Assistant Professor – Environmental, Science, or Risk Communication

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Assistant Professor – Environmental, Science, or Risk Communication
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School of Communication, The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio, USA
September 28, 2012


Department: School of Communication

Position: Environmental, Science, or Risk Communication

Rank: Assistant Professor

Description of the Position: The School of Communication at The Ohio State University invites applicants for an assistant professor position in the area of environmental, science, or risk communication. The successful candidate will focus on understanding the impacts of environmental, science or risk communication on a range of audiences and stakeholders about environmental and science issues. This faculty member will be expected to develop undergraduate and graduate courses on environmental, science, and/or risk communication and to contribute to the Environment, Energy and Sustainability strategic initiative within the College of Arts and Sciences. This faculty member will have the opportunity to collaborate with faculty in the School of Environment & Natural Resources and to participate in the Human Dimensions of the Environment ( initiative at OSU.

The School is committed to empirical, social-scientific research on communication processes, either basic or applied, making original and substantively important contributions, and is regularly ranked among the top communication research programs in the country. We seek colleagues who will help us continue this tradition and can envision research projects and courses that will be attractive to graduate and undergraduate students from within the major, and speak to the interests and needs of non-majors. We have recently renovated a number of research labs and teaching facilities to support quality research and teaching (see All of our positions involve research, teaching, and a service component.

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in communication or related social science field or be ABD and earn the Ph.D. prior to August 2013. Applicants should have a demonstrated record or strong likelihood of publication in top-tier journals as well as evidence of effective teaching. Candidates with graduate work or professional experience in the area of environmental, science, or risk communication and/or public policy, and demonstrated familiarity with environmental and natural resource topics are preferred. Complementary interests in mass communication, public opinion, social influence, health communication, or communication technology are attractive but not essential.

About Columbus: The OSU campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries (see Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

Application Instructions: Deadline for full consideration for this position is September 28, 2012, but applications will be considered until the position has been filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, at least one research manuscript, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and three letters of reference to the relevant OSU School of Communication posting at Please be aware that we are conducting four separate searches in 2012-2013, so please select the specific position(s) in which you are interested. Informal queries may be made to the chair of the search committee, William Eveland, at, but all applications must be made through Additional information about the School and the University is available at

To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer.