Assistant Professor of Communication

The Department of Communication, Media and Theatre at Northeastern Illinois University invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Communication to begin Fall 2021. In particular, we are looking for a candidate with expertise in one or more of the following areas: organizational communication, leadership communication, strategic communication, or business communication. 

Successful candidates will be expected to teach introductory Communication courses as well as undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialization. Candidates will serve on graduate committees, supervise theses and independent studies, develop new courses and curriculum in an area of specialty, maintain productive research activity, and perform service at the department and university level. Experience with hybrid and online teaching is preferred. 

Candidates will be expected to contribute to an urban educational environment that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion as central tenets of its institutional mission. Candidates who can speak to and empower the experiences and voices of marginalized populations are particularly encouraged to apply.

Successful candidates will join a vibrant, interdisciplinary department with a strong commitment to teaching excellence. They will contribute to University efforts to address student enrollment, retention, and success. This includes an overall commitment to teaching at both the upper division and introductory level as well as providing support for requirements such as First Year Experience, University Core Curriculum, and the Writing Intensive Program.

Candidates must have their Ph.D. in Communication by Aug. 15, 2021. Please visit our Faculty Employment Opportunities for a full description, application requirements and additional information.


  • Ph.D. in Communication
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching
  • Evidence of continuing research commensurate with earning tenure at NEIU
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment

To apply, please submit a single PDF document containing the following:

  • a letter of application
  • curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • three references.

Candidates who are selected for a phone interview will then be asked to provide:

  • graduate and undergraduate transcripts
  • sample student evaluations
  • three confidential letters of reference.

Applications should be emailed to Please include “Communication Faculty Search” in the subject line of the email. Priority will be given to applications received by Dec. 15, 2020.

About Northeastern Illinois University

Northeastern Illinois University’s Main Campus is located on 67 acres in a residential area on the Northwest Side of Chicago. The University has three additional locations in the metropolitan area: the Jacob H. Carruthers Center for Inner City Studies, El Centro and the Center for College Access and Success. Northeastern also is a founding member of the University Center of Lake County consortium campus in suburban Lake County, north of Chicago. Regarded as the most diverse university in the Midwest, Northeastern offers more than 40 undergraduate degree and certificate programs and more than 50 graduate degree, certificate, licensure and endorsement programs. 

Northeastern Illinois University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and invites applications from Women, Minorities, Veterans and Persons with Disabilities, as well as Other Qualified Individuals. Northeastern Illinois University's positions are contingent upon the University's receipt of its State of Illinois appropriation.