[Air-l] Job Openings: University of Washington

david silver dsilver at u.washington.edu
Wed Jul 31 11:37:08 PDT 2002

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david silver


The University of Washington seeks two tenure-track assistant professors
in the areas of (1) political communication and journalism and (2) social
interaction in the Department of Communication, which brings together the
former Department of Speech Communication and School of Communications.
The new Department of Communication, effective July 1, 2002, is a product
of five years of extensive discussion and curriculum development among
faculty in these two units and UW leadership. The Department has created
innovative and forward-looking graduate and undergraduate programs founded
on the principles of intellectual and cultural pluralism,
interdisciplinary theorizing, diverse methods of inquiry, public
scholarship and community engagement, and innovation through collaboration
among faculty and students. Building upon these core principles,
Department faculty have identified seven areas of emphasis - communication
and culture; international communication; political communication;
rhetoric and critical studies; social interaction; technology and society;
and journalism. New faculty are expected to contribute significantly to at
least one of these areas.

Faculty are expected to conduct research, teach 4-5 courses during a
three-quarter academic year, and supervise graduate students at the
master's and doctoral levels. Applicants must demonstrate a potential for
excellence in research and teaching and the ability to contribute to the
Department's new curriculum as well as new interdisciplinary programs
arrayed among communication, political science, and technical
communication. Candidates must have earned or be close to completion of a
Ph.D. by September 2003, in a field related to the positions offered.
Candidates should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae,
statement of research and teaching interests, copies of teaching
evaluations, and three letters of recommendation.

The start date for these positions is September 16, 2003. Applications
will be reviewed beginning November 1, 2002, and until the positions are
filled. Send application material to Professor Gerald Baldasty, Chair,
Department of Communication, Box 353740, University of Washington,
Seattle, WA 98195-3740.

The University of Washington is the largest and most active research
institution in the northwest with several extensive libraries and
substantial computing and support facilities. The Department of
Communication is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and
strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with
disabilities, and covered veterans. The University of Washington is an
affirmative action, equal opportunity

Political Communication and Journalism - Candidates should have interests
in political communication and journalism, either in traditional mass
media or interactive media contexts. For example, candidates might focus
on the communications of politicians, campaign strategists, news media,
and/or citizens; the generation of content for news and/or entertainment
media or the effects of such content on public opinion and behavior; the
deliberation and decision-making of policy-makers and citizens; legal
and/or regulatory policies relating to communication generally or media
specifically; or the role of communication media in social movements and
global activities. Candidates for this position will have teaching
responsibilities that include two courses a year in the Department's
journalism sequence, a selective undergraduate program that offers the
only accredited journalism education in Washington state.

Social Interaction - Candidates should have interests in interpersonal
and/or relational communication with an emphasis on the ways people
interact with one another. The contexts in which the interactions occur
may be face-to-face, on-line, or mediated. Particular focus may include
the study of language and nonverbal behavior, instructional communication,
children's communication, and/or relational development. Ideally,
candidates for this position will also have scholarly interests in one or
more of our other research areas (particularly communication and culture
or technology and society) and make useful links between social
interaction and those areas. A strong grounding in interpersonal or
relational theories is important. Candidates should be prepared to teach
courses related to interpersonal communication and to teach quantitative
or qualitative methods. We are also looking for a candidate interested in
teaching our large lecture introductory course.

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