Assistant/Associate Professor of Health Communication

The University of Kentucky Department of Communication within the College of Communication and Information extends this invitation for applications for one or more Assistant/Associate Professor positions beginning August 15, 2017. Each position requires expertise in communication from a social scientific orientation, evidence of excellence in teaching, and research and publication credentials commensurate with departments in research extensive universities. All candidates must have an earned Ph.D. in Communication or related discipline by the start of the position assignment. Preference will be given to candidates with 1) a research focus on health communication, especially if the focus includes digital and social media, 2) training in advanced quantitative statistical methods, and/or 3) demonstrated experience or potential to secure research support from private and federal agencies (such as the National Science Foundation or the National Institutes of Health). We also expect that candidates will demonstrate the ability or potential to teach courses related to two or more areas of existing undergraduate curricula in interpersonal, health, organizational, or mediated communication contexts. Opportunities are also available to teach in the College-level master’s and doctoral programs. Responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester, actively engaging in research, and participating in program advising and service activities.

The Department of Communication is a part of the College of Communication and Information with master’s and doctoral programs in communication and undergraduate programs in communication, journalism, media arts and studies, and integrated strategic communication; a new interdisciplinary major in information, communication, and technology has been approved. 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, television archive spanning 9 years,
• 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 communication. For information about the College and Department, visit

Lexington is in the center of the Bluegrass, an internationally acclaimed cultural landscape, and in close proximity to Louisville and Cincinnati. It is a community of 300,000 and is distinguished by its rating as one of the top 10 most educated cities in the nation (according to the U.S. Census), top 5 cities for young professionals (Kiplinger), top 3 mid-sized cities for lowest cost of living (KPMG LLP), and top 5 cities to raise a family (Forbes). More information on Lexington is available at and

The University of Kentucky and the UK College of Communication and Information are strongly committed to increasing diversity in their community of students and faculty. Individuals with ethnically diverse backgrounds are actively encouraged to apply for this position. The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer. As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.



Application Information

Contingent on final budgetary approval, salary for the position will be commensurate with experience. To apply, please upload a letter of application, vitae, evidence of teaching excellence (upload under Specific Request 1), and contact information for three references (upload under Specific Request 2) into the University of Kentucky’s Integrated Employment System. Individuals must use the University of Kentucky’s Integrated Employment System (requisition FE00803) for application and consideration.

Queries may be directed to Dr. Elisia Cohen, Chair, Department of Communication, 228 Grehan Building, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0042, or Dr. Don Helme,, search committee chair. Letters of reference will be requested from semi-finalists. Review of applications begins January 3, 2016 and continues until the positions are filled. Upon offer of employment, successful applicants for all positions may be required to pass a national background check as required by University of Kentucky Human Resources.