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The Communication Studies Department of the University of Michigan-Flint is seeking a tenure track Assistant Professor of Professional Communication to begin Fall 2019. We hope to attract candidates who will contribute to a diverse and growing department that highly values student centeredness, innovative pedagogy, experiential learning, and collegiality. ABD’s are encouraged to apply. However, a doctoral degree in communication or a related discipline is expected at the time of appointment.


The successful candidate is expected to make a substantial contribution to our undergraduate program in professional communication, and will have a record of excellent college level teaching, enthusiasm for interacting with students, and a demonstrated potential to teach online. The professional communication emphasis area has a long tradition of client based pedagogy, and includes courses relating to public relations, advertising and organizational communication. Candidates who specialize in social media are highly encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will be encouraged to add their own expertise to the undergraduate curriculum. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to contribute to the department’s fully online master’s program in applied communication.


Regardless of methodological approach, candidates must demonstrate a record of, or the potential for, publication in scholarly outlets. The department also values applied and pedagogical research. The department has a strong tradition of service to both the university and its surrounding community. Candidates with demonstrated potential for activities such as advising professionally oriented student organizations and assisting in coordinating internship opportunities are especially welcome to apply.


The University of Michigan-Flint boasts an enrollment of over 7,000 graduate and undergraduate students, and sits on a beautiful 75-acre riverfront campus in downtown Flint, Michigan. The university and city are experiencing a synergistic downtown revitalization that holds many unique opportunities for civic engagement for students and faculty alike.


UM-Flint is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and staff and strongly encourages applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.


To apply, please send a letter of application, vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness, evidence of research or research potential, graduate transcripts, and three letters of reference to: Department of Communication Studies Search Committee, Department of Communication Studies, University of Michigan-Flint, 4116 WSW Bldg., Flint, MI 48502-1950 or email search committee chair Dr. Tony McGill at Email submissions are highly encouraged. Please contact the search committee chair if you have any questions about this position.


Review of completed applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received before February 4, 2019 will be guaranteed full consideration.

Required Qualifications*

Ph.D. at time of appointment in communication, or related field.

Demonstrated ability to teach courses in the undergraduate professional communication emphasis area.

Demonstrated ability or demonstrated potential to create and publish scholarly research that leads to tenure and promotion.

Desired Qualifications*

Demonstrated potential to teach online and graduate courses

Commitment to and excellence in student learning

Willingness and ability to interact with students

Commitment to innovative methods of instruction

Enjoys working in a collaborative environment

Commitment to service

Background Screening

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U-M EEO/AA Statement

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