Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Science Communication

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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Science Communication
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Department of Communication, George Mason University
Fairfax, Virginia, USA
December 31, 2011


The George Mason University, Department of Communication is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor or a tenured Associate or Full Professor to teach and conduct research on issues related to science communication that examines the nature of scientific expertise, the diffusion of scientific knowledge, and the communication of science and technology information to different expert, government and public audiences.

Our ideal candidate will:
• Provide strong leadership in the development of educational, research and outreach programs concerning science communication;
• Demonstrate experience developing and managing interdisciplinary programs and projects that cross the lines between science/environment and social science/humanities disciplines, and that engage faculty and students across these boundaries;
• Demonstrate a track record of securing competitive grant funding for interdisciplinary research efforts that similarly draw on the expertise of faculty and students across science/environment and social science/humanities disciplines;
• Exhibit (or be in the process of developing for applicants at the Assistant Professor rank) a national and international reputation for scholarship in science communication;
• Have extensive experience teaching graduate and undergraduate courses in communication topics relevant to science communication; and
• Demonstrate a robust record of research and publication concerning issues related to media, politics, public policy, public health, the environment, or other aspects of society that should help advance research programs in one or more of the research centers currently supported by the department (see below).

We seek candidates with doctoral degrees in communication (or closely related fields), an active program of relevant science communication research and publication, research funding experience, excellent graduate and undergraduate teaching, and commitment to collegiality and collaboration. Candidates should be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses related to science communication, media and society, journalism, political communication, risk communication, crisis communication, strategic communication, and/or health communication. This appointment is scheduled to begin Fall semester, 2012.

The Communication Department has a most collegial and distinguished faculty committed to excellence, innovation and social relevance. We offer a broad undergraduate program with around 1,000 undergraduate majors and 100 M.A. and Ph.D. students focused on health and/or strategic communication. The department serves general education requirements, houses many cocurricular activities (debate, forensics, student newspaper, video yearbook campus radio station, etc.), and supports the Center for Health and Risk Communication, the Center for Climate Change Communication, the Center for Media and Public Affairs, and the Center for Statistical Analysis (STATS). See:

George Mason is the largest public university in the commonwealth of Virginia. Mason students come from all 50 states and more than 125 countries, creating an environment rich in cultural perspectives. The university enrolls more than 33,000 students in 150-plus degree programs through the doctoral level, is located in beautiful Fairfax, Va., 15 miles from downtown Washington, D.C., and offers easy access to key health, research, media and cultural centers such as the NSF, NIH, the NLM, the National Archives, the Library of Congress, and the Smithsonian Institution. The university is a young, collaborative and rapidly growing educational institution with a strong entrepreneurial spirit and a history of innovation that has attracted a faculty of widely known scholars and teachers and a highly diverse student body. In 2009, the U.S. News & World Report ranked George Mason University as the number one national university to watch.
To apply for this position (F9519z) please log on to: (Click on the Create Application link; check the faculty application box and click go. Create a user name and password and enter. Fill in personal and reference information. Complete the application form and attach relevant documents, specifically a cover letter and CV.

Review of credentials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Mason is an EOE employer.

If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Edward Maibach, University Professor and Search Committee Chair at or Dr. Gary L. Kreps, University Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication at
Note from IECA: Despite the date listed as Dec. 31, there is no actual deadline. Review of applications has now begun. Get your application in ASAP.