Assistant Professor - Environment / Risk / Science Communication

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Assistant Professor - Environment / Risk / Science Communication
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School of Communication and School of Environment & Natural Resources, Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio, United States
October 11, 2013


Description of the Position: The School of Communication (SOC) is seeking an interdisciplinary assistant professor of environment/risk/science communication with a ¾ FTE appointment in the School of Communication and ¼ FTE in the Environmental Social Sciences specialization within the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). The tenure home will be within the School of Communication.

Candidates should employ an empirical, social scientific research approach focused on communication processes in the areas of environment, energy, science, risk and/or decision-making. Successful candidates will contribute to undergraduate and graduate courses on risk communication, environmental and/or science communication in both the SOC and the SENR. They will contribute to the development of a new communication minor within the SOC focused on health, environment, science, and risk communication. Successful candidates will also have the opportunity to contribute to the university-wide Energy & Environment Discovery Theme ( and the Behavioral Decision Making initiative ( They will also be eligible to participate in the Environmental Sciences Network ( and the Environmental Science Graduate Program ( at Ohio State.

The School of Communication ( is committed to the conduct of original and substantively important social science research 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.

The School of Environment and Natural Resources ( is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to the use and management of natural resources in an economically efficient, environmentally compatible, and socially responsible manner. Faculty members in the Environmental Social Sciences approach environmental problems from their different perspectives such as psychology, political science, public policy, and sociology, but work collaboratively on cross-cutting research initiatives through the Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab (

Qualifications: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree in communication or a related social science field or be ABD and earn the Ph.D. prior to August 2014. Applicants should have a demonstrated record or strong likelihood of publication in top-tier journals as well as evidence of effective teaching. We seek candidates with graduate coursework, research, and/or professional experience in environment/risk/science communication and familiarity with environmental, energy, and/or natural resource issues. Complementary research and teaching interests in health communication, mass communication, political communication, quantitative methodologies and applied statistics, strategic communication, social influence, or new media and technology are highly 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 October 11, 2013, but applications will be considered until the position has been filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, and evidence of teaching effectiveness, and at least one research manuscript. ABDs/post-docs should submit three letters of reference; current assistant professors should submit the names of three references to the relevant OSU School of Communication posting at Please be aware that we are conducting four separate searches in 2013-2014, so please select the specific position(s) in which you are interested. Informal queries may be made to the chair of the search committee, Erik Nisbet, a, but all applications must be made through Additional information about the School and the University is available at

The Ohio State University is an EEO/AA employer. Women, minorities, Vietnam-era veterans, disabled veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Ohio State is an NSF Advance Institution.

Application Material Required:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Publication List
  • Research Manuscript - at least one
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Three Reference Letters
  • And anything else requested in the position description