Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, COFAC-3327

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies

Department of Communication Studies

College of Fine Arts and Communication




The College of Fine Arts and Communication invites applications for a tenure-track, 10-month assistant professor position to teach courses in the undergraduate program in Communication Studies with 500 majors beginning August 2020.



Ph.D. in the field of communication studies, cultural studies, or related field. ABD applicants may be considered, but appointment will be at the Instructor rank and all doctorate degree requirements must be completed by February 1, 2021. Demonstrated experience successfully teaching, mentoring, and advising diversity, underserved students, including students of color and non-traditional students. Demonstrated success or potential as a classroom teacher, and potential research productivity in intercultural communication. Strong level of knowledge in multiple research methods and theory as utilized in the field of communication studies. Interest in interdisciplinary collaborations and experience with innovative classroom technology and/or on-line learning is a plus. Evidence or interest in securing external funding is preferred.



Faculty assigned an instructional workload of six (6) course units per academic year for the first year. Beginning in the second year, the workload reverts to the standard instructional workload of seven (7) course units per academic year. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop and broaden the existing program focus in our Identity and Culture dimension. We are seeking a faculty member who specializes in intercultural communication with an emphasis on critically engaging issues of difference. Priority given to candidates who focus on race/ethnicity and space/place/borders, decolonizing intercultural scholarship, and intersectionality. Primary teaching is in intercultural communication, African American communication, communication and social protest with an expectation to teach communication theory, qualitative research methods, and the capstone course within a regular rotation. Additional expectations to teach honors or seminar courses in the general education core. Candidate will teach courses at the Towson University Northeast (TUNE) campus on a rotating basis, as needed. Scholarly research productivity and service, including advising, to the department, college and university is expected.

The Department:

The Communication Studies major focuses on theoretical and practical argument development through a close examination of the ways in which ideas are discussed, advocated for, and circulated in public and private life. The department ( offers a major and minor in Communication Studies and offers the program at our main campus and our Towson University Northeast (TUNE) campus. The department annually enrolls approximately 500 majors served by 11 full-time and 25 part-time faculty members.


Towson University

About TU

Towson University was founded in 1866, is recognized by U. S. News and World Reports as one of the top public universities in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions, is Baltimore's largest university, and is the largest public, comprehensive institution in the University of Maryland System. TU enrolls over 19,000 undergraduates and over 3,000 graduate students across six academic colleges (business, education, fine arts, health professions, liberal arts, science & mathematics), has over 865 full-time faculty, and offers more than 65 bachelor's, 45 master's, and 5 doctoral programs. Our centrally located campus sits on 330 rolling green acres and is 10 miles north of Baltimore, 45 miles north of Washington D.C., and 95 miles south of Philadelphia.

Application Process

The review of completed applications will begin December 2, 2019, and continue until the position is filled. Submit a letter of application, curriculum vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three names of recommenders, and an official graduate transcript to:

Communication Studies Search Committee
C/O Vickie Hook
Department of Communication Studies
Towson University
8000 York Road
Towson, MD 21252-0001 

All or part of the application may be submitted via email to Please indicate “position number” in the subject line.


A Criminal Background Investigation is required for the hired candidate and the results may impact employment. Please note that the search number for which you have applied is COFAC-3327.

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Towson University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong institutional commitment to diversity. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.