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Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Communication

University of Washington

Seattle, Washington

Date Posted: 11/21/2022


The Department of Communication at the University of Washington is hiring an Assistant Teaching Professor to teach courses in the areas of strategic communication, crisis communication, and public interest communication.

This is a full-time non-tenure track, Assistant Teaching Professor appointment with a 9-month service period (September 16-June 15) each year and an anticipated start date of September 2023. University faculty participate in teaching, scholarship and service. The criteria for merit evaluation and promotion in this position give greatest weight to teaching. The position is 3-year, renewable, with competitive salary, university benefits, opportunities for promotion, and the protection of academic freedom.

Teaching responsibilities include 6 classes over 3 academic quarters: 3 courses on strategic and crisis communication will be taught in the Department’s Communication Leadership program, which confers a professional Master of Communication; the other 3 courses will focus on crisis communication, public relations and society, and public interest communication, and will be taught in the Department’s undergraduate program in Journalism and Public Interest Communication.

Service in the Department of Communication includes departmental, university, disciplinary, and public service. All faculty serve on a variety of assigned and voluntary committees; this candidate can expect service assignments to include work related to the Communication Leadership program and the Journalism and Public Interest Communication program. Some service positions have been associated with teaching reductions.

Background Information

The Department of Communication is founded on the principles of intellectual and cultural pluralism, equity, interdisciplinarity, innovation through collaboration, and public scholarship.

Building on a 20-year legacy, the Communication Leadership Master’s program at the Department of Communication is constantly updated to respond to global professional opportunities in communication and digital media fields. Communication Leadership graduates are impactful storytellers, inclusive community-builders, and effective, ethical advocates who are prepared for an ever-changing industry.

A list of courses in our Communication Leadership program can be found here: (

Undergraduate journalism instruction, offered at the UW since 1907, has recently evolved from a stand-alone Journalism program to include Public Interest Communication, a field that seeks to effect positive social change through strategic communication practices. This innovative expansion seeks to ensure students gain exposure to and training for the broad array of jobs available to graduates with strong analytical and multiplatform journalism skills. Information about the program can be found at:


Candidates should have at least one year of teaching experience as well as at least two years of industry, professional, or academic experience in one or more areas related to the teaching responsibilities of this position in strategic communication, crisis communication, public relations, public affairs communication, journalism, and/or social responsibility communication. Applicants must have a Master’s degree in Communication or another relevant field, or foreign equivalent. A Ph.D. in Communication or another relevant field, or foreign equivalent is also acceptable.

Application Instructions

Applicants should submit (1) a letter of interest, (2) a curriculum vitae, (3) a syllabus, ideally for a course taught recently; (4) a 1-2 page teaching statement that discusses the candidate’s pedagogical philosophy, how it relates to their professional experience, with particular attention to strategic and public interest communication education in both a professional master’s program and an undergraduate program; (5) a separate 1-2 page statement that describes the candidate’s work in the areas of difference, race, equity, and social justice in prior professional experience and/or teaching, (6) and names of 3 references, at least one of whom can speak to the applicant’s professional and/or teaching record. Application materials must be submitted online through Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on January 6th, 2023. Inquiries can be directed to the search committee chair Ekin Yasin (

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Benefits InformationA summary of benefits associated with this title/rank can be found at Appointees solely employed and paid directly by a non-UW entity are not UW employees and are not eligible for UW or Washington State employee benefits.

Commitment to Diversity

The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (

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Disability Services

To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact the Disability Services Office at 206-543-6450 or

COVID-19 Vaccine Requirements and Information

Under University of Washington (UW) Policy, University-compensated personnel must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and provide proof thereof, or receive a UW-approved medical or religious exemption. This requirement will be a condition of any offer associated with this recruitment. For more information, please visit

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