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Submitted by comadmin