Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Public Relations emphasis)

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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Public Relations emphasis)
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Department of Communication Studies, Western Oregon University
Monmouth, OR, United States


Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at Western Oregon University

Recruitment Number: F1811

Application Deadline:  Review of applications begins November 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Communication Studies at Western Oregon University seeks a broadly trained Assistant Professor with a primary specialization in Public Relations for a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track appointment to begin in the fall of 2019. The successful candidate will build upon existing curricular strengths of the department and develop and teach additional courses in their area(s) of specialization. The successful candidate will also engage in scholarship and perform service.

The department strongly encourages applications from scholars of diverse backgrounds with a commitment to multicultural education and multidisciplinary collaboration. 

Required Qualifications: 

-Ph.D. in Communication Studies (ABD considered if degree requirements are completed prior to September 16, 2019)

-Ability to teach communication courses at the university level

-Evidence of potential for productive scholarship and an enthusiasm for service

Preferred Qualifications: 

-Expertise in strategic communication or related areas, in addition to Public Relations

Start Date:  September 16, 2019

We are not considering candidates who require Visa sponsorship support.  Additionally, the University typically only considers visa support for employees placed in specialized positions that are continuing regular University appointments.

Contact Information: Questions regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Emily Plec, Search Committee Chair, at

For questions regarding the application process or to submit your application documents, please contact Human Resources at 503-838-8552 or

Application Process:  You may submit all materials online at

Required application materials (PDF preferred):

-A WOU Faculty Application Form (available at

-Letter of interest that addresses each qualification of the position. Please include how your experience, education, and/or training might help us build a more inclusive, collaborative, and diverse community.

-Teaching philosophy statement

-Current curriculum vita

-Sample of scholarly work

-Copy of unofficial transcripts for highest degree

As an alternative, you may submit application materials to: 

F1811, Asst. Professor, Comm. Studies
Western Oregon University
Human Resources Office
345 N. Monmouth Ave
Monmouth, OR  97361                                                                                                          

-OR- E-mail as an attachment to  -OR- Fax to 503-838-8144.

Western Oregon University (WOU) is a mid-sized public comprehensive university located in the Monmouth-Independence area, the heart of Oregon’s lush Willamette Valley. The University serves a large number of first-generation college students. WOU has received national recognition for its commitment and success in serving students. In 2014 Western Oregon University was ranked highest in the Pacific Northwest and 85th in the nation for economic value and employability of its graduates, by Educate to Career, Inc. The campus is about 20 minutes from Salem, the state’s capital, about 75 minutes from Portland, the state’s cultural hub, and a short drive from the Oregon coast, mountains, and other scenic areas. The university is located in an increasingly diverse, bilingual, and rural area in the Willamette Valley.  Our student body of about 5200 undergraduate and 400 graduate students enjoys the vibrant and close-knit intellectual community of a leading liberal arts college.

Western Oregon University is an EO/AA/Veteran/Disability employer committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce.

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