Open Faculty Positions

The Communication Leadership graduate program (Comm Lead) at the UW Department of Communication offers a Master of Communication in Digital Media and a Master of Communication in Communities and Networks. Established in 2000, Comm Lead currently serves an incoming class of roughly 60 students and offers between five and nine graduate seminar classes a quarter. Comm Lead is a professionally oriented applied program that attracts students from around the world. Our subject matter is kinetic and therefore requires a fluid, topical mindset when it comes to our faculty. Our instructors are a range of working practitioners and trained academics, each of whom brings expertise that builds credibility with our students.

Comm Lead is seeking part-time faculty hires to teach in the following curricular areas:

  • Crisis Communications
  • Communicating with Data and Analytics
  • Health and Science Communications
  • User Experience (UX and UI)
  • Communication Strategy for Inclusion and Equity
  • Visual Communication
  • Leadership Development
  • Multimedia Storytelling

Classes are typically 5 credits, which involves teaching once a week from 6:00 PM to 9:50 PM on the University of Washington main campus. Occasionally faculty will opt to teach every other week from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, but the majority of classes meet once a week, Monday through Thursday. Classes are capped at 20 students, as low as 16 for production classes. For a full list of our current curriculum please visit our curriculum page.

Successful part-time faculty applicants need not be academics, but a graduate degree is preferred. Preference is given to applicants who have a demonstrated expertise in their particular subfield of communication and an established track record in a classroom or in commensurate public speaking environments.

To apply, please first spend some time on our curriculum page referenced above, so you are familiar with what courses are already on offer and your application can reflect this thoughtful understanding of where your proposed class and expertise might fit. Please then use this link to submit biographical and professional information along with the following:

  • Which sub-field/s you are qualified to teach
  • Course titles and short descriptions you are interested in building and teaching
  • The names of three references who can speak to your ability to teach at the graduate level
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