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Tenure Track Assistant Professor in Rhetoric & Culture of the Global South and/or Radical Racial Movements

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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 Boulder (CU Boulder) invites applicants for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in Rhetoric & Culture of the Global South and/or Radical Racial Movements. Eligible candidates should be willing and able to teach core classes (such as argumentation, rhetorical criticism, public advocacy, rhetorical theory, and/or social movements), as well as have expertise in one or more of the following areas of Cultural Studies and Ethnic Studies, working from and between intersectional perspectives such as: African & Black Studies; Asian & Asian American Studies; Decolonial Studies; Global South Studies; Environmental Justice Studies; Latinx & Chicanx Studies; and Native American & Indigenous Studies. Ideally, the candidate will contribute to our existing critical, qualitative, and transnational strengths in: African thought; Black radicalism; climate & environmental justice; critical/cultural studies; decoloniality; feminist, queer, & trans rhetorics; and/or political extremism & violence. A PhD in communication with a specialization in rhetoric and culture is required at the time of appointment, as is an emerging record of excellence in service, teaching, mentorship, and research. 

We expect the candidate to make connections across campus and with the three department areas of Communication & Social Interaction, Organizational Communication, and Rhetoric & Culture. Reflecting our curricular focus on campus of Sustainable Futures, CU Boulder is committed to serving the public good by addressing the humanitarian, social, and technological challenges of the 21st century through leadership, innovation, and impacts beyond campus. CMCI thinks across boundaries, innovates around emerging problems, and creates cultural impacts that transcend convention in our ever-changing world of human expression. Our campus is a member university of the American Association of Universities, an association of leading higher educational institutions in North America. 

The appointment is expected to begin August 2024.

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

Established in 2015, 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 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, access 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 Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

The workload for this position is 40% Teaching / 20% Service / 40% Research. This is a full-time, 9-month position that will consist of four courses per academic year (2 per semester), advising graduate students, related administrative and service duties, and an active research profile commensurate with our tenure and promotion standards.

What You Should Know

The Department of Communication at CU Boulder acknowledges that the University sits upon land within the territories of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho peoples. Further, we acknowledge that 48 contemporary tribal nations are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado. 

As part of the University of Colorado Boulder’s deep commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, the campus has implemented a reference check program with respect to final candidates for tenured faculty appointments. The reference check 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.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this full-time position is $80,000 – $90,000 annually. Relocation assistance is available per department guidelines. 

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including gender affirming care, same gender domestic partner benefits, paid parental leave grants, and elder care benefits.


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.

Be Statements

Be diverse. Be inclusive. Be Boulder.

What We Require

  • Applicants must have a PhD in Communication or a closely related field by the time of appointment.
  • Evidence of high-quality teaching responsive to desires to enhance diversity, equity, and inclusion.

What You Will Need

  • Evidence of high-quality research and the promise of sustained research contributions. 
  • Capacity to teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in communication.

What We Would Like You to Have

  • Preference will be given to candidates who can teach core courses in rhetoric, including argumentation, rhetorical criticism, public advocacy, rhetorical theory, and/or social movements.
  • Ability to develop course offerings in themes associated with the Global South and/or Radical Social Movements, such as African & Black Studies; Asian & Asian American Studies; Decolonial Studies; Global South Studies; Environmental Justice Studies; Latinx & Chicanx Studies; and Native American & Indigenous Studies. 
  • Experience cultivating, and advocating for, diversity and inclusive excellence. 
  • A history of creating interdisciplinary connections across academic boundaries.

Special Instructions

For full consideration, please apply by October 23, 2023. The position will remain open until filled. 

To apply, please submit the following materials online: 
  1. A current curriculum vitae
  2. A cover Letter that clarifies your qualifications and professional goals. 
  3. During the application process you will need to enter contact information (email and phone) for three (3) references.  We will request letters of recommendation later in the process as needed. This information will be kept confidential and viewable only by those involved in the hiring process.
  4. Writing Sample: Please submit one (1) example of scholarly writing such as a copy of a published article or chapter. 
  5. Evidence of Teaching Excellence which could include awards, unique initiatives, peer reviews, or evaluations.
  6. Diversity and Inclusion Statement, uploaded in PDF format. 
Additional questions may be emailed to: Professor Phaedra C. Pezzullo, Search Chair, at

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, please apply through CU Boulder Jobs.

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