Assistant Professor of Communication (Tenure Track) at Northwest University, Dr. Sarah Drivdahl

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Dr. Sarah Drivdahl,

Assistant Professor of Communication (Tenure Track) at Northwest University

Northwest University is seeking an Assistant Professor in Communication or a closely related field such as Rhetoric (ABD considered). The candidate must be an energetic, enthusiastic scholar/teacher who is committed to helping students achieve their academic and career goals. The successful candidate will teach a wide range of courses including speech, rhetoric/persuasion, introduction to human communication, and topics in communication (intercultural, organizational communication, advanced speech communication, and interviewing) dependent on individual qualifications. This full-time position is responsible for teaching 24 credits, typically 4 undergraduate courses per semester.

This position will complement a program with strengths in mass communication, interpersonal communication and drama. Experience as a basic public speaking course director or as a coach of debate, speech, and/or Toastmasters would be advantageous.

Candidates must possess a meaningful commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and the Gospel. We are seeking someone with a winsome, encouraging and culturally-engaged faith. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application review will begin December 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will occur in January-February 2017.

Appointment: August 15, 2017 or as negotiated


–       Teach courses in the communication studies curriculum

–       Advise undergraduate students.

–       Work with the program chair and dean to revise communication curriculum as needed.

–       Develop new courses in candidate’s area of research and teaching.

–       Participate in the governance functions of the university as assigned.

–       Engage in scholarship related to his/her field of communication or allied fields.


–       Ph.D. in Communication or its allied fields of study (advanced ABD will be considered).

–       Undergraduate-level teaching experience, with documentation of success in teaching, advising, and mentoring relationships.

–       A collegial orientation and a willingness to work collaboratively with other disciplines and departments.

–       A commitment to teaching excellence in an undergraduate, liberal arts program.

–       A demonstrated, vibrant evangelical faith compatible with the mission of Northwest University and the Assemblies of God.

–       Willingness to apply a faith-based worldview to course design, instruction, and advising.

Compensation: Dependent on education and experience, and based upon the established faculty salary schedule starting at the assistant professor rank.

Application Procedure:

For full consideration, please submit the following:

–       Letter of interest

–       Curriculum vitae

–       Teaching portfolio

–       A list of three professional references with e-mail and phone contact information

–       A statement explaining how the candidate’s Christian faith shapes his or her approach to the field of communication

–       A statement describing the candidate’s personal Christian faith, practice, and current local church affiliation

The full posting may be viewed at:

Applications may be submitted by email as PDF attachments to Dr. Sarah Drivdahl, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in December 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Information about the Department and Northwest University Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate, master, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

The academic program includes majors and areas of concentration in more than forty fields of study including ten graduate programs. Sixty-three full-time faculty members and sixty-one part-time instructors teach approximately 1,500 students. More than 61 percent of the faculty hold a doctoral degree, 51 percent are tenured, and 43 percent are women.  The Department of Communication Studies serves approximately 100 major and minor undergraduates pursuing one of three concentrations – Dramatic Studies, Human Communication, and Media & Society.

In view of its distinctive philosophy, Northwest University seeks to provide education which will introduce students to the organized fields of learning and will acquaint them with the Christian theistic view of the world. Such an education is intended to develop the whole person in a balanced and useful manner.

The University is accredited by the Northwest Commission for Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities. Credits and degrees earned at Northwest University are recognized and transferable to public and private colleges and universities around the world.

Mission Statement
We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

Northwest University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, or status as a veteran in any of its policies, practices, or procedures.  Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

General Application Information:

Candidates must adhere to Northwest University’s Evangelical Christian tradition. Faculty members are required to sign a “Statement of Faith” (available at and adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook.  Northwest University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

This institution does not offer benefits to domestic partners

This institution offers benefits to spouses

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