ISUComm Director, Iowa State University

Iowa State University, Ames, IA

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 are delighted to invite applications for an exceptional Associate or Full Professor to lead our nationally recognized undergraduate communication curriculum, ISUComm ( and related research initiative. The successful candidate will have a national profile in the pedagogy of written, oral, visual, and electronic communication skills and communication across the curriculum.

The ISUComm Director will work with the Foundation Courses Director, the Advanced Communication Courses Director, the Public Speaking Course Director, the directors of two writing and media help centers, and the Center for Excellence in Learning and Teaching to strengthen communication programs university-wide and to extend and initiate research associated with these programs. With this team and the support of a large, intellectually diverse faculty, the department aims to make Iowa State University known as the university that

• graduates students who communicate effectively across Written, Oral, Visual and Electronic (WOVE) platforms;
• innovates with technology in WOVE instruction to improve student learning and to develop inclusive pedagogies that address the needs of a diverse range of students including international students;
• leads national research conversations about pedagogy and 21st century literacies;
• engages faculty across the university in developing and implementing effective communication-intensive curricula and related pedagogy;
• prepares the next generation of faculty who will lead new explorations about the nature of communication in the workplace and in the public sphere.

In addition to leading ISUComm, the director will conduct and publish programmatic assessment on multimodal pedagogy across the curriculum and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the English Department.

The Department of English offers BA degree programs in English, Literature, Rhetorical Studies, and Speech Communication; a BS degree in Technical Communication; as well as—in partnership with the Department of World Languages and Cultures—a minor in World Film Studies. On the graduate level, the department offers MA degrees in Literature; Rhetoric, Composition, and Professional Communication; TESL/Applied Linguistics; as well as an MFA program in Creative Writing and the Environment. The department also offers two PhD programs in Applied Linguistics and Technology and Rhetoric and Professional Communication. The Department of English is committed to diversity among faculty, staff and students who can enrich University objectives in the areas of research, teaching, and service. For more information, see

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 34,000 students are enrolled, and served by over 6,100 faculty and staff (see Ames, Iowa is a progressive community of 60,000, located approximately 30 minutes north of Des Moines, and recently voted second best most livable small city in the nation (see

Iowa State University is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women, underrepresented minorities, and veterans. ISU is responsive to the needs of dual career couples, is dedicated to work-life balance through an array of policies, and is an NSF ADVANCE institution.

All faculty members are expected to exhibit and convey good citizenship within the program, the department, college, and university activities and collegial interactions, and maintain the highest standards of integrity and ethical behavior.

Required qualifications include Ph.D. in English, Rhetoric, Communication, Applied Linguistics, or related discipline.  Administrative experience.  Associate Professor: In addition, the candidate must have a strong research record in communication pedagogy as demonstrated by peer-reviewed publications and documented teaching experience commensurate with University’s standards.  Full Professor: In addition to the above qualifications, the candidate must have a national reputation in communication pedagogy.

Preferred qualifications include 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 and online course development.

Please apply for this position through the Iowa State University website at (Posting #400051) or by visiting and click on “Apply to this Job”.  Please be prepared to enter or attach the following materials for consideration:  letter of application, curriculum vitae, and list of three references.  Priority consideration will be given to applications received by January 15, 2015. Position begins August 16, 2015.

Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, age, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, marital status, disability, or protected veteran status, and will not be discriminated against. Inquiries can be directed to the Director of Equal Opportunity, 3350 Beardshear Hall, (515) 294-7612.