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The Department of Communication in the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences (LAS) at theUniversity of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level to begin August 2022.  The Sports Communication track focuses on key principles of strategic communication and writing, as well as technical and theoretical components of broadcasting with an emphasis on contemporary athletics. The position will teach 5 classes per academic year. Potential courses include Introduction to Sport Communication and Strategic Communication and Campaigns, as well as the opportunity for the faculty member to develop and teach classes in their areas of expertise. Faculty in the department are encouraged to teach in a variety of formats, including on-campus, online, and/or hybrid, and in various timeframes such as 16-week, 8-week, and condensed/weekend formats. The M.A. in Communication is a fully online program, and classes are taught in 8-weeks or less.

In addition to being devoted to teaching excellence at the graduate and undergraduate levels, the successful candidate should also be committed to high-quality scholarly work in the communication discipline, interested in pursuing community involvement, and willing to lead and further develop the Sports Communication Track and its curriculum. An ideal candidate would also be interested in leadership roles within the Communication Department and committed to furthering our collegial environment. Candidates are invited to view the department website at:

The normal workload for this position is 40% teaching, 40% research and/or creative works, and 20% service with potential for modification to reflect duties.

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the following:

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and commitment to student learning
  • Relevant teaching experience at the university level
  • Ability to publish in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals
  • Achievement in scholarship such as journal articles, presentations at academic conferences, and/or books/book chapters
  • Commitment to pursuing service and engagement with the department, college, university, community, and profession.

Located in Olympic City USA, Sports Communication faculty at UCCS have access to more than 50 National Sports Organizations, the Olympic and Paralympic Committee Headquarters, and 20+ National Olympic Governing Bodies with which to pursue research and outreach activities. See ColoradoSprings.Gov for additional information.

This position has been determined to be exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).

Who We Are:
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) is one of four campuses in the University of Colorado system and is home to over 10,500 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students.

Colorado Springs (pop. 400K+) is situated at the base of Pikes Peak, offers many recreational and cultural activities, and was recently ranked by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top Best Places to Live in the U.S.

What We Offer:

Salary Range: Generally starting at $63,000- $65,000. 

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, experience, education, specialty and training.

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, and a tuition benefit. Information on university benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Total compensation goes beyond the value on the paycheck.  Please consider reviewing the Total Compensation page at Total Compensation Calculators | University of Colorado.

Tentative Search Timeline:

  • The priority deadline for applications is September 19, 2021.
  • Interviews will tentatively begin the week of October 11, 2021.
  • The potential employee start date is mid-August 2022.

The University of Colorado Colorado Springs is committed to providing a safe and productive learning, living and working community. To assist in achieving this goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial and/or motor vehicle history check.

UCCS is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, the University of Colorado does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, political affiliation or political philosophy in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. Alternative formats of this ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by contacting the Office of Human Resources at (719) 255-3372.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each of the established essential functions and meet the physical and environment demands described satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, ability, physical and environmental conditions required of the employee on the job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions, physical and environmental demands.

Applicants with disabilities: If you have a mental or physical impairment, which limits one of your major life activities (e.g. walking, hearing, seeing, speaking, breathing, or learning) and require special accommodations for testing or interviewing, it is your responsibility to notify the office scheduling the interview or test at least 3 working days before the interview or test date. If you need special accommodations at the work site, you must notify the appointing authority or Human Resources.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work.

Special Instructions to Applicants: • Applications submitted by September 19, 2021 will receive full consideration. • Applications submitted through email or surface mail will not be considered. Please apply at (job number: 20951). • Upon request, please be prepared to provide five professional references (at least two previous/current supervisors), including name, title, relationship to applicant, email and phone number. • Official transcripts will be required upon hire. • Statements of teaching and research philosophy are required as part of the application. If you have technical difficulties with your application, please contact the CU Careers help desk at 303-860-4200 #5 or Job related inquiries should be directed to the posting contact, Katie Sullivan, The University of Colorado Colorado Springs will not sponsor work visas or permanent resident applications for this position.    Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, Unofficial transcript(s), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below Application Materials Instructions: To apply, please submit the following application materials to this posting. 1. A current resume. Must include date ranges and whether the position was full time or part time. 2. A cover letter that specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications. 3. Unofficial transcripts. 4. Statement of teaching philosophy (maximum 2 pages) 5. Statement of research direction (maximum 2 pages) When submitting the materials, check the Job Specific Attachments box next to each document in order for the search committee members to see your materials.


Minimum Requirements:

  • MFA or Ph.D. in Communication Studies, or closely related field. ABD applicants are welcome, but must have completed all doctoral course requirements and qualifying exams and must persuasively demonstrate that all degree requirements will be completed before the start of the Fall 2022 semester.

Preferred Requirements:

  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness and commitment to student learning
  • Relevant teaching experience at the university level
  • Ability to publish in high-quality, peer-reviewed journals
  • Achievement in scholarship such as journal articles, presentations at academic conferences, and/or books/book chapters
  • Commitment to pursuing service and engagement with the department, college, university, community, and profession.

Physical Requirements:

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand and walk. The employee is occasionally required to have long periods of sitting, moderate bending, moderate energy requirements, and fine motor skills. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 57917647
  • Location:
    Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States
  • Position Title: Assistant Professor in Strategic and Sports Communication
  • Company Name: UCCS
  • Industry: Communication
  • Job Function: Assistant Professor
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Required Travel: 0-10%
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