Assistant Professor in Health Communication

The University of Wisconsin-Madison’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication seeks a full-time assistant professor with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in health communication research and teaching beginning August 20, 2018. A Ph.D. in communication or related field is required or expected by the start of the appointment. Successful candidate must engage in high-quality research and teaching commensurate with experience.

We invite applications from scholars committed to health communication research of all kinds, but are particularly interested in the following areas of inquiry: health disparities, health promotion and social marketing, community health, health behavior, health policy, global health, health literacy, and health information technologies. Applicants who research and/or teach with a focus on communities of color or otherwise marginalized groups are strongly encouraged to apply. We are a methodologically diverse department and seek to complement existing strengths in quantitative, qualitative, and computational approaches to communication research.

We are especially interested in candidates who can teach undergraduate and graduate courses in health communication and are open to teaching one of the school’s gateway courses: Introduction to Mass Communication (201); Mass Communication Practices (202), a new course, Information for Communication (203), Principles and Practice of Reporting (J335), or Principles and Practice of Strategic Communication (J345). In addition to developing and maintaining a robust research portfolio, the successful applicant will advise and mentor highly motivated master’s and doctoral students. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, typically including one graduate seminar per year. University and professional service is required appropriate to career stage.

The successful candidate will join a community of productive scholars who value a wide variety of conceptual, methodological, and analytical perspectives. Our current faculty members’ interests include media psychology and sociology; political communication; health communication; law, history and ethics of mass media; media ecologies and journalism studies; international communication; communication and neuroscience; computational communication science; media studies of race and gender; and new media technologies. These faculty members are also involved in teaching an innovative undergraduate curriculum and oversee one of the nation’s top graduate programs.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to one of the oldest schools of journalism and mass communication in the United States. The School, as a department within the College of Letters and Science, is part of one of the nation’s finest public universities and enjoys outstanding intellectual resources, teaching and research laboratories, and various sources of research support. UW-Madison ranks fifth in the world for communication and media studies, and the School offers leading doctoral, masters, and undergradaute programs. The School houses the Center for Communication and Democracy, the Center for Journalism Ethics, the Mass Communication Research Center, and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. SJMC faculty run several working research labs, including the Physiology and Communication Effects lab and the Video Game Research Lab. UW-Madison is known for its interdisciplinary, international character, something that is evident through the many affiliations our faculty maintain with other units on campus as well as collaborations around the world.

Located at the nexus of four beautiful lakes, Madison, the state capital, consistently ranks among the top American cities for its quality of life. University employees enjoy a thriving entertainment, cultural, sports, and “foodie” environment.

Telephone and email inquiries to discuss this position are welcome. Contact Professor Dhavan Shah (608-513-4224 / To apply, candidates should visit, search for position 92164 and click on “Apply Now.” Candidates will be required to submit a cover letter detailing research interests, teaching qualifications, and professional experience; a curriculum vitae; names and contact information for three references; and two samples of scholarly work. References will be contacted upon application submission and asked to upload a signed letter of reference. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 23, 2017; applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer; we promote diversity and inclusion for all faculty, staff, and students and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applications for this position must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality. Employment will require a criminal background check.