Assistant Professor of Communications
Warren Wilson College welcomes applicants for a faculty position in Communications. This is a full-time, Assistant Professor position in an extended contract system with a 3-3 load beginning in August of 2023. Faculty in this position would help develop a new Communications major within our English department and create introductory and advanced courses in communications that seek to expose students to the breadth of communications media, to diverse career opportunities in communications, and to key issues and critiques in the field. We envision a major that draws on both mass communication and applied communication in ways that intersect with an engaged student body that aims to "change the world" and our mission to foster a just, equitable, and sustainable world. In this, the Communications major at Warren Wilson will connect both with the on-campus newspaper and with the vibrant communications community in Asheville. All faculty at the College teach within their expertise and, as appropriate to the department, teach courses that contribute to general education. In addition to their teaching, all faculty are expected to demonstrate their continued engagement in scholarship and/or creative activity and to engage in collegial institutional service.
About the College:
Warren Wilson College is located on a beautiful 1,135-acre campus in the Blue Ridge Mountains near Asheville, North Carolina. We enroll approximately 750 undergraduates and 100 graduates. Rooted in liberal arts education, the College provides educational programs that foster students' curiosity, empathy, and integrity to prepare graduates to engage in groundbreaking scholarship and creative work; to to pursue meaningful careers with professionalism; and to lead purposeful lives dedicated to fostering a just, equitable, and sustainable world. The College utilizes an innovative educational approach that intentionally integrates academics and experiential learning (through campus work and community engagement) for a rich, challenging student experience. Our students matriculate through deliberately scaffolded courses and signature capstone experiences that combine intellectual foundations with experiential skill development and problem solving.
To fulfill this mission, the College, through its Strategic Imperative for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) is unwavering in our commitment to the dignity of all people-particularly those populations who have been both historically oppressed and continue to experience systemic oppression. As we value the breadth of diversity necessary for a rich campus culture, we also recognize the particular challenge and opportunity for growth and leadership around race, noting that such a focus necessarily intersects with deepening efforts around other aspects of identity (such as ethnicity, nationality, religion, gender, sexuality, class, and worldview). We are committed to a culture of educational access and to ensuring that students and employees from a diverse range of identities and experiences will thrive in this community. We seek and support an academically and culturally diverse faculty and staff with a genuine interest in our innovative approach to education and focus on inclusive excellence, as well as a willingness to fully participate in the life of the College. We welcome applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (e.g., people of African, Latine, Indigenous, and/or Asian descent) and individuals who have experience working with diverse student populations.
- Master's in Communication, journalism, public relations, strategic communication or related field.
- One year of prior teaching experience in courses such as introduction to journalism, introduction to mass communications, digital and social media, media campaigns, or public relations.
- One to two years of professional experience in communications, public relations, journalism, editing or other related fields.
- Demonstrated experience developing partnerships with local communities.
- Demonstrated experience with advancing diversity, equity and inclusion in learning spaces. For instance, experience incorporating inclusive teaching modalities and working with diverse student populations.
- Ph.D. in Communication, journalism, public relations, strategic communication or related field
- Two or more years of teaching experience at the undergraduate level.
- Demonstrated experience with campus media or publications.
Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae and a cover letter which includes a discussion of your demonstrated engagement in diversity, equity, and inclusion in learning spaces. Applicants should also describe how their teaching, research, and/or creative scholarly activity connects to Warren Wilson's distinctive learning approach and community. First consideration will be given to candidates who apply by 5pm on Wednesday, November 23, 2022. Electronic submission is required.
Warren Wilson College is proud to be an equal opportunity employer.