Assistant Professor of Media and Rhetoric in School of Arts & Communication at OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Media and Rhetoric School of Arts & Communication OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

EFFECTIVE DATE OF POSITION: 16 September 2015 APPOINTMENT: 1.0 FTE, 9-month, tenure track

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Communication or related field, demonstrated excellence in teaching, record of scholarly achievement or scholarly promise in a program of research, evidence of commitment to disciplinary, university and community service, and a history of dedication to the establishment of a community of scholar/teachers. Prior experience in an academic appointment or related professional field is preferred.

POSITION: The School of Arts and Communication invites applications for an assistant professor of Media and Rhetoric. Primary areas of interest should include the social impacts of media, new media technologies and media criticism. Secondary emphasis in one or more of the following areas: research methods, semiotics, rhetorical theory, political communication, game theory or virtual reality. Teaching and research activities should pertain to primary and/or secondary areas of interest. The position is a 1.0 FTE, 9-month appointment. Beginning salary is competitive, and the benefits package includes several options for health/dental/life insurance and retirement. The successful candidate will have her/his tenure line in the School of Arts and Communication with a home in New Media Communications.


50% Teaching, Advising & Mentoring

40% Research & Scholarship

10% Service

TEACHING AND MENTORING EXPECTATIONS: The typical teaching load across three academic quarters is six courses (four in New Media and two in Speech Communication), including introductory as well as upper division and graduate level classes. Specifically, this faculty member will also be responsible for teaching existing or creating courses in media technologies, media criticism, and media and culture.

Teaching in the SAC requires educating and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which includes creating high-impact opportunities such as sponsoring student research or internships, developing study abroad opportunities, developing service learning courses, developing collaborative teaching opportunities with other disciplines, and using innovative pedagogies such as hybrid or online learning. Teaching in the SAC also requires mentoring undergraduate and graduate students as appropriate in their scholastic academic, research and professional development to support student success.

RESEARCH & SCHOLARSHIP EXPECTATIONS: The faculty member is expected to maintain interdisciplinary scholarly activities in her/his area of expertise, including presentations at regional/national/international conferences and publication of peer-reviewed articles and books. Other forms of scholarship (e.g. book chapters and professional presentations) that are validated by peers and communicated in appropriate ways are also seen as valuable contributions to the school and discipline.

SERVICE EXPECTATIONS: School, college, and university service expectations include serving on program, school or college committees as appropriate and participation in professional academic organizations outside the University, including professional and community-based groups that advance OSU’s goals of student success and diversity.


1. Ph.D. in Communication or a related field.

2. Demonstrated experience in teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in new media communications or rhetoric, and/or secondary areas.

3. Record of scholarly publications and presentations or demonstrated scholarly potential commensurate with expectations for an assistant professor at Oregon State University.

4. Demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity.


1. Demonstrated ability to supervise graduate student research.

2. Demonstrated ability to work with other faculty and students on interdisciplinary/collaborative projects.

3. Dedication to the establishment of a community of scholar/teachers.

4. Prior experience in an academic appointment or related professional field.


1. Current, comprehensive vita including the names, email addresses and phone numbers of five (5) professional references.

2. Letter of application.

3. Professional statement: teaching and research philosophy (Upload as “Other Document”).

4. Teaching evaluation summaries of (a) lower division and upper division courses,

and (b) if available, graduate courses if applicable (Upload as “Other Document 2”).

5. Scholarly writing sample (e.g., published essay, convention paper – Upload as “Other Document 3”).

6. Graduate transcripts. The online application system will allow you to attach your transcripts if the PDF file is 5MB or less. If over 5MB in size, submit to the contact person listed. Transcripts must be received by the closing date.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Screening begins December 15, 2014, and continues until a qualified candidate is hired.

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The School of Arts and Communication includes programs in Art, Music, New Media Communications, Speech Communication and Theatre. SAC is one of six schools in OSU’s College of Liberal Arts. Founded in 1868, Oregon State is the state’s Land Grant university and is one of only two universities in the U.S. to have Sea Grant, Space Grant and Sun Grant designations. Oregon State is also the only university in Oregon to hold both the Carnegie Foundation’s top designation for research institutions and its prestigious Community Engagement classification.

New Media Communications focuses on the cutting edge of digital media technology applications and the fundamentals of content creation, technological skills, knowledge of media and society, and media business acumen to produce tomorrow’s media leaders. The NMC program offers B.S., B.A., and B.F.A degrees in Digital Communication Arts. Students learn to manage change in the media, change in technology, change in law and policy, and change in the social impact of media. Our mission starts with providing students a foundation for good storytelling in an age of ever changing digital technologies. On top of that foundation, students choose to study in concentrations including media production (B.F.A.), media management, and media and society.

Speech Communication offers undergraduate programs leading to BA or BS degrees, along with a minor in speech communication. At the graduate level Speech Communication participates in the Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) program, allowing students to continue to pursue an education in communication. A new Speech Communication Master of Arts degree is in progress. Students in speech communication focus on aspects of human communication through courses developed around two themes: interpersonal communication and rhetoric. Within the area of rhetoric and social influence, faculty engage in scholarship and teach courses in argumentation, persuasion, propaganda, visual rhetoric, social movements, pop culture, media criticism, political campaigns, rhetorical theory and criticism, and environmental rhetoric.

Oregon State University’s commitment to student success includes hiring, retaining, and developing diverse faculty to mentor and educate our undergraduate and graduate students from entry through graduation. Our Strategic Plan ( articulates the strategies we believe critical to advancing and equalizing student success. As part of this commitment, OSU has established a hiring initiative for 2014-15 that is designed to support these strategies. In alignment with this initiative, the College of Liberal Arts seeks to fill the Media and Rhetoric position.