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Lecturer and Foundational Course Director in the Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media

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Critical Communication and Media Studies Lecturer and Foundational Course Director
Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media
College of Communication, Butler University

The Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media in the College of Communication at Butler University invites applications for a nine-month Lecturer in the Critical Communication and Media Studies (CCM) major with an expected start date of August 2024. The position is a three-year appointment with the possibility of renewal.  The successful candidate will also serve as the College of Communication Foundational Course Director who will oversee college required courses including a public speaking course COM 101 (Rhetoric and the American Democratic Tradition), COM 215 (Speech for Business, which is required of all majors in the Lacy School of Business), and SW 266 (Media Literacy).  The successful candidate will teach these courses and classes in the CCM major including courses in their area of expertise from an inclusive pedagogical perspective.  The typical teaching load at Butler University is 12 credit hours a semester, and this position will come with three credits of release each semester for serving in the role of Foundational Course Director.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A terminal degree (PhD) in communication or related field (ABD considered) by May 2024
  • Potential for successful management of the foundational courses within the college
  • Demonstrated ability to teach courses within the CCM major, public speaking, and/or media literacy
  • Excellent written communication skills
  • Expressed desire to work with students, faculty, and staff from socially and culturally diverse backgrounds
  • Expressed interest in pedagogical development

Preferred Qualifications

While not everyone may meet all preferred qualifications, the ideal candidate will bring many of the following:

  • Experience directing or coordinating curriculum (i.e., basic course, departmental, programmatic)
  • Successful experience working collaboratively with others (e.g., committee service, curricular development, departmental service, student recruitment)
  • Demonstrated successful experience teaching undergraduate communication courses
  • Articulated commitment to advancing diversity, equity, inclusion and access
  • Experience developing courses
  • Interest or experience in teaching courses from a critical perspective in any of the following areas:
    • Media Studies
    • Media & Cultural Theory
    • Rhetorical Studies
    • Environmental Rhetoric
    • Film Studies
    • Public Advocacy
    • Sports Communication
    • Political Communication
  •  Experience managing and working with a variety of constituencies
  • Expressed interest in pursuing scholarship related to teaching, instructional communication, communication pedagogy, the basic course, or assessment
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Effective oral communication skills
  • Effective classroom management skills

To apply, candidates must submit:

  1. A letter of application outlining qualifications as well as experience with/commitment to teaching a diverse student body
  2. Curriculum vitae  
  3. Teaching Philosophy
  4. Sample of an original syllabus, assignment and grading rubric for a course related to the position
  5. Contact information for three references, at least two of whom who can speak to your ability or promise as an instructor (references will be collected at a later time)

Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Lee Farquhar, CCM Search Committee Chair, via e-mail to Review of applications will begin March 1, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. Consideration will be given only to complete applications. 

About the University and the College of Communication: Founded by Ovid Butler in 1855 on the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion, Butler University is a comprehensive, liberal-arts-based, private university located in the vibrant and culturally diverse city of Indianapolis and is committed to undergraduate teaching excellence. With a mission to boldly innovate and broadly educate, Butler University has been recognized by US News & World Report as the #1 Regional University in the Midwest, #1 Most Innovative School for the seventh consecutive year, and the #1 Best College for Veterans.  The university enrolls approximately 5,000 students across its six colleges, including the College of Communication.

The College of Communication enrolls approximately 550 students across its 9 undergraduate majors and online graduate program in Strategic Communication. CCOM is a dynamic and forward-thinking college that seeks to create an inclusive learning environment with a student-focused approach. Butler offers generous financial support for scholarship, professional development, innovations in curricular development, and travel to present for domestic and international conferences. Additional information about the University and the College can be found at  There are also opportunities and support for engaging in work that contributes to university-wide initiatives in diversity and social justice, the Indianapolis Community Requirement, and Global Historical Studies.  The College of Communication is home to several strong experiential co-curricular opportunities, including the award-winning undergraduate Strategic Communication Agency, five fountains, the award-winning student newspaper, The Collegian, award-winning Intercollegiate Speech and Debate Team, the Butler Early Language and Literacy Program, Speech Clinic, Butler Sports Live, IndyBlue Video, and Speaker’s Lab.

About Critical Communication & Media Studies: The Critical Communication & Media Studies (CCM) major/minor will be housed within the Eugene S. Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media as of June 1, 2024. CCM is an interdisciplinary course of study that forges leaders through an understanding of the messages and rhetoric from speeches, pop culture, music, books, film, and more. Students learn how to interrogate issues related to social justice, race, gender, public advocacy and more through a critical-cultural lens.   Critical Communication & Media Studies also offers a minor in film studies.  Other programs in the Pulliam School of Journalism and Creative Media include Creative Media and Entertainment, Journalism, Media Industry Studies, and Sports Media.

Butler University is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive and equitable environment for all employees. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender, race, religion, color, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, national origin, or any other legally protected category. 

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