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(01/10/2021) Job Market : University of Kentucky  – Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Communication 

The Department of Communication in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level with an anticipated start date of Aug. 15, 2022.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in communication by Aug. 15, 2022 and experience in sport communication. Excellence in research and teaching, as well as publication credentials commensurate with departments in a major research university, is required. A record of or potential for extramural funding, as well as a commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary research, is desired. We also encourage candidates whose research intersects with or extends department strengths in health, interpersonal/intergroup, organizational/team, and digital/mass communication. Responsibilities include actively engaging theory-driven, empirical research from a social scientific perspective, teaching two courses per academic semester, and serving on program and student committees.

Our Commitment to Diversity:
We are committed to recruitment, retention, and representation strategies and practices to increase the presence of underrepresented individuals. Our commitment applies to all candidates inclusive of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

About the Department:
The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Communication with undergraduate major options in business and organizational communication, digital and mass communication, healthcare communication, human communication, and sport communication, as well as a minor in Communication and an Undergraduate Certificate in Health Communication.

About the College:
The College of Communication and Information is composed of two departments (Department of Communication, Department of Integrated Strategic Communication), two schools (School of Journalism and Media, School of Information Science), and an interdisciplinary graduate program. Nearly 1,700 undergraduate majors and 350 graduate students are led by more than 80 full-time faculty, who also teach in the university’s core curriculum and serve students pursuing minors and certificates in the College. The College also houses UK’s independent student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, and the defending national championship Intercollegiate Debate Team.

About the University:
Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grant institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The campus is home to more than 30,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty members, and nearly 14,000 staff members. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. As such, UK is an incubator for interdisciplinary research. These collaborations allow researchers to address the rapidly changing needs of a global society.

About Lexington:
The City of Lexington is a great place to live, work, and study. It recently appeared on USA Today’s list of the top cities to live in. With a population of roughly 320,000, Lexington offers both the warmth and lower cost of living of a small city, along with some of the amenities enjoyed in a larger city, including the arts, cultural events, and a thriving dining scene.

The University of Kentucky offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more details please visit

To apply, please visit the UK Jobs site Application materials should include a letter of application that briefly summarizes background, qualifications, and interest in the position; a curriculum vita; a brief research statement reviewing focus, expertise, accomplishments, and goals uploaded under Specific Request 1; a brief teaching statement including philosophy of teaching and evidence of teaching excellence uploaded under Specific Request 2; and contact information for three references when prompted in the application.

Application review will begin Sept. 17, 2021 and continue until the application deadline of Oct. 1, 2021.

Questions regarding the position may be directed either one of the Search Committee Co-Chairs: Nancy Harrington via email at or Nicky Lewis via email at