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Associate Professor: Health and Interpersonal Communication

San Diego State University
San Diego
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Associate Professor: Health and Interpersonal Communication

Location: San Diego, CA
Open Date: Oct 02, 2021

The School of Communication at San Diego State University (SDSU) invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Health/Interpersonal Communication, at the level of associate professor, to start August 2022.

Responsibilities: The candidate is expected to have a scholarly research agenda examining health and interpersonal communication. They will be responsible for teaching communication courses in health and relational/interpersonal communication at the graduate and undergraduate level as well as directing graduate student theses. All methodological approaches to research will be considered. Preferred candidates will exhibit a strong record of, or the potential for, publication and teaching in two or more of the following communication areas: relational/interpersonal, nonverbal, instructional, capstone, persuasion, health, or methods. Interest in pursuing grants and research funding is desirable. The candidate will also have the opportunity to create and teach classes aligned with their particular research interests, including upper division and graduate level courses. The successful candidate will also be expected to provide service to the School, College, University, and professional communication organizations. Faculty members are expected to serve on and chair master's thesis and comprehensive examination committees, and mentor early career faculty members as appropriate.

Required Qualifications: An earned doctorate in communication or an allied field is required upon application to the position. The successful candidate will have a demonstrated commitment to excellence in both research and teaching, in line with SDSU's teacher-scholar model, as well as evidence of committed service to their institutes and professions. Requirements include evidence of (a) a strong research agenda in interpersonal/relational communication within health contexts, (b) methodological expertise in quantitative, qualitative, cultural, or rhetorical approaches, and (c) demonstrated application of communication theory in research practices.

In their Diversity Statement, candidates should explicitly address how they meet two or more of the eight Building on Inclusive Excellence (BIE) criteria. Candidates that meet BIE criteria are: (a) committed to engaging in service with underrepresented populations within the discipline, (b) have demonstrated knowledge of barriers for underrepresented students and faculty within the discipline, (c) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to teaching and mentoring underrepresented students, (d) have experience or have demonstrated commitment to integrating understanding of underrepresented populations and communities into research, (e) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to extending knowledge of opportunities and challenges in achieving artistic/scholarly success to members of an underrepresented group, (f) have experience in or have demonstrated commitment to research that engages underrepresented communities, (g) have expertise or demonstrated commitment to developing expertise in cross-cultural communication and collaboration, and/or (h) have research interests that contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education. More information on the BIE criteria can be found on the University website:

Desired Qualifications: The ideal candidate currently holds a PhD, has demonstrated success publishing in top-tier communication journals, and has a track record of teaching communication courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Advanced assistant professors or those who hold the rank of associate professor are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in candidates seeking to affiliate with our Center for Communication, Health, and the Public Good (CCHPG) and who might utilize the Human Communication Lab. The successful candidate will be able to collaborate with other SDSU research institutes, centers, and faculty. For example, candidates might engage with scholars in the Institute for Behavioral and Community Health (IBACH), the Center for Human Dynamics in the Mobile Age (HDMA), or the School of Public Health. SDSU is an urban Carnegie-designated Service Learning Institution and the successful applicant will demonstrate how their scholarship will flourish in the greater San Diego community. Candidates with external funding, or an interest in seeking external funding are especially desirable. The ideal candidate will not only complement the active scholarly activity of our faculty, but also seek to be an engaged departmental citizen. Leadership in the discipline, and significant contributions to the leadership within the sub-fields of health or interpersonal communication at national or international levels is preferred.

SDSU is a large, diverse, urban university and Hispanic-Serving Institution with a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence. SDSU is seeking applicants with demonstrated experience in and/or commitment to teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. To be in a better position to serve a fast growing and highly diverse student body, and to fulfill the University's commitment to promoting diversity, inclusiveness, and excellence on our campus, we actively seek candidates with demonstrated experience working with, teaching or mentoring students from under-represented communities.

Rank and Salary: This is a tenure-track faculty position at the associate professor level. Appointment to the position requires that the candidate's doctoral degree be earned by the appointment start date in August 2022. Salary and rank will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


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Applications: Review of application materials will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should apply via Interfolio. Candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a diversity statement, and names and contact information of three (3) references. All additional inquiries should be addressed to: Matthew Savage, Ph.D., Health/Interpersonal Search Committee Chair, Associate Professor, School of Communication, San Diego State University, [email protected]

About the School of Communication: The successful candidate will join a scholarly community of 13 tenure-line faculty and approximately 16 full-time and part-time lecturers. We have almost 900 undergraduate students in our two majors, Communication and Health Communication, and a top-ranked master's degree program with approximately 50 students. The School of Communication was named the

2019 NCA Outstanding Master's Degree Program. The School of Communication envisions sustained excellence in advancing communication scholarship, promoting social justice, fostering relationships, and enhancing the public good. We enact this vision through inspired teaching, innovative collaborative research, and impactful community engagement. Faculty and students focus on scholarship across the

discipline, including critical-cultural studies, health communication, intercultural communication, interpersonal communication, organizational communication, rhetoric, political communication, and social media. The School of Communication hosts the Center for Communication, Health, and the Public Good (CCHPG), the Institute for Dialogue and Social Justice (IDSJ), and the Human Communication Lab which can be used for a range of physiological and other data collection procedures. For more information about the School of Communication, visit our website:

About the College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts (PSFA): The College of Professional Studies and Fine Arts comprises seven professional schools and three departments committed to the pursuit of excellence in academic and artistic endeavors. With over 5,000 majors and approximately 300 faculty, PSFA is recognized for its excellent academic programs that prepare students for professional careers in a wide spectrum of artistic, cultural, educational, social, and technical fields. The College views its connection to the local and global community as a “laboratory for learning” and educational opportunities that prepare the student to engage in the worldwide community through creativity, involvement, leadership, and innovation are a hallmark of the PSFA experience. The College actively seeks applications from candidates whose professional interests align with SDSU’s and PSFA’s strategic goals, who will sustain excellence in their research, promote student success, and continue to advance our commitment to diversity. PSFA website:

About San Diego State University: SDSU is the oldest institution of higher education in the San Diego region, with a campus and microsites in San Diego and locations in Southern California’s Imperial Valley and Tbilisi in the Republic of Georgia. The highly diverse campus community has a student population of approximately 36,000. SDSU is included in the Carnegie Foundation’s Doctoral Universities: High Research Activity category. Established in 1897, SDSU offers bachelor degrees in 97 areas, masters in 84 and doctorates in 23.SDSU is uniquely situated in the border region and encourages faculty to capitalize on our sense of place in all that we do. See for more information.

The person holding this position is considered a "mandated reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirement set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

As part of its commitment to a safe and equitable “OneSDSU” community, SDSU requires that individuals seeking faculty employment provide at the time of application authorization to conduct background checks if they become a finalist for the position; applications without this authorization will be considered incomplete and not considered.

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.

SDSU is a Title IX, equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, age, disability, pregnancy, medical condition, or covered veteran status.

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