preferred candidate will show a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusivity; experiential learning and community engagement; and agility and adaptability as required by the field and academia.

Experience with service-learning courses and high impact educational practices are highly desirable.  The candidate will also be expected to serve as an academic advisor for undergraduate communication studies majors and demonstrate service to Widener University. Widener University and the Department of Communication Studies are committed to fostering an environment in which faculty, staff, and students from a variety of backgrounds, cultures, and personal experiences are welcomed and can thrive. Those candidates experienced in, or who would enjoy, working with a diverse range of faculty, staff and students, and those who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to apply.

To apply: Applicants must complete the online application at Applicants must submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, statement of research philosophy, an official academic transcript from graduate school; a diversity statement, and three letters of reference. Applicants should include materials addressing how their teaching, scholarship, mentorship, and/or university service might support our commitment to diversity and inclusion.  All materials must be submitted through our online employment recruitment website: In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent to  Please ensure that all documents are submitted as either .docx or .pdf.

Please ensure that all documents are submitted as a PDF document.  Complete applications received by December 15, 2019 will be given full consideration. Applications received after that date may be given consideration at the discretion of the search committee.  Incomplete applications will not be considered.  Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Widener has a strategic commitment to building an inclusive university community whose diversity enriches the lives of all members and where our students are prepared for living in a pluralistic and ever-changing world. As a leading metropolitan university, Widener strives to embody the values that are inherent in our mission: civic engagement, access, inclusion, academic excellence, innovation, and leadership.

Widener University, an independent, metropolitan, doctoral-intensive University, connects curricula to social issues through civic engagement. Dynamic teaching, active scholarship, personal attention and experiential learning are key components of the Widener Experience. Located in Chester, PA, Widener's main campus is nestled between Philadelphia, PA and Wilmington, DE, with Law School located in both Harrisburg and Wilmington. For more information about the University, please visit our website at


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