A faculty position at Portland State University

The Department of Communication seeks a full-­‐time, nine-­‐month, tenure-­‐track/tenured, Assistant or Associate rank position to begin September 16th, 2017. The department seeks a scholar with a record and promise of research productivity in Environmental, Risk, and Science Communication; candidates should have expertise in quantitative methods. Job requirements include publishing research, pursuing external funding, effectively teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and participating in departmental and university service. This position is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences’ interdisciplinary cluster hire focusing on “Environmental Extremes (impacts, adaptations, and solutions)” and includes seven additional faculty hires in the Departments of English, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geography, and Environmental Science and Management.

Candidates must be able to teach courses in one or more specific topics in environmental, risk, and science communication. Although not required, optimal candidates will also have some affinity with other areas of departmental focus, which include: health, (new) media, political communication,   and organizational communication. Applicants must have their Ph.D. (in Communication or a   closely allied discipline) in hand by time of hire (i.e., by September 16th, 2017).

PSU is Oregon’s urban research university, with approximately 29,000 students. PSU is an Affirmative-­‐Action, Equal-­‐Opportunity Institution and welcomes applications from candidates who support diversity. Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply. PSU offers an excellent benefits package (including healthcare), a generous retirement and vacation package, and reduced tuition rates for employees, their spouses, and their dependents. PSU offers benefits to same-­‐sex and different sex domestic partners. Candidates are encouraged to utilize PSU’s total-­‐ compensation  calculator  (http://www.pdx.edu/hr/psu-­‐total-­‐compensation-­‐calculator).  For  more information about our department and university, please visit our website (http://pdx.edu/communication).


To apply, please visit the Portland State University Human Resources website:   https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/20717. In addition to filling out the required fields, you will be required to submit/attach the following information:  (1) cover letter of application, which should include complete contact information (including email and phone); (2) curriculum vitae; (3) up to three samples of published (or in-­‐press) research; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student-­‐evaluation scores for courses taught); and (5) a separate page with the name and contact information of three people who agree to act as references/recommenders. Note that actual letters of reference will be requested later after an initial review of applications. Review of applications   will begin October 3, 2016, and will continue until the position is filled. If you have any difficulties   or questions, please contact Dr. Jeffrey D. Robinson via email (jeffreyr@pdx.edu) with the subject line “COMM Job Search 2017” or directly via cell phone (971-­‐400-­‐4125).


Two faculty positions at University of Missouri

The University of Missouri School of Journalism is seeking applications for two faculty positions in science communication. The School has a long-standing reputation for providing cutting-edge research, teaching, and outreach work that influence and lead the industry. With an increasing need to deepen the public understanding of science and improve public discourse about science, these two new positions have been created to further the School’s mission of facilitating high-impact research activities that can help bridge the divide between scientists, science communicators and the broader public. Candidates may come from academic disciplines such as journalism, strategic communication or a related field, with research expertise in science communication as broadly defined.

This significant investment continues MU’s strategy of hiring faculty from key interdisciplinary areas to strengthen its culture of academic collaboration and industry outreach to attain a global impact. Successful candidates for the positions will be expected to help the University build an interdisciplinary, innovative, and forward-thinking center of science communication, bringing together researchers, students and professionals from journalism, strategic communication, science, engineering, public policy, law, business and other fields. The new faculty members will be housed in the School of Journalism and hold joint appointments in the College of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources.  They are also expected to work closely with the Christopher S. Bond Life Science Center and other STEM programs across the campus. They will have the opportunity to work with the Health Communication Research Center at the School of Journalism.

Position 1: Full or Associate Professor
Qualifications and responsibilities: A Ph.D. in journalism, communication or related fields is required. The successful candidate must have an established research program including high impact publications and vigorous extramural funding with a primary focus in science communication. The successful candidate will be committed to interdisciplinary teaching, have a demonstrated ability to mentor graduate students and help create a climate that attracts students of diverse backgrounds. The new faculty member must have an enthusiastic desire and demonstrated ability to help develop a center for science communication, be able to collaborate
on interdisciplinary research and teaching with other academic units on campus, and to build connections with the professional community.

