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Truman State University seeks a diverse pool of applicants for a full-time, non-tenure-track instructor or assistant professor of communication to begin August 2022.  The successful applicant has the possibility of reappointment (9-month contracts), depending on performance, department needs, and funding.

Required Qualifications:  This position requires a master’s in Communication, Public Communication, or closely related field and experience with competitive Forensics.

Responsibilities:  Provide classroom instruction in lower and upper division curriculum; fulfill additional faculty duties including coaching intercollegiate debate; model the teacher-scholar; mentor students; and provide service to the university and community.

Applicants will be evaluated on:

Academic qualifications;
Teaching background or the potential for teaching Public Communication and Communication Studies: Public Speaking, Advanced Public Speaking, Oral Advocacy and Debate, Argumentation, Oral Interpretation, Performance Studies at the introductory and advanced undergraduate level, as well as courses in high demand areas related to their specialty, such as Communication Theory, Communication Education, Social Media, and/or Health Communication;
Forensics coaching background and the potential for assisting the Director of Forensics in coaching debate (Policy, NFA Lincoln-Douglas, and Parliamentary) and, if qualified, coach forensics individual events such as Extemporaneous and Impromptu Speaking.  The candidate will run practices and coach students on campus and at tournaments on weekends, as well as share the administrative responsibilities attached to such activities;
Evidence of teaching effectiveness, including potential for developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills in undergraduates;
Evidence of scholarly activity with emphasis on the use of candidates’ scholarship to inform their teaching;
Evidence of commitment to liberal arts education as a teacher-scholar, with undergraduate student development and accomplishment as the highest priority;
Interest and background in interdisciplinary and/or cross-disciplinary teaching;
Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills; and
Compatibility with the department’s needs.
Compensation and Rank:  This is an entry-level academic position with salary of $42,500 at the rank of Instructor for MA or $44,500 at the rank of Assistant Professor for PhD or MFA; benefits package with health insurance, retirement contributions, and some reimbursed assistance for moving expenses.  This appointment may be renewed annually upon mutual consent dependent upon the results of the annual review, the needs of the University, and available funding.

(I can’t believe they don’t mention it, but after 6 years you’re vested in MOSERS, the Missouri defined benefit pension system, which is a big deal IMO).

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