Job Description

Job ID
UW Stout;Menomonie, WI
Full/Part Time


The Department of Communication Studies, Global Languages, and Performing Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, a dynamic interdisciplinary department, seeks to add one full-time, tenure-track assistant professor in Communication Studies. Starting in August 2020, the ideal candidate will teach intercultural communication and public speaking courses, and may be asked to teach other Communication Studies courses as assigned, such as interpersonal communication, listening, interviewing, nonverbal communication, or small group communication. An individual in this position will maintain an active research agenda, participate in course and program assessment of student learning, develop/maintain curriculum, and participate in university service and leadership activities. An individual in this position will expand the Polytechnic focus in Communication Studies courses and build relationships with Communication Studies faculty and staff, academic programs and units across the university, as well as among industry or community partners.


Minimum / Required

  • PhD in Communication or related field (ABD status will be considered pending successful completion by appointment start date)
  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses in intercultural communication, in addition to other areas in the field

Highly Desired

  • Demonstrated ability to teach Communication Studies courses in an applied Polytechnic setting, specifically interpersonal communication and public speaking courses
  • Proficiency in educational technology, including online and hybrid teaching
  • Evidence of teaching excellence
  • Expertise in developing curriculum in a Polytechnic setting
  • Evidence of scholarly research
  • Evidence of service and leadership
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary setting
  • Evidence of advising experience


Responsible for a teaching load of 12-credit hours per semester, maintaining an active research agenda, and contributing to the department and university through service activities.


The department of Communication Studies, Global Languages, and Performing Arts is dedicated to collaboration and interdisciplinary learning. Communication Studies faculty and staff empower students in the development of their communication skills to prepare them for success in their personal and professional lives. Our Communication Studies courses ground theoretical and rhetorical concepts in practical, career-focused, and civic-minded applications that emphasize communicating effectively and ethically in an increasingly diverse world to promote civic engagement and innovative solutions to problems facing the world. Communication Studies faculty and staff are committed to interdisciplinary connections with industry and other academic departments, involvement in the university’s General Education program, and serving as faculty in undergraduate and graduate programs in the university. For additional information about the department of Communication Studies, Global Languages, and Performing Arts:


The University of Wisconsin-Stout offers a rich, dynamic and collaborative environment in which to work and grow. A member of the University of Wisconsin system, UW-Stout is unique within the system--it is named after its founder, James Huff Stout, and holds the distinction of being Wisconsin’s Polytechnic University, a designation which highlights our combination of applied learning, real-world experiences and a solid liberal arts foundation.

UW-Stout offers 50 undergraduate and 24 graduate degrees, including two terminal degrees. Average student enrollment is 9,000.

UW-Stout faculty enjoy opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration, state-of-the-art facilities, and a modern digital environment. UW-Stout values innovative approaches to solving problems in society and industry, and faculty are encouraged to maintain strong ties and seek collaborative projects within their disciplines and industries.

All undergraduate students participating in traditional, on campus-based programs are issued laptops. Faculty use the university’s online course delivery system and must be available for online interactions and/or alternate time frames for teaching. Faculty members teach, advise students, conduct research, assess student learning and engage in service activities.

Menomonie, Wisconsin, is a town of 16,000 located in the beautiful Chippewa River Valley, 25 miles west of Eau Claire and 60 miles east of the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

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Competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. The UW System provides an excellent benefits package including participation in the Wisconsin State retirement plan.

As an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer, UW-Stout is committed to inclusive excellence and is actively seeking applications from individuals from diverse groups; veterans and individuals with disabilities.

An offer of employment is contingent upon the final candidate passing a criminal background check and a reference check process. The reference check process includes asking the final candidate and most recent supervisor questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment. Final candidates with previous employment within the UW System and State of WI agencies will be subject to additional reference checks.

A successful candidate must have authorization to work within the United States as required by the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986.

In response to a public records request, the University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in their online application, except that the identity of the successful final candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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Applicants will need to complete all required fields and attach all required documents prior to submitting the online application.

Note: Once you have attached your materials and submitted your application you will not be able to go into the system and change them.

Required application materials:

1. Cover letter specifically addressing how you meet the minimum and preferred qualifications

2. Curriculum Vitae

3. Statement of teaching philosophy, addressing the applicant’s approach to Communication Studies courses in a Polytechnic setting (between 500-600 words)

4. Names and contact information for a minimum of three (3) professional references

5. Unofficial copies of graduate-level transcripts (Master’s and/or PhD); official transcripts required at time of hire

First consideration will be given to applications received by December 13, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

It is the policy of UW-Stout to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified applicants with disabilities. If you need assistance, or accommodation in applying because of a disability, please contact us using the information below. Employment opportunities will not be denied because of the need to make reasonable accommodations for a qualified individual's disability.

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