Northwest University – Assistant Professor in Communication (tenure track)

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Northwest University is seeking an Assistant Professor in Communication (tenure track) 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, introduction to human communication, and topics in communication (intercultural, interpersonal, and small-group) dependent on individual qualifications. We seek a scholar and person of faith to join our vibrant department of 4-5 faculty serving an energetic and devoted undergraduate population. This position will complement a program with strengths in mass communication and drama. Experience with coaching debate, speech, and/or Toastmasters would be a plus.

Candidates must possess a meaningful commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and the Gospel. Note that they do not have to be a member of the Assemblies of God. Many of our faculty come from a broad variety of evangelical denominations with a common creedal focus on the Gospel. We are seeking someone with a winsome, encouraging, and culturally-engaged faith. Women and minorities are also strongly encouraged to apply.

Application review will begin January 15, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. Interviews will occur in February-March 2016. Appointment begins August 15, 2016, or as negotiated.

Essential Functions

  • Teach courses in the Communication Studies curriculum (four courses a
  • semester).
  • 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.
  • Be encouraged to engage in scholarship alongside their teaching, related to their field of communication or allied fields.


  • Ph.D. in Communication or its allied fields of study (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.
  • Willingness to teach courses in, or assist with coaching, our award-winning debate 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.

Contact: Dr. Darrell Hobson, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, 5520 108th Ave NE / PO Box 579, Kirkland, WA 98083

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

Applications may be submitted by email as PDF attachments to Additional questions can be directed to the 2016-17 program lead, Will Mari, at For full consideration, please submit all of the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 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
  • (Other information may be requested in the search process)

Search procedures will be closed when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate, master’s, 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.

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.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.

In view of its distinctive philosophy, Northwest University seeks to provide education which will introduce the student to the organized fields of learning and will acquaint the student with the Christian theistic view of the world and of people and their culture. Such an education is intended to develop the whole person in a balanced and useful manner. The academic program includes majors and areas of concentration in over 40 fields of study including ten graduate programs. Sixty-seven full-time faculty members and 73 part-time instructors teach 1,740 students. Over 67 percent of the faculty holds the doctoral degree, 24 percent are tenured, and 43 percent are women.

Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God. The University also holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities. Northwest University’s College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs and the Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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