Tenure-Track Faculty - Interpersonal Communication

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time, Faculty - Communications/Journalism

COLLEGE: Arts and Letters

DEPARTMENT: Communication Studies

POSITION TITLE: Assistant Professor of Interpersonal Communication


The faculty of Communication Studies, Public Relations, Journalism and Film is of a community of professionals, educated and experienced in a diverse range of specialty areas, and united by a common body of information related to the creation, application, and understanding of messages. The department exists to provide quality instruction that assists students in becoming intellectually aware citizens who are ethical, competent communicators. Further, the department seeks to maintain and develop the body of scholarly knowledge that unites the field.

Sacramento State is committed to inclusive excellence and recruiting highly qualified faculty and staff that reflect the diversity of our community. Sacramento State is ranked in the top five percent of universities in terms of racial/ethnic diversity of students, with 65% of our 31,000 students identifying as racial/ethnic minorities. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. Likewise, 31% of our students are first-generation, and many are veterans. Our campus is committed to inclusivity across all spectrums, including supporting students’ physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing through a variety of campus programs and resources. We seek a colleague with experience successfully serving and working in diverse communities, who is committed to inclusive excellence as well.

To learn more about our campus and student success initiatives, visit: To learn more about the Communication Studies Department, visit


The Department of Communication Studies seeks applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor in Interpersonal Communication. Faculty teaching assignments are normally 12 units (four courses per semester). New faculty, in their first two years, teach nine units per semester (three courses). Appointment to begin in the Fall 2022 semester.



Essential duties:         

  • Regularly teach introductory, advanced, and graduate level courses in Interpersonal Communication and quantitative research methods
  • Engage in scholarly and creative activities
  • Engage in service across department, college, university, and community levels, including participating in faculty meetings and committees.
  • Advise undergraduate and graduate students
  • Serve on graduate student committees


Education: Ph.D. in Communication. ABD candidates will be considered and required to complete the doctorate by August 2022.

Required knowledge and abilities:

  • Demonstrated training, knowledge, and abilities in both theory and practice of interpersonal communication
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at the college or university level
  • Ability to teach introductory, advanced, and graduate level courses
  • Interest in and the ability to conduct scholarly research
  • A demonstrated ability to work with and on behalf of historically underrepresented communities and diverse populations, including those who identify as first-generation students, LGBTQ+, people of color, veterans, low-income individuals, and DREAMers/undocumented people.


  • Evidence of excellence in teaching diverse populations at the college or university level
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate a diverse learning community in teaching
  • Demonstrated ability to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated ability to work with faculty, staff, and students from diverse backgrounds
  • A record of inclusive pedagogy and curriculum
  • A record of inclusivity-related research and/or creative activities
  • Potential or demonstrated ability to serve as a conscientious, inclusive, engaged member of the department, college, and university community
  • Potential or demonstrated ability to serve as a conscientious, inclusive, engaged member of the community and region
  • Demonstrated ability to teach quantitative methods



Review of applications will begin October 26, 2021; however, position will remain open until filled.  Applications must include the following:

  • A letter indicating the applicant’s interest in the position and the way in which the applicant meets the qualifications
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Evidence of commitment to diversity and inclusion (e.g., explicit discussion in application letter; research/teaching/service examples that connect to diversity and inclusion)
  • Unofficial transcripts from institutions granting post-secondary degrees to applicant
  • Evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., syllabi, teaching evaluations, letters of support from students, discussion of teaching in letters of recommendation)
  • Evidence of scholarly research and/or creative activity (e.g., summary of work in CV; samples of scholarship)
  • Three to five recent professional references, including names and contact information

For questions, please contact search chair Dr. Shawna Malvini Redden at

* Additional documentation and letters of recommendation may be required at a later date.

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California’s capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State’s 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California’s capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued.  Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning. 

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit .

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

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