Assistant Professor - Critical Health Communication

San Jose, California
Oct 10, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

San José State University - San José, California
Subject to Budgetary Approval

Specialization: Critical Health Communication
Job Opening ID (JOID): 24791
Rank: Assistant Professor

Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. in Communication Studies, or related field (no later than August 15, 2019), must demonstrate excellence in teaching, and provide evidence of an active, promising, and sustainable research program in the area of critical health communication. Applicants should demonstrate awareness of and sensitivity to educational goals of a multicultural population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching and other comparable experience. We also value experience in a second language and culture.


We seek someone who can teach and publish in the area of critical health communication, as well as at least one of the following areas: interpersonal communication, research methods, family communication, new media, critical cultural studies, or social justice. The ideal candidate would be prepared to work with a combination of graduate and undergraduate students; must have a strong commitment to teaching, scholarship, advising, and service; and would be interested in developing relationships between our department and the broader Silicon Valley. The candidate should address the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, cultural background, ethnicity, primary language and academic preparation – through course materials, teaching strategies, and advisement. The successful candidate would join a Communication Studies department with a three-three teaching load and a wide range of specialties including: interpersonal communication, intercultural communication, media studies, rhetoric, performance studies, organizational communication, and communication pedagogy. The department also has a robust graduate and study abroad program, and promotes student engagement through service learning.

Salary Range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Starting Date: August 15, 2019
Eligibility: Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.

Application Procedure:
For full consideration, send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching interests/ philosophy, research plans, and at least three original letters of reference with contact information by December 1, 2018 to or to

Dr. Matthew Spangler
Search Committee Chair
Department of Communication Studies
San José State University
One Washington Square
San José, CA 95192-0112

Please include Job Opening ID (JOID) on all correspondence.

This position is an excellent opportunity for scholars interested in a career at an institution that is a national leader in graduating URM students. San Jose State University has achieved HSI (Hispanic Serving Institution) and AANAPISI (Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution) designation; 40% of our student population are first-generation students and 38% are Pell-qualified. As a result, the university is ranked fourth nationally in increasing student upward mobility.

San José State University is California’s oldest institution of public higher learning. The campus is located on the southern end of San Francisco Bay in downtown San José (Pop. 1,000,000), hub of the world-famous Silicon Valley high-technology research and development center. Many of California’s most popular national, recreational, and cultural attractions are conveniently close. A member of the 23-campus CSU system, San José State University enrolls approximately 30,000 students, a significant percentage of whom are members of minority groups. The University is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

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