Director - Media Center for Science and Technology

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Director - Media Center for Science and Technology
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University of Oregon, Media Center for Science and Technology
Eugene, OR
January 15, 2019


The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon (UO) is proud to announce a position for a tenured Professor (Associate Professor may be considered) as the inaugural holder of an endowed chair in Science Communication and the Director of the newly launched Media Center for Science and Technology (MCST) (see This hire will join a nationally recognized school that emphasizes critical thinking, media literacy, experiential learning, and a commitment to social progress and diversity.

Ideal candidates will be internationally recognized leaders in science communication (or a closely related field) who are prepared to lead and build the new MCST in collaboration with colleagues in the SOJC, across the University of Oregon and the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, and beyond. Furthermore, ideal candidates will have deep experience in obtaining external grants from government and nonprofit sources (and demonstrate potential for fundraising with private donors with the support of the dean and our development team); will be experts in translating research for public impact and engagement; and will work with a variety of stakeholders (such as scientists, policymakers, media organizations, and technology platforms) to enhance public understanding of key issues associated with science, technology, and society. Because research shows that scientists and citizens often see the same issues through different lenses, there is a preference for scholars of media and communication who can bridge gaps between innovations in science and technology and the practical knowledge about and implementation and use of such discoveries.

In addition to graduate teaching, the candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in science communication and at least one other sequence in the SOJC (e.g., Advertising, Journalism, Media Studies, or Public Relations), and will be expected to work collaboratively with SOJC and UO faculty on research and teaching initiatives in areas such as environmental communication, media technologies, “green” brands, and health communication. Enhancing at least one of these areas, as well as focusing more broadly on science communication, is a goal of this position. The candidate may teach classes outside the SOJC as appropriate, given the interdisciplinary nature of science communication and collaborative relationships we expect this leader will build with other UO units.

We value candidates who share the following school priorities: attracting undergraduate and graduate talent, offering relevant experiential learning opportunities, and achieving academic excellence through enhanced research productivity.


For more information, and to apply, visit