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Assistant or Associate Professor, Communication

University of Arkansas

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Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

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Institution Name:

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department of Communication

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Summary of Job Duties:

The Department of Communication in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor in Communication to start August 14, 2023. This is a standard nine-month faculty appointment.

We seek a candidate whose research and teaching focus on areas that may be defined as Communication and Well-Being. We define “Well-Being” broadly and welcome candidates who may specialize in areas such as well-being and democracy, environmental and ecological sustainability, community resilience, health equity, healthy relationships, media culture, and the public good. Thus, the broadly defined label of “Well-Being” may be interpreted in many ways.

The ideal candidate is not bound to a specific methodology but rather a specific vision of well-being in a mass communication, historical, interpersonal, rhetorical, or another theoretical framework. The successful candidate will contribute to one or more of the Departmental emphasis areas of interpersonal communication, mediated communication, organizational and community communication, rhetoric, public communication, and film studies.

Competitive applicants will also demonstrate an ability to provide strategic direction and collaboration with our Center for Communication Research, as well as success in working with interdisciplinary research teams, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, and engaging regional, state, and national funding agencies.

Duties will include establishing and maintaining an active and independent research program, developing courses and teaching effectively at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and providing service to the Department, University, and discipline.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications:
  • PhD or terminal degree in Communication or related field by the time of appointment
  • Evidence of active research program
  • Demonstrated competency in the classroom
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Research commensurate with institutions holding the highest Carnegie classification and with the level of appointment
  • Evidence of an interdisciplinary research program
  • Evidence of engaged scholarship with community members
  • Experience with externally funded research
  • Demonstrated success working with underrepresented communities and diverse populations

Additional Information:
Completed applications received by 02/27/2023 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.
For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Robert Wicks, at rwicks@uark.edu.
Applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application; a current curriculum vitae; a diversity statement that describes how the candidate addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in their work; and a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and phone number) willing to provide reference letters upon request.
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
About the Department
The Department of Communication is committed to excellence in scholarship, instruction, and expression of human communication. We nurture a thriving intellectual community by bridging the humanities and social sciences. Discovery, learning, diversity, and engagement are the hallmarks of this community. Visit
The Department hosts
the Center for Communication Research
(CCR) which facilitates collaborative, interdisciplinary social research within the University of Arkansas, Northwest Arkansas region, and broader intellectual community. The CCR seeks to stimulate and support interdisciplinary collaborations; provide opportunities for undergraduate and graduate participation; engage regional, state, and national funding agencies; and acquire and maintain the equipment necessary to support research endeavors. The CCR manages a research lab space that includes state-of-the-art technology for studying all facets of communication.
The Department is committed to hiring faculty and staff who support the missions of the Fulbright College and the University of Arkansas to promote a diverse and inclusive culture. We welcome applications from candidates who are motivated by issues related to social justice, civic engagement, and the representation of marginalized people and ideas. We strongly encourage applicants to provide evidence of how their research, teaching, and/or service contributes to equity efforts in their application materials.

Salary Information:

Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Diversity Statement, List of three Professional References (name, email, business title)

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

Robert Wicks, search committee chair, rwicks@uark.edu

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site
Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:

Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.
The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit:
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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