University of Utah Associate Professor/Professor in Health, Family and Cancer Communication in Salt Lake City, Utah

Position Information

Proposed Faculty Rank Associate Professor/Professor in Health, Family and Cancer Communication

Department 00085 - Communication

City Salt Lake City, UT

Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin 7/1/2019


The Department of Communication and Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah invite applications for a tenure-line Associate Professor or Professor working in the nexus of health communication and family or interpersonal communication, with a focus on cancer communication. Specialization may include social networks, patient-provider interaction, patient-family interaction, cancer survivorship, cancer genetic communication, health literacy, information seeking, communication interventions, social support, and social influence. Scholars who examine issues of social justice; race, sexuality, class, and gender equity; and questions of diversity are highly encouraged to apply. 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.

The successful candidate will conduct research within the Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program at Huntsman Cancer Institute. The Cancer Control and Population Sciences 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 their communication scholarship through interdisciplinary team science.

The successful candidate will have a proven record of independent funding and innovative communication research. Highly competitive recruitment packages are available with appointment and rank in the Department of Communication determined by the applicants’ qualifications.

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.

Formal review of applications will begin on October 1, 2018 , and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a cover letter describing scholarly and teaching activities, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references.

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 anNCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network.HCIhas a strong history of academic achievement and impact as well as a commitment to excellence in patient care, research, teaching and service.HCIincludes the Center forHOPE, 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 theORIENnetwork of leading cancer centers, provide superb resources for multidisciplinary collaborations.HCIresearchers are supported by shared resources, including among others, cancer biostatistics and research design, genetic counseling, genomics/metabolomics/proteomics resources, and biospecimen repository.

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”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Employees with priorURSservice may elect to enroll in theURSwithin 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits fromURSmust notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information. This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 09/01/2018

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN00306CF

Type Faculty