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Assistant Professor (Health or Risk Communication)

University of Massachusetts Boston
UMass Boston

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Professional Fields, Communication & Journalism
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Job no: 509304
Position Type: Faculty Full Time
Campus: UMass Boston
Department: Communication
Date opened: 20 Jul 2021 Eastern Daylight Time
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The Communication Department welcomes applications for a tenure track Assistant Professor position beginning September 1, 2022, in health and/or risk communication. Consistent with the Department's empirical approach to the discipline, we seek applicants whose research agenda takes a social scientific approach in any one of a number of research areas, including but not limited to: public health, health literacy and/or education; risk communication; crisis communication; science communication. In keeping with UMass Boston’s commitment to anti-racism and health promotion, we are particularly interested in candidates who emphasize health communication in minority communities. Candidates should be able to teach a broad range of undergraduate courses in the department consistent with their area of scholarship. An active and excellent program of research that uses quantitative methods, big data analysis, or mixed methods with a strong quantitative component is a plus.

Initial review of applications will begin on November 1, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. We request that applicants submit a cover letter, CV, and three letters of recommendation. Applicants with questions may contact SunYoung Park, the chair of the search committee, at [email protected].

Minimum Requirements: Ph.D. in Communication or related field. Candidates must have Ph.D. in hand by August 2022.

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The University of Massachusetts Boston is nationally recognized as a model of excellence for urban public universities. The scenic waterfront campus is located next to the John F. Kennedy Library, with easy access to downtown Boston. 

The second-largest campus in the UMass system, UMass Boston combines a small-college experience with the vast resources of a major research university. With a 16:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students easily interact with professors because most teaching occurs in small class sizes. Ninety-three percent of full-time faculty hold the highest degree in their fields.

UMass Boston’s academic excellence is reflected by a growing student body of nearly 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The university’s eight colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs and 50 graduate programs. The University Honors Program serves 300 students who thrive on intellectual challenge. Enriched courses probe more deeply into theory or venture further into application.

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