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Open Rank, Communication Faculty – Darden School of Business
Darden School of Business in Charlottesville, Virginia
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Date Posted 06/26/2020
Graduate Business School -Faculty
Employment Type Fulltime
Application Deadline Open until filled

The Darden School of Business at the University of Virginia invites applications for a teaching-track faculty position in Communication (Ph.D. preferred, open professorial rank available, non-tenure track) for the 2020-21 academic year.

The Communication faculty at Darden seek an engaged colleague who is uniquely prepared to join a team dedicated to transforming the way Communication is taught and learned in business education. All faculty in the Communication (COM) area teach in a required core course, Leadership Communication (Residential MBA, Executive MBA, and Master of Business Analytics Programs). The abilities to lead a discussion-based and experiential course, work collaboratively with a faculty team to design and deliver a common syllabus, and model leadership communication in the classroom and the school are essential.

This appointment requires teaching a five-course load each year, writing cases and curriculum materials for internal and external use, and actively serving the Communication area and the Darden School. In addition to teaching up to two sections of the required Leadership Communication course, COM area faculty teach three electives. Existing elective courses include: advanced leadership communication; interpersonal communication; strategic communication; and corporate communication.

New electives also may be developed to include topics that appeal to unmet student and recruiter interests, such as: communicating to promote diversity, inclusion and belonging, especially in global contexts; visualizing and communicating data; communicating in impromptu and improvisational situations; mastering current and emerging communication platforms and technologies; negotiating and transforming conflict. Additional opportunities to teach abroad in one-week Global Immersion Courses are also possible.

The Communication area supports the Darden School’s mission “to improve the world by inspiring responsible leaders through transformational learning experiences.” In addition to teaching courses in Darden degree programs, Darden faculty are expected and encouraged to engage actively with business practitioners. Engagement may take the form of participating in the Communication area’s Darden Leadership Communication Council and additional teaching in Darden’s Executive Education programs. Communication area faculty are also encouraged to maintain active professional ties through academic conferences and to generate and share new knowledge, especially related to teaching and learning.

Applicants with a Ph.D. in Communication or a related discipline are preferred. Applicants with strong practitioner experience and evidence of teaching excellence will be considered. This position is open rank. Faculty with a doctoral-level degree are appointed with a professorial rank – assistant, associate, and full professor. This appointment falls under well-developed University of Virginia guidelines on “Academic General Faculty – Teaching Track .” Initial appointments will usually be for a three-year term and will follow the University of Virginia and the Darden School’s guidelines for peer review, renewal, and promotion opportunities.


Regularly ranked in the US and internationally among top schools in MBA and Executive Education , the Darden School’s culture values exceptional faculty who make outstanding classroom teachers. Traditionally a case-method school with a general management approach, Darden’s pedagogical style promotes lively student discussion and experiential learning. Consequently, an on-going passion for the craft of teaching in face-to-face and online classrooms is highly desirable.

The Residential MBA and some Executive Education courses are offered through Darden’s main campus, located on the historic Grounds at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Executive MBA and some Executive Education courses meet at a new campus located in Rosslyn, Virginia just across the Potomac from Washington, DC. Teaching opportunities in both locations and abroad are possible. See 21 Reasons to Choose Darden .

The Darden School of Business is a top-rated global business school. The University of Virginia is regarded as one of the nation's finest public universities. Charlottesville is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States. For more information about UVA and the surrounding area, please visit UVA Prospective Employees .

To Apply:

P lease apply through Workday , and search for ‘ Open Rank, Communication Faculty – Darden School of Business ". Complete an application online and see below for documents to attach. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV/Resume box. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile.

Required Application Materials:

  • CV

  • Cover Letter – please include how you learned about this position

  • Contact information for 3 references

  • Evidence of teaching excellence

  • Evidence of curriculum materials, scholarship, or thought leadership

Please note multiple documents can be submitted in the CV/Resume Box. Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.

For priority consideration, applications should be submitted by Monday, Dec. 2, 2019. The position will remain open until filled. For questions about the application process, please contact Bethany Case, Academic Recruiter, at bcase@virginia.edu .

The selected candidate will be required to complete a background check at time of offer per University Policy.

The University of Virginia assists UVA faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more about those services, please see Dual Career Program at UVA .

The Darden School of Business is committed to fostering a diverse educational environment and encourages applications from members of groups under-represented in academia. The Darden School especially encourages applications from minorities, women, and those with significant international experience.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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