Assistant/Associate Professor of Communication - Intercultural Communication

University of Oklahoma

Norman, OK

Job posting number: #7179882 (Ref:if123703)

Posted: September 15, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


The Department of Communication at The University of Oklahoma invites applications for a full-time tenure-track assistant professor or associate professor (with tenure) position in intercultural, interethnic, or intergroup communication. We seek an outstanding scholar who will contribute to the department’s national reputation in intercultural communication and who has methodological expertise in quantitative, qualitative, or mixed research methods. Intercultural communication is a historic department strength. 


The successful candidate should be an active scholar, with a clearly defined program of research that can make significant theoretical contributions to the intercultural communication discipline and a strong record of or potential for publication in refereed journals. Furthermore, the scholar’s research should help enhance the department’s program and contribute to the broader strategic vision of the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences and The University of Oklahoma. Interdisciplinary interests that could lead to collaborations across other departments and centers at the University are desirable, particularly if such initiatives lead to external funding that can enhance the university’s national profile. Departments in which potential for collaboration may exist include the following: College of International Studies, Native American Studies, African and African American Studies, Women’s and Gender Studies, Anthropology, Sociology, or a discipline where the scholar applies their work. Furthermore, opportunities for collaboration beyond the Norman campus include the Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and The University of Oklahoma at Tulsa.


The successful candidate will teach in the department’s required undergraduate course sequence and in upper-level and graduate courses in their area of interest as well as mentor graduate students. Normal duties consist of a 2-2 teaching load each academic year. The candidate will also provide service to the department, university, and discipline. The department currently includes 15 FTE faculty and offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees to roughly 350 undergraduate students and 45 graduate students. 


The Department of Communication is part of the Division of Social Sciences within the Dodge Family College of Arts and Sciences, one of the largest colleges at the University. As the state’s leading research university, The University of Oklahoma set an all-time record high for sponsored research awards to the Norman campus in 2023 at over $210 million in total funding, with a more than 50% increase in federal grants. Moreover, this year’s incoming freshman class consisted of 5,212 undergraduate students (an 11% increase compared to last year’s class). 


Norman, OK (population approx. 128,000) is located in the heart of the state. The city has been consistently rated as one of the top 100 best places in which to live by various magazines. The city offers a wide variety of cultural, educational, leisure, and recreational opportunities and a lower than the national average cost of living. It is conveniently located less than 20 miles from a large airport and the opportunities of a major metropolitan area, Oklahoma City (over 1.4 million). 

Candidates must have an earned doctorate in Communication or a related field at the time of appointment (August 2024) and will be appointed at the rank of assistant professor (tenure track) or associate professor (with tenure). Salary will be competitive and commensurate with experience. Start-up funds and relocation expenses may be available. Initial screening will begin no later than November 20, 2023, and will continue until the position is filled. 

A complete application will include a letter of interest not to exceed three pages, the candidate’s curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, a representative academic writing sample, and three electronic letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted online at For additional information contact Dr. Elena Bessarabova, Search Committee Chair ([email protected]). 


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Job posting number:#7179882 (Ref:if123703)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:University of Oklahoma
United States
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