Assistant Professor, Rhetoric of Identity and Difference
Department of Communication Studies, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Following a system-wide hiring freeze, the Assistant Professor position for the Rhetoric of Identity and Difference at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln is re-opened. In order to ensure consideration, new applications must be received by February 23, 2017.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Department of Communication Studies seeks a tenure-track assistant professor beginning August 14, 2017, focused in Rhetoric of Identity and Difference. We seek a humanities scholar, strongly grounded in the public address tradition of rhetorical studies, focused on the relationship between civic discourse, identity, and historically marginalized groups in civic life. Scholarly expertise may include, but is not limited to, rhetorics of identity, power, and difference in public argument, discourses of gender, sexuality, race, and class in contemporary political discourse, or the role of rhetoric in enabling and constraining the development of citizens’ voice. Candidates will be expected to contribute to the department’s interdisciplinary ties and connect with strategic research initiatives/priorities on campus, depending on research foci, e.g., Women’s and Gender Studies, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Digital Humanities, and Nebraska Public Policy Center.
A Ph.D. in Communication Studies is required by the time the appointment begins. Applicants must demonstrate ability to conduct an active program of research in rhetoric of identity and difference, teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise graduate students, and provide professional service.
Applicants’ research should complement the department’s scholarly initiatives aimed at understanding and explaining the role of communication in Civic Engagement (facilitating civic engagement, mediating public controversies, and organizing for social change), Health and Well-being (constituting individual and family health, promoting healthy behaviors, and helping persons navigate relational challenges), and Identity and Difference (creating, maintaining, and challenging personal, social, and community identity in a complex and diverse world), and share the department’s strong commitment to the synergistic integration of humanities and social science scholarship. Candidates will be expected to contribute to the department’s interdisciplinary ties and connect with strategic research initiatives/priorities on campus, depending on research foci, e.g., Women’s and Gender Studies, Institute for Ethnic Studies, Digital Humanities, and Nebraska Public Policy Center.