Assistant Professor, Environment, Science and/or Health Communication

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Assistant Professor, Environment, Science and/or Health Communication
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Department of Communication, Cornell University
Ithaca, New York, USA
October 1, 2011


The Department of Communication at Cornell University is currently searching for a tenure track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level. We seek a colleague to conduct research and teach in the areas of environment, science and/or health communication.  Scholars with specific expertise in analysis of public opinion, public policy or media related to these social issues are particularly encouraged to apply. We welcome innovative and imaginative scholars who approach the study of individual and societal decisions on the environment or human health from psychological, sociological, or institutional vantage points using qualitative and/or quantitative methods. The environment, science and health area constitutes one of the Department’s core strengths. Applicants whose work also contributes to other core strengths in communication and media studies, information technology, and/or social influence are  
encouraged to apply. Our position in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell’s commitment to interdisciplinary work would provide the successful applicant with unique opportunities to undertake projects with faculty in Cornell’s David R. Atkinson Center  
for a Sustainable Future and/or Weill Cornell Medical College.
The department focuses on a number of subfields including social psychology of communication; language and communication; science, risk, environment and health communication; human-computer interaction; social media and mobile computing; media and society; group communication; social networks; and organizational communication. The position involves 50% research and 50% teaching responsibilities.  Communication faculty teach two to three undergraduate and/or graduate courses per academic year and advise students in the Department’s B.S. and Ph.D. programs. Publishing in peer-reviewed literature in relevant fields is expected, as is securing external research funding.
Cornell’s Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science. Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems and infrastructure in society.
We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day.
The department ranked among the top ten in the nation in a recent poll by the National Research Council. This ranking reflects the productivity and quality of the faculty and the diversity and success of our students.
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) is the second largest undergraduate college at Cornell University and the third largest college of its kind in the United States. Our teaching and research facilities are among the finest available anywhere, and the College's educational programs are designed to ensure that every student's education is geared to contemporary, real-world issues. Through teaching, research, and extension -- the three components of our land-grant mission -- we strive to improve the nation's food supply and maintain its safety, to enhance the environment, and to help people improve their lives.
Required Qualifications:
A successful candidate will have a completed Ph.D. in Communication or a closely aligned field and will have (or show promise of developing) a national and international reputation doing theory-based empirical research. We seek innovative scholars of social science who will develop a research program connected to college and university priorities in applied social science, information science, life sciences, environmental or health issues, and/or public outreach.
Salary & Benefits:
Cornell offers a highly competitive salary and benefits package.  
Support for start-up research costs will be available.
Qualified applicants should send a letter of application addressing position qualifications and goals, vita, official academic transcripts from your graduate program, a writing sample, a teaching statement, and names and contact information of three references to or by mail to Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe, Department of Communication, 328 Kennedy Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, 14853. Please also have each reference submit a letter of recommendation. For additional information, email or call Dr. Niederdeppe at 607.255.9706.
Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply.
Applications will be reviewed beginning October 1st, 2011 until a candidate is selected.  For more information about the Department of Communication, please visit our website:
Cornell University seeks to meet the needs of dual career couples, has a Dual Career program, and is a member of the Upstate New York Higher Education Recruitment Consortium to assist with dual career searches.  Visit to see positions available in higher
education in the upstate New York area.
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