Associate Professor & Graduate Director Communication Department

  • Fairfield University
  • Fairfield, CT
  • Jul 18, 2022
Full time Communications/Journalism/Film/TV

Job Description

Job Description:

The Department of Communication at Fairfield University's College of Arts and Sciences is seeking an Associate Professor of Communication in the general area of Organizational Communication to direct our Graduate Program. Potential areas of specialization could include: Peer-superior Communication; Performance Evaluations/Feedback; Organizational Culture; Strategic Communication; Workplace Relationships; Diversity and Inclusion; Socialization; Antisocial Organizational Communication; Organizational Justice; Racial and Social Justice; Social Media; Crisis Communication; Leadership; Health Communication in Organizations; Small-Group and/or Team Communication and/or Decision-Making; and/or Training and Development.

The ideal candidate will direct our MA program, and will work closely with the Department Chair on curricular planning, managing course enrollment, and graduate program assessment. Qualified applicants will: hold a PhD in Communication, have credentials commensurate with the rank of Associate Professor, have administrative experience, and have a vision for online education.

The Department of Communication offers a traditional 36-hour MA and a separate graduate certificate in Health Communication for healthcare professionals. We are looking for a visionary candidate who can blend theory with practice for a program designed for working adults in the New York City metropolitan area.

Fairfield's Department of Communication offers undergraduate majors in Communication, Public Relations, and Sports Media. Content is delivered by 10 tenure-track and tenured faculty and one Professor of Practice. The undergraduate program is among the largest in the College of Arts and Sciences.

The University is located roughly 50 miles from New York City, making it an ideal scholarly environment to blend theory, research, and application. Fairfield University was named #1 in the Northern Region by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2019 ranking. Fairfield University is a co-educational, comprehensive Jesuit university with a 200-acre campus located in the scenic shoreline community of Fairfield, Connecticut. The University is comprised of approximately 3,500 undergraduate and 1,200 graduate students pursuing degrees within five schools: The College of Arts and Sciences, The Charles F. Dolan School of Business, The School of Engineering, The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Studies, and The School of Education and Human Development. As an expression of our Jesuit, Catholic mission and identity, Fairfield embraces a liberal humanistic approach to education, encouraging critical thinking, cultivating free and open inquiry, and fostering ethical and religious values.

Application Instructions: 

Review of applications will begin September 12, 2022.  For full consideration, please click "Apply Now" and upload the following materials:

  • A curriculum vitae

  • A letter of application that includes a vision for graduate education in Communication

  • A statement on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion

  • Three letters of recommendation

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., evaluations; syllabi)

  • Research sample(s)

Please ask your references to send letters of recommendation to the following email address:

Questions should be directed to Sean Horan, Chair of Department of Communication: 


Academic - Faculty Tenure/Tenure Track

Performs such other duties, responsibilities, and activities as required by supervisor and as departmental/University needs indicate.


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All offers of employment are contingent upon a satisfactory background check.

Fairfield University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, particularly welcomes applications from women, persons of color, Veterans, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability.

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