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Assistant Professor, Black Studies in Communication

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School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Communication

Title: Assistant Professor, Black Studies in Communication

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Communication at the University of Washington, Seattle seeks a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of Black Studies in Communication, broadly conceived. 

This position has an anticipated start date in September 2022 and will have a 9-month service period. Tenure-track faculty in the department are expected to produce a significant line of research, teach undergraduate and graduate classes, work with graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels, and engage in departmental service. Engagement with broader communities is also highly valued. The Department of Communication is founded on the principles of intellectual and cultural pluralism, interdisciplinarity, innovation through collaboration, and public scholarship. The Center for Communication, Difference and Equity (CCDE) is the primary site through which the Department promotes its core commitments to advancing and engaging in high impact research on social justice and inclusion. This hire’s research, teaching, and service will be supported by the CCDE. The Department’s statement on difference and equity can be found at


Candidates must have a Ph.D., or foreign equivalent, in Communication or a related field by the start of the appointment. 


Candidates should submit the following: (1) a 1-2 page letter of application outlining the candidate’s specific research trajectory as it pertains to Black Studies in Communication and explaining how that research aligns with and pushes beyond existing critical, qualitative, interpretive, and/or humanistic research approaches in the department such as rhetoric, interpersonal communication, technology and society, and media and cultural studies; (2) a separate 1-2 page teaching statement that discusses the candidate’s pedagogical philosophy and identifies courses in the department that the candidate is qualified to teach, as well as ideas about new courses that the candidate might add to the curriculum to complement and extend existing strengths in the department; (3) a separate 1-2 page statement that describes the candidate’s experiences with difference, race, equity, and social justice in research, teaching, mentorship and/or service; (4) a curriculum vitae; (5) two article length academic writing samples; and (6) the names and contact information for three references who are prepared to submit letters of recommendations within days of a request. Priority will be given to applications received before October 15, 2021. Inquiries can be directed to the search committee chair, Dr. Ralina Joseph (

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