Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor - Rhetorical and Critical-Cultural Communication

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Hugh Downs School of Human Communication

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences


The Hugh Downs School of Human Communication (HDSHC) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences on the Tempe Campus of Arizona State University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position as Advanced Assistant or Associate Professor who will be required to teach in-person on the Tempe campus with an anticipated start date of August 2022. Applicants at the Advanced Assistant or Associate level are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in applicants whose scholarship and teaching focus is in rhetorical and critical-cultural communication studies. Salary will be competitive based on qualifications.


The successful candidate will join a dynamic faculty working to advance innovative research and excellence in teaching through their efforts with a diverse and growing undergraduate and graduate student population at Arizona State University. The School’s mission is to produce transdisciplinary and interdisciplinary scholarship and teaching that responds to pressing issues in the world today.  We invite you to learn more about the Hugh Downs School of Human Communication and Arizona State University by visiting and, respectively.


The successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain a rigorous research program; teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; contribute to curriculum development and graduate advising; serve on school, college, and university committees; and provide service to the school, professional associations, and the community.


Department Statement


A uniquely collaborative group, in 2019 the HDSHC completed a School-wide program review that showcased their notable breadth of teaching and research, collegial and interdisciplinary nature and outlined shared strategic aspirations for the coming years. The HDSHC is comprised of 28 distinguished core faculty and offers BA, BS, MA, and Ph.D. degrees. Our faculty are recognized for teaching and research excellence in areas of Human Communication including: health, intercultural, interpersonal, organizational, performance studies, critical/cultural studies, and rhetoric. Online programs, including a minor, BS, BA and MA, have experienced exponential growth and the School looks forward to continuing the upward trajectory. The HDSHC offers laboratory facilities, computer resources, project support, grant development support, and a performance studio.


ASU’s location offers the resources of a major metropolitan area (5+ million) in a state with spectacular natural scenery and recreational areas, sublime winters, and a culturally rich population. Learn more about the HDSHC and ASU at and, respectively. Learn more about what The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences has to offer by visiting


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related field by the time of appointment
  • Scholarship (research and/or creative activity) and teaching focused in rhetorical and critical-cultural communication studies


Desired Qualifications:

  • Research and teaching focus in one or more of the following: Latinx and Chicanx Rhetoric, Indigenous and Settler Rhetorics, Racial Rhetorical Criticism, Digital and Technological Rhetorical Communication, BIPOC Rhetorics
  • A strong record of publication in the applicant’s area(s) of specialization
  • Evidence of commitment to service to the university, discipline and community
  • Evidence of excellence in graduate and/or advanced undergraduate teaching in area(s) of specialization
  • Experience mentoring graduate or advanced undergraduate students’ independent research projects
  • Ability to contribute to research and teaching in one or more of the School’s core areas (rhetoric/public communication, performance studies, intercultural, organizational, or interpersonal)
  • Ability to contribute to research and teaching in one or more of the School’s research collaboratives (The Intersections of Civil, Critical, and Creative Communication Collective, The Transformation Project, Health Communication Initiative, Intercultural Communication and Global Engagement (ICGlobal) or the Center for Strategic Communication)
  • Evidence of the potential to seek external funding
  • Demonstrated success meeting the needs of diverse student populations and/or reaching out to diverse communities
  • Evidence of commitment to creating and maintaining an inclusive environment


How to Apply:


To apply, please submit the following:

  1. A cover letter specifying interest in the position and how qualifications match the required and desired qualifications
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Evidence of excellence in teaching (e.g., syllabi, teaching evaluations)
  4. Evidence of excellence in scholarship (e.g., reprints of no more than three articles or book chapters)
  5. Two letters of recommendation (to be submitted through Interfolio)
  6. A statement on how your past and/or potential contributions to diversity and inclusion will advance ASU’s commitment to inclusive excellence


Instructions to apply can be accessed here:


The initial deadline to apply is Thursday, October 28, 2021. If not filled, applications will be evaluated every week thereafter until the search is closed.


For additional information:
Email search committee chair: Dr. Jess Alberts at


The College values our cultural and intellectual diversity, and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. We are especially interested in applicants who can strengthen the diversity of the academic community.


A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.


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