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Assistant Professor in Communication Studies

Closes: Open Until Filled College of Liberal Arts & SciencesSchool of Communication & Journalism

The School of Communication and Journalism at Eastern Illinois University seeks an individual to fill the role of tenure track assistant professor in the Division of Communication Studies. Candidates should have teaching and research expertise in the area of interpersonal communication, with secondary areas in gender, race, and/or intercultural communication. Primary duties include teaching courses in the division core and their area expertise. Opportunities for summer employment exist for candidates who have interest in teaching online. Academic advising, service assignments, research/creative, and professionally related projects are expected.


Ph.D. in Communication is required by the start of employment. Evidence of a clear research agenda and excellent teaching are required along with strong interpersonal, collaborative, and organizational skills. Successful candidates will demonstrate an interest in teaching online courses, and the ability to teach graduate courses in their area of expertise.


Review of applications will begin November 13, 2023 and will continue until campus interviews are scheduled.


A complete application will consist of a letter of application, current CV, unofficial transcripts (official copy required for appointment), teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness, a sample of scholarly writing, and the contact information for three references. Send application materials to Interfolio at

The School of Communication and Journalism houses academic divisions devoted to Communication Studies and ACEJMC-accredited Journalism. We are comprised of 24 tenured/tenure-track and nine annually contracted faculty. The school offers five undergraduate degree programs in Communication Studies, Health Communication, Journalism, Public Relations, and TV & Video Production along with a master’s degree in Communication Studies. We are a vibrant academic community of approximately 300 majors.

Diversity and Inclusion: Eastern Illinois University is committed to fostering a learning community where all members feel welcomed and valued. The university provides equality of opportunity in all areas of campus life and we strive to recognize and appreciate the unique value of our students, faculty, and staff. Every member of campus has the right to learn and work in an environment free of discrimination and harassment, and beyond that, our goal is for all members of our community to develop a strong sense of belonging to Eastern Illinois University.

The University and Community: Eastern Illinois University takes pride in creating a warm, welcome environment for all faculty, staff and students. Established in 1895, EIU boasts a rich, tradition of preparing students for their personal and professional goals. A traditional regional residential institution, EIU offers a superior education at a relatively low cost while consistently earning high rankings and distinctions for its affordability, academic program quality, career placement rates, campus safety, online degree options, student support, and sustainability initiatives. EIU focuses on individualized attention and superior student relationships and has earned recognition as the highest- ranking independent public regional university in Illinois and a place among the Midwest’s top public regional universities according to U.S. News and World Report. Eastern offers faculty a wide range of research and public service activities. EIU hosts more than 175 student organizations on campus, and offers a variety of cultural events, NCAA Division I athletics, and active research opportunities for its students to enjoy and to thrive. EIU has become recognized for providing the resources of a large institution while creating the kinds of individual relationships that support student and alumni success. The university offers insurance benefits to same-sex domestic partners. The university offers benefits to spouses.

Eastern Illinois University places priority on teaching excellence for a student body in a residential setting. Approximately 9,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs. Eastern offers faculty a wide range of research and public service activities. The University is located in east central Illinois and combines the benefits of a community of 20,000 with access to several large cities, including Chicago, St. Louis, and Indianapolis. Additional information available at For questions regarding this search, please contact Dr. Marita Gronnvoll, Chair of Search Committee at

Eastern Illinois University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer – minority/female/disability/veteran – committed to achieving a diverse community.

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