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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Science, Environmental, and/or Risk Communication in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Proposed Faculty Rank Assistant Professor in Science, Environmental, and/or Risk Communication

Department 00085 - Communication

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/2019


The University of Utah’s Department of Communication, housed in the College of Humanities, seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Science, Environmental, and/or Risk Communication, effective July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will have an outstanding research record in one or more of these areas of study, as well as a background in quantitative research methods. This position is primarily centered in the Department’s Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk area of emphasis. Scholarship that complements one or more of the Department’s other areas of emphasis is desirable but not a requirement. Scholars who examine issues of social justice; race, sexuality, class, and gender equity; and questions of diversity in relation to science, environmental, and risk communication are desirable.

The standard annual teaching load for tenure-track faculty in the Department is 2/2. The strongest candidates will demonstrate the ability to teach courses in strategic communication, science or environmental communication, and quantitative research methods to support the college’s largest undergraduate major. The candidate will also advise master’s and doctoral students and teach graduate level courses in their area of expertise in the Department’s highly ranked graduate program in Communication.

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related discipline by July 1, 2019 (A.B.D. candidates will also be considered); an active research program leading to publication; potential for success in grant acquisition; a record of or demonstrated potential for teaching excellence; and a willingness to conduct service for the department, University, and in the field of communication.

Formal review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018 , and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting scholarly activities; a vita; a writing sample; evidence of teaching excellence; and contact information for three letter writers. Questions about the position may be directed to Professor Robin E. Jensen, Search Committee Chair, at

The University of Utah is a member of the Pac 12. The Department of Communication at the University of Utah is a top department in the field of communication, with an award-winning faculty; outstanding doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate programs; and state-of-the-art facilities. With five cutting-edge research areas—science, health, environmental, and risk communication; interpersonal communication; critical/cultural studies; digital media; and rhetoric—the Department is committed to excellence across the full range of communication research and teaching, offering top-notch Ph.D., M.A., M.S., B.A., and B.S. degrees, as well as four undergraduate sequences and three post-baccalaureate certificate programs. The Department is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners. This institution offers benefits to spouses.

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with priorURSservice, may elect to enroll inURSif they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits fromURSare subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 09/01/2018

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00308CF

Type Faculty

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