Kansas State U Job Ad: Rhetoric with International Perspective

Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Rhetoric) at Kansas State University

We are inviting applications for a tenure-track assistant professor with a specialization in rhetoric, beginning August 2017. Potential areas of research expertise that are a strong fit for this position include: a focus on new media and technology, an international/global perspective, a critical approach, and/or social movements. The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at both the graduate and undergraduate levels in rhetorical theory and criticism along with course(s) that complement their own research interests.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field in hand by August 2017.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will contribute to K-State’s Vision 2025 goal of being a top-50 research university by 2025 by carrying out a vibrant program of research; by contributing to the department’s reputation for teaching excellence at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; by advising graduate and undergraduate students; and by providing service to the department, university, discipline, and community.

How to Apply: Please apply by uploading a SINGLE pdf file including (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research and teaching statements, (4) writing sample, (5) evidence of teaching effectiveness, and (6) names and contact information for three professional references to the campus job site. Screening of applications will begin December 1, 2016 and continue until the position is filled.

The Communication Studies Department is located at Kansas State’s Manhattan campus, which has an increasingly diverse student body of more than 23,000. Our department offers both Master’s and Bachelor’s degrees. We offer four specialized tracks at the undergraduate level: Political Communication, Organizational Communication, Legal Communication, and Relational Communication. In addition to producing quality research and innovative teaching, we take pride in our students who compete on nationally competitive debate, forensics, and mock trial teams.

In 2016, Kansas State University had its fifth consecutive year of fundraising over 100 million dollars. The Princeton Review ranked Kansas State University in 13 different categories in the 2017 edition of “The Best 381 Colleges.” Among the rankings are No. 2 for students love these colleges, No. 3 for best quality of life, and No. 15 for best run colleges.

Kansas State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. Equal Employment Opportunity is the Law.

Contact Information: For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Soo-Hye Han at soohye[at]ksu.edu.

Tim Steffensmeier Profile

ProfilesTim Steffensmeier is an associate professor and director of the Leadership Communication doctoral program at the Staley School of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. This is a joint appointment as director of research at the Kansas Leadership Center based in Wichita, KS.

Tim Steffensmeier Tim’s publications focus on public deliberation, rhetoric, and civic leadership. This research has been grant funded by the National Science Foundation, Kettering Foundation, and Interactivity Foundation. Steffensmeier is a former department head of Communication Studies at Kansas State University (2012-2017) and served as editor for the Journal of Public Deliberation. Tim has a Ph.D. from the University of Texas, Austin in Communication Studies/Rhetoric. His expertise includes consulting experience with companies and communities on leadership development and communication.

His publications include:

PytlikZillig, L. M., Steffensmeier, T., Campbell Hibbs, A., Champion, B., Hunt, E. D., Harrington, J., Jr., Spears, J., Umphlett, N., Bruning, R., & Kahl, D. (2013). Fostering climate change education in the Central Great Plains: A public engagement approach. International Journal of Sustainability, 8(1), 161-177.

Steffensmeier, T. (2010) Building a public square: An analysis of community narratives. Community Development, 41(2), 255-268.

Steffensmeier, T. & Schenck-Hamlin, W. (2009) Argument quality in public deliberations. Argumentation and Advocacy, 45(1), 21-36.

Kansas State University job ad: Social Change

Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Kansas State University

Continuing our growth, the Department of Communication Studies at Kansas State University invites applicants for a full-time, tenure track, nine-month appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor beginning
August 2016. We seek a researcher with expertise in the communicative processes and practices of social change, advocacy, or community organizing. This scholar’s work can address these processes and practices in a variety of contexts, such as organizational, intercultural, or political. Preference will be given to candidates who
approach their work from multiple methodologies, assume a critical perspective in their research, demonstrate a history or potential of securing external research funding, and/or pursue research that is
international in scope.

The successful candidate will contribute to K-State’s Vision 2025 goal of being a top-50 research university by 2025 (k-state.edu/2025) in a number of ways: by carrying out a vibrant program of engaged research; by contributing to the department’s reputation for teaching excellence in teaching both graduate and undergraduate courses; by advising graduate and undergraduate students; and by providing service to the department, university, and community. Candidates should have the Ph.D. in communication or a related field in hand by August 2016.

The Department of Communication Studies offers masters’ and bachelors’ degrees in communication and rhetorical studies. We offer four specialized tracks at the undergraduate level: Political Communication,
Organizational Communication, Legal Communication, and Relational Communication. The department makes a strong commitment to civic  engagement and public deliberation through the internationally recognized Institute for Civic Discourse and Democracy, as well as our graduate certificate in Dialogue, Deliberation, and Public Engagement. In addition to producing quality research and innovative teaching, we take pride in our students who compete on nationally competitive debate, orensics, and mock trial teams.

The department is located at Kansas State’s Manhattan campus, home to more than 24,000 students. In 2015, Kansas State University achieved record highs in fundraising and external grant awards while also
enhancing the diversity of its student body. Additionally, Kansas State is recognized for its commitment to engaged scholarship and has the Carnegie Foundation’s Elective Classification on Community Engagement.
A part of the scenic Flint Hills region some 100 miles west of Kansas City, Manhattan is the fastest growing city in Kansas, earning livability.com‘s top ranking for best college town in the U.S., Forbes’ ranking in 2011 as the best small city in the U.S. for business and careers, and glassdoor.com‘s ranking second in 2015 among top
universities for which to work.

Please apply by sending (1) a letter of application, (2) curriculum vita, (3) teaching evaluations, (4) evidence of scholarly activity and (5) names and contact information for three professional references to commstudies@k-state.edu or by mail to Cassie Hall, Department of Communication Studies, 129 Nichols Hall, 702 Mid-Camps Drive South, Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506.

For questions about the position, please contact Dr. Greg Paul.

Kansas State University is an AA/EEO employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and actively seeks diversity among its employees. A background check is required. Screening of applications will begin November 13, 2015, and continue until the position is filled.

This institution offers benefits to same-sex partners.