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Teaching Assistant Professor and Director of TEDxCU

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Boulder, Colorado

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Job Summary

The Department of Communication in the College of Media, Communication, and Information (CMCI) at the University of Colorado (CU) Boulder invites applications for a non-tenure-track position as a teaching assistant professor. The successful candidate will be a communication generalist with a passion for undergraduate education who will direct the department’s established TEDxCU program. The position will commence in August 2023. 

The department has a long tradition of highly valued and long-serving Teaching Professors (i.e., instructors). Its four current Teaching Professors are fully involved members of the faculty, serving in roles associated with the undergraduate program and participating in the department’s governance. We therefore seek a colleague with pedagogical expertise and a commitment to leading an undergraduate student-focused program dedicated to the public exchange of ideas. Candidates should thus have significant experience leading large public events, along with the organizational skills and desire to engage with undergraduate students that make such events successful.

Applicants should be able to teach a variety of courses in the department’s curriculum; we have a preference for those able to deliver both large lecture and small-section courses. Some courses in our curriculum this faculty member might be expected to teach include Human Communication Theory; Communication, Technology, and Society; Perspectives on Human Communication, and Persuasion in Society. We expect all members of our faculty to be open to working across the department, which includes three areas of emphasis: Community & Social Interaction, Organizational Communication, and Rhetoric & Culture.

The Department also regularly offers opportunities for summer teaching appointments, which function separately from, and as optional additions to, the 9-month contract. Across teaching assignments, the person hired for this position may work closely with graduate teaching assistants in delivering courses. 

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 University of Colorado Boulder College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI) 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 build culture that goes beyond convention.

CMCI strives to be a community whose excellence is premised on diversity, equity and inclusion. We seek candidates who share this dedication 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 Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The position is 60% teaching and 40% service and involves a 3-3 teaching load (this standard load will be reduced through service to the TEDxCU program). In those teaching assignments, the person in this position may work closely with graduate teaching assistants in delivering courses.

What You Should Know

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 is $61,000 – $68,000.


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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Be collaborative. Be inclusive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • A PhD in communication is required at the time of appointment.
  • Experience with inclusive pedagogies and the mentoring of a diverse range of undergraduate students. 
  • Significant experience leading large public events, along with the organizational skills and desire to engage with undergraduate students that make such events successful.

What You Will Need

  • Pedagogical expertise and a dedication to leading an undergraduate student-focused program.
  • Ability to teach a variety of courses in the department’s curriculum.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Ability to deliver both large lecture and small-section courses.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials online:
  1. Current resume or curriculum vitae.
  2. Cover letter, including your experience directing student-led public events and coaching oral communication.
  3. During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three (3) references. We may request letters of recommendation at a later time. 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 addressing your experience with inclusive and/or anti-racist pedagogies, along with experience mentoring of a diverse range of students, uploaded in PDF format. 
  6. Two (2) published articles or other representative research, combined and uploaded in PDF format. 
For full consideration, please apply by October 28, 2022. The search will continue until the position is filled. 

For more information, email Professor Matthew Koschmann, Search Committee 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: Mathew A. Koschmann

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