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Associate Professor Communication Studies, Basic Course Director

University of Nevada, Reno, Department of Communication Studies

Job Title: Associate Professor Communication Studies, Basic Course Director
Reference Code: 1336962
Job Location: Reno , NV
United States
Status: Full-Time
Job Category: Communications, journalism, film, TV
Deans, directors, registrar
Application Closing Date: Open Until Filled
Date Posted: 2018-11-21
Industry: Academic/Education

Job Description

Associate Professor Communication Studies, Basic Course Director
University of Nevada, Reno

University of Nevada, Reno - Main Campus

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

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Job Description
The University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for the position of Basic Course Director (BCD) in the Department of Communication Studies at the level of Associate Professor or Advanced Assistant Professor. The BCD will coordinate public speaking course offerings and curricular development in the department, supervise graduate teaching assistants, and develop a graduate pedagogy course as part of the training and support given to graduate assistants. The BCD will also work on curricular assessment. Additionally, the BCD will work with the President's Writing and Speaking Initiative, which includes working with speech consultants in the Writing and Speaking Center as well as advising the Communication and Composition in the Disciplines (CCID) program on speaking-enhanced course initiatives.

Successful candidates will have experience in administering basic public speaking courses (or equivalent administrative experience), mentoring graduate students, and assessing learning outcomes. Candidates will also be expected to maintain a research agenda, and preference will be given to candidates with critical pedagogy, social justice, or engaged scholarship orientations that complement our department's concentrations in relational dynamics or public advocacy and engagement.

Diversity is also central to the mission of Communication Studies. Our faculty, staff, and students strive to foster an environment that is conducive to exploring, engaging, and expressing diverse perspectives and is respectful and welcoming of diverse identities.

Job Requirements

Required Qualifications
Applicants should hold a PhD in Communication Studies or closely related field and have obtained the rank Associate Professor. Assistant Professors will be considered if their qualifications are consistent with the rank of Associate Professor and/or have a demonstrated record of teaching excellence and administrative experience. Candidates should demonstrate experience in administration, mentoring, and excellence in teaching.

Preferred Qualifications
Preferred qualifications include experience as a Basic Course Director, mentoring of graduate students, and research productivity in candidate's area of specialty, teaching graduate level pedagogy courses, and/or assessment and curriculum development.

Information and Application Process Instructions

Compensation Grade/Rank
Associate Professor, Rank III

Department Information
The Department of Communication Studies ( is a growing department with over 200 undergraduate majors, over 100 minors, and serves other campus departments teaching courses for communication competency requirements. Our MA program is one of the largest in the College of Liberal Arts. The department houses our top-ranked and award-winning National Parliamentary Debate Association team, and has an active Lambda Pi Eta Chapter. Many faculty and students collaborate with the surrounding community through service-learning and outreach programs.
Communication Studies at UNR is a member of The School of Social Research and Justice Studies (SSRJS) within the College of Liberal Arts. Other units in the School include the Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, the Department of Sociology, and the Department of Criminal Justice ( Faculty in Communication Studies have developed interdisciplinary research and teaching partnerships with the SSRJS departments, with the Interdisciplinary Social Psychology PhD Program (, The Ozmen Institute of Global Studies, and with the Gender, Race, and Identity Program (

The University of Nevada, Reno is the flagship campus of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 21,000. UNR is an equal opportunity employer which also offers benefits to same-sex and different sex domestic partners and spouses. The university offers 70 M.A. and Ph.D. programs in nine colleges. Reno, the “Biggest Little City in the World” is a vibrant, growing city of 250,000 located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada Mountains, about 200 miles east of San Francisco. The city is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts. Reno is rated as one of the top locations in the US for living and outdoor recreation. The University and its metropolitan area enjoy a flourishing and diverse intellectual, artistic, and cultural community. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and non-citizens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program
The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Domestic/Spousal Partner Benefits
This institution offers health insurance benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners that are registered domestic partners with the State of Nevada and who do not have access to group health insurance through their own employer. This institution offers health insurance benefits to spouses who do not have access to group health insurance through their own employer.

Contact Information for this position
Search Chair: Dr. Amy Pason, 775-682-8349
Search Coordinator: Amilia Culpepper 775-784-6839


Full-Time Equivalent

Required Attachment(s)
Please attach the following documents to your application. Please contact, the day you apply, if assistance is needed with attachments:

1. CV
2. Letter of Application
3. Contact information for three professional references
4. Teaching Philosophy (limit to 3 pages)
5. Please write a brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute to the diversity, excellence, and inclusiveness of the academic community through their research, teaching, and/or service

Posting Close Time
This posting will close at 12:00 am on the date listed below. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant
A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

Applicants hired on a federal contract may be subject to E-Verify.

As part of the hiring process, applicants for positions in the Nevada System of Higher Education may be required to demonstrate the ability to perform job-related tasks.

For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

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Founded in 1874, the University of Nevada, Reno is the State of Nevada’s land grant institution with a statewide mission and presence. The University of Nevada, Reno is a Carnegie I Research Institution and has been recognized as a “Top Tier” Best National University by U.S. News & World Report. With an enrollment of nearly 21,000 students we offer 145 Tier 1 accredited degree programs. Located in the picturesque Truckee Meadows the University of Nevada, Reno is surrounded by numerous state and national parks, is 45 minutes from beautiful Lake Tahoe, and four hours from San Francisco.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

The Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) is committed to providing a place of work and learning free of discrimination on the basis of a person’s age, disability, whether actual or perceived by others (including service-connected disabilities), gender (including pregnancy related conditions), military status or military obligations, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, race, or religion.

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