Assistant Professor in Engaged Interpersonal Communication Jobs in Fort Collins, CO at Colorado State University

Title: Assistant Professor in Engaged Interpersonal Communication

Company: Colorado State University

Location: Fort Collins, CO

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Fort Collins, CO

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Proposed Annual Salary Range

73,000 – 75,000

Employee Benefits

Colorado State University (CSU) is committed to providing employees with a strong and competitive benefits package that supports you, your health, and your family. Visit CSU’s Human Resources website for detailed benefit plan information for permanent full-time and part-time faculty and administrative professional employees in the following University benefit areas:
https://hr.colostate.edu/hr-community-and-supervisors/benefits/benefits-eligibility/ and

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The Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University currently teaches more than 450 undergraduate majors and 36 graduate students. The graduate program offers a nationally recognized MA and Ph.D. The program offers education in three broad areas 1) film and television, 2) relational and organizational communication, and 3) rhetoric and civic engagement. We employ nearly 35 faculty members and six support staff. The department houses the Colorado State University Center for Public Deliberation (www.cpd.colostate.edu) and hosts the Act Human Rights Film Festival (actfilmest.org). The department is committed to the professional and personal growth of all of its members, offering robust support for professional development and a willingness to negotiate working conditions. The university and the department are committed to continuing to build a diverse and inclusive community and the Department of Communication Studies currently represents one of the most diverse majors on campus.

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To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) on


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Position Summary

The Department of Communication Studies at Colorado State University seeks an assistant professor whose research and teaching connect interpersonal relational dynamics with engaged scholarship.

Interpersonal communication occurs in a variety of relational contexts, including among family, friendships, romantic relationships, and in workplaces, communities, and organizations. It emphasizes the role of communication in the cultivation and maintenance of personal and professional relationships. Engaged scholarship is defined by the department as scholarship that works collaboratively with community members and addresses community-identified needs. Engaged scholarship is committed to values of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice. Research in this area can draw upon a variety of social scientific methods, including qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods, among others.

Successful candidates will be equipped to collaborate with faculty and students in the study and practice of engaged interpersonal communication. Candidates may employ a variety of social scientific research methods in their study of interpersonal communication. We seek applicants whose research and scholarly training are grounded in the Communication Studies discipline. Additionally, successful candidates will demonstrate an ability to communicate effectively with diverse audiences on and off campus and build connections in the community for the development and application of their scholarship. This is an assistant professor-level, tenure-track, nine-month appointment that starts August 16, 2023. Applicants should submit complete applications by September 18, 2022 for full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Colorado State University has mandated vaccinations against COVID-19. Faculty and staff are required to submit their vaccine status or declare an exemption. More information about the vaccination mandate can be found on the CSU COVID-19 Information and Resources Website.


Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

Required Job Qualifications

Ph.D. in Communication required at time of appointment. Applicants may be “all but dissertation” (ABD) at the time they submit their application.

Demonstrated experience and/or potential for excellence in interpersonal communication research.

Demonstrated experience and/or potential for engaged scholarship.

Demonstrated experience and/or potential for teaching excellence.

Demonstrated ability to articulate how their research and teaching can contribute to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.

Preferred Job Qualifications

Demonstrated proficiency in quantitative or mixed methods social scientific research.

Demonstrated experience and/or potential for collaborative work within and across disciplines.

Ability to function collegially on a faculty committed to a liberal arts understanding of Communication Studies.

Demonstrated experience and/or potential for obtaining grant funding.

Special Instructions to Applicants

A complete application includes

Cover letter that addresses the minimum qualifications,

Detailed curriculum vitae,

1-2 page statement of research philosophy, including insight into your commitments to attending to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice,

1-2 page statement of teaching philosophy, including insight into your commitments to attending to diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice,

Official transcripts from graduate coursework combined into a single document

List of three potential recommenders included in the body of the application form.

Letter(s) of recommendation and/or phone calls with recommenders will be requested at the semi-finalist stage. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates. Additional items, such as copies of publications and evidence of teaching effectiveness, may be requested later.

Applications are due by Sunday, September 18, 2022, at 11:59 pm MTD for full consideration, although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions regarding this position please contact Dr. Ziyu Long at [email protected]

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks for the finalist before a final offer. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will also be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the University, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, or pregnancy in its employment, programs, services and activities, and admissions, and, in certain circumstances, marriage to a co-worker. The University will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity and equal access institution and affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The
Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Title IX Programs and Gender Equity, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160,
(970) 491-1715,
[email protected]

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Director of the Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,
[email protected]

The Coordinator for any other forms of misconduct prohibited by the University’s Policy on Discrimination and Harassment is the Vice President for Equity, Equal Opportunity and Title IX, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, Co. 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836,
[email protected]

Any person may report sex discrimination under Title IX to the
Office of Civil Rights, Department of Education.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching, and outreach with relevant programs, goals, and activities.

Search Contact

[email protected]

Essential Duties

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Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in interpersonal communication, engaged scholarship, and other areas of departmental need.

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Conduct nationally recognized research and publish in areas of specialty.
Collaborate with faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, practitioners and/or community members to successfully build engaged scholarship that addresses communication challenges.

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Work collegially with faculty who represent the broad scope of communication as a liberal art.
Advise graduate students and serve on M.A. and Ph.D. committees.
Assume other duties normally expected of full-time faculty members at a major research institution.

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