Tenure Track Assistant Professor
Department of Communication
Communication: Trinity University. Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Communication, Fall 2009. Ph.D. required by August start date. Teach six undergraduate classes per year (nine contact hours per semester) with primary teaching responsibilities in the practical application and critical examination of public relations. We are particularly interested in candidates who can speak knowledgably about the realities facing industry professionals, the ethical obligations of all communication practitioners, and the field’s deeper theoretical foundations while also teaching specific skills and practices.
Candidates would be expected to develop both theoretical and applied courses in their area of specialization, and be active in teaching core Communication courses.
Embracing the liberal arts and sciences mission of Trinity University, our department stresses an integrated, non-sequenced approach to communication. Typical course sizes in the department are 15 students (for courses emphasizing media production) and 25 students (for media studies and media management courses.)
Our core is composed of three courses: Mass Media (focusing on structural relationships within mass media industries), Media Interpretation and Criticism (emphasizing communication theories regarding aesthetics, interpretation and criticism), and Media Audiences (exploring how audiences use and are affected by media). In addition to core courses, the major is composed of three content areas: Media Studies (classes focusing on such topics as "Magazines in America," "The Role of Hackers in Popular Culture,” “International Communication,” “Violence, Sex and Media Effects,” “Film Noir,” and “Media Fandom”), Media Management (courses preparing students for organizational and managerial responsibilities in media industries), and Media Messages (courses combining hands-on production with critical analysis). The major culminates in a Senior Capstone Experience in which students synthesize their understanding of communication theories and practices with a substantial academic paper, professional project, or creative work.
Trinity University is a highly selective liberal arts and sciences institution with a primary focus on undergraduate education. Undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,500, including students from all areas of the United States and many foreign countries. For more than 15 years, Trinity has been ranked No. 1 in the U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” guide in the category of institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs as well as select master’s programs in the Western part of the United States. Boasting a $1 billion endowment, Trinity has an ideal student-faculty ratio and excellent facilities, equipment and services. Salary is competitive.
San Antonio, located at the edge of the Texas Hill Country, is an attractive city of more than one million people offering diverse cultural opportunities and an appealing year-around climate. It is the center of a diversifying and vibrant South Texas economy. In a 2009 Pew Research study, San Antonio was ranked among the top 10 metropolitan areas where people would like to live. In 2008, Forbes Magazine placed San Antonio near the top of its list of cities characterized by affordable housing and robust job growth, noting that "Austin and San Antonio lead the list of places where your money goes the farthest." Deadline for receipt of applications is March 16, 2009.
Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. Send letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of reference, graduate institution transcript(s), and teaching evaluations (if not available, additional letters of reference specifically addressing teaching abilities and experience) to Dr. William Christ (firstname.lastname@example.org), Chair, Search Committee, Department of Communication, Trinity University, One Trinity Place, San Antonio, TX 78212-7200, Fax: 210-999-8355. Electronic submissions preferred. EEO Employer