The University of Wisconsin River Falls, a member of the University of Wisconsin System, is located in scenic west central Wisconsin, 30 miles from the multi-cultural, multi-ethnic cities of Minneapolis and St Paul. Year-round arts, cultural and recreational events are easily accessible from River Falls. UWRF's 6,100 undergraduate and graduate students pursue degrees in four colleges: Arts and Sciences, Education and Professional Studies; Agriculture, Food and Environmental Sciences; and Business and Economics.
The University provides an excellent environment for learning, emphasizing the importance of faculty-student interaction in classrooms, laboratories, academic advising, and co-curricular activities. A favorable student-faculty ratio affords opportunity for meaningful interchange between faculty and students. Strong interests in teaching, research and community service are highly valued. More information about UWRF can be found at: http://www.uwrf.edu/workhere/.
This is a full-time, nine month, tenure-track undergraduate faculty position (100% teaching) at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies.Â The standard teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Â This position will focus on the Media Literacy in Communication, including the social aspects of mediated communication. Teach topics in areas that may include: critical/cultural media analysis, media literacy, digital mediated communication, critical theory, multimedia journalism, digital competencies, human communication and technology, user experience, online social movements, fan communities and/or game theory. These topics should be approached from a research perspective as well as a pragmatic perspective that helps undergraduate students integrate communication concepts into their everyday lives. Evidence of incorporating a variety of digital media in the classroom is especially valuable.
In addition to established courses, the ideal applicant will create new courses to fit his/her interests as they intersect with the departmentâ€™s vision. Established courses may include Small Group Communication, Communication and Technology, Introduction to Communication Studies (theory), Persuasion and/or Rhetorical Criticism.
Anticipated Appointment date: August 27, 2018
Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
Teach four classes each semester
Advise undergraduate students
Supervise Internships and Independent Studies
Serve on Departmental and University Committees
Participate in Curriculum Development
Work in conjunction with other faculty and with the student communication organization
Engage with professional organizations
Continue a research agenda with particular emphasis in some aspect of mediated communication or a related area
Mentor students in undergraduate research related to your areas of expertise
Ph.D. in Communication Studies or related field
Experience successfully teaching at the college/university level
Demonstrable Communication Skills
Research background in some field related to Media Literacy in Communication
Experience successfully teaching undergraduate students
Experience in industry may be seen as a plus
How to Apply: Apply online at https://jobs.uwrf.edu/ by 11:59 p.m. on January 21, 2018. Initial review of applications will begin upon receipt.
Letter of interest addressing how your qualifications and experience relate to the vacancy (Cover Letter)
A statement specifically identifying your Teaching Philosophy.
An unofficial transcript (official copies of transcripts will be required if hired).
Provide the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and e-mail addresses of three professional references who can specifically comment on your teaching ability, experience and professional preparation (References).
A criminal background check will be completed on final candidates.
Through its strategic plan, Pathway to Distinction, UW-River Falls will vigorously pursue three goals: Distinctive Academic Excellence; Global Education and Engagement; Innovation and Partnerships. In support of our first goal, UW-River Falls strives to be a leader in collaborative and undergraduate research; we therefore seek faculty members who have an interest in or experience with faculty-student collaborative research, scholarship, and creative activity. The university's strategic focus on international education and partnerships encourages faculty to develop courses/pedagogy that facilitate the development of a global perspective and enhance our curricular and programmatic partnerships, both local and global.