Professor and ISUComm Director


Iowa State University has launched the Presidential High Impact Hires Initiative to support targeted faculty hiring in areas of strategic importance. As part of the initiative, the Department of English and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences invites applications for a tenured position at the rank of Full Professor to direct our nationally recognized undergraduate communication curriculum, ISUComm (, beginning August 16, 2014. The successful candidate will join an active group of communication scholars focused on multimodal pedagogy, rhetoric, and instructor training. The ISUComm director engages faculty in all university departments in developing and implementing communication-intensive curricula and related pedagogy.

The candidate will have a national profile in the pedagogy of teaching written, oral, visual, and electronic communication skills and communication across the curriculum. The candidate will also have a vision for developing inclusive pedagogies to address the communication needs of a diverse range of students, including international students, who represent over 11% of the undergraduate student body.

At the undergraduate level, the candidate will teach courses in multimodal communication in the ISUComm curriculum. At the graduate level, the candidate will teach courses in pedagogy, multimodal communication, research methods, and others according to specific areas of research.

Iowa State University is classified as a Carnegie Foundation Doctoral/Research University-Extensive, a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU), and ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top public universities in the nation. Over 33,000 students are enrolled, and served by over 6,000 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of nearly 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted second best most livable small city in the nation (see
Required Qualifications: 
Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric, Applied Linguistics, or related discipline; outstanding record of publications, scholarship, and teaching; and the ability to work with a campus-wide constituency to lead teaching and research on the learning of multimodal communication and communication across the disciplines.
Preferred Qualifications:
Experience with theoretical and empirical approaches that integrate multiple perspectives on the study of language, writing, and multimodal communication; experience in obtaining external funding for research; expertise in teaching with technology; online course development; and research interest in multi-modal literature and film.


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