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Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Race, and Decoloniality

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric, Race, and Decoloniality

The Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) at the University of Colorado Boulder invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor of rhetoric specializing in race and/or decoloniality, with possible additional areas of expertise in one or more of the following areas: Indigenous studies, critical ethnic studies, the Global South, gender studies, environmental communication, visual rhetoric, technology, and/or rhetorical field methods. The successful candidate must be both well-grounded in rhetorical studies and open to creative interchange with colleagues practicing qualitative, interpretive, and critical social scientific communication inquiry. They should also have demonstrated commitment to and experience with inclusive pedagogies and the mentoring of a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate students. The position is 40% teaching, 40% research, and 20% service and involves teaching two classes per semester. A PhD in communication or allied fields, with specialization in rhetorical studies, is required at the time of appointment. Salary is commensurate with experience.

The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

The Department of Communication is a vibrant intellectual community committed to the critical, humanistic, and social scientific study of communication. Established in 2015, the College of Media, Communication and Information is at the forefront of the revolution in communication and digital technology. CMCI prides itself on offering students an interdisciplinary education with a focus on innovation and creativity. Our students and faculty from six departments and an independent PhD program think across boundaries, innovate around emerging problems and create culture that transcends convention.

CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this commitment and demonstrate understanding of the experiences of those historically underrepresented in higher education. We welcome applications from minoritized racial and ethnic identities, ciswomen, non-normative genders and sexualities, persons with disabilities, and others who have encountered legacies of marginalization.

What You Should Know

As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check pilot program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check pilot program is intended to allow CU Boulder to collect and review information about a candidate's conduct at their previous institutions, specifically conduct related to sexual misconduct, harassment, and/or discrimination – before making hiring decisions. All final candidates for tenured faculty appointments are required to complete an Authorization to Release Information.

All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to comply with the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $70,000 - $77,000. 


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • A PhD in communication or allied fields, with specialization in rhetorical studies, is required at the time of appointment. 

Special Instructions

The position will begin in August of 2022. To apply, please submit the following materials online:
  1. Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  2. Cover letter describing your interest in the position and summarizing your personal academic goals.
  3. During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three (3) references. We will request letters of recommendation immediately upon application. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by the search committee. 
  4. Evidence of Teaching Success, uploaded in PDF format. (Examples of evidence of teaching success might include teaching awards, unique teaching initiatives, peer reviews of teaching or teaching evaluations.)
  5. Evidence of Engagement with Issues of Diversity Statement, uploaded in PDF format. 
  6. Two (2) published articles or other representative research, uploaded in PDF format. 
For full consideration, please apply by Friday, October 29, 2021. The search will continue until the position is filled. 

For more information, email Professor Peter Simonson, Search Chair, at

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Information

Posting Contact Name: Peter Simonson

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