Instructor of Speech Communication


university, MS, US, 38677

Department:  Writing & Rhetoric (11104959)
Employee Designation:  Regular Full-time (Benefits Eligible)

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Position Description

The Department of Writing and Rhetoric (DWR) at the University of Mississippi invites applications for an Instructor of Speech Communication committed to excellence in teaching at the undergraduate level. Instructors are highly valued in the DWR. This 9-month, renewable position includes opportunities for promotion on a non-tenure track and will begin in August 2024.

The DWR is a dynamic and growing department; it serves as the home of the first-year oral and written communication programs at the University of Mississippi and offers a B.A. in Writing, Rhetoric, and Speech Communication and minors in Professional Writing and Digital Media Studies. The DWR faculty and curriculum prioritize the power of the spoken word, civil discourse, student-centered pedagogy, intensive student training/coaching, individualized feedback, and applied learning opportunities. DWR faculty are also highly engaged; our department houses a speaking center open to the whole university, an award-winning debate team; acclaimed TedX at the University of Mississippi program; a speaking competition for our 100-level students; and a Speaker’s Edge competition bringing together MBA, law, and accountancy students with industry professionals and alumni. 

We recognize the importance of a diverse faculty and staff and a supportive educational and professional environment that affirms the value of cultural diversity. We strongly encourage applications from candidates who are traditionally underrepresented in academia and from all candidates who are committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive academic community.


Primary duties for the Instructor of Speech Communication include:
•    Providing instruction for 100-level public address and professional presentation courses.
•    Maintaining a 4/4 instructional load.
•    Holding office hours and student conferences to meet with students.
•    Developing, implementing, and sharing successful strategies for teaching speech courses.
•    Assessing student competencies based on course objectives/outcomes.
•    Participating in professional and departmental development.
•    Contributing to a collaborative culture.


Other duties may include service to the department or university. Opportunities to teach 200 or 300 level courses, online courses, and/or courses during summer and intersessions may be possible. Instructors are expected to be available for in-person instruction and be familiar with online learning management systems.

Position Details

Appointment: 9 Month

Assignment Type: Non-Tenure Track

Minimum Qualifications

At minimum, a Master’s in Communication or a master’s in a similar field with 18 hours of graduate-level communication courses is required. The qualifying degree must be from a regionally accredited college or university. Additionally, the successful candidate will have a record of teaching excellence. 


Interview Requirements: Any candidate who is called for an interview must notify the Department of Equal Opportunity/Regulatory Compliance in writing of any reasonable accommodation needed prior to the date of the interview.

Application Procedures

To apply, please submit (via the online application portal a cover letter, vita, teaching portfolio, and contact information for three references who are highly familiar with the candidate’s teaching. The teaching portfolio should include a teaching philosophy with a statement on teaching and diversity, multiple measures of teaching effectiveness (quantitative and qualitative), a syllabus for an introductory public speaking course at the first-year level and/or a special topics course, and any additional evidence of student learning. References will be contacted later in the search process with permission. 

About the University of MS & Oxford, MS

Founded in 1848, the University of Mississippi (UM), affectionately known to alumni, students and friends as Ole Miss, is Mississippi's flagship university. Included in the elite group of R-1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity by the Carnegie Classification, it has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and business. The University of Mississippi, consistently named by The Chronicle of Higher Education as a “Great College to Work For,” is located in Oxford, MS, which is ranked one of the “Top 10 Best College Towns.” With more than 24,000 students, UM is the state's largest university and is ranked among the nation's fastest-growing institutions. The University of Mississippi, which has aggressively implemented many health and wellness initiatives for its more than 2,900 employees, has consistently been named one of Mississippi’s Healthiest Workplaces.


Touted as the “Cultural Mecca of the South”, creativity abounds in Oxford as musicians, artists and writers alike find inspiration in Oxford’s rich history, small town charm and creative community. Oxford is a one-hour drive south of Memphis, TN and is known as the home of Nobel Prize winning author William Faulkner. Over the years Oxford has also been known for offering exceptional culinary experiences and as the home of the University of Mississippi and the Ole Miss Rebels, there is always something here to immerse yourself in. Oxford has also been featured as a literary and arts destination in such publications as The New York Times, Southern Living, Condé Nast Traveler, and GQ. Among other cultural activities, annual events include the Oxford Film Festival, a thriving local music scene, and the Ford Center Performing Arts Series. Oxford is a vibrant university town, filled with unique shops and galleries, eclectic restaurants and clubs, historic landmarks, and comfortable inns.


Background Check Statement

The University of Mississippi is committed to providing a safe campus community. UM conducts background investigations for applicants being considered for employment. Background investigations include a criminal history record check, and when appropriate, a financial (credit) report or driving history check.


EEO Statement

The University of Mississippi provides equal opportunity in any employment practice, education program, or education activity to all qualified persons. The University complies with all applicable laws regarding equal opportunity and affirmative action and does not unlawfully discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment based upon race, color, gender, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, religion, citizenship, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or genetic information.

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