Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Communication

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Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Environmental Communication
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Department of Communication, University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
October 1, 2017


The Department of Communication at the University of Utah invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Environmental Communication, effective July 1, 2018. The strongest candidates will have a promising research record in Environmental Communication that complements the Department’s current foci in Environmental Communication and contributes to the CommSHER (Science, Health, Environmental, and Risk) area of emphasis more broadly. They will perform scholarship that increases knowledge of communication practices, have expertise in qualitative or rhetorical approaches to research, develop a national and international reputation for scholarship in Environmental Communication, and evince a broad awareness and appreciation of the discipline of Communication across the areas of research represented in the Department. Expertise in qualitative research methods is highly desirable, but other approaches will be considered. A focus on environmental justice is particularly valued, although many different foci areas are welcome, including environmental movements, climate change, international environmentalism, environmental protests and social media, public participation processes, more-than-human rhetorics, ecological media campaigns, and displaced communities.

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in Communication by July 1, 2018 (A.B.D. candidates will be considered); an active research program leading to publication; a record of demonstrated potential for teaching excellence; and a willingness and ability to conduct service. The successful candidate will advise Masters and Ph.D. students, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in their area of expertise in the Department’s highly-ranked graduate program in Communication, and be willing to work in interdisciplinary settings.

Formal review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting scholarly and teaching activities; a vita; a writing sample; and a list of three references. To apply click here: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/68382. Questions about the position may be directed to Kevin DeLuca, Search Committee Chair, at Kevin.deluca@utah.edu.

The Department of Communication has a long and distinguished tradition of excellence in graduate education. Our nationally acclaimed graduate program is the driving force of our Department. We are an intellectual community that features a broad array of research interests and pursues a wide range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary projects. The ability to contribute to campus-wide environmental/sustainability initiatives is also desirable, including taking advantage of resources such as the Global Change and Sustainability Center and the Environmental Humanities program, among others.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches educational experiences on campus.

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 prior URS service may elect to enroll in the URS within 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 from URS must 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.