Lecturer in Communication Studies

Washburn University invites applications for a Lecturer in Communication Studies to begin August 2020.

This is a full-time, nine-month, non-tenure track position with the potential for a renewable contract.  The selected candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to students from diverse backgrounds and a dedication to the development of inclusive pedagogies that support equity and student success. 

Required Qualifications: 

  • M.A. in Communication Studies.
  • Experience teaching introductory Communication Studies courses.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at the university level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies; ABD applicants will also be considered.


  • Teach 12 credit hours per semester or a full workload as defined by the faculty handbook.
  • Teach undergraduate courses such as Public Speaking and Principles and Practices of Human Communication.
  • The successful candidate may teach other courses in the areas of organizational, small group, interpersonal, health, family, nonverbal, gender, social movements, and/or qualitative or mixed research methods as assigned by department and college leadership.
  • Periodically mentor Capstone research projects.
  • Advise students and engage in service activities in the department and to the university, profession, and/or community.

Application Procedures:

  • Application review will begin February 1, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Send cover letter, vita, the names, email addresses and phone numbers of three professional references, evidence of teaching effectiveness such as student or peer evaluations, and copies of transcripts to Ms. Rebecca Rochelle at rebecca.rochelle@washburn.edu (use Communication Studies in the subject line and do not send additional materials until requested). Electronic applications or print materials will be accepted. Please refer questions about the position to the Screening Chair, Dr. Gretchen Montgomery at: gretchen.montgomery@washburn.edu. The successful candidate will be required to submit to a background check prior to hire and to submit official transcripts.
Washburn University is an open-admission university in a metropolitan setting. Our students represent diversity in terms of sex, gender identity, age, race and ethnicity, socio-economic status, and national identity. We offer a flexible program of study that features a wide array of courses that students find useful in their chosen careers and personally enriching. Successful applicants will use inclusive pedagogy designed to reach a variety of audiences and learning styles, in particular historically and contemporary under-represented populations in higher ed. Successful candidates for this position will also enjoy working in a department that values diverse research and teaching interests.

Washburn is dedicated to providing a student-centered and teaching focused academic environment and a curriculum that engages the diversity of human experience across the globe. We seek candidates who are committed to Washburn’s efforts to create a climate that fosters the growth and development of a diverse student body, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically underrepresented in higher education. Application materials should clearly articulate how the candidate will contribute to the University’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, and/or service.

Washburn University is an EOE.  Washburn University provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, ancestry, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, veteran status, or marital or parental status.


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