Non-Tenure Track Instructor in Communication Fall 2021, School of Social & Cultural Studies

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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 2021.  The successful applicant has the possibility of reappointment (9-month contracts), depending on performance, department needs, and funding.

Required Qualifications:  This position requires a Masters 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 forensics individual events; 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, Communication and Democracy at the introductory and advanced undergraduate level, as well as courses in high demand areas related to their specialty, such as Communication Theory, Group Communication, Family Communication, and/or Health Communication;
  • Forensics coaching background and the potential for assisting the Director of Forensics in coaching public address, other forensics individual events and possibly debate, including running practices and coaching students on campus and at tournaments on weekends, as well as 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 $42,000 and rank of Instructor for MA or 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. 

Program:  The Department of Communication at Truman has 9 full-time faculty members and approximately 120 students in the major program with approximately 40 minors in Communication and Political Communication. The Communication major allows students to choose from three emphases: Communication Studies, Journalism, and Public Communication. The forensics program at Truman State University has had multiple national championships, national finalists, national sweepstakes awards, and state level-champions over the last couple of decades.  For more information about the Communication program, please visit

The University: Truman State University is home to a vibrant educational community. The approximately 6,000 students that make up its student body are well prepared for the academic rigors of a highly selective university. More than 20 percent engage in significant undergraduate research and creative projects. Most gain leadership experience, and nearly half go on to graduate school or professional education within a year of earning a degree.  

 Founded in 1867, Truman is known for its focus on student learning and outcomes, and places an emphasis on high-impact experiences such as internships, research and study abroad opportunities. Truman has the highest overall graduation rate among the state’s public colleges and universities. For more than two decades, Truman has been recognized as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest regional category by U.S. News & World Report. The Washington Monthly has included Truman in the top ten of its master’s university rankings in each of the past seven years. For more information regarding additional rankings and acknowledgements, visit

The Community: Located in northeast Missouri, Kirksville is a cultural and economic hub in the region. In addition to Truman, it is home to A.T. Still University, the world’s first osteopathic medical school, as well as a dental school and a community college. The Kirksville School District is among the best in the state, and the community takes pride in several annual events including the Red Barn Arts and Crafts Festival, the Scottish Highland Games and the Red, White and Blue Festival, among many more. Just a few minutes outside of town is beautiful Thousand Hills State Park, with hiking and biking opportunities surrounding the 700-acre Forest Lake. Due to its location, Kirksville offers easy access by car to Kansas City, St. Louis, Chicago and Des Moines. Daily flights from Kirksville regional airport to St. Louis allow for quick access to one of the Midwest’s major metropolitan areas. More information about Kirksville can be found at  

Application:  The School of Social and Cultural Studies coordinates the application process.  Electronic submission of applications is preferred and candidate’s documents may be uploaded at  Application materials may also be e-mailed to:  with “Communication Forensics Search” in the subject line, or mailed to Communication Forensics Search, Social and Cultural Studies, Truman State University, 100 E. Normal, Kirksville, MO 63501.  Final candidates will be expected to undergo and successfully pass a background check.

Complete applications must include: 

  • a letter of application that addresses the evaluation criteria, scholarly activity interests, and any other applicant characteristics that merit emphasis,
  • current curriculum vitae,
  • statement of teaching philosophy, research interests and goals, as well as commitment to inclusive excellence, to the liberal arts and sciences, and to student development,
  • teaching portfolio (evaluations, examples of syllabi, assignments, student work),
  • copies of graduate transcripts (unofficial transcripts are acceptable), and
  • names and contact information for three references; letters of recommendation will be solicited from candidates prior to interviews.

Review of applications will begin March 16, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. If hired, applicants must provide proof of eligibility to work in the United States, official copies of graduate transcripts, or documentation of degrees if transcripts are not available.

Questions about this position may be directed to Dr. Jay Self (, Chair, Department of Communication.


Truman State University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed

to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act;

women and minority candidates are particularly encouraged to apply.


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