Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Conflict Resolution, Negotiation, and/or Peace Communication)
Central College (Iowa)
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Full-time, tenure-line appointment beginning August 2017.
QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates should have a PhD (ABD may apply) in Communication Studies or relevant field and some evidence of scholarly productivity.
POSITION: Candidates should be committed to undergraduate teaching and have an understanding of and appreciation for the liberal arts environment. Responsibilities for this position include teaching introduction to communication theory and a presentation course in addition to developing and teaching upper level courses in conflict resolution, negotiation and/or peace studies. Applicants should be able to teach in these areas of communication as they apply to at least two of the following: interpersonal, intergroup, intercultural, organizational, community, national, and/or international contexts. Specific foci may include, but are not limited to, negotiation, mediation, peace communication, conflict/dispute resolution, and/or multicultural or international dialogue. The successful candidate will be expected to participate in curriculum development and be able to teach the College’s first-year or senior-year interdisciplinary seminar. In addition to teaching, all faculty at Central College are expected to participate in the life of the college and to demonstrate an ongoing commitment to professional development.
The Communication Studies Department provides students with a broad-based exposure to the process of creating messages, meaning and relationships in a broad array of contexts. In an effort to cultivate critical thinking, clear writing, articulate speaking and proficiency with technology, our students study communication within a variety of contexts, particularly those related to media citizenship, civic responsibility, professional engagement, and personal relationships. Through a combination of theoretical grounding and applied experience, we prepare our majors for a range of careers, enable them to participate productively in a democratic culture, and instill in them a desire for life-long learning. This position represents a new area of emphasis for the department and one which affirms Central’s commitment to this interdisciplinary focus area. The faculty in the department and across the Central campus interact in an academically stimulating and congenial environment with a focus on student success. 100% of communication studies majors complete at least one internship and 66% participate in one of Central’s off-campus domestic or international semester programs.
Founded in 1853, Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, residential four-year liberal arts college known for its academic rigor and strength in global experiential learning, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), sustainability education, athletics success and tradition, and leadership and service. Central continues to value its long-standing relationship with the Reformed Church in America. The college participates in NCAA Division III athletics and is a member of the Iowa Conference. Central is an active part of the Greater Des Moines region and just two minutes from Lake Red Rock, Iowa’s largest lake.
To apply for this position please visit www.central.edu/jobseekers/. Review of applications will commence January 30, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates recommended for employment are subject to a background investigation. Please submit the following materials online:
1.a letter of application relating your qualifications to the position. Please discuss your interest in developing as a teacher and scholar in an undergraduate, liberal arts college
2.a curriculum vita
3.copies of undergraduate and graduate transcripts
4.a one-page statement of teaching philosophy
Three confidential letters of reference addressing the candidate’s qualifications and official transcripts can be sent electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to: Vice President for Academic Affairs & Dean of the Faculty, Central College, 812 University, Pella, Iowa 50219.
Central College is an equal opportunity employer dedicated to creating a diverse community. Individuals from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply. Central College is a drug/tobacco free workplace. Academic positions at Central College use E-verify.