CSUSM Recruitment

CSUSM Recruitment

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Assistant Professor of Applied Organizational Communication

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Marcos
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Behavioral Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Position Description


Rank: Assistant 
Department: Communication
Starting Date: Fall 2023  

The department of Communication at CSUSM is seeking an assistant professor in applied organizational studies, specializing in critical approaches to communication utilizing frameworks such as critical race theory, Indigenous studies, postcolonial/decolonial studies, women of color feminisms, and/or queer of color critique. We are looking for scholars who focus on organizations broadly in diverse formations and configurations inside and outside of workplaces. We invite applications for this tenure-track position from scholars and scholar-activists who have an outstanding research record (or the promise of such a record) in organizational communication focused on race and ethnicity theoretically anchored by frameworks that expand on the department's mission in diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

Applicants should review the course descriptions for COMM 440 and COMM 441 for more insight into how the department approaches Organizational Communication (available: https://www.csusm.edu/communication/comm/courses.html).

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in Communication or in a closely related discipline or interdisciplinary program (with extensive Organizational Communication expertise); an active research program leading to publication; a record of or demonstrated potential for teaching excellence; a willingness to conduct service at all levels, especially community engaged service. 

We are looking for candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Scholars whose research, teaching, and/or service advances the university’s mission for the advancement of diversity, equity, and inclusion are strongly encouraged to apply. 

CSUSM is a diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. Our campus community is diverse in many ways, including race, religion, color, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, national origin, pregnancy, medical condition, and covered veteran status. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Applicants must possess a doctorate in Communication or other related fields with extensive Organizational Communication expertise, teaching and/or scholarship, from an accredited university at time of appointment for this position.
  • Applicants with ABD status will be considered and interviewed, but the applicant must possess the doctorate degree on the starting date. 
  • Research expertise in one of the following areas: critical race theory, Indigenous studies, postcolonial/decolonial studies, women of color feminisms, and or queer of color critique. 
  • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness at the undergraduate level. 
  • Demonstrated success in launching a research program. 
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse student body and advance the University mission as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI). 
  • Demonstrated interest and commitment in multiple levels of service


Preferred Qualifications

  • The demonstrated ability to engage undergraduate students to broaden perspectives on the subject matter 
  • Have preparation and/or experience to teach COMM 440: Organizational Communication; COMM 390: Research Methods and Design (which uses a qualitative approach); COMM 100 (Introduction to Communication), and the ability to contribute to the curriculum. 
  • The ability to contribute to community engaged service. 


  • Develop innovative coursework in their area(s) of expertise 
  • Teach courses serving both Communication and Media Studies Majors 
  • Annually: deliver one or more core courses in the Communication major specifically COMM 390 Research Methods and Design and/or COMM 100 Introduction to Communication, and electives in related area such as COMM 310 Group Interaction and Problem Solving Methods, COMM 440 Organizational Communication, COMM 441 Organizational Communication Ethics, as well as new courses arising from one’s expertise. 
  • Develop and sustain a research program that will lead to peer-reviewed publications and/or external grants 
  • Engage in department, college, university, discipline, and/or community service 
  • Must be able to communicate effectively and work cooperatively with departmental colleagues to support the Department’s mission 

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $6,751 - $7,167 per month

CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,405 - $11,994 per month

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the CSUSM Online Employment Application and attach the following documents: 

  • Two-to-three-page cover letter of interest that address the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications as well as teaching philosophy 
  • Curriculum vitae 
  • A one-page explanation in which applicant addresses their demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity in teaching, research, and/or service. Familiarize yourself with CSUSM’s Inclusive Excellence plan (https://www.csusm.edu/equity/strategicplan/index.html ) as you prepare your statement.

Additional Requirements

  • A maximum of one (1) reprint of representative scholarly activities 
  • Copies of all transcripts that include relevant coursework 
  • Two (2) representative sets of teaching evaluations that speak to the applicant’s qualifications and abilities. 
  • Three Professional References

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. 

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups. 

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit Faculty Opportunities for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation and veteran or military status.

Per the California State University’s Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is prohibited from hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

The person holding this position is considered a mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised December 22, 2020 as a condition of employment.

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 CSU Covid Policy. Questions should be sent to the Office of Human Resources at hr@csusm.edu

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act Notification can be found at Clery Act Notification.

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