Special-Title Assistant Professor of Interpersonal Communication Skills

The Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky seeks a Special-Title Assistant Professor of Interpersonal Communication Skills to join its faculty.

This position is a special-title faculty member with primary responsibilities as the director of the undergraduate studies program that focuses on communication skill development. This faculty member will have primary responsibility for teaching interpersonal communication courses and directing the lower-division interpersonal communication classes (serving approximately 10+ instructors and 500 students per term). The faculty member will teach 2 classes per semester including one large-lecture (serving more than 150 students) interpersonal communication or similar course; supervise graduate assistants as primary course director for the lower-division interpersonal communication skills courses; advise COM majors; perform service functions as the director of undergraduate studies; and pursue research and/or creative activities. These responsibilities are more fully discussed below.

It is essential that this faculty member have substantial academic and professional experience in coordinating multi-section courses and teaching large-lecture courses. She/he will teach courses that require highly developed skills in interpersonal, family and relational communication contexts. The faculty member must have a strong background in utilization of technology in the classroom and understanding of the implications of interpersonal communication on related program areas (mediated, organizational, health, and risk communication) important for students’ professional understanding.

This faculty member will also need to have and maintain ties to other active professionals in order to sustain an ongoing understanding of current trends in interpersonal communication. Although knowledge of these issues can be developed through academic study, the professor’s ability to provide specific industry-related examples and relate the material to the students’ academic development and future career aspirations is of central importance.

The Department of Communication is a part of the College of Communication and Information with master’s and doctoral programs in communication and undergraduate programs in communication, journalism, media arts and studies, and integrated strategic communication; a new interdisciplinary major in information, communication, and technology has been approved. The University has recognized Department faculty for their teaching excellence. The Department has an active research faculty with a consistent record of extramural funding. Research technology includes:

•  advanced web and handheld survey development,ukcampus_cropped
•  custom web-data application development,
•  “COMMTV”, a searchable, stream-able, television archive spanning 9 years,
•  custom web-based coding system for efficient analysis of digital libraries,
•  a 20-seat stadium-style theater for video stimuli presentation, and
•  interpersonal and gaming/media effects interaction labs.

Faculty research specialties include interpersonal, mass, instructional, organizational, health, and risk communication. For information about the College and Department, visit http://ci.uky.edu/.

Lexington is in the center of the Bluegrass, an internationally acclaimed cultural landscape, and in close proximity to Louisville and Cincinnati. It is a community of 300,000 and is distinguished by its rating as one of the top 10 most educated cities in the nation (according to the U.S. Census), top 5 cities for young professionals (Kiplinger), top 3 mid-sized cities for lowest cost of living (KPMG LLP), and top 5 cities to raise a family (Forbes). More information on Lexington is available at http://www.visitlex.com and http://www.aceweekly.com

The University of Kentucky and the UK College of Communication and Information are strongly committed to increasing diversity in their community of students and faculty. Individuals with ethnically diverse backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply for this position. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.



Application Information

Contingent on final budgetary approval, salary for the position will be commensurate with experience. Individuals must use the University of Kentucky’s Integrated Employment System (posting #131160) for application.

To apply, please upload a letter of application, vitae, evidence of teaching excellence (upload under Specific Request 1), and contact information for three references (upload under Specific Request 2). Queries may be directed to Dr. Elisia Cohen, Chair, Department of Communication, 228 Grehan Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0042, elisia.cohen@uky.edu. Review of applications for this position will close on December 30, 2016.

An internal employee is being considered for this position.

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screening.