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Assistant Professor of Communication

Apply now Job no: 492880
Work Type: Faculty full-time
Location: Abilene
Categories: Faculty

About ACU

Abilene Christian University is affiliated with the fellowship of the Church of Christ. All qualified applicants for these positions must be professing Christians and be active, faithful members of a congregation of the Churches of Christ and willing to support the Christian mission and purpose of the university.

Title of Position

Assistant Professor of Communication

Posting Location

Abilene, TX


Communication and Sociology

Employee Class

Faculty Full-time 12 mo

Faculty Position Information

The Department of Communication and Sociology at Abilene Christian University, located in Abilene, Texas, invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor position in communication beginning August 2021. The position is composed of  an annual teaching load equivalent to four courses per long semester, developing and maintaining an active scholarly agenda, and engaging in service to the department, university, and profession. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to teach at every level, from the introductory undergraduate large lecture to advanced graduate seminars based on program needs and areas of specialization. Assigned courses may include Introduction to Communication Studies, Survey Research Methods, Public Speaking, Executive Coaching, Organizational Communication, Communication Internship, and other communication courses as determined by the Department Chair. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

The Department of Communication and Sociology offers two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree in communication and an interdisciplinary minor in leadership. We also host the ACU Speaking Center and a nationally recognized debate team. Faculty focus on integrating faith and learning in the classroom and engage in research with graduate and undergraduate students on a broad range of topics. Additional information about the department is available at acu.edu/communication.


Please send applications to Dr. Lynette Sharp Penya, Chair, Department of Communication and Sociology (penyal@acu.edu). Applicants should include the following materials: A letter demonstrating their qualifications for the position; a statement of how faith informs their teaching; a discussion of their spiritual journey; a curriculum vitae; transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work; and names, addresses and phone numbers of five references. Review of applicants will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Nominations of and applications from qualified women and minorities are especially encouraged. ACU is affiliated with the fellowship of the Churches of Christ. All applicants must be professing Christians and be active, faithful members of a congregation of the Churches of Christ and deeply committed to service in Christian higher education. The mission of ACU is to educate students for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. ACU does not unlawfully discriminate in employment opportunities.


Applicants must have a Ph.D. in communication and demonstrate potential for excellence in teaching and scholarship. Minimum of two years teaching experience and a commitment to undergraduate research and student mentoring are required. The ability to direct an internship program and teach courses in emerging trends in the field is preferred.

Additional Information

ACU does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, disability, genetic information, national or ethnic origin in employment opportunities, in keeping with applicable state and federal law.

ACU is committed to maintaining a safe and secure campus environment and protecting the university's financial and physical assets.  Therefore, Abilene Christian University conducts background checks on all candidates for employment in security sensitive positions.

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