Faculty Position in Health Communication

Northwestern University in Qatar
Qatar (QA)
Oct 14, 2019
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Northwestern University in Qatar (NU-Q) invites applications for a full-time faculty position in health communication to begin August 1, 2020.  We seek a colleague in the field of health communication whose research and teaching are theory-driven and applied, and who addresses social and cultural issues in the health domain and social determinants of health. Candidates will have expertise in the role of communication media (legacy and emerging) for community engagement in strategies for achieving social and behavioral change. NU-Q is dedicated to the goal of building a diverse and inclusive academic community therefore we are especially interested in candidates who have experience working with diverse student populations.

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field and have relevant teaching experience in higher education and evidence of a productive research program. The ideal candidate will have expertise in multimodal health campaigns using mediated strategies, and relevant expertise in social change communication, persuasion and implementation science. Research and applied experience with the impact of communication in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) is desirable. The successful candidate is expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in persuasion and social influence, mediated health communication, globalization and health. The ability to collaborate on interdisciplinary, grant-funded projects is desirable. Applicants will share NU-Q’s commitment to historically underserved and marginalized communities, especially in the Global South.  

Northwestern University’s first international campus is a media school grounded in the liberal arts and housed in one of the most advanced communication facilities in the world. NU-Q has extensive technical and production facilities including a robotic newsroom, a digital innovation lab for AR and VR, edit suites and audio-visual production studios. This position is in the Communication Program that delivers the Media Industries and Technology major and collaborates with the sister major in Journalism and Strategic Communication.  Executive and graduate education has a particular interest in health communication. 

Located in Doha’s Education City with five other top U.S. universities, academic freedom is assured. NU-Q has partnerships with leading media firms and organizations in the region, including Al Jazeera, the Doha Film Institute, Qatar Computing Research Institute, Qatar Media Corporation and the World Cup committee, among others. In the early 21st century, Qatar has achieved the highest ranked healthcare system in the MENA region (according to the Legatum Prosperity Index) and makes significant annual investments to develop healthcare as one pillar of the government’s National Vision 2030 plan to become a regional and global leader in healthcare provision and development. 

The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to a multi-disciplinary campus community of research and practice. The person selected will join a highly qualified faculty drawn from NU’s home campus and some of the world’s leading universities and media venues. NU-Q is a highly diverse school with a significant proportion of female students.  Combined with faculty and staff, our learning community spans more than 50 countries.  Our graduates are employed in top media and strategic communication venues and have a high rate of matriculation to top graduate schools in the U.S, Europe and Asia. Students benefit from generous travel and research grants.

 Qatar is a culturally diverse cosmopolitan urban center. It also has a mix of racial, ethnic and expatriate communities. Its capital Doha is home to over 2 million persons representing 94 different nationalities. Qatar has among the lowest crime rates in the world and is a safe destination with political stability.

Compensation includes a highly competitive salary, overseas benefits and allowances and free housing and utilities, as well as generous research and faculty development support. Internal research grants are also available. Academic rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Taking advantage of NU-Q’s location for professional and personal travel, faculty participate in major international academic meetings, festivals and industry conferences.

Applications received by November 20, 2019  will receive the highest priority. The search will continue and applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please upload the following to: https://facultyrecruiting.northwestern.edu/apply/NzQ2

  • Cover letter that addresses how the applicant’s experience and credentials fulfill the requirements for this position
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, with a section that addresses diversity and inclusion in the teaching environment
  • Writing sample (not to exceed 25 pages)
  • Three letters of recommendation from academic/professional referees

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes including veterans and individual with disabilities. Women and minorities are especially encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in Qatar.