Job Information

University of Utah Associate or Full Professor in Cancer Communication in Salt Lake City, Utah

Proposed Faculty Rank Associate Professor or Full Professor

Department 00085 - Communication

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 07/01/2022


The Department of Communication and Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) at the University of Utah invite applications for a tenure-line Associate or Full Professor working in health communication, with a focus on cancer communication. Specialization may include genetic communication, mHealth, social media, social networks, cancer caregiving, cancer survivorship, patient-provider communication, or family communication. Scholars who examine disparities, including those that fall along race, sexuality, income, class, geography, and/or gender are highly encouraged to apply. This position is primarily centered in the Department of Communication’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.

The successful candidate will also conduct research within the Cancer Control and Population Sciences ( CCPS ) Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The CCPS Program is a comprehensive basic and applied research program that spans the cancer control continuum from etiology, primary prevention, screening, and early detection to continuing care, survivorship, and end-of-life care. We are looking for collaborative and engaged colleagues who are interested in advancing communication scholarship through interdisciplinary team science.

The strongest candidates will demonstrate the ability to teach existing undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Communication, as well as design and teach courses within the successful faculty member’s area of expertise. The successful candidate will also advise master’s and doctoral students in the Department’s highly ranked graduate program in Communication.

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in Communication or in a closely related discipline or interdisciplinary program; 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 in the Department, University, and in the field of communication.

Candidates should submit a curriculum vitae; cover letter containing a description of professional experience (including scholarly and teaching activities, research accomplishments, leadership responsibilities and 3 references); a 1-page research plan or statement; and a statement of past, present, and future commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion (up to 1 page).

Huntsman Cancer Institute ( HCI ) is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to hiring individuals whose merit and experience promote a diverse, inclusive, anti-racist workforce and culture. Learn more about HCI’s commitments at

Applications will be accepted continuously through October 1, 2021 with evaluations beginning August 31 , 2021 until the position is filled.


For inquiries related to the position, contact Kimberly A. Kaphingst, Search Committee Chair, at or 801-213 5724.

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.

Huntsman Cancer Institute is an NCI -designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. HCI has a strong history of academic achievement and impact as well as a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching and service. HCI includes the Center for HOPE , which is focused on discovering new ways to prevent and treat cancer among underserved populations, including individuals living in poverty and residents of rural and frontier areas. HCI’s cancer hospital, its state-wide collaboration with Intermountain Health Care and participation in the ORIEN network of leading cancer centers, provide superb resources for multidisciplinary collaborations. HCI researchers are supported by shared resources, including among others, cancer biostatistics and research design, genetic counseling, genomics/metabolomics/proteomics resources, and biospecimen repository.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and those with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable accommodations for a disability will be provided with adequate notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see: .

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.

EEO/Non-Discrimination Information

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

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.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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To inquire about this posting, ( or call 801-581-2300.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if 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 from URS are 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

This posting has been updated August 2021 following the lift of the institutional hiring freeze due to COVID -19 pandemic.

Open Date 11/01/2019

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00521CF

Type Faculty