The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University seeks a Visiting Professor, Visiting Associate Professor, or Visiting Assistant Professor for Fall or Spring semester of the 2020-2021 academic year. We seek candidates with expertise in rhetoric and intersectional identities, broadly construed. The Visiting Professor will be asked to contribute to our graduate and undergraduate programming related to gender and communication, queer rhetorical theory, feminist rhetoric, African American rhetoric, and/or critical race studies. The successful applicant will participate in the intellectual life of the department and teach two courses per semester. Among the existing undergraduate courses that candidates might teach are gender roles in communication, human rights rhetoric, contemporary African American communication, rhetorical criticism, rhetoric of film and television, and rhetoric of documentary. The Visiting Professor will be invited to teach one graduate level course in their area of research specialization.

 A terminal degree in communication studies or a related field is required. Applications must be submitted electronically at and include a letter of application describing areas of expertise and teaching experience, along with a CV, and evidence of teaching excellence. Applicants should also identify three or more references, who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation are not required at the moment of application. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Compensation for this visiting position will be commensurate with the chosen candidate’s academic standing. The start date for the position for fall semester is August 2020; the start date for spring semester is January 2021. Candidates may apply for one or both semesters. Candidates with at least ten years teaching experience are preferred, but the committee will review and consider all of the applications it receives. Inquiries about the position may be directed to search committee chair Professor Kirt Wilson at In addition, successful candidates must either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

 The Communication Arts and Sciences Department at The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, is a nationally ranked, R1 program that offers BA and BS degrees to undergraduate majors and MA and PhD degrees for graduate students. It has one of the most robust rhetoric faculty in the United States, and we collaborate regularly with programs in English, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, African American Studies, and media programs in the College of Communication. This visiting position will afford opportunities for collaboration, research, and teaching, including interactions with Penn State’s Humanities Institute, the Center for Democratic Deliberation, the Center for Humanities and Information, and a newly formed Digital Black Studies Institute. Information about these and other trans-disciplinary centers on campus can be found at The Communication Arts and Sciences Department at Penn State is committed to providing the visiting scholar with opportunities to develop their career further, just as we hope to listen and learn from the unique expertise that this scholar will provide to us. In addition, the department and University can provide counsel regarding short-term housing, public and/or private schools, and various leisure activities in central Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic coast. For information on a full-time, one year position, please visit Penn State is committed to and accountable for advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in all of its form.