Open Rank Faculty in Public Communication, Tenured or Tenure Track

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The Department of Communication and Media offers a B.S. in Communication, Media & Design; an M.S. in Communication & Rhetoric; and a Ph.D. in Communication & Rhetoric. The successful candidate will teach graduate and undergraduate courses.

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Job Summary

The Department of Communication and Media in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a tenured or tenure-track, open-rank faculty position in Public Communication beginning in August 2024.

The department is home to a dynamic, growing faculty researching communication and media from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. We welcome applicants with a promising or established program of research and evidence of a commitment to teaching excellence that will contribute to both current and newly envisioned degree programs.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D., E.D., or foreign degree equivalent in Communication, Media, Rhetoric, or closely related field is required, as well as evidence of effective teaching, and the ability to demonstrate, through accomplishment, promise of academic, scholarly and/or research achievement.

We are interested in candidates who teach and research communication with the public from a broad range of critical perspectives. Preferred areas of expertise include: Science Communication, Speech Communication, Rhetoric/ Persuasion, Political Communication, Cross-Cultural Public Communication, and Social Justice Communication. Experience in and/or commitment to public-facing, participatory, or community engaged scholarship is also desirable.

Applicants must meet stated minimum education and experience requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

Those with experience or interest in administrative leadership are encouraged to apply. 

Starting Salary/Rate

Expected hiring range:

  • Assistant Professor: $80,000 - 90,000
  • Associate Professor: $100,000 - 120,000
  • Professor: $125,000 - 135,000

Pay transparency disclosure: The selected candidate’s salary will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education and other job-related credentials. This hiring range is provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

Culture of Safety at Rensselaer

Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for its faculty, staff and students.  As such, we strongly recommend that faculty, staff and students obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and remain current with available boosters to protect themselves, as well as to protect vulnerable members of the community.

Total Compensation and Benefits Information

Rensselaer’s Total Compensation Program is designed to provide stable pay growth, a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and a comprehensive and affordable retiree medical and prescription plan. Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits program. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a comprehensive health and welfare program as an umbrella of financial security and protection during your employment. For more information, please visit Benefits | Human Resources (

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.

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