Faculty Position

Assistant Professor of Communication

Position Details

Reports To Dean of CAS
Appointment August 15, 2017 or as negotiated

Position Summary

Northwest University is seeking an Assistant Professor in Communication or a closely related field such as Rhetoric (ABD considered), tenure track. The candidate must be an energetic, enthusiastic scholar/teacher who is committed to helping students achieve their academic and career goals. The successful candidate will teach a wide range of courses including speech, rhetoric/persuasion, introduction to human communication, and topics in communication (intercultural, organizational communication, advanced speech communication, and interviewing) dependent on individual qualifications.

This position will complement a program with strengths in mass communication, interpersonal communication and drama. Experience as a basic public speaking course director or as a coach of debate, speech, and/or Toastmasters would be advantageous.

Candidates must possess a meaningful commitment to Jesus Christ, the church, and the Gospel. We are seeking someone with a winsome, encouraging and culturally-engaged faith. Women and minorities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application review will begin December 1, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Initial interviews will occur in January-February 2017.

Essential Functions

  • Teach courses in the communication studies curriculum
  • Advise undergraduate students.
  • Work with the program chair and dean to revise communication curriculum as needed.
  • Develop new courses in candidate’s area of research and teaching.
  • Participate in the governance functions of the university as assigned.
  • Engage in scholarship related to his/her field of communication or allied fields.


PhD in Communication or its allied fields of study (advanced ABD will be considered).
Undergraduate-level teaching experience, with documentation of success in teaching, advising, and mentoring relationships.
A collegial orientation and a willingness to work collaboratively with other disciplines and departments.

A commitment to teaching excellence in an undergraduate, liberal arts program.

A demonstrated, vibrant evangelical faith compatible with the mission of Northwest University and the Assemblies of God.

Willingness to apply a faith-based worldview to course design, instruction, and advising.


Dependent on education and experience, and based upon the established faculty salary schedule starting at the assistant professor rank.

Application Requirements

For full consideration, please submit the following:

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Teaching portfolio
  • A list of three professional references with e-mail and phone contact information
  • A statement explaining how the candidate’s Christian faith shapes his or her approach to the field of communication
  • A statement describing the candidate’s personal Christian faith, practice, and current local church affiliation

Applications may be submitted by email as PDF attachments to Dr. Sarah Drivdahl, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at sarah.drivdahl@northwestu.edu.

The search committee will begin reviewing applications in December 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

Contact Information

Dr. Sarah Drivdahl
Northwest University
PO Box 579
Kirkland, WA 98083
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Search procedures will be closed, when a sufficient number of qualified applicants have been identified. Applicants are urged to provide sufficient information, so that the application file may be considered complete at the end of the search period.

Northwest University

Northwest University is a Christian coeducational undergraduate and graduate institution, related to the Assemblies of God, offering baccalaureate and master's, and doctoral level education. The sixty-acre campus is located in Kirkland, Washington, just ten miles from downtown Seattle. The campus is an ideal setting for study, recreation, and inspiration and is centrally located and convenient to industry, business, and commercial activities.

Mission Statement

We, the people of Northwest University, carry the call of God by continually building a learning community dedicated to spiritual vitality, academic excellence, and empowered engagement with human need.

In addition, all faculty members at Northwest University must subscribe to our Statement of Faith.

Educational Goals

In view of its distinctive philosophy, Northwest University seeks to provide education which will introduce the student to the organized fields of learning and will acquaint the student with the Christian theistic view of the world and of people and their culture. Such an education is intended to develop the whole person in a balanced and useful manner.

The academic program includes majors and areas of concentration in over forty fields of study including ten graduate programs. Sixty-seven full-time faculty members and seventy-three part-time instructors teach 1,740 students. Over sixty-seven percent of the faculty holds the doctoral degree, twenty-four percent are tenured, and forty-three percent are women.


Northwest University is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (regional). The University is endorsed by the Commission on Christian Higher Education of the Assemblies of God. The University also holds membership in the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities.

Northwest University's College of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP). The Buntain School of Nursing is accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education.

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