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Back to search results Apply now Job no: 732271
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Communication Arts Sciences
Department: Communication 10010162
Sub Area: FAS- Fac./Acad Staff
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: PR/Media/Graphics/Comm/Fund Raising, Tenure System Faculty, Full Time (90-100%), Non-Union

Working/Functional Title

Assistant/Associate/Full Professor- Tenure System

Position Summary

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University invites applicants for a multi-position thematic hire with a focus on race, ethnicity, gender, and/or social inequality.  We seek scholars whose research, teaching, outreach and/or service seek to address systemic inequities and who will advance the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.  The goal of the thematic hire is to grow our collaborative network of scholars focused on communication and disparities across a broad range of subdisciplines, bringing together new hires and existing faculty experts.  Successful candidates will be part of a community of scholars and practitioners working to enhance social justice through research in the fields of communication, journalism studies, advertising, public relations, information science, game studies, and communicative sciences and disorders.  The hiring initiative will bring in five new faculty over two years. 

One open rank tenure stream faculty position will be in the Department of Communication.  The optimal candidate should be able to teach courses in interethnic and intercultural communication as well as a secondary area in organizational, interpersonal, or persuasive communication.  We are particularly interested in scholars who contribute to and test communication theory in diversity and intercultural communication contexts.  Qualified applicants should have a social scientific focus, a background in quantitative research methods, and expertise to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses.  Candidates must have a commitment to mentoring graduate students, teaching, high-quality empirical research, and external grant activity.  Applicants should have a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Communication or related field

Minimum Requirements

  • Ph.D. in Communication or related field. 
  • Candidates must have a commitment to mentoring graduate students, teaching, high-quality empirical research, and external grant activity.  

Desired Qualifications

Qualified applicants should have a social scientific focus, a background in quantitative research methods, and expertise to teach both graduate and undergraduate courses.

Required Application Materials

Applicants should submit electronically (1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, (2) a vita, and (3) the names and contact information of three references.

Together-we-will Statement

The university is requiring all MSU students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at:

Special Instructions

To apply, please refer to Posting #732271 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, James Dearing (  The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants September 30, 2021.

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Department Statement

The Department of Communication has played a large role in helping to establish the international academic field of communication.  Since 1960, the department has awarded 385 doctorates in communication, resulting in a large international network of Michigan State graduates and former faculty who now lead communication programs of their own and send many of their best students to Michigan State for advanced training.  The department is noted for its long-running excellence in communication theory, research design, quantitative methods training, and an apprentice-like experience for advanced students in research teams.

MSU is one of the nation’s largest and greenest campuses and is in East Lansing, a college town just three miles from Michigan’s capital, Lansing.  Michigan, the Great Lakes State, offers countless things to do, see and experience — from art galleries, concerts and restaurants to gardens, parks and trails.  You needn’t venture far to discover sandy beaches or metropolitan life.  Michigan State is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity, equity and inclusion.  We actively encourage applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities.   

Michigan State University was the prototype for 69 land-grant institutions established under the Morrill Act of 1862 and was the first institution of higher learning in the United States to teach scientific agriculture.  The university has more than 49,000 students—of whom nearly 9,000 are undergraduate students of color—in 200 programs of undergraduate, graduate, and professional study, including more than 275 study abroad programs.  The university is home to the Facility for Rare Isotope Beams, a $730 million facility that will advance understanding of the cosmos.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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