Assistant Professor

Position Information

General Information

Position Number 005249
Working Title Assistant Professor
Classification Title 9-Mo Tenure-Track/ Tenured Faculty
College Col Liberal Arts & Science (Col)
Department Communication Studies
Position Designation Faculty
Employment Type Permanent - Full-time
Months per year 9
Primary Purpose of Department

The Department of Communication Studies has 27 full-time faculty with areas of emphasis in Health Communication, Media Studies, Organizational Communication, Public Relations, and Rhetoric. The department serves approximately 1,300 majors and 25 M.A. students. The department’s primary mission is to provide high quality instruction to its undergraduate and graduate students, and to contribute significantly to the understanding of communication issues as they affect people’s lives, especially in the Charlotte metropolitan region. Through its teaching, scholarship and service the department is committed to serving diverse populations.

Vacancy Open to All Candidates
Description of Work

The University of North Carolina at Charlotte recognizes the differentiation of mission, goals, and objectives inherent in the diversity of disciplines represented by its colleges and departments. Thus, the Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure Track Faculty should be interpreted in the context of the related departmental and collegiate goals.
Teaching, Advising, Curriculum and Instructional Development – Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to teaching may include but are not limited to: subject matter competence, course design, course presentation, advising and consultation, directing student research, curriculum and instructional development, and grading student work.
Scholarly Research, Creative, and Other Professional Activities – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to participate in expanding the knowledge base of her/his academic field by conducting research or engaging in other creative activities as appropriate to the faculty member’s discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to research may include but are not limited to: research/creative activity that generates new knowledge and/or synthesizes and/or integrates existing knowledge, publication, an on-going agenda for research, scholarly, and creative activity, and are expected to seek extramural support for their work.
Service to University, the Public, and the Profession – All tenured and tenure-track faculty are expected to engage in a program of service appropriate to their discipline. Faculty responsibilities and essential functions with respect to service may include but are not limited to: service to the administration and governance of the University, public service, and service to the profession.

To view the complete Job Responsibilities and Essential Functions for Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty document visit our website:

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Required qualifications include a Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a related area, along with the demonstration of:

• An active research agenda that can lead to significant publications and external grants
• An ability to teach courses in the theory, research, and practice of digital media and technologies
• A commitment and ability to work with a diverse student population of undergraduate and graduate students

Successful candidates will conduct research, teach B.A. and M.A. students in the Department of Communication Studies, and perform service. The standard teaching load is two classes each semester during the probationary period. Depending upon scholarly interest, candidates may affiliate with doctoral programs in Organizational Science and Health Psychology. The successful candidate may also have the opportunity to participate in an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program in Digital Cultures and Communication, a collaboration between the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the College of Computing & Informatics, currently in the planning stages. The successful candidate must showcase evidence of a commitment to promote diversity as a value in the department, college and university. Finalists will be asked during their screening interview to discuss how the topics of diversity and inclusion are incorporated into their teaching and research.

Minimum Experience/Education

UNC Charlotte gives primary consideration to the earned doctorate or terminal degree in the teaching discipline or a related discipline.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience

Ideally, the successful candidate would have familiarity with quantitative, mixed or emerging methodologies; advance a critical understanding of digital media and technologies;and utilize the big data resources available through UNC Charlotte’s Data Science Initiative, a program dedicated to bringing together scholars interested in analytics and quantitative studies in a plurality of contexts. The department seeks a versatile scholar who excels in an interdisciplinary environment. He/she/they will thrive when interacting with colleagues who employ varied theoretical, methodological, and topical approaches.

Necessary Licenses/Certifications
Special Notes to Applicants

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Carolina, Charlotte, invites applications for a tenure-track position in digital media and technologies at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning August 15, 2018. To apply for the position, access an application online at, position #005249. Please upload a cover letter responding to the qualifications listed above, a current CV, evidence of teaching excellence, one to three examples of conference papers or publications that demonstrate a range of work in digital communication, and official or unofficial graduate transcripts. Also, three letters of recommendation should be sent directly to Dr. Jason Edward Black, Department Chair, Department of Communication Studies, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 9201 University City Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28223-0001 or to

As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups. Applicants are subject to criminal background check.

Job Open Date 09/01/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Date Review of Applications will Begin 10/16/2017
Proposed Hire Date 08/15/2018
If time-limited, please indicate appointment end date
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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  4. Other Document
  5. Unofficial Transcripts
  6. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Other Document 2
  2. Other Document 3