Goshen College invites applications for a full-time appointment as Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication with expertise in communication and public relations, starting July 2021.

Primary teaching responsibilities will be in the areas of communication, public relations, and courses for the CORE (general education) program, including preparing and teaching courses for adult degree-completion students. The successful candidate will also be able to demonstrate strengths in thematic areas for comparative courses that resonate with other academic programs at Goshen College – e.g., Women’s and Gender Studies, Sustainability or International Education. In addition to teaching, the position includes advising and mentoring an increasingly culturally, racially and religiously diverse student body and supporting departmental co-curriculars. Specifically, the successful candidate is expected to advise the Goshen College chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America and coordinate the annual C. Henry Smith Peace Oratorical Contest.

The department offers majors in Communication and Public Relations as well as Broadcasting, Film Production and Journalism, and minors in the same areas. Teaching will also include our new adult degree-completion program leading to a BS in Communication. All members of the department have opportunities to develop courses within their expertise.

Goshen College is a teaching college with a 4-3-1 load, and all teaching faculty serve on institution-wide committees and assist with advising, as well as recruiting prospective students. The successful candidate must be ready to contribute to our strong tradition of excellence in research and publication as well as teaching. Candidates must be interested in working closely with students and fellow faculty members as part of a small, vibrant campus and community.

Successful candidates should be able to teach such courses as Communication Across Cultures, Organization Communication, and Principles of Public Relations. Other possible topics would be in the candidate’s area of expertise and may include such courses as: Communication Research, Communication and Society, Media Law and Ethics, and other new courses.

Essential Functions:
Prepare course syllabi for assigned courses in collaboration with department chair and GC Core director
Teach assigned courses with appropriate active and engaged learning practices
Mentor students through advising and recruiting activities
Develop and teach courses appropriate to adult students returning to complete a college degree
Participate in department, school and college meetings
Pursue appropriate professional development opportunities, including scholarly activities
Complete other assigned duties
Supervisory Responsibility:
Students in assigned courses
Student workers in department as needed

Education and Experience:

Minimum Qualifications:

Master’s degree in communication or a related field and significant professional experience
Demonstrated excellence in teaching at the college/university level
Development of thematic areas for teaching communication
Commitment to curriculum development
Commitment to teaching in the CORE
Interest in collaboration and service
Commitment to working with adult students and diverse populations
Commitment to the mission and core values of Goshen College


Collaborative, innovative teacher-scholars dedicated to undergraduate teaching in an inclusive academic and campus community.
Excellent aptitude and ability in teaching and educational technology
Mentorship of student research
Active engagement in research and publishing
Public speaking and public relations
Interest in community collaboration and service
Ability to establish positive working relationships with colleagues and students
Contribute knowledge and ideas to department and college endeavors

Preferred preparation:

Ph.D.in communication or related field
Experience in a developing world context related to their field of study
Experience teaching diverse college students
Scholarly publications
Work Environment/Environmental Conditions:
Mostly inside/office conditions; Temperatures are usually moderate; Artificial lighting; Some exposure to dust and molds. Using computers and other office equipment; moving around campus, inside and outside.

All of the essential job functions subject to reasonable accommodation. All job requirements listed indicate the minimum level of knowledge, skills and/or ability deemed necessary to perform the job proficiently. This job description is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements. Individuals may be required to perform other job-related instructions as requested by the supervisor, subject to reasonable accommodation. This position description is not all-inclusive and may change at the option of the (supervisor or department head). Any major change will result in the position being reviewed for reclassification.

Review of applications will begin May 10, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. With a commitment to building a diverse faculty and staff, underrepresented persons are encouraged to apply.

How to Apply:

Required materials may be attached to the Faculty Information Form or sent electronically to hr@goshen.edu

Complete the online Faculty Information Form
Letter of application
Curriculum Vitae
Three professional letters of reference
Graduate and undergraduate transcripts (copies acceptable in application process with official transcripts required for employment)