Job: Open-rank professor in HMC/CMC at Michigan Technological University

Call for Applications

Open Rank Professor of Communication:
Specialization in the fields of Human-Machine Communication (HMC) or Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC)
Department of Humanities
Michigan Technological University
Houghton, Michigan

Review of applications for full consideration will begin on December 10, 2021

The Department of Humanities at Michigan Technological University invites applications for an Open Rank Professor of Communication to begin August 2022. Candidates should have a record of excellent teaching and scholarly work in Communication particularly linked to technology and communication in the public interest, with specialization in the fields of Human-Machine Communication (HMC) or Computer-Mediated Communication. Areas of research may include but are not limited to the intersection of human-machine communication and the following: AI, linguistics, interpersonal/group communication, organizational communication, disability studies, media and representation, culture and everyday life. We seek candidates leading empirical studies (qualitative, quantitative, interpretive, or mixed-methods) favoring a critical approach, who desire to be involved in interdisciplinary research, and who are committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion within research and teaching. A demonstrated ability to secure grant funding would also be highly desirable. Ability to teach courses at the undergraduate level in linguistics, interpersonal, group, and/or organizational communication is also desirable.

The department’s faculty teach and engage in research that both shapes and benefits from a rich multi-disciplinary environment. Please see our website: The usual teaching load is 2 courses (6 hrs.) per semester pre-tenure with competitive salary and benefits.

Applicants will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and will be asked for the names and contact information for three reference providers. At least one letter must address the applicant’s teaching abilities. Please submit your application packet to:

Reference letters and additional materials will be requested at a later stage of the hiring process.

Review of applications for full consideration will begin on Dec. 10, and continue until the position is filled. Preferred candidates should receive their PhD in Communication or closely related field by August 1, 2022.

Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior. Houghton was recently named one of the 100 best small towns in America and the local community provides excellent resources conducive to quality family life. This area is known for natural beauty, pleasant summers, abundant snowfall, and numerous all-season outdoor activities. The University maintains its own downhill and cross-country ski facilities adjacent to campus and a nearby golf course. Numerous cultural activities and opportunities are available on campus and in the community.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer, that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Applications from women and BIPOC scholars are highly encouraged by both the department and the institution. Michigan Tech is building a culturally diverse faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from all individuals.

Michigan Tech is an ADVANCE Institution, and has twice received National Science Foundation funds in support of efforts to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM.

Michigan Tech actively supports dual-career partners to retain a quality workforce. Candidates are invited to bring a guest to an on-campus interview; additional details on dual-career exploration in our Partner Engagement Program can be found at

For more information, contact:

Dr. Stefka Hristova
Humanities Department
Michigan Technological University
1400 Townsend
Houghton, MI 49930

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