Author Topic: Western Washington Univ Tenure Track DOF & Asst. Prof of Rhetoric  (Read 123010 times)

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HI All,

We have successfully negotiated the bureaucratic hurdles to post our position related to hiring our new DOF  and Assistant Prof. of Rhetoric.

This is the revitalization of last year’s search that was suspended. I am happy to relate full funding and departmental support for this year’s search!

New applicants as well as previous applicants are welcome to apply.

Position description below, but note that full description as well as the link to begin the application process can be found at:

Director of Forensics and Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies
About the Position: The Department of Communication Studies at Western Washington University (Western) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position. Duties include serving as the Director of Forensics and teaching Rhetorical Studies at Western. This position calls for a colleague who can coach and manage a national level forensic program while contributing to teaching responsibilities in the department. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. The starting date for this position is Sept. 15, 2018.   
About the College/Department: The Communication Studies Department falls within the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS), the largest College in the University. CHSS has 13 departments and 3 programs, with over 315 faculty, 62% of which are tenured or tenure-track.

CHSS and the Communication Studies Department support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. The Department of Communication Studies is particularly committed to diversity and excellence in our faculty, students, and staff, and encourages applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.

The mission of the Communication Studies Department at Western is to teach communication studies that nurture inclusive civil discourse, critical thinking, and cooperative solutions in a diverse global community. We offer opportunities to develop strong communication skills within a challenging liberal arts program. The department currently has seven tenure-track faculty and additional non-tenure track faculty, who serve approximately 150 undergraduate majors. Intercultural communication is one of the specializations in the Department, and is also encouraged throughout the entire curriculum and scholarly activities.   
About the University: Western enrolls over 15,000 students (undergraduate and master’s level) and has a tenured/tenure-track faculty of approximately 500 members (please visit Western’s web site for more information: Western is located on scenic Bellingham Bay and is approximately 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle.   The region is rich in cultural events and attractions as well as many recreational activities.  This area recognizes the rich diversity as well as the responsibility of being located on indigenous lands. Western seeks to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the people of Washington, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning. With seven colleges and the graduate school, Western is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.   

Position Responsibilities: We seek a colleague who can serve as an effective Director of Forensics (DOF) and who specializes in Rhetorical Studies. Applicants should also possess the qualifications to teach at least one course from among the following core service classes: Research Methods, Communication Theory, or Communication Ethics.

The Forensics Program is housed in the Department, but serves the campus at large. With its strong commitment to inclusion and diversity, the program serves students from all majors and provides opportunities to those without previous forensic experience.  Duties related to the forensic team include: Budgeting, travel planning, coaching and supervising students, travel to tournaments, hosting tournaments on-campus, hiring and supervision of forensic assistants and course instructors, recruiting students, and managing campus programming. Duties specific to being DOF include committee work related to program funding and hosting summer programming.
The successful candidate will teach existing courses at the undergraduate level, including a combination of Research Methods, Communication Theory, or Communication Ethics as well as other courses in our department. The teaching load is six courses per academic year within a quarter system. DOF duties are counted toward total class load for Fall and Winter quarters as one course, with a regular teaching load in the Spring of 2 courses. Members of the Communication Studies Department actively engage in research that enhances effective instruction and expands the knowledge base and creative vitality of the discipline.

Required Qualifications:
•   Ph.D. (in Communication or related field) to be completed by September 15, 2018
•   Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and ability to work effectively with diverse groups of students, faculty and staff, as well as commitment to cultivating an inclusive learning environment
•   Evidence of specialization in Rhetoric Studies
•   Experience in coaching academic debate
•   Evidence of successful undergraduate teaching
•   Active and successful program of scholarship
•   Ability to teach one or more of the following courses: Research Methods, Communication Theory, or Communication Ethics
Preferred Qualifications:
•   Experience teaching Rhetorical Studies
•   Community Service that promotes civil discourse within the University community
•   Ability to recruit and retain a diverse group of both novice and experienced debaters
•   Experience with administrative, tournament hosting, supervisory (hiring/supervising assistant instructors/coaches), and budgetary skills expected of a leader of a nationally successful Forensics Program
Academic Emphasis:  Forensics and Rhetorical Studies
Job Location: Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience
Bargaining Union: United Faculty of Western Washington
Application Instructions and Requested Documents: To be considered for the position, application materials must be submitted via Western’s Electronic Application System for Employment (EASE). Please log in below, and use Internet Explorer to fully utilize the online application system.

As part of a complete application, candidates should upload into EASE:
•   a letter of application specifically addressing the qualifications;
•   a CV;
•   a separate statement regarding your demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion, and ability to work effectively with diverse groups of students, faculty and staff, as well as commitment to cultivating an inclusive learning environment;
•   graduate transcripts
Additionally, three letters of recommendation are required, with at least one of them focusing on the applicant’s forensic qualifications and experiences.  Recommenders should email their letters to

Finalists may be asked for student course evaluations.

Other Information: For questions regarding the position, application process, or department, contact Ms. Michelle Reed Oppenheimer at 360-650-2294.

Closing Date: Review of applications begins January 22, 2018; position is open until filled.

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU's Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

All new employees must comply with the immunization policy and show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizen and Immigration Service before beginning work at WWU. A thorough background check will be conducted on all new hires.