87th Annual Convention

April 5-9, 2017

Hyatt Regency

Greenville, SC

88th Annual Convention

April 4-8, 2018

Sheraton Downtown

Nashville, TN

89th Annual Convention

April 3-7, 2019

Renaissance Montgomery Hotel and Spa 

Montgomery, AL


Position Announcements

Appalachian State University 

Appalachian State University seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Communication Studies to begin August 2016. Candidates with extensive experience and a Master’s Degree may be considered at the rank of Lecturer. The candidate hired for this position will be responsible for coordinating on-campus public forums, discussions, and speech competitions. Special consideration will be given to applicants with an innovative vision for the place of public speaking within the liberal arts.

Duties also include maintaining a program of scholarly activity, offering courses in area of specialty, advising students, participating in departmental, university, and professional service, and potential teaching in the online undergraduate degree programs and the graduate certificate program. A terminal degree in Communication or a related field is required for tenure-track appointment. Rank and salary are commensurate with experience and qualifications.  Review of complete applications will begin October 14 and continue until the position is filled.

To apply, e-mail a single PDF file containing a letter of application, vitae, copies of graduate transcripts, sample of scholarship, recent teaching evaluations, separate teaching philosophy, and a list of at least three references including address, email, and telephone number to Scott Welsh, Communication Studies Search Committee Chair, at welshsm@appstate.edu. In lieu of letters of recommendation, references will be called. Individuals with disabilities may request accommodations in the application process by contacting Scott Welsh at welshsm@appstate.edu or 828-262-7430. 

Appalachian State University is a member institution of the sixteen-campus University of North Carolina system. Located in Boone, North Carolina, the university has approximately 18,000 students, primarily in bachelor’s and master’s programs in both liberal arts and applied fields. Additional information about the Department of Communication and the university is located at www.appstate.edu and www.asucom.appstate.edu.

Appalachian State University is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer.  The University does not discriminate in access to its educational programs and activities, or with respect to hiring or the terms and conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity and expression, political affiliation, age, disability, veteran status, genetic information or sexual orientation. Any offer of employment to a successful candidate will be conditioned upon the University’s receipt of a satisfactory criminal background report. Proper documentation of identity and employability will be required before the hiring process can be finalized.


Department: Communication Studies, Communication Theory/Quantitative Research

Position: Assistant Professor


Department of Communication Arts

Positions: Four full-time, 9-month, permanent faculty members



Department of Business Education, School of Business and Economics

Position: Assistant/Associate Professor of Business Education



Department of Communication Studies

Position: Assistant Professor (Rhetoric) - Director of the Speaking Center


Western Kentucky University

Position: Dean, Potter College of Arts & Letters

Western Kentucky University (www.wku.edu) invites applicants for the position of Dean of Potter College of Arts & Letters.  The Dean is the chief academic/administrative officer of the College and reports directly to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.  The anticipated start date for the position is July 1, 2016.

Potter College of Arts & Letters (PCAL) was established in 1965 and consists of 11 departments and one school:  Art, Communication, English, Folk Studies & Anthropology, History, Modern Languages, Music, Philosophy & Religion, Political Science, Sociology, Theatre & Dance, and the School of Journalism & Broadcasting.  The College has endowed professorships in History, Journalism, and Music and recently established its first terminal degree, an MFA in Creative Writing.

Potter College plays a central role at WKU.  With over 200 full-time faculty members, the College provides excellent instruction in some 20 disciplines in the humanities, social sciences, and visual and performing arts. It offers 34 majors and 38 minors, including five interdisciplinary programs.  In cooperation with the Graduate School, the College offers graduate degrees in most departments. Potter College has a strong commitment to the university's Colonnade Program (general education), and it plays a leading role in shaping and delivering the program.  Many of the undergraduate and graduate degree programs of the college are also offered at WKU's regional campuses in Ft. Knox/Elizabethtown, Glasgow, and Owensboro, Kentucky, as well as through distance learning.

The College plays a major role in campus-wide initiatives such as Study Abroad/Study Away and WKU's Honors College.  The university's lecture/performance series, the Cultural Enhancement Series, is managed by the Potter College Dean's Office.

WKU is a dynamic university with a vision of being "a leading American university with international reach."  WKU currently enrolls approximately 18,000 students and has strategically invested over $250M in campus renovation and new construction during the last decade.

WKU is located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, a thriving city of 60,000 people that serves as a commercial, retail, education, entertainment, and healthcare center for south-central Kentucky.  The economic base is diverse, ranging from the GM Corvette Assembly plant to Fruit of the Loom corporate headquarters and Mammoth Cave National Park.  WKU has regional campuses in Ft. Knox/Elizabethtown, Glasgow, and Owensboro, Kentucky.

For more information on the community, go to http://www.bgky.org.

Job Description:

The Dean is responsible for providing leadership that assures the quality of the College's academic programs.  The Dean works collaboratively with faculty, staff, and students to achieve shared goals and represents the College on campus and in the community.  The Dean also pursues resources for the College through internal advocacy with the university's central administration and through an active development agenda.  As the chief academic officer for the college, the Dean reports directly to the Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and serves on the Council of Academic Deans.

The Dean's responsibilities include

  • Recruiting, developing, and retaining faculty committed to strong teaching, research/ creative activity, and service;
  • Building a supportive environment for teaching and learning;
  • Building a supportive environment for research/creative activity;
  • Recognizing and supporting the diverse range of research/creative activity represented within the College;
  • Advancing college-wide priorities through development/fundraising programs;
  • Encouraging, strengthening, and broadening alumni and community relations and fostering collaborations with individuals and/or organizations involved in the advancement and support of college disciplines and programs;
  • Overseeing budgets for personnel and operations of the College;
  • Developing programs at the Regional Campuses;
  • Advancing diversity within the College;
  • Facilitating interdisciplinary collaborations both within the college and between it and the other WKU colleges; and
  • Supporting the internationalization efforts of faculty, staff, and students.


Candidates should hold an appropriate earned terminal degree and present a record of achievement that merits appointment as a tenured faculty member in the College.  Candidates should present evidence of

  • Effective interpersonal and communication skills;
  • Collaborative and successful leadership in academic settings;
  • Varied and substantial administrative responsibilities;
  • Successful fundraising experience;
  • Commitment to diversity;
  • Strong budgeting and financial planning experience;
  • Development of innovative programs, distance learning, and collaborative endeavors;
  • Broad knowledge of the problems, issues, and opportunities facing arts and letters colleges and their disciplines.
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, public higher education.

Additional Information:

Western Kentucky University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, or marital status in admission to career and technical education programs and/or activities, or employment practices in accordance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Revised 1992; and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Individuals with disabilities, who need reasonable accommodations to participate in the application and/or selection process, should notify The Office of Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/University ADA Services at (270) 745-5121, a minimum of five working days in advance.

Kentucky state law requires all public institutions of postsecondary education to conduct pre- employment criminal background checks to determine suitability for employment.

Application Instructions:

The Search Committee invites nomination and applications (a letter of interest, comprehensive curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information of five or more references) to be submitted on-line at http://wku.interviewexchange.com. Confidential review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  The committee recommends that applications be submitted prior to December 1, 2015.  To nominate a candidate, contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Dennis George, Dean, University College at dennis.george@wku.edu.


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