The Department of Communication Studies at the University of Kansas is seeking a 9-month, academic position as an Assistant Specialist (non-tenure track). The Assistant Specialist will be the Online Program Director (OPD) and will direct the Department of Communication Studies (COMS) Online program. The OPD will work closely with the department’s administration, faculty and other teaching staff to develop and implement changes in the online curriculum of the Department of Communication Studies online curriculum. The OPD will also train, supervise, and evaluate a group of communication studies teaching assistants in online teaching, as well as work with faculty on course design and best practices. The OPD oversees the scheduling and maintenance of all online courses and serves as the department’s liaison with the College Online and the Center for Teaching Excellence. In addition to serving as OPD, the incumbent will teach a 2:2 load in undergraduate and graduate courses in an area complementary to those of current faculty. The OPD will also meet standard service and advising requirements.
The University of Kansas is dedicated to creating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive working and learning environment. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal education and employment opportunities, the university actively encourages applications from members of underrepresented groups in higher education.
Lawrence, Kansas is a progressive city with a lively arts and music scene, excellent schools, high quality restaurants, economical living, and a diverse cultural mix. Located in northeast Kansas, Lawrence offers easy access to a variety of outdoor recreational venues and the amenities of a major metropolitan area. The successful candidate must have appropriate authorization to work in the U.S. before employment begins.
Teaches two courses/semester
Develops and updates syllabi, study guides, instructors guides, test questions, tests, and web-based materials. instructors. Implements the use of technology in the teaching of courses.
Advises undergraduate and graduate students, including directing independent studies, and honors theses.
Serves on graduate student M.A. and Ph.D. committees and undergraduate honors thesis committees.
Holds regular office hours for students involved in classes taught.
Adheres to department, College, and university policies and procedures.
Professional Performance (40%)
Works closely with the department’s administration, faculty and teaching staff to develop and implement changes in the communication studies online curriculum.
Trains, supervises, and evaluates a group of communication studies teaching assistants in online teaching.
Works with faculty on online course design and best practices.
Oversees the scheduling and maintenance of all online courses.
Serves as the department’s liaison with the College Online.
Coordinate assessment for online courses, in collaboration with the departments’ Director of Undergraduate Studies.
Supervise courses related to individual area of expertise.
The Online Program Director (Teaching Assistant Specialist) will contribute to the research mission of the Department of Communication Studies through presentations at professional conferences and publication of works in books, articles, abstracts, or other scholarly works such as the online publication of new active-learning materials in online formats. Possible areas of focus include the scholarship of assessment and curriculum design, the development of new online teaching methods, or online communication more generally.
Member of the department’s general curriculum committee and other committees as needed.
Contributes to service in the department, College, university, discipline, and community.
Unclassified Academic Staff members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct, http://policy.ku.edu/provost/faculty-code.
COLLEGIALITY – All faculty and staff members are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues.
Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through: (1) description of teaching philosophy, (2) letter of application, (3) record of accomplishments and productivity included in C.V., (4) course materials such as syllabi and assignments, and student evaluation data; and (5) contact information provided from three professional references:
Ph.D. in Communication Studies or related discipline is expected by the start date of appointment (August 18, 2022).
Record of excellence in teaching online college-level Communication Studies courses.
Demonstrated ability to direct a Communication Studies Online Program, as evidenced by excellence in teaching and administration of the college-level or by other kinds of relevant teaching and administrative experience.
Demonstrated activity/work in online pedagogical design and improvement in course teaching.
Demonstrated ability to work well with students, faculty, and administrators based on student evaluations and reference information.
Demonstrated ability to be engaged in research through publications, grants, and/or presentations.
Experience in administering online programs, including course design, assessment, and learning outcomes.
At least 5 years previous experience using technology in teaching.
Experience with development of innovations that enhance student learning.
Contact Information to Applicants
Dr. Adrianne Kunkel
Search Committee Chair
Additional Candidate Instruction
To apply and for more information go to https://employment.ku.edu/academic/20406BR. A complete online application will include the following materials: (1) Cover letter; (2) record of accomplishments and productivity included in a CV; (3) a Teaching Statement/Philosophy; (4) course materials such as syllabi and assignments, and student evaluation data; and (5) the names, addresses and contact information for 3 professional references.
In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant’s contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU’s mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds, and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
Initial review of application will begin November 15, 2021 and will continue until a pool of qualified applicants is obtained.
Application Review Begins15-Nov-2021
Anticipated Start Date
Conditions of EmploymentLimited Term
Primary CampusUniversity of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Limited Term End Date
Advertised Salary RangeCommensurate with experience
A-Unclassified Academic Staff
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