Basic Course Director Position--Now Accepting Applications | Communication Studies
July 1, 2013

Basic Course Director Position--Now Accepting Applications


Basic Course Director

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas invites applications for a Basic Communication Course Director beginning spring (January) 2014. The successful candidate will be appointed as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer depending on qualifications and experience (three-year renewable contract with the possibility of extending the initial appointment as well as promotion).

QUALIFICATIONS: All applicants must meet the following criteria: (1) A Masters degree in communication studies or closely related field at the time of appointment, (2) documented experience teaching introductory level communication studies courses, and (3) a record of scholarly activity (i.e., presentations at conferences) and/or published research. A PhD or ABD is preferred, as is a record of scholarly activities that includes critical communication pedagogy. Experience in supervising teaching assistants and/or adjuncts is also preferred. A record of external funding or potential for attracting external funding is desired.

JOB DESCRIPTION: The faculty member will coordinate departmental graduate teaching assistant orientation; provide ongoing supervision, evaluation, and mentoring of graduate teaching assistants; and coordinate a multi-section basic course that utilizes a blended teaching approach incorporating online and face-to-face instruction; and provide ongoing assessment of the introductory course. In addition to these duties, the faculty member will teach two additional courses per semester in an area related to his or her disciplinary expertise and provide service to the department, college, and university. If the faculty member possesses a PhD, s/he will have the opportunity to teach graduate courses and serve on graduate advisory committees.

THE DEPARTMENT: UNT's Department of Communication Studies is a collegial and growing program with strong traditions in interpersonal and organizational communication, performance studies, and rhetorical studies that offers BA and MA/MS degrees. The graduate faculty has been enhanced in recent years, and the administration has committed to ongoing programmatic expansion by supporting a Student Learning Center, a Performance Space, a Communication & Social Influence Research Office, and a Computer-mediated Communication Research Laboratory. Our faculty is affable and diverse, with research interests that intersect in narrativity, social praxis, and community engagement.

THE UNIVERSITY: As the nation's 25th largest public university, UNT is dedicated to providing an excellent educational experience to its 36,000 students while fueling the intellectual, economic and cultural progress of one of the largest, most dynamic regions in the United States. A student-focused public research university, UNT graduates 8,500 students each year from its 12 colleges and schools and offers 97 bachelors', 81 masters' and 35 doctoral degree programs, many nationally and internationally recognized. As Dallas-Fort Worth's largest and most comprehensive university, UNT is growing as a national leader in education, research and scholarship, student support and community engagement -- the pillars of a great public research university. UNT's ultimate mission is to give a "green light to greatness" by helping its students, region, state and nation excel.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Applicants must submit the following documents through UNT's Faculty Jobs Portal at (1) a cover letter describing qualifications, (2) a curriculum vita, (3) a narrative describing your approach to directing the basic course and supervising TAs, (4) a sample of professional writing, (e.g., conference presentation, publication), (5) a statement of teaching philosophy, (6) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., peer reviews, student evaluations), and (7) the names and contact information for three references.

In addition to the information submitted electronically through the UNT Faculty Jobs Portal, candidates should also submit transcripts from all universities attended (official transcripts needed for appointment), and ask their references to submit letters of recommendation to:

Chair, Basic Course Director Search Committee

Department of Communication Studies

1155 Union Circle, #305268

University of North Texas

Denton, TX 76203

Direct inquiries to Dr. Jay Allison, Chair (

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications begins September 16, 2013, and will continue weekly until the search is closed. To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to submit their applications and all supporting materials as close to the review date as possible. UNT is an AA/ADA/EOE.