• Full Time
  • Spokane

Website Gonzaga University

The Communication Studies Department at Gonzaga University in Spokane WA, invites applications for a one-year, full-time, non-tenure-track lecturer position beginning Fall 2024. We wish to welcome humanities-based teacher-scholars with a commitment to inclusive, equity-minded teaching to join a department with an innovative curriculum grounded in rhetoric, media, and cultural studies and animated by the concepts of social justice, civic engagement, and systems of power, privilege, and oppression.

We look  forward  to  collaborating  with  a  colleague  who  possesses  strong  pedagogical  abilities,  with particular sensitivity to inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices; who can address questions of diversity, equity, and social justice broadly considered; who can effectively teach the impacts and consequences of communication  on  society,  media,  culture,  and  identity;  and who  approaches  communication  as  a  constitutive material, social, cultural, and political endeavor.

We  seek  applicants who  are  invested  in  creative,  reflective  pedagogy  and  who  have  experience  teaching  about communication as symbolic action from a rhetorical, media, and/or cultural studies perspective. This position involves teaching multiple sections of the first-year, Core Curriculum course, COMM 100: Communication and Speech, which is a requirement for all Gonzaga students. The course emphasizes communication as symbolic action and foregrounds civic engagement. This colleague may also be asked to teach one or more of our department’s theoretical foundation courses: Understanding Meaning-Making, Understanding Power in Culture, and Understanding Identity. The teaching load for the lecturer position is 24 credits per year (12 credits per semester).

Additionally, while University service is not a requirement or an expectation for this position, all members of the department are invited and welcome to contribute to and participate in peer review of teaching activities, department committees, and special projects. Gonzaga University features an outstanding Center for Teaching and Advising that sponsors regular faculty development and education opportunities.

The Communication Studies Department is committed to inclusive excellence and to increasing the diversity of the campus community. In alignment with Gonzaga University’s mission, we expect applicants to demonstrate commitment to issues of social justice, diversity, global engagement, and care for/solidarity with vulnerable and marginalized communities. We welcome applicants who can contribute to the departmental ethos and campus climate of inclusivity. Applicants are encouraged to describe their experiences with diverse populations and/or underrepresented and minoritized students.

Required Qualifications:

  •  Graduate degree in Communication with concentrations in rhetoric, media, and/or cultural studies.
  • Evidence of effective and reflective college-level teaching
  • Evidence of inclusive, equity-minded teaching practices

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Communication
  • Ability to teach a required Communication Studies introductory course to non-majors.

Job Duties:

  • Teach four courses per semester.
  • Support the department, college, university and discipline through service and other forms of academic citizenship.

Gonzaga University is an internationally prominent university with a faculty dedicated both to innovative teaching and ongoing teaching development and to socially transformative and justice-oriented research. We have a branch campus in Florence, Italy, as well as a robust study abroad program.

Application Procedure:

To apply, please visit our website at www.gonzaga.edu/jobs. Applicants must complete an online application and submit the following materials:

(1) Cover letter;

(2) Curriculum vitae;

(3) Statement of teaching philosophy that includes reflection on: a) your role and methods as a teacher, b) your goals for student learning and your approach to assessing that learning, and c) your ongoing growth as a teacher;

(4) Statement on inclusive, equity-minded teaching that includes reflection on: a) how you create an environment in which all your students can learn, b) your strategies for including a diversity of perspectives, voices, and lived experiences in the learning process, c) your experience supporting traditionally underrepresented students in higher education (e.g., race, ability, LGBTQ+, first-gen);

(5) Copies of graduate school transcripts; and

(6) Names and contact information for three (3) professional references (letters will be requested when finalists are selected).

All application materials must address the candidate’s fit with Gonzaga’s Jesuit, Catholic, and humanist mission (see: https://www.gonzaga.edu/about/our-mission-jesuit-values). We also encourage applicants to review the Communication Studies department mission and courses (see: https://www.gonzaga.edu/college-of-arts-sciences/departments/communication-studies).

Please direct questions about this position to Melissa Click, Search Committee Chair, Communication Studies, click@gonzaga.edu. Position closes on June 28, 2024, midnight, Pacific Time. For assistance with your online application, please call the Human Resources department at 509-313-5996.

Gonzaga University is a Jesuit, Catholic, humanistic institution, and is therefore interested in candidates who will contribute to its distinctive mission. Gonzaga University is an AA/EEO employer and diversity candidates are encouraged to apply. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their disability status and/or protected veteran status.

To apply for this job please visit www.gonzaga.edu.