Assistant Professor Teaching, Department of Communication job with University of Washington, Department of Communication

Job Description

The University of Washington Department of Communications is hiring an Assistant Professor to teach courses in the areas of strategic communications, crisis communications, and public interest communications.

This is a full-time, non-permanent position, an Assistant Professor appointment with a 9-month term of service (September 16 to June 15) each year and an expected start date of September 2022 Criteria for merit evaluation and promotion in this position will be based primarily on teaching and service and not on research. The position is for 3 years, renewable, with a competitive salary, academic benefits, opportunities for promotion and the protection of academic freedom.

Teaching responsibilities include 6 courses spread over 3 academic terms: 3 courses on organizational and crisis communication will be taught in the Department’s Communication Leadership program, which confers a professional master’s degree in communication; the other 3 courses will focus on Crisis Communication, Public Relations and Society, and Public Interest Communication, and will be taught in the Department’s undergraduate program in Journalism and Public Interest Communication.

Service in the Department of Communication includes departmental, academic, disciplinary and public service. All faculty sit on various assigned and volunteer committees; this candidate can expect service assignments to include work related to the Communication Leadership Program and the Journalism and Public Interest Communication Program. Some service positions have been associated with teaching cuts.

Background information

The Department of Communication is founded on the principles of intellectual and cultural pluralism, equity, interdisciplinarity, innovation through collaboration, and public scholarship.

Building on a 20-year heritage, the Master’s Communication Leadership program is constantly updated to respond to global opportunities in the fields of communication and digital media. Graduates are thoughtful and intentional professionals, equipped to critically engage with organizational challenges and apply superb storytelling practices to effect change.

A list of courses in our Communication Leadership program can be found here: (

Undergraduate journalism education, offered at UW since 1907, has recently evolved from a stand-alone journalism curriculum to include public interest communication, a field that seeks to effect positive social change through practices strategic communications. This innovative expansion aims to ensure students have exposure and training for the wide range of jobs available to graduates with strong analytical and cross-platform journalism skills. Program information can be found at:


Candidates must have at least one year of teaching experience at the university level as well as at least two years of industrial, professional or academic experience in areas related to teaching responsibilities in strategic communication, crisis communication, public relations , public affairs communication, journalism and communication on social responsibility. Applicants should hold a Masters Degree in Communication or other relevant field, or foreign equivalent. A doctorate in communication or another relevant field, or a foreign equivalent is also acceptable.

Application Instructions

Applicants must submit (1) letter of interest, (2) resume, (3) syllabus, ideally for a recently taught course; (4) a 1-2 page teaching statement that discusses the candidate’s educational philosophy, how it relates to their professional experience, with particular attention to teaching strategic and public interest communication in a professional master’s program and an undergraduate program; (5) a separate 1-2 page statement describing the nominee’s work in the areas of difference, race, equity, and social justice in the context of previous professional experience and/or teaching, (6) and the names of 3 references, at least one of whom can talk about the candidate’s professional and/or teaching record.

Application documents must be submitted online via Interfolio, please use the green “apply” button below.

The review of applications will begin on May 12, 2022.

Inquiries can be directed to the Research Committee Chair, Ekin Yasin at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The University of Washington is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information , gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to diversity

The University of Washington is committed to strengthening diversity among its faculty, librarians, staff, and student communities, and articulates this commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( /diversity-blueprint/). Additionally, the university’s faculty code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching, and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to the academic profile and responsibilities of a faculty member (

COVID-19 vaccine requirements and information

Under Washington State Governor Inslee Proclamation 21-14.1, University of Washington (UW) workers must be fully immunized against COVID-19 and provide proof, or receive a medical exemption or nun approved by the UW. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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