Assistant Professor in Mass Communication

The Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a full-time tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in mass communication beginning August 15, 2018. We expect that candidates will demonstrate the ability or potential to teach courses related to existing undergraduate curricula. Opportunities are also available to teach in the College-level master’s and doctoral programs in communication. Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester, actively engaging in research, and participating in program advising and service activities.

PhD degree in Communication or a related discipline and evidence of excellence in teaching, and research and publication credentials commensurate with departments in research-extensive universities are required. Preference will be given to candidates with 1) a research focus on mass communication with a specialization in studies of bias and representation in media from a social scientific perspective, 2) training in advanced quantitative statistical methods, and/or 3) demonstrated experience or potential to secure research support from private and federal agencies.

The Department of Communication is in the College of Communication and Information with master’s and doctoral programs in communication, information science, and information communication technology. The College offers undergraduate programs in communication, journalism, media arts and studies, integrated strategic communication, and information communication technology. The University has recognized Department faculty for their teaching excellence. The Department has an active research faculty with a consistent record of extramural funding. Research technology includes:

• advanced web and handheld survey development,ukcampus_cropped
• custom web-data application development,
• “COMMTV”, a searchable, stream-able, and continuously recording television archive spanning over a decade,
• Twitter capture and analysis system,
• custom web-based coding system for efficient analysis of digital libraries,
• a 20-seat stadium-style theater for video stimuli presentation, and
• interpersonal and gaming/media effects interaction labs.

Faculty research specialties include interpersonal, mass, instructional, organizational, health, and risk and crisis communication. For information about the Department, visit

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Application Information

Salary for the position will be commensurate with experience. Individuals must use the University of Kentucky’s Integrated Employment System for consideration. Please include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and evidence of teaching excellence (upload under Specific Request 1). Please also include contact information for three references when prompted in the application. Letters of reference will be requested from semi-finalists. Review of applications begins September 15, 2017 and continues until the position is filled.

Queries may be directed to Dr. Shari Veil, Chair, Department of Communication, 228 Grehan Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0042,