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(15/10/2021) Job Market: University of Utah – Assistant Professor in Public Communication of Science

The Department of Communication at the University of Utah invite applications for a tenure-line Assistant Professor in Public Communication of Science, effective July 1, 2022. We are seeking a quantitative scholar working in science and/or risk communication who focuses on issues that have ethical, legal, and social implications. The department has established strengths in health and environmental communication scholarship and are seeking to strengthen the area of science communication. The successful candidate will teach courses in science communication and quantitative research methods in the college’s largest undergraduate major. They will also advise Masters and Ph.D. students and teach graduate level courses in their area of expertise in the department’s highly-ranked graduate program. The successful candidate will be willing to work in interdisciplinary settings, leveraging resources such as the Global Change and Sustainability Center and the Environmental Humanities program, among others.

Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in Communication (A.B.D. candidates will be considered) or in a closely related discipline or interdisciplinary program; an active research program leading to publication; potential for success in grant acquisition; a record of or demonstrated potential for teaching excellence; and a willingness to conduct service in the Department, University, and in the field of communication. Scholarship that complements the Department’s existing areas of emphasis is desirable but not a requirement.

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Formal review of applications will begin on October 15, 2021, and continue until the position is filled. Candidates should submit a cover letter describing scholarly and teaching activities, a curriculum vitae, and a list of three references.

For inquiries related to the position, contact Dr. Sara Yeo, Search Committee Chair, at

The University of Utah is a member of the Pac-12. The Department of Communication at the University of Utah is a top department in the field of communication, with an award-winning faculty; outstanding doctoral, master’s, and undergraduate programs; and state of-the-art facilities. With five cutting-edge research areas—science, health, environmental, and risk communication; interpersonal communication; critical/cultural studies; digital media; and rhetoric—the Department is committed to excellence across the full range of communication research and teaching, offering highly regarded Ph.D., M.A., M.S., B.A., and B.S. degrees, as well as four undergraduate emphases and three post-baccalaureate certificate programs. The Department is committed to removing barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups; strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity; and makes every attempt to support their academic, professional, and personal success while they are here. The University of Utah recognizes that a diverse faculty benefits and enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and to different sex domestic partners. This institution offers benefits to spouses.

EEO/Diversity Information 

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.

Notice The University of Utah is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ postretirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students. Scholars whose research, teaching, and/or service center on issues of inclusion, equity, diversity, and access are encouraged to apply.

The Department is committed to removing systemic barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups, strives to recruit faculty who will further enhance our diversity and aims to support the academic, professional, and personal successes of faculty, staff, and students while they are here. Exemplifying our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, the department passed an Anti-Racism Code of Conduct in Fall 2020 followed by an Anti-Racism Strategic Plan in Spring 2021.

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. People of color, Indigenous peoples, women, those identifying as LGBTQIAAP+, veterans, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable accommodations for a disability will be provided with adequate notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see:

The University of Utah recognizes that inclusion, diversity, equity, and access fosters educational and institutional excellence. As such, every applicant should include a single-page statement of their contributions to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access with their application materials.