The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies, College of Visual and Performing Arts, at Syracuse University invites applications for a three-year renewable, non-tenure-track Assistant Teaching Professor, to begin August 2024. Syracuse University has a three-step ladder for promotion for teaching professors. We seek candidates who are committed to excellence in undergraduate teaching and are interested in a long-term commitment to the position.

This person will serve as a basic course director with a focus on undergraduate curriculum, particularly Public Advocacy (CRS 225) and Presentational Speaking (CRS 325), as well as required undergraduate classes, including large lecture classes. Duties include creating course content, supervision and training of graduate teaching assistants to lead recitation sections and overseeing our annual undergraduate presentational speaking competition (White-Denison).

Successful candidates may be able to teach additional courses in one or more areas of department need, to add to the department’s current strengths in rhetoric, communication, visual culture, language and social interaction, performance studies, and media studies.

We seek candidates who recognize the importance of a vital public culture and are firmly grounded in the discipline of communication and rhetoric. Ph.D. preferred, in Communication or related field. The search committee is particularly interested in candidates who are committed to undergraduate teaching, and who will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through teaching and service. Applicants should also share the department’s central commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility, exemplified by its partnerships with the Lender Center for Social Justice, the Department of Women’s and Gender Studies, the LGBTQ Studies minor, La Casita Cultural Center, and more.

About the Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies
The Department of Communication and Rhetorical Studies (CRS) creates skilled and versatile communicators prepared for the diverse professional and personal contexts they will come to understand, pursue, and influence.

We’re proud of our department’s long history at Syracuse University. Launched in 1910 as the Department of Oratory, CRS is one of the nation’s first academic programs devoted to the study of communication and rhetoric. Throughout our evolution, our department has been housed in the College of Visual and Performing Arts, where our programs have benefited from close association with the disciplines of art, design, film and media arts, drama, and music.

About The College of Visual and Performing Arts The College of Visual and Performing Arts at Syracuse University is committed to the education of cultural leaders who will engage and inspire audiences through performance, visual art, design, scholarship, and commentary. We provide the tools for self-discovery and risk-taking in an environment that thrives on critical thought and action. To learn more about the college, our distinguished faculty, and our program, please visit our websites at www.syr.eduwww.vpa.syr.edu.

Qua lifications:

  • MA required, PhD preferred, in Communication or related field.
  • Record of excellence in teaching.
  • The department is particularly interested in candidates who have the communication abilities and cross-cultural competencies to maximize their effectiveness with diverse groups of students, colleagues, and community members.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills, including public speaking in a variety of traditional and digital/online contexts.
  • Evidence of a commitment to working collegially with individuals from diverse backgrounds is required.

Job Specific Qualifications:


  • Current teaching load is 3/3 in courses commensurate with the curriculum in Communication and Rhetorical Studies.
  • Serve on committees in the Department, College, and University.

About Syracuse University:
Syracuse University is a private, international research university with distinctive academics, diversely unique offerings, and an undeniable spirit. Located in the geographic heart of New York State, with a global footprint, and over 150 years of history, Syracuse University offers a quintessential college experience.

The scope of Syracuse University is a testament to its strengths: a pioneering history dating back to 1870; a choice of more than 200 majors, 100 minors, and 200 advanced degree programs offered across the Universitys 13 schools and colleges; over 15,000 undergraduates and over 6,000 graduate students; more than a quarter of a million alumni in 160 countries; and a student population from all 50 U.S. states and 123 countries. For more information, please visit http://www.syracuse.edu.

About the Syracuse area:
Syracuse is a medium-sized city situated in the geographic center of New York State approximately 250 miles northwest of New York City. The metro-area population totals approximately 500,000. The area offers a low cost of living and provides many social, cultural, and recreational options, including parks, museums, festivals, professional regional theater, and premier shopping venues. Syracuse and Central New York present a wide range of seasonal recreation and attractions ranging from water skiing and snow skiing, hiking in the Adirondacks, touring the historic sites, visiting wineries along the Finger Lakes, and biking on trails along the Erie Canal.

Application Deadline:
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Open Until Filled: Yes

To apply, visit https://www.sujobopps.com/postings/103809

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