Position 2: Associate or Assistant Professor
Qualifications and responsibilities: A Ph.D. in journalism, communication or related fields is required.  The successful candidate must have a demonstrated record of research productivity with a primary focus in science communication. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in an innovative, extramurally funded research program and to teach and mentor students of diverse backgrounds. The ideal candidate will have an enthusiastic desire to help develop a center for science communication, be able to collaborate on interdisciplinary research and teaching with other academic units on campus, and to build connections with the professional community.

About Missouri School of Journalism
Founded in 1908, the Missouri School of Journalism is the world’s oldest and leading journalism program and has been widely recognized for excellence and innovation in undergraduate and graduate education and scholarship.  In its 2014 annual ranking of top journalism schools, NewsPro-Radio Television Digital News Association again ranked the Missouri School of Journalism “far and away” the No. 1 journalism school in the country. The National Research Council ranks the School’s doctoral program among the top journalism/communication programs in the nation. In addition, the School’s Reynolds Journalism Institute provides state-of-the-art resources for researchers and professionals to test new ideas, uses social science research to assess their effectiveness, and delivers solutions that citizens and journalists can put to use in their communities.
Currently, the School offers academic education and practical training to more than 2,000 undergraduates and 300 graduate students. The School has a close and productive relationship with other academic units on campus, the media industry and the local community. It operates award-winning, community-based, multiplatform news outlets and produces comprehensive research-based advertising and public relations campaigns for real clients.  The School also houses headquarters of prominent professional organizations, including American Society of
News Editors, Investigative Reporters and Editors, Association of Health Care Journalists, and the Picture of the Year International, among others.

About Columbia, Missouri
The University of Missouri (MU or Mizzou), located in Columbia, has an enrollment of 35,000 students and is Missouri’s largest public research university. Mizzou is also the flagship campus of the four-campus University of Missouri System and one of only five universities nationwide with law, medicine, veterinary medicine and a nuclear research reactor on one campus. A member of the prestigious Association of American Universities since 1908, Mizzou is considered one of the nation’s top-tier institutions.
With a population of 100,000, Columbia is located midway between Missouri’s largest cities, St. Louis and Kansas City. Money magazine, Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Men’s Journal, and MSN.com have named Columbia one of the best places in the United States to live because of its high quality of life. Columbia is home to nationally renowned public schools, including two top-ranked high schools. The city provides many opportunities for art, culture and music enthusiasts and has been recognized as a bike-friendly community with many parks and trails.

To Apply
Apply online here (http://hrs.missouri.edu/find-a-job/academic/index.php) by uploading (a) a letter of application that describes your research, teaching, and outreach/professional experiences; (b) a curriculum vitae, (c) evidence of teaching excellence, d) the names and contact information for three references. Please reference job number 19657. Review of applications will begin September 30, 2016 and continue until the positions are filled.
An Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled and Veteran Employer
The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery and excellence.

To request ADA accommodations, please contact the Office of Accessibility & ADA Education at 573-884-7278 or CheekA@missouri.edu.

Assistant Professor, Health Communication at University of Maryland, College Park

The Department of Communication at the University of Maryland, College Park invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track assistant professor position in Communication Science with a specialization in health communication. The starting date for this position is August 15, 2017.

The successful candidate will have or show clear promise of a strong research program in health communication employing quantitative research methods. Experience with extramural research funding is highly desirable along with an interest in pursuing extramural funding (e.g., grants and contracts). The successful candidate will have an ability to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in health communication, communication theory, and quantitative research methods. Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Communication or a related field at the time of appointment. They must also have the ability to advise graduate students. Teaching experience at the university level is highly desirable. Candidates who study underserved populations and/or global health issues are especially encouraged to apply.

