Communication – Assistant Professor (AA25359)

Position Overview

Organization: College of Arts and Sciences, Communication

Title : Assistant Professor

Search Number : AA25359

Position Details

The Department of Communication at the University of Washington seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor who focuses on social interaction.

We are looking to hire a scholar whose work focuses on the particulars of social interaction. Candidates for this position take a humanistic/interpretive approach to studying communication in social and personal relationships. More specifically, their work engages the study of language, discourse, nonverbal behavior, and/or identity in social and cultural contexts. They ask questions with answers that are grounded in particular people, places, or phenomena and so are oriented more qualitatively in at least some of their work. Particular approaches are ethnography of communication, discourse analysis, or grounded theory, among others, and candidates should be prepared to teach one or more qualitative methods that reflect their scholarship. They should also have a commitment to student mentorship and evidence supporting this commitment. Particular contexts of interest should complement our existing faculty and center in areas such as Communication and Difference, Group/Intergroup Communication, Communication in Families, Online Communication, Health Communication, and/or Interpersonal Communication.

The start date for this position is September 16, 2018. Applicants should have a Ph.D., or foreign equivalent, in Communication or a related field by the start of the appointment. University of Washington faculty engage in teaching, research, and service. Candidates are expected to conduct research, teach four courses during a three-quarter academic year, engage in service, and supervise graduate students at the Master and Doctoral levels. The position entails teaching in the Department’s undergraduate and graduate programs.

Moreover, the University of Washington is committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint (, which serves as a set of objectives and as a guide for unit-level progress.  The University’s commitment is further expressed in its recognition of faculty contributions in research, teaching, or service that address diversity and equal opportunity, which may be included among the professional and scholarly qualifications for appointment and promotion. Likewise, diversity is a core value and foundational concept in the Department of Communication and we are committed to building an inclusive and diverse faculty, staff, and student community.


Application Instructions

Candidates must submit the following: (1) a letter of application that addresses research and teaching interests (for the latter, please include mention of existing courses and/or suggestions for potential new ones); (2) a secondary essay that describes the candidate’s experiences with difference, race, equity, and social justice in their research, teaching, mentorship, and service and/or their potential to bring diversity to the department, university, and the communication field; (3) a curriculum vitae; (4) names and contact information for three references; and (5) two academic writing samples, with first or sole authorships preferred, that reflect work in the humanist/interpretive tradition. Priority will be given to applications received in full by October 2, 2017, to be submitted at Inquiries should be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Valerie Manusov (

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.