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Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Job Search Status: Currently Accepting Resumes)

The Department of Communication Studies at Mount St. Mary’s University invites outstanding teacher-scholars to apply for a tenure-track Assistant Professor appointment in the department’s writing track, to begin in August 2013. The successful candidate will possess a Ph.D. in Communication, Rhetoric, Rhetoric and Composition, Rhetoric and Professional Writing, or a related discipline and will demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching, scholarship, and service to the campus community. Ph.D. candidates with a scheduled dissertation defense date will also be considered.

The department seeks a colleague who appreciates the different aspects of the communication discipline, respects the oral and written traditions of rhetoric, and can add to the department’s profile by developing and offering courses in nonfiction prose. The successful candidate will teach Composition Theory and Practice and develop a 100-level writing intensive course to support the Veritas Program, the university’s common core. Candidates should be prepared to offer some combination of courses from among the following: Descriptive and Narrative Writing, Technical Writing, Personal Writing, Copyediting, and Creative Nonfiction Writing. The successful candidate will also have the opportunity to develop a course or two in her/his area of specialization. The ideal candidate will be able to offer a course in writing and social media, have experience teaching public speaking, and/or have experience working in a university writing center.

Mount St. Mary’s University is the second oldest Catholic university in America. Located on 1,400 acres with easy access to Baltimore and Washington, D.C., the Mount offers a rigorous liberal arts education and outstanding faculty who help the university maintain a 14:1 student to teacher ratio. The 2300-student comprehensive university is a vibrant academic community where the words Faith, Discovery, Leadership, and Community describe its collective calling and promise. Additional information about the university is available online at Information about the Department of Communication Studies, the largest major in the College of Liberal Arts, is available at

Beyond disciplinary expertise, Mount St. Mary’s seeks faculty members eager to engage and support our Catholic identity. Application materials should discuss how you might contribute to the university’s Catholic liberal arts mission, how your work engages with the Catholic intellectual tradition, or how your own faith tradition informs your vocation as a teacher and scholar. Please send a cover letter, writing sample, and vita to or to the following address:

Joshua Hochschild, Dean
College of Liberal Arts
Assistant Professor of Communication Studies Search
Mount St. Mary’s University
16300 Old Emmitsburg Road
Emmitsburg, Maryland 21727

Letters of recommendation and transcripts will be requested of candidates who are identified for on-campus interviews. Department representatives will be available at the annual meeting of the National Communication Association in Orlando, November 15-18, 2012, for inquiries. All materials received by Monday, December 3, 2012, are guaranteed full consideration; however, the search will remain open until filled.

Mount St. Mary’s University has a strong institutional commitment to excellence through diversity in its educational program and employment practices; we actively seek and welcome applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world.


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