Assistant Professor of Communication (Media Studies; Journalism)

The Department of Communication at Indiana State University is pleased to invite applications for a full-time tenure track faculty position in Communication at the rank of assistant professor. Review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, completed applications should be submitted by November 27, 2023. The appointment begins August 1, 2024.

Successful faculty will be able to teach in the undergraduate curricular core, in the areas of specialty the candidate brings to the Department, as well as electives (e.g. visual communication, immersive journalism, sport media, investigative journalism, media theory and/or media criticism). Evidence of successful teaching ability is requested. Preference will be given to candidates with demonstrated interest in and experience with one or more of our program areas/concentrations. Faculty will have the opportunity to work in our graduate program as well. Faculty are expected to advise undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds. Documented experience working with professional student organizations will be beneficial. Successful candidates will join colleagues’ continuing efforts to maintain innovative coursework responsive to the state of change that characterizes the field of Communication. By the time of appointment, candidates must have earned a PhD in Communication or terminal degree in related fields and/or subfields represented in our programs (e.g. Journalism, Mass Comm, Digital and Interactive Media, Media Studies, Public Relations, and Cultural Communication). ABD’s will be considered, however, an official transcript and proof of degree must be submitted prior to appointment. Participation in national and international professional associations is desirable.

Tenure Track and tenured faculty teaching load is 12 credit hours per term, however, the majority of tenured/tenure track faculty in the department teach a 3-3 load, with 3 credit hours reassigned to support scholarly and/or creative projects, advising organizations, or other assignments.

Indiana State University tenure track faculty are expected to conduct research/creative activity and provide service to the university and profession in addition to teaching duties. Teaching duties will include face-to-face class assignments and may include online or hybrid course delivery. The department is housed in the College of Arts and Sciences and enrolls nearly 200 undergraduate majors and a growing number of graduate students. Majors in communication complete a common core as well as required and elective courses in their areas of specialization. Areas include: Digital Communication and Media, Public Relations, Journalism, Cultural Communication, Health Communication, and Sport Communication. Additionally, the Department values our strong relationship with the University Student Media program, which provides opportunities for students to contribute to professional practices in radio (WZIS, WISU, and ESPN3), video production (Sycamore Video), Digital Media (SycCreations), and newspaper and yearbook (the Indiana Statesman and The Sycamore).

Interested candidates are welcome to submit application materials online. Required documents include: a cover letter, CV, teaching philosophy, evidence of effective teaching, verification of status of degree (e.g. unofficial transcript, certification of completion), and complete contact information for three current references to Please note that the references you provide on your online application will receive a request for a recommendation letter.

Applicants are encouraged to contact Mr. Farhad Bahram, search committee chair, at with questions.

Indiana State University is a world-class center of higher education, located in Terre Haute, Indiana, and serving a multi-state region that stretches from Indianapolis to St. Louis, Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, and beyond. It has been recognized by the Princeton Review as among the best universities in the Midwest.

Indiana State is a beautiful, pedestrian-friendly campus located within walking distance of local shops, restaurants, and activities in Terre Haute’s historic downtown district. Situated near the Indiana-Illinois border, the campus is about an hour’s drive from Indianapolis and within a few hours of other major metropolitan areas.

Indiana State, one of the most diverse campuses in Indiana, is a welcoming community of students, faculty, and staff representing most U.S. states and many countries around the world. There are more than 260 student-run organizations offering activities and entertainment throughout the year, along with 15 NCAA Division I athletic teams, a first-rate student recreation center with numerous classes and recreational sports programs, and a Performing Arts Series and University Speakers Series that bring national touring productions and speakers to campus. Indiana State is a place of belonging where students, faculty, and staff learn and thrive together.