Assistant Professor, Communication and Public Relations/Science & Environmental Communication

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Assistant Professor, Communication and Public Relations/Science & Environmental Communication
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University of Rhode Island
University of Rhode Island, Kingston RI, USA
April 15, 2019


The Harrington School of Communication and Media and the College of Environment and Life Sciences at the University of Rhode Island invites applicants for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor communication and public relations to begin fall 2019.

The successful applicant will establish a competitively funded research program relevant to Media and Environment; Science, Environment, or Climate Communication; Sustainable Development; Environmental Advocacy; Environmental Crisis Communication; Environmental Health; Environmental Justice; Resilience; Corporate Sustainability and Communication; Inclusive Science Communication; and/or Risk Communications and Environmental Dispute Resolution. 

The successful applicant will: teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, including Communication for Marine Affairs (MAF 310) and courses in public relations and/or strategic communication, and engage in the general education program; publish original research, provide advising and research mentorship to undergraduate and graduate students;  and provide service to the department, University and the profession, as well as leadership to URI-wide initiatives to expand science and environmental communication via courses, experiential education, and/or professional development.

The candidate will be working in both the Harrington School and the College of the Environment and Life Sciences. The Harrington School is one of the nation’s leading schools of communication and media. Administratively housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in the University of Rhode Island, the Harrington School is home to programs in communication studies, digital media, film/media, multimedia journalism, library and information studies, public relations, sports media and communication, and writing and rhetoric.

The ideal candidate for this position will be joining a dynamic community of 65 full-time faculty, 100 professional instructors, and 1350 undergraduate and graduate students, and will teach and work with students in our new $6.8 million communication and media hub and newly renovated broadcast center.

The College of the Environment and Life Sciences (CELS) is a community of approximately 100 faculty members and 2,200 total students. CELS fosters cross-disciplinary relationships that enrich student educational experiences and create impactful solutions for today’s global challenges. CELS houses ten academic departments, leading in the areas of environmental and life sciences, environmental economics and management, policy, and design. Driven by a responsibility to provide access to higher education for our students and the public, we uphold our Land Grant and Sea Grant heritage while growing and innovating for the 21st century.

The University of Rhode Island is conveniently located near the state’s famous beaches, one mile from an Amtrak station connecting to Boston and New York City, 20 miles from T.F. Green International Airport, and 30 miles from Providence, Rhode Island.