Visiting Instructor of Communication Studies

  • Georgia Southern University
  • Statesboro, GA, USA
  • Jun 19, 2022
Full time Communications/Journalism/Film/TV

Job Description

Visiting Instructor of Communication Studies—Search #12160
College of Arts and Humanities, Department of Communication Arts

The Department of Communication Arts in the College of Arts and Humanities at Georgia Southern University has an opening for a Visiting Instructor of Communication Studies for the academic year 2022-2023.

Founded in 1906, Georgia Southern University is a Carnegie Doctoral/R2 institution with a focus on public-impact research, serving about 27,000 students on three beautiful campuses in Statesboro, Savannah, and Hinesville, and via a growing online program. Through our degree offerings at the associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels, Georgia Southern offers a distinctive combination of community collaboration, world-class scholarship, innovative teaching, and hands-on learning opportunities.

To equitably serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion, we actively seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to Inclusive Excellence. Candidates whose work furthers the institution's goals and who bring to campus varied life experiences, perspectives, and backgrounds are especially encouraged to apply.

Within this setting, the Department of Communication Arts is the largest department in the College of Arts and Humanities and is home to five undergraduate majors: Communication Studies, Multimedia Journalism, Multimedia Film and Production, Public Relations, and Theatre. The Department also offers an interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership. The Department's mission is to provide students with a broad-based, comprehensive, and interdisciplinary study of human communication. Within Georgia Southern University's culture of engagement, the Communication Arts faculty promote the critical analysis, evaluation, performance, and practice of human communication in its various contexts.

Position Description. Reporting to the department chair, the Visiting Instructor of Communication Studies will teach fifteen credit hours per semester and hold regular office hours. The primary course for the visiting instructor will be Public Speaking, with the possibility of additional courses, depending upon candidate's qualifications. Supporting general education assessment of the public speaking course is expected. This is an academic year appointment for the months of August 2022 - May 2023. All visiting positions are non-tenure track appointments, with the possibility of reappointment based on funding availability and satisfactory performance for up to two years. The second year is a terminal year, without exception. The salary is competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Required Qualifications:
Earned Master's degree in Communication, or a closely related field with at least 18 graduate semester hours in Communication by July 1, 2022.
Demonstrated ability to teach Public Speaking.
Willingness to engage with institutional student success initiatives.
Commitment to engaging with best practice initiatives in instruction and pedagogy, mentoring, and curriculum design and development.

Preferred Qualifications:
Ph.D. in Communication or a closely-related discipline
Experience teaching and assessing the public speaking course
Experience with technology and multimodal course delivery
Demonstrated commitment to professional development

Conditions of Employment:
Must be authorized to work in the United States for the duration of employment without assistance from the institution.
All work (with limited exceptions such as research and study abroad and outside activities such as grading and email correspondence) for Georgia Southern University must be completed while the employee is physically present in the state of Georgia, unless specifically authorized by the university for a specific purpose and limited period of time within current policy.
Faculty are expected to contribute to the vibrant university community by engaging students, participating in events, and performing other responsibilities on-campus.
Faculty may be required to teach, conduct research, or perform service duties on any of the three campuses. Georgia Southern provides accessible transportation options between campuses.

Screening of applications begins June 23, 2022, and continues until the position is filled. The preferred position starting date is August 1, 2022. A complete application consists of a letter addressing the qualifications cited above; a curriculum vitae; and the names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses of at least three professional references. Other documentation may be requested. Only complete applications submitted electronically will be considered. Finalists will be required to submit to a background investigation. Applications and nominations should be sent to:

Dr. Chris Geyerman, Search Chair, Search 12160
Georgia Southern University
Electronic mail:
Telephone: 912-478-5838

More information about the institution is available through or The names of applicants and nominees, vitae, and other non-evaluative information may be subject to public inspection under the Georgia Open Records Act. Georgia Southern University provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, or disability. Individuals who need reasonable accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act to participate in the search process should notify Human Resources at 912-478-6947.

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