Lecturer in Communication
University of Washington Department of Communication
United States

Lecturer Full-Time in Communication

Position Overview

Organization: Communication

Title: Lecturer Full-Time, Department of Communication

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Communication at the University of Washington seeks applications for a Communication scholar to teach courses in the area of technology and society as well as general Communication courses.

This is a non-tenure track, full-time lecturer appointment with a 9-month service period (September 16-June 15) each year and an anticipated start date of September 2020. The criteria for merit evaluation and promotion in this position will be based primarily on teaching and service and not on research. The position is 3-year, renewable, with competitive salary, university benefits, opportunities for promotion, and protection of academic freedom.

Teaching responsibilities are 6 classes over 3 quarters, including a lower division, introductory course that is offered three times a year, taught at least once by this lecturer position (COM 200, a large lecture class with established learning objectives and teaching assistants). One additional annual course should be a research methods course that fulfills the principles of our undergraduate major research methods requirement (https://www.com.washington.edu/methods-requirements/). The remaining courses will include upper division courses that are about technology and society, either in the existing course listings or new courses established by the lecturer.

Service in the Department of Communication includes departmental, university, disciplinary, and public service. All faculty serve on a variety of assigned and voluntary committees. Some service positions have associated teaching reductions.

The Department of Communication is founded on the principles of intellectual and cultural pluralism, equity, interdisciplinarity, innovation through collaboration, and public scholarship. Information about the Department’s communication technology and society group can be found on the group’s website (https://www.com.washington.edu/technology-and-society/). A list of courses in the communication technology and society area currently in our course catalogue can be found on the area website (http://www.com.washington.edu/undergraduate-students/technology-and-global-media/).


The successful candidate will have a teaching record that includes both introductory courses in communication as well as communication technology and society courses. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of excellence in undergraduate teaching in communication, pedagogical innovation, and introducing students to research. Applicants have earned a doctorate, or foreign equivalent, in Communication or closely related field, by the date of appointment; however, the search committee will consider those who have not completed their PhD at the time of application.


Applicants should submit a (1) letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) 1 required, 3 preferred relevant syllabi, (4) a 1-2 page teaching statement that discusses the candidate’s pedagogical philosophy, with particular attention to larger courses (100+ students), teaching assistant management, and identifies courses in the department that the candidate is qualified to teach, as well as ideas about new courses that the candidate might add to the curriculum to complement and extend existing strengths in the department; (5) evidence of teaching effectiveness (6) a separate 1-2 page statement that describes the candidate’s experiences with difference, race, equity, and social justice in research, teaching, and/or service, (7) and names of three references, at least one of which who can speak to the applicant's teaching record. Application materials must be submitted online through Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on February 26, 2020. Inquiries can be directed to the search committee chair, Adrienne Russell (adruss@uw.edu).

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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