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Kirkland, WA 98033


Position Announcement: Assistant Professor of Communication Studies (Tenure Track).

Northwest University is seeking an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies with expertise in strategic communication, public relations, persuasive messaging, or a closely related field (ABD considered). The candidate must be an energetic, enthusiastic teacher/scholar who is committed to helping students achieve their academic and career goals. The applicant will teach courses such as public relations, organizational communication, introduction to human communication, and speech communication (dependent on individual qualifications). This position may have partial responsibility for the online Communication Studies degree, so experience with online teaching, administrative tasks, navigating issues, and overseeing curriculum is advantageous. This successful candidate will join a program with concentrations in media, human communication, and strategic communication. Demonstrated experience in project-based learning is highly valued in candidates seeking this position, along with previous experience with or interest in the Public Relations Student Society of America.

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. Candidates with experience mentoring diverse students, including those from underrepresented backgrounds, are preferred.

Application review will begin December 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will begin in January-February 2021. Members of underrepresented groups are highly encouraged to apply.

 Appointment: August 15, 2022 or as negotiated


 Teach courses in the Communication Studies curriculum (24 credits a year), on campus and online.

  • Advise undergraduate students.
  • Work with the program chair and dean to revise communication curriculum as needed.
  • Develop new courses as needed in candidate’s area of research and teaching.
  • Participate in the governance functions of the university as assigned.
  • Engage in scholarship alongside his/her teaching, related to his/her field of communication.


  • Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a closely related field (advanced ABD will be considered).
  • Undergraduate-level teaching experience, with documentation of success in teaching, advising, and mentoring relationships; experience teaching online is a plus.
  • 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 (including a list of courses taught)
  • 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 studies
  • A brief narrative describing the candidate’s personal Christian faith, practice, and current local church affiliation
  • A one-page research statement which outlines research goals (optional)

Applications may be submitted by email to Sarah Drivdahl, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, at sarah.drivdahl@northwestu.edu.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in December 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, affiliated with 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. Programs are shaped by a Christian worldview and the integration of faith and learning.

The academic program includes majors and areas of concentration in more than forty fields of study including ten graduate programs. The campus serves approximately 2,000 students, and includes over 60 full-time faculty members.

General Application Information

Candidates must adhere to Northwest University’s Evangelical Christian tradition, respect the Northwest University Statement of Faith (Statement of Faith), and agree to advocate nothing contrary to the Bible, this statement of faith, or the stated purposes of Northwest University. Faculty must also adhere to the policies outlined in the Faculty Handbook.  Northwest University conducts background checks on all final candidates.

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