Assistant Professor in Communication Studies

The School of Communication at Illinois State University invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Communication Studies, whose research focuses on organizational communication (with particular interest to applicants focusing on issues of leadership, training & development, and/or research methods) with additional interests to complement the School's current competencies. Our salary for this position is highly competitive.

The School of Communication is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the education experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are especially welcome to apply.

Additional Information

The School of Communication serves over 700 undergraduates and nearly 60 graduate students, offering degrees in Communication Studies, Journalism, Mass Media, and Public Relations (CEPR accredited program) along with a top-rated master’s degree in Communication. The School has research and graphics computer labs, a Communication Innovation Center (CIC) and a Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC), the nationally recognized WZND LPFM 103.3 (student radio), and high-definition television station (TV-10) with daily live newscasts. A variety of active student co-curricular organizations are promoted, including Lambda Pi Eta, Black Communication Association, a nationally ranked forensics program, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Association for Women in Communications, Student Television Workshop, Foxtail Film Festival, and the Documentary Project. The School is also home to The Vidette, a top-ten student newspaper.

Illinois State University: Illinois State University, founded in 1857, is the oldest public university in Illinois. There are approximately 21,000 students in the six colleges of Illinois State University. In our most recent strategic plan Educate ∙ Connect ∙ Elevate, we have committed our resources to realizing seven core values: Learning and Scholarship, Diversity and Inclusion, Respect, Collaboration, Individualized Attention, Civic Engagement, and Integrity. By acting on these values, we create a learning environment that results in our University being the first-choice public university in Illinois for high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized educational experience combined with the resources of a large university. Also visit the University’s metrics of excellence at (

Bloomington-Normal Community: Illinois State University is located in the growing twin cities of Bloomington and Normal, with a metro population of approximately 172,000. The community is also home to Illinois Wesleyan University, Heartland Community College, St. Joseph Medical Center, Carle BroMenn Medical Center, COUNTRY Financial, State Farm Insurance’s International Headquarters, Central Illinois Regional Airport, and electric truck manufacturer Rivian Motors. The community has distinguished itself for its outstanding school systems and its citizens’ high level of educational attainment, as well as its parks and recreation, health care, vibrant fine arts scene, job growth, economic opportunity, historic sites, and low crime rates. SmartAsset ranked Bloomington IL, in the top 20 of the most livable cities in the U.S. (2022). Zippia named Bloomington, IL, as #1 on their “Happiest Cities” list (2020), and Best Choice Schools listed the area on its “30 Small College Towns with Great Quality of Life” (2020). Bloomington-Normal is conveniently located about three hours from Indianapolis, two hours from both Chicago and St. Louis, and an hour from Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur, and Springfield; many of these locations are accessible from Bloomington-Normal via the Amtrak located 1 block from ISU’s campus. For more information on our community, please visit (

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Commensurate with experience and qualifications including a comprehensive benefits package.

Required Qualifications

1) A doctorate is required for this position. A Ph.D. or an Ed.D. in the area of communication studies, organizational communication, or a closely related field will be considered for this position. ABD will be considered, if degree will be completed by December 2024.
2) Candidates should be able to explain their experience with teaching theory, practice, and/or methods germane to the position advertised here at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
3) Have an emerging or established research record relevant to the communication field generally and any specific subject area of the position advertised here.
4) State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for teaching positions.

Work Hours


Proposed Starting Date

August 16, 2024

Required Applicant Documents

1) A detailed letter indicating fit to the position and giving concise philosophies about teaching and research, as well as a statement about your commitment to and examples of supporting diversity and inclusion;
2) Summary of teaching evaluations (including details about the measurement instrument);
3) Current curriculum vita;
4) A list of three references with full contact information.

Please Note: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To assure full consideration, all application materials must arrive by November 1, 2023.

Contact Information for Applicants

Denise Thomas