Lecturer (multi-year) at the University of North Texas | Communication Studies

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October 14, 2019

Lecturer (multi-year) at the University of North Texas

The Department of Communication Studies at the University of North Texas invites applications for a full-time lecturer who will serve as the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies beginning August 2020 for the 2020-2021 academic year. With a major that includes emphases in rhetorical studies, interpersonal, digital, and organizational communication, and performance studies, we seek a teacher-scholar interested in guiding a growing and diverse population of undergraduates through a multifaceted, exciting, and challenging program of study.

Qualifications

An MA or MS degree in communication or a closely related discipline including experience teaching college courses is required at the time of appointment; a PhD is preferred. Experience advising undergraduates and working with diverse student populations are highly desired.

Description

The Director of Undergraduate Studies/lecturer will teach one course per semester, coordinate undergraduate advising in the department, and direct the department's efforts to support the academic success of its undergraduates. In specific, the Director of Undergraduate Studies will:

  • Lecture and oversee teaching assists for Communication Perspectives, a research and writing course in which undergraduate students learn concepts and skills necessary to review communication research, engage in critical research about communication phenomena, and how to write a research proposal;
  • Provide academic advising to majors/minors in such areas as program planning, internships, course load, study abroad, and options available to majors after graduation;
  • Manage an orientation program for new majors/minors;
  • Manage requirements for the undergraduate major and minor, participate in program/accreditation reviews, and coordinate with our College;
  • Participate in and coordinate events that connect students with faculty and with university organizations including those held by our College;
  • Develop and manage retention and recruitment efforts in coordination with the department chair.
  • Participate in service to the department and University

Department

Communication Studies is a collegial and growing department with strong traditions in interpersonal, digital, and organizational communication, rhetorical studies, and performance studies. It offers a BA with more than 400 majors as well as an MA/MS program. The department is committed to broader university initiatives aimed at cultivating a diverse and inclusive educational environment. The graduate faculty has been enhanced significantly in the past several years, and the administration has committed to ongoing programmatic expansion by supporting a student learning center, a performance space, and a Communication Library.

University

The University of North Texas is a student-centered public research university with over 39,000 students. A Carnegie-ranked Tier One public research university, UNT graduates 8,500 students each year from its 14 colleges and schools and offers 105 bachelors', 88 masters' and 37 doctoral degree programs. UNT is one of the nation's most diverse universities with 9,300 Latinx students and 5,400 African American students. UNT expects to soon be designated as both a Minority Serving Institution and Hispanic Serving Institution and stands committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in the institutional pursuit of academic excellence. Located just 36 miles north of Dallas-Fort Worth, the country's 4th largest metropolitan area, UNT fosters meaningful partnerships with organizations throughout the larger DFW community.

Town

Denton is known for its friendly, small-town feel paired with big-city amenities. Home to two state universities, the University of North Texas and Texas Woman's University, Denton cultivates an ethos of learning, growing, and exploring. Denton enjoys a vibrant entertainment culture, featuring live performing arts venues, music and film festivals, museums, and historical sites. Centered around a historic town square, Denton boasts an array of locally sourced restaurants, craft breweries, and coffee shops which provide ideal locations for collaborative afternoon research meetings and relaxing evenings out. Denton is also home to recreation centers, community swimming pools, and hike/bike trails throughout the city and is frequently listed on Livability.com's "Top 100 Best Places to Live," citing the area's affordable cost of living, access to healthcare facilities, and thriving local culture.

Application Procedure

Review of applications begins December 15, 2019, and will continue until the search is closed. To apply for the position, please go to: https://facultyjobs.unt.edu/

Requested material include: (1) a cover letter describing qualifications; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) sample syllabi; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; (5) summary of teaching evaluations; and (6) the names, mailing address, email addresses, and phone numbers for three references via UNT's Faculty Job portal at http://facultyjobs.unt.edu. Candidate should also submit official transcripts from all universities attended to Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication Studies, 1155 Union Circle #305268, University of North Texas, Denton, TX, 76203. Direct all inquiries to Dr. Zuoming Wang, Search Committee Chair (wangz@unt.edu)

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