The Department of Communication houses a Center for Health and Risk Communication (http://www.healthriskcenter.umd.edu); a Center for Political Communication and Civic Leadership (http://www.comm.center.umd.edu); and an Oral Communication Center (https://www.comm.umd.edu/undergraduate/OCC). The Department of Communication offers B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in Communication and an M.P.S. degree in Interpreting or Translation. The department features research areas in Communication Science, Public Relations, and Rhetoric and Political Culture. The university is located in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, one of the world’s most ethnically diverse and internationally significant cities. The area is the home to a number of preeminent federal funding agencies including the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.

For best consideration, candidates should submit complete applications by October 1, 2016. The application should include a letter of application that describes the applicant’s research interests and other qualifications, a curriculum vitae, names and email addresses of three reference providers, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and sample(s) of recent research. Application materials should be submitted to https://ejobs.umd.edu.
Applicants with questions should email Dr. Xiaoli Nan, chair of the search committee, at nan@umd.edu.

Information about the Department of Communication is available on the departmental Web site (http://www.comm.umd.edu).

Teaching Panels Tackle Coding, the Ethics of Teaching Tech

By Rachel Young

Please join ComSHER and co-sponsors for two timely and stimulating teaching panels Thursday and Friday in Minneapolis.

Thursday from 11:45 am to 1:15 pm, come discuss best practices for teaching coding, a skill increasing in demand for journalism grads. Co-sponsored with Communication and Technology, “Cracking the Code: Tips for Teaching Coding to Journalism Students” will address how we can best prepare journalism students to be conversant in code. Topics include, which coding skills are most in demand among employers? And what classroom contexts, projects, and learning objectives are most appropriate when teaching coding? We have a top-notch panel lined up: Aaron Chimbel, Texas Christian; Dana Coester, West Virginia; Kevin Ripka, Iowa; and Cindy Royal, Texas State.

Friday morning from 8:15 to 9:45 am we will engage with the ethnical issues that arise when incorporating technology in the classroom. Co-sponsored with Media Ethnics, our panel on “Inclusivity and Teaching Technology” will discuss the gender gap in technology circles, socioeconomic and K-12 disparities in technology access and exposure, assumptions often made about students’ technology skills, and the use of technology in grading and assessment. Expert panelists are Kathleen Cartzen Bulver, Wisconsin-Madison; Aileen E. Gallagher, Syracuse; Andrew Mendelson, CUNY; and Cindy Royal, Texas State.

ComSHER Leads Submissions for 2016

By Avery Holton

This year AEJMC received 1,564 submissions, more than eight percent of which went to ComSHER. We received more submissions than any other division (129), accepting 65 papers. One-hundred-fourteen peer reviewers helped to ensure three reviews for every submission. Z Scores ranging from 1 (worst) to 5 (best) were used to rank order papers. Scores ranged from 2.07 to 4.83 with a median score of 3.47.

Nineteen papers will be presented in four exciting refereed research sessions, including our Top Faculty Paper Session on Saturday, August 6 from 5:15 – 6:45 p.m. Hosted by Michael Dahlstrom (Iowa State), the panel will feature:

Top Faculty Paper
Science in the Social Media Age: Profiles of Science Blog Readers; Paige Jarreau and Lance Porter, Louisiana State

Second-Place Faculty Paper
Using Weight-of-Experts Messaging to Communicate Accurately about Contested SciencePatrice Kohl and Sharon Dunwoody, Wisconsin-Madison

Third-Place Faculty Paper
Sharing Health-Related Information on Facebook: An Integrated ModelMing-Ching Liang, Metropolitan State

Top Student Paper; Lori Eason Prize
Testing the Effects of Dialogic Communication on Attitudes and Behavioral Intentions Related to Polarized and Non-polarized Scientific Issues; Nicole Lee, Texas Tech

Our other refereed research sessions include Friday’s “Science and Evolving Methods of Information Conveyance” moderated by Sara Yeo (Utah), Saturday’s “Communicating Health: Messages, Social Support, and the Construction of Knowledge” moderated by Avery Holton (Utah), and Sunday’s “New (Theoretical) Considerations of Environment and Risk” moderated by Jessica Gall Myrick (Indiana).

ComSHER scholar-to-scholar sessions will take place on Friday from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. and Saturday from 3:30 – 5:00 p.m.