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Lecturer or Sr. Lecturer in Speech Communication

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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Job Summary

The Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in Speech Communication, beginning in August 2024. The candidate would join a dynamic, growing faculty researching communication and media from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields.

Minimum Qualifications

Candidates must possess a PhD in speech communication, rhetoric/persuasion, debate, political communication, legal rhetoric or a related field. Evidence of effective teaching, and the ability to demonstrate, through accomplishment, promise of academic, scholarly and/or research achievement in and/or commitment to speech communication, rhetoric/persuasion, debate, political communication, legal rhetoric, or freedom of speech.

For appointment at the rank of Senior Lecturer, candidates must also have attained a significant level of scholarly activity, research output, or individual creative practice.

Applicants must meet stated minimum education and experience requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in and/or commitment to public-facing, participatory, or community-engaged scholarship is desirable. 

Minimum Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

Applicants must have a record of research and scholarly publications as well as evidence of successful collegiate teaching at the time of appointment.

Starting Salary/Rate

Expected hiring range: 

  • Lecturer: 55,500 - 65,000 
  • Sr. Lecturer: 65,500-75,000 

Pay transparency disclosure: The selected candidate’s salary will be determined based on factors that include the available budget, internal equity, and the final candidate’s qualifications, experience, education and other job-related credentials. This hiring range is provided as Rensselaer’s good faith estimate of the expected hiring range at the time of posting.

Application instructions

Follow the on-screen prompts to create a brief online profile with contact information for three (3) references. Please be ready to upload (1) a letter of interest; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching portfolio that includes a teaching statement, a sample syllabus, and evidence of successful teaching at the collegiate level; (4) a diversity statement; (5) selected research publications.

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Job Posted Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Prior applicants are welcome!

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Total Compensation and Benefits Information

Rensselaer’s Total Compensation Program is designed to provide stable pay growth, a comprehensive and affordable benefits package, and a comprehensive and affordable retiree medical and prescription plan. Rensselaer is recognized locally and nationally for the depth and breadth of its compensation and benefits program. Our goal is to provide you and your family with a comprehensive health and welfare program as an umbrella of financial security and protection during your employment. For more information, please visit Benefits | Human Resources (

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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