Communication Arts – Assistant Professor
Washington and Jefferson College (W&J), a residential, selective liberal arts college located
thirty miles from the thriving city of Pittsburgh, PA., is searching for teacher-scholars who
are dedicated to creating a personal, connected and transformative learning experience for
an increasingly diverse 21century student body. We seek creative and adaptable
individuals who are able to establish an inclusive educational environment in which
everyone’s voice is heard and appreciated and individuality is celebrated. W&J is dedicated
to the values of a liberal arts education that is both liberating and practical, promotes the
close interaction between faculty and students, and supports a community committed to
multicultural and global understanding.
The Department of Communication Arts invites applicants for a full-time tenure-track
Assistant Professor appointment, to teach courses within the core of the major and
specifically in the film emphasis area. Expertise in film/media studies is required. A
completed Ph.D., or terminal degree in an appropriately related academic field of study such
as communication, media/film studies, mass communication or rhetoric, and a
demonstrated excellence in college teaching are required. ABD will be considered. The
successful candidate will be a creative and collegial scholar in our liberal arts environment,
with a commitment to teaching and advising undergraduates, as well as developing and
maintaining an active research program.
The department offers a BA in Communication Arts with optional emphases in film, public
relations, and theatre. The department also oversees the running of an FCC-licensed radio
station and the college’s theatre production program.
The standard teaching load is six courses per year. The successful candidate will be expected
to teach courses such as Film, Form & Genre, Film in Context, Research Methods, History of
Communication Arts, and possible new courses in such areas as Social Media Campaigns, or
Audio Production. Candidates with practical work experience in PR or media, especially in
social media, are desired.
Candidates with interests in the following areas may be able to offer new courses in: Race &
Ethnicity in Film/Media, Health Communication, Gender in Film/Media, Media Literacy,
Social Media Writing, Persuasion, Documentary Writing/Production, or Political
Consideration of candidates will continue through 12/01/2017 but will continue until if
position remains unfilled. The search committee’s representative will attend the job fair
during the National Communication Association annual convention in Dallas on Friday,
November 17, where resumes will be accepted and initial discussions can take place in booth
214. Candidates are required to submit 1) a letter of application, 2) a short statement of
teaching philosophy, 3) C.V., and 4) a list of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters of
application should address the candidate’s ability to contribute to the liberal arts mission of
the College, their ability to work collegially with faculty and staff as well as empathetically
and effectively with a diverse student population.
W&J College offers a competitive compensation package and excellent benefits.
About Washington & Jefferson College
Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is a residential, selective, liberal arts college located
thirty miles from Pittsburgh, Pa. The oldest such college located west of the Allegheny
Mountains, W&J welcomes applications from creative and adaptable individuals who are
dedicated to undergraduate liberal arts education, who cherish close interaction between
faculty and students, and who enjoy participating in and promoting a diverse community
committed to multicultural and global understanding.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Washington & Jefferson College (W&J) is committed to increasing diversity in our
community and actively pursues individuals from all backgrounds. Additionally, W&J
College complies with all applicable federal, state and local laws and provides equal
opportunity in all educational programs and activities, admission of students and
conditions of employment for all qualified individuals regardless of race, color, sex,
religion, age, disability, sexual orientation, protected veteran status, gender identity, or