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Assistant Professor of Communication - Intercultural Communication emphasis

Utah Tech University
Job Location:
Media and Communication Studies
Salary: $56,000.00 - $58,000.00 Annually

Location: St. George 84770, UT

Job Type: Full-Time Faculty

Job Number: 24FAC816-1

Division: College of Humanities & Social Sciences

Department: Communication

Opening Date: 09/13/2023

Closing Date

Position Announcement

The Communication Department at Utah Tech University (UT) in St. George, Utah, is seeking an enthusiastic and well-qualified individual for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor of Communication, with an emphasis on intercultural communication, to begin Fall 2024 semester. Successful candidates will be comfortable teaching intercultural communication courses, along with various other intersections of identity-based communication (e.g., gender, globalization, and criticism). Special consideration will be paid to those who specialize in rhetorical/critical methods. The successful candidate also will coordinate the curriculum for the department's foundational courses in the intercultural communication area. Tenure track faculty at UT teach a 4/4 teaching load. While the primary considerations for tenure at UT are currently teaching and service, having an active research trajectory with publications and/or conference presentations is a component of tenure and promotion. 

UT is establishing itself as a regional, comprehensive University with an "open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic" mission. The humanities and social sciences are viewed as centerpieces of the "human-centered approach to problem-solving" approach that we are using to operationalize our polytechnic vision. UT's Communication Department plays an important role in fulfilling that mission. More information about the department, faculty, and its degree offerings can be found online at More information about Utah Tech can be found at

  • Teach 24 credits per academic year (with potential for overload) in Communication. Course assignments include gender communication and intercultural communication, globalization and identity, as well as introductory and core communication courses, such as theory, research, and ethics.
  • Provide regular institutional service as outlined in Regent and University policy.
  • Consult with department chair and college dean in creating and proposing new curriculum.
  • Work with other faculty in program management, including furthering development and campus promotion of the Communication field, department, and programs.
  • Adhere to department, college, and University policies and perform campus-wide faculty responsibilities, including:
    • Holding regular office hours.
    • Advising communication students.
    • Attending department, division, and University meetings and events.
    • Serving on university, college, and department committees.
    • Engaging in community, University, departmental, and discipline service activities.
  • Teach one or more courses per semester in online or blended formats.
  • Develop and maintain a scholarship agenda in an area of expertise that is appropriate to a teaching university like Utah Tech.
  • Perform other duties as assigned by the department chair and/or college dean.

  • PhD in Communication or a related field required, with an emphasis in identity or intercultural communication. ABD will be considered if completion of degree will occur by July 31, 2024.
  • Experience teaching and/or designing courses related to culture and identity.
  • Demonstrated history of successful instruction in college-level courses, utilizing a variety of teaching techniques and strategies.
  • Experience in curriculum development preferred; successful candidate will be expected to develop courses in their area of content expertise and as needed by the department.
  • Ability and willingness to participate in college and departmental student recruitment and retention initiatives.
  • Ability and desire for a collegial, team-oriented workplace.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, with good organization and time management skills.
  • Expertise in the areas of gender, identity, globalization, and cultural and intercultural communication (the intersection of one, some, or all of these sub-areas is preferred).
  • Prior experience serving on committees or participating in service-related activities.
  • Research trajectory or agenda that would enhance departmental or University recognition via representation in journals and/or at conferences.
  • Experience teaching and working with students with diverse educational backgrounds preferred.
  • Previous online teaching experience and/or using online learning platforms.
  • Demonstrated ability to integrate active learning and technology in the classroom.
Supplemental Information

POSITION DETAILS, COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: Full-time (9-month) tenure-track faculty position. Faculty service begins August 2024, with pay and benefits starting July 1, 2024. Annual salary of $56,000 - $58,000 depending on qualifications and experience, with additional compensation available for optional summer/overload teaching. Excellent benefits package included that begins on start date; includes medical, dental, vision, employee assistance and wellness programs, life, disability, retirement, and undergraduate tuition waivers for employees and eligible dependents. UT supports international tenure track faculty in securing the right to work legally in the US (typically H1-B visa petitions). Any support beyond the H1-B visa is considered on a case-by-case basis and is limited by available funds. See under "Benefits Summary" for more details.

ELECTRONIC APPLICATION PROCEDURES: Application review begins October 23, 2023; position open until filled. Candidates must submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references (including email addresses), transcripts, and a Student Success Statement (1-2 pages about their teaching or other experience, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population). Please upload all the requested documents when you submit your application. Employment is contingent upon successful completion and certification of required degrees and upon successfully passing a background check. If, because of a disability, you need special services or facilities to apply for this opening, please call the Human Resources Office (435) 652-7520.

ABOUT THE UNIVERSITY: Utah Tech University is an open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic institution, committed to exceptional student learning and success that has adopted an instructional approach of "active learning. active life" and a culture of innovation and entrepreneurship. We seek faculty and staff committed to creating an active, applied and career-oriented learning environment that is student-centered. Established in 1911 as a community college and in 2013 as a state university, our university is located in picturesque southwestern Utah, approximately 120 miles north of Las Vegas. The area is renowned for its red rocks, desert climate, over 300 days of sunshine annually, and featuring easy access to world-class outdoor recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about the University.

Utah Tech University is a fast-growing Utah public institution of higher education, with more than 12,000 students. We offer over 230 programs, including masters, bachelors, associates, certificates, endorsements, minors, and/or emphases. We seek to recruit and retain diverse and ambitious faculty and staff who bring new ideas, possess values and career aspirations aligned with the mission and vision, and are inspired to build a premier open, inclusive, comprehensive, polytechnic university. Utah Tech University is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer; the President and employees of the University are fully committed to Affirmative Action and within its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment. Utah Tech does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or the University's non-discrimination policies: For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit or contact:
  • U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights,, 800-421-3481.
  • U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office,, 303-844-5695.
In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification.


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Highlights from Utah Tech's benefits package include:
  • 14.2% retirement contribution, paid 100% by the employer (no match required), vested on day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Regular undergraduate tuition waiver (paid at 100%) for employee, spouse, and unmarried dependent children to take courses at Utah Tech;
  • Full medical, dental, and vision plans, with low employee-paid premiums, that begins on day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Flexible Spending Accounts or Health Savings Accounts available;
  • Employer-paid basic life insurance & disability insurance coverage from day 1 of full-time employment;
  • Generous staff leave accruals, plus 12 paid holidays per calendar year.
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