Assistant or Associate Professor, Communication Criticism/Communication Generalist at Westmont College

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Lesa Stern,

Assistant or Associate Professor, Communication Criticism/Communication Generalist at Westmont College

We are looking for a creative scholar who can teach some combination of courses that involve criticism, analysis, and argument. We welcome a variety of areas of research specialization. Potential courses may include communication criticism, mass communication, argumentation, new communication technologies, international approaches to the study of communication and rhetoric, and the representation of marginalized groups in public discourse and media.

Ideal candidates will want to develop mentoring relationships with students, desire conversation about teaching and scholarship, and have a deep appreciation for good humor.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in Communication at the time of appointment, August 2016.

Our new faculty member will join three other full-time colleagues who embrace a range of humanistic and social scientific perspectives. Our department mission is to help students improve in both “wisdom and eloquence,” a centuries-old but still contemporary ideal. Students develop facility in communication theory and skills, gain an understanding of rhetoric as part of the human experience, and bring Christian values to bear on communication as a moral act.

Class sizes range from 12 (in writing intensive courses and seminars) to
25 (for most lecture courses). A full-time teaching load is 24 units (three four-unit courses per semester). All faculty have advising and committee responsibilities, and actively engage in scholarship.


Westmont College is a highly ranked liberal arts college in the Protestant evangelical tradition. With a limited enrollment of 1200 students, the College is selective in admissions and emphasizes excellence in undergraduate teaching and scholarship. We are committed to diversity in personnel and perspective, so women and people of color are encouraged to apply. Faculty members are expected to embrace the College mission and faith statements wholeheartedly, and to relate Christian faith to their teaching and scholarship. Please examine our website at


Initial letters of inquiry should include a statement as to why you are interested in teaching at a Christian liberal arts college such as Westmont. Please visit our website to learn more about the college and our department in particular:
With your letter of inquiry, please include your C.V. and the names of three references. Candidates advanced to the next stage will also submit a Full-Time Faculty Application
( and three personal statements (short essays). For more information, feel free to contact department and search committee chair, Lesa Stern. Review of inquiries will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.
Please send all materials (email submissions are welcome):

Lesa Stern, Ph.D., Chair

Communication Studies

Westmont College

955 La Paz Road

Santa Barbara, CA 93108


(805) 565-6138

This institution chooses not to disclose its domestic partner benefits policy

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