Wednesday, October 28, 2009


Position Announcement: Rhetoric and Critical/Cultural Studies at Arizona State University (Tempe)

The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication (HDSHC) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University (ASU) is seeking a professor in rhetorical studies at the tenure-earning assistant or associate rank to begin in Fall 2010. More specifically, we seek to hire a scholar/teacher whose primary explorations occur at the intersections between rhetorical and critical/cultural studies. Desired qualifications are: 1) Demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following lines of inquiry: visual rhetoric or critical media studies; rhetoric of social movements; public culture; public memory; critical investigations of race, ethnicity, and/or sexuality; performance and performativity; and 2) Evidence of ability to seek and secure external funding support. Required qualifications are: Applicant must hold a Ph.D. in communication or related discipline at the time of appointment; evidence of excellence appropriate to rank in teaching and research at the post-secondary level.

Additionally, this position includes: Maintaining an ongoing research program in areas of specialization; teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; assisting with recruitment of students for the School and the university; serving on school, college, and university committees; and providing service to professional associations and the community. Salary will be competitive based on qualifications.

We are seeking outstanding candidates whose teaching, research, and service complement our vibrant faculty and program. Successful applicants will articulate teaching and research efforts in relation to our School's mission within the New American University model. Our mission aims to produce transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching that responds to pressing issues in the world today. Specifically, our strategic initiatives in health communication; conflict transformation; wellness and work-life; strategic communication; and innovative inquiry bring together scholars from across traditional areas (e.g., rhetoric, performance studies, interpersonal, organizational, and intercultural communication) as well as collaborators from other academic fields and the public sector.

The HDSHC includes 21 full-time faculty members and offers the BA, BS, MA, and Ph.D. degrees in communication. The School offers laboratory facilities, computer resources, project support, grant development support, and a performance studio. The School is located in Tempe, a progressive suburb of Phoenix. Our location offers the resources of a major metropolitan area (2+ million) in a state with spectacular natural scenery and recreational areas, sublime winters, and a culturally rich population.

The postmarked application deadline for the position is December 1, 2009; if the position is not filled, then applications will be accepted every subsequent Friday until the search is closed. Applicants must submit a cover letter specifying their qualifications; curriculum vitae; names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references; evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g., syllabi, teaching evaluations); and evidence of excellence in scholarship (e.g., reprints of published articles). A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.
Address application materials to:
Dr. Daniel C. Brouwer, Rhetoric Search Committee Chair
The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication
Arizona State University
P. O. Box 871205 (regular mail)
Stauffer Hall 412 (express mail)
Tempe, AZ 85287-1205

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