Open Rank Professor of Communication

The University of Pikeville is seeking applicants for a full-time, nine-month, faculty appointment in the field of communication starting August 2023. Rank and salary will be based on qualifications. Applicants must have a strong commitment to teaching in a small university setting and the ability to work effectively with others in a collegial environment dedicated to student learning. Preference will be given to candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to, and will take an active role in, enhancing diversity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of Pikeville strives to serve students – 35% of whom are first-generation, 99% of whom receive some form of financial aid, and 18% of whom are non-white at the undergraduate level – by making learning accessible and affordable. One of the University’s signature initiatives is Open Educational Resources, which offers no-cost course materials and reduces the economic burden on students and families. The College of Arts and Sciences uses flexible delivery modes, including face-toface, hybrid, and online course offerings and programs. In addition to seeking candidates who are committed to values of educational access and flexibility, the College will take a close look at candidates who are committed to innovative teaching and active learning. The University has a robust mentorship program and multiple other support programs to help new faculty connect and succeed.

The successful applicant will be a generalist who is prepared to teach across a broad range of communication courses for both majors and non-majors at the undergraduate level. In particular, candidates should have the interest and ability to teach oral communication courses at both the introductory and advanced levels. Courses will also include Professional Communication, Interpersonal Communication, and the opportunity to redesign existing and/or develop new, innovative courses and programs. While most classes are offered face-to-face, the University does offer classes through other modalities including hybrid and fully online, so faculty may have part of their teaching load assigned to these other modalities, but this position is on site. The position also requires advising students, providing service to the University community, assisting with departmental activities, and continuing scholarly growth and development. A doctorate in communication is preferred. Applicants with a master’s degree and significant experience will be considered.

This is a unique opportunity for a dynamic individual to engage students in career-oriented opportunities, offer courses that engage real-world issues, and collaborate with colleagues and the community to provide individualized learning-career pathways for undergraduate students.

Education/Skill Requirements:

  • Ph.D. in relevant field is preferred; ABD status and within one year of completion, or with master’s degrees and significant teaching experience will be considered.
  • In the application, candidates should address their approaches to/experiences with teaching and mentoring undergraduate students and their demonstrated commitment to inclusive excellence.

The University of Pikeville offers a competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. UPIKE offers a competitive benefits package including medical, dental, vision, and life insurance, telemedicine, long-term disability, tuition waivers, a 403(b)-retirement plan, and HSA, FSA, and dependent care accounts.

The University of Pikeville is an equal opportunity employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. The University of Pikeville does not discriminate on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, sex, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, national origin, age or disabilities in its programs, activities, hiring, or the admission of students.

The University of Pikeville is a comprehensive institution made up of five colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, Coleman College of Business, College of Nursing and Human Services, Kentucky College of Osteopathic Medicine, and Kentucky College of Optometry, with a College of Dental Health to begin in the fall 2024. For more information about the University of Pikeville, please visit and

Interested applicants should complete the online application by visiting In addition to the application, interested applicants are requested to attach a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, copies of their transcripts, a teaching philosophy statement that includes ways diversity principles inform the candidate’s teaching, and the contact information for three to five professional references.

Date Posted: 02/21/2023
Department: College of Arts and Sciences
Employment Type: Full-Time (40 hours)
Position Type: Faculty
We are no longer taking applications for this position.