Assistant Professor in Communication Studies

Brief Summary of Work for this Position


The successful candidate will teach innovative upper-level undergraduate and online master’s classes courses in the areas of visual rhetoric, digital storytelling, integrated marketing communication, and branding and identity, and UX/UI. Experience in teaching and using Adobe Creative Cloud applications, including Adobe Photoshop, InDesign, and/or Illustrator, is required. UNCW is an Adobe Creative Campus and all students have free access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications. Experience creating and teaching online courses is ideal. Candidates should also be able to share a vision of high impact, experiential teaching practices, including applied learning working with non-profit clients and students to create integrated marketing communication deliverables. Demonstrating an approach to teaching and research that promotes diversity and inclusion in higher education is especially valued.


Minimum Requirements

The UNCW Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a tenure track assistant professor position in Integrated Marketing Communication to begin August 2020.

Ph.D. required or obtained within the first academic year of employment. We will have a table at NCA for those who are interested in the position and are attending the conference.

Preferred Qualifications

The ideal candidate will demonstrate excellence in teaching and a vibrant research agenda in visual communication/visual rhetoric. We invite applications from scholars who consider persuasive and strategic communication from rhetorical and social scientific perspectives.

Primary Function of Organizational Unit

The Department of Communication Studies strives to be an intentional community of engaged teacher-scholars. We work independently and collaboratively to create powerful learning experiences for our students and to create a great place to come and work. We balance subject matter expertise with whole student development and look to be role models of what we teach. UNCW is a growing university located on a beautiful 640-acre campus that is just minutes from a historic downtown and Wrightsville Beach. We have a digital production/TV studio, a Mac Labs and video edit suite, and a student-run IMC firm (Pier601 Creative). We have approximately 500 undergraduate majors in our program and launched a fully-online M.A. in Integrated Marketing Communication in August 2019.

College/School Information

At UNCW, the College of Arts and Sciences provides the vital foundation for the university’s pursuit of excellence. Through our teaching, we educate students for lives of fulfillment in the twenty-first century. Through our research, we advance the state of knowledge and creativity in the arts and sciences. And through our outreach, we improve the quality of life in Southeastern North Carolina and beyond.

University Information

The University of North Carolina Wilmington, the state’s coastal university, is dedicated to learning through the integration of teaching and mentoring with research and service. Guided by our Strategic Plan, the university is committed to nurturing a campus culture that reflects its values of diversity and globalization, ethics and integrity, and excellence and innovation. A public institution with nearly 17,000 students, the university is focused on supporting and enhancing the student-centered learning experience that has been a hallmark since its founding in 1947. UNCW offers an array of programs at the baccalaureate and master’s levels, and doctoral programs in marine biology, educational leadership, psychology and nursing practice. UNCW is one of the 17 institutions that make up the UNC System.

EEO Statement

At the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW), our culture reflects our values of inclusion, diversity, globalization, ethics and integrity and innovation and we are committed to providing equality of educational and employment opportunity for all persons without regard to race, sex (such as gender, gender identity, marital status, childbirth, and pregnancy), age, color, national origin (including ethnicity), religion, disability, sexual orientation, political affiliation, veteran status, military service member status, genetic information, or relationship to other university constituents – except where sex, age, or ability represent bona fide educational or occupational qualifications or where marital status is a statutorily established eligibility criterion for State funded employee benefit programs. UNCW believes that embracing the unique contributions of our faculty, staff and students is critical to our success and paramount in being recognized for our global mindset.

Applicant Instructions

Application review will begin October 30, but applications will be accepted and reviewed until the position is filled. Applicants should include PDF versions of the following a) A letter of application that describes how their teaching philosophy and pedagogy aligns with UNCW’s commitment to high-impact teaching and learning; describes their research interests, agenda, and priorities; and describes how their teaching, scholarship, and mentorship might contribute to both the undergraduate and graduate program (3-page maximum), b) a curriculum vitae, c) sample syllabus, d) three letters of reference that speak directly to your accomplishments and potential for teaching, research and service. We will only contact references for finalists in the application process.

Priority Consideration Information

Priority consideration will be given to applications received by the Priority Date of October 30, 2019; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applications must be submitted through the online application system to be considered.  Position details and full applicant instructions can be found at  

Address application documents to: Dr. Jeanne Persuit