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Job ID: Assistant Professor, Interpersonal Communication/Quantitative Methodologies, 14.19
Communication Studies
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Date Posted:
September 9, 2019
Closing Date:
Open until filled
Benefits Link:
Faculty (Unit 3)
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The Communication Studies Department at San Francisco State University offers an exciting opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a teaching and research focus in Interpersonal Communication and Quantitative Methodologies, beginning August 2020.

We seek a colleague whose teaching and research experience in interpersonal communication topics such as communication and aging, family communication, relational communication, and the dark side of interpersonal communication; a focus on social justice; the ability to teach a writing-intensive course regarding interpersonal communication; and teaching and/or research experience with a large diverse student body. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and service and their commitment to diversity, to the excellence of the academic community.

The Communication Studies Department takes a multifaceted and engaged approach to the study of a full spectrum of human communication with a focus on social justice. Here you will find a faculty devoted to teaching excellence, scholarly contributions, and engagement with students. We offer a wide array of innovative courses in three curricular areas (social contexts and interaction, rhetoric and performance, and communication inquiry), along with writing intensive and elective courses. Our department offers a Master of Arts (M.A.), Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), and a Minor in Communication Studies. We also support an interdisciplinary Conflict Resolution Certificate Program; and we boast a nationally-ranked speech and debate team.

The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world.
To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

•Attracting, retaining, and graduating a highly diverse student body
•Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
•Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
•Recruiting, retaining, and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory, or studio
•Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus
•Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community
•Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.


The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in interpersonal communication and quantitative methodologies, mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active ongoing program of inquiry in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments. Position description is also available at



•Ph.D. in Communication from an accredited academic program. Degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
•Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.

•Record of effective teaching contributions in interpersonal communication and quantitative methodologies.
•Active record of scholarly inquiry in interpersonal communication using quantitative methodologies.
•Demonstrated ability to incorporate inclusion, diversity, and educational equity in teaching and scholarship.
•Experience teaching a range of interpersonal communication topics (e.g., communication and aging, family communication, writing about interpersonal communication, dark side of interpersonal communication, and relational communication).
•Experience teaching and working closely with students from historically under-represented communities.
•Record of contributing to collegial, supportive, and collaborative work environments.

Rank and salary:

Assistant Professor. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.


Submit a letter of interest that describes your research program and teaching and how they align with the commitment of the Communication Studies Department to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community; a current curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy; a table of relevant courses taught with average student evaluation scores; and names and contact information of three references. All of these materials should be sent to Dr. Karen E. Lovaas at The search committee will contact the references of candidate who are medium listed for the position. Samples of scholarly papers, syllabi, and teaching evaluations will be requested at a later date.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager.