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How to Apply

For full consideration, applicant should submit one PDF file containing:

  1. Cover letter including a statement of teaching philosophy, teaching experience, and current courses in the department or those of your own design that you are interested in teaching
  2. Current CV indicating PhD completion date
  3. Three letters of recommendation (with preference to those familiar with your instructional experience)

Email application materials as a PDF file to and indicate “Lecturer Position” in the subject line.  If unable to send via email, mail information to: Lecturer Hiring Committee,  c/o Chief Administrator, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan, 105 S. State Street, Room 5368 North Quad, Ann Arbor, MI, 48109-1285.


Job Summary

The Department of Communication Studies seeks candidates for one Lecturer I position during winter term 2018 (January 1, 2018 through April 30, 2018).  This is not a tenure-track position.  Candidates will be asked to teach at least two large lecture classes, for an appointment effort of 66.67%.  There is a possibility of a third course to be added to total 100% effort for the term, depending on department programmatic needs and budgetary constraints. 

Teaching assignments will be made in consultation with the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and the appointment opportunity is subject to final approval by the academic unit.


Teaching responsibilities will likely involve lower-level and/or upper-level classes, or any combination needed.  Lecturers are expected to attend course meetings, hold office hours and handle routine matters related to instruction.

Required Qualifications*

To be considered, applicants MUST hold a Ph.D. in Communication.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidates should have a record of instructional experience at the college level teaching introductory and advanced courses in Communication.  We especially seek candidates with experience teaching large lectures (enrollment of 75 students).  Candidates with a background in the social sciences are particularly desired.

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.

Application Deadline

Deadline for applications is September 6th, 2017.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, with an expected date of offer after September 1st.  Applicants will be selected based upon demonstrated subject matter expertise, successful performance in the classroom, and the needs of the department. 

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.