Assistant Professor

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Position type: Full-Time 9-Month
Department: 032700 - Communication
Location: Main Campus - Starkville, MS
Categories: Faculty
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Position Function:

Vacancy for one full-time, 9-month, tenure-track faculty position requiring the successful candidate to teach, conduct research/creative work, and perform service.

Salary Grade:  UC

For salary grade UC, these positions are "Unclassified" and salary ranges are determined by the hiring department.

Department Profile:

The Department of Communication at Mississippi State University ( is one of the largest on campus. There are more than 500 undergraduate majors across five concentrations: Broadcast & Digital Journalism, Communication & Media Studies, Print & Digital Journalism, Public Relations, and Theatre. Students may choose concentrations in more than one area, and minors are offered in each concentration. The department also offers students a Master of Arts in Communication. Information on the graduate program is available at

The Department of Communication is committed to fostering an environment that values and affirms diversity, equity, and inclusion. The department is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups and makes every attempt to support faculty members' academic, professional, and personal success. The department values diversity in experience, background and research perspectives and is dedicated to creating an inclusive environment for teaching and learning.

Students within the Department of Communication can take part in many different career advancement programs, such as internships and other student clubs and organizations like Alpha Psi Omega, Lambda Pi Eta, Speech & Debate Council, Lab Rats Comedy & Improv, Public Relations & Integrated Student Media (PRISM) agency, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Broadcast Education Association Student Media Club, Take 30 (Tv) News, The Reflector (newspaper), and via campus media partners: WMSV-FM, University Television, Digital Media Center, Hail State Productions (SEC Network/ESPN) and Geosciences (Meteorology).

Area of Specialization:

Communication & Media Studies, Rhetorical Studies, African American Studies

Anticipated Appointment Date:

August 16, 2024

Tenure Track Status:


Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The Department of Communication and the African American Studies program at MSU seek a tenure track professor who specializes in rhetoric and race in the United States. The successful candidate will hold a joint appointment with the Department of Communication and the African American Studies program.

The successful candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses (in person and/or online). A sample of undergraduate courses that the successful candidate may be assigned to teach include, but is not limited to, Rhetorical Theory, Elements of Persuasion, Communication and Leadership, Communication and Media Ethics, Political Communication, Race, Gender, Class and Global Media, Diversity in Communication, or other based on area of expertise. Experience or demonstrated interest in teaching Introduction to African American Studies is highly desirable. A sample of graduate courses that the successful candidate may be assigned to teach include include Communication Theory, Seminar in Communication and Leadership, Seminar in Rhetoric, Political Communication, potential new courses in Diversity Issues in Media and Communication or other courses as needed.

A typical course load for an assistant professor with an active scholarly agenda is three undergraduate courses per semester. If teaching graduate courses, the workload is 3/2, reduced during the semester teaching at the graduate level. During the first two years of employment, an additional course equivalent reassignment per semester for tenure-track positions may be granted (for an overall 2-2 teaching load), thus encouraging the individual to initiate or continue a strong research/creative program.

Scholarly activity is defined by the university, college, and department in a broad context and supports research and/or creative agendas. Excellence in research or creative achievement must be established by critical peer evaluation, using standards prevailing in the discipline. More information on promotion and tenure is available in the faculty handbook which can be found at

Service includes advising majors and student organizations, developing curriculum, and serving on committees. Service activities within the community, academic and professional disciplines are also recognized as aspects of faculty achievement.

Minimum Qualifications:

For tenure-track positions, the appropriate terminal degree and a strong record of or potential for successful teaching and scholarly research and/or creative work are required. Highly qualified ABDs will be considered, but a communication-related terminal degree must be completed within one year of the appointment date.

Preferred Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will have a PhD in a communication field, a strong record of scholarly research and/or creative work, and collegiate teaching experience. Candidates able to teach courses pertaining to rhetoric, persuasion, communication ethics, political communication, race and communication, diversity issues in communication and media, African American Studies, or similar contexts are preferred.

Candidates who have experience in, or the potential for building an enriched, equitable, and diverse scholarly environment are strongly encouraged to apply. A demonstrated commitment to work with students of all backgrounds and with students holding a range of worldviews is valued.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

The successful candidate must have a thorough knowledge of the field and a willingness to participate collegially in a broad department. Colleagues must be able to communicate that knowledge to students as well as to other important groups through scholarship and service.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

The successful candidate must be able to teach in a classroom setting, conduct research and/or creative work, and provide service in the profession.

Instructions for Applying:

All applicants must apply online at and attach (1) a cover letter (1–2-page letter of application summarizing teaching experience and performance, current scholarship/professional agenda, personal contribution to an enriched diverse environment, and a 5-year career plan), (2) current resume or curriculum vitae, (3) contact information for at least three professional references. Review of applications will begin December 11, 2023, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position are welcome and can be directed to Dr. Terri Hernandez, Search Committee Chair, at

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, gender identity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other status protected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations and applications from women, members of any minority group, and others who share our passion for building a diverse community that reflects the diversity in our student population.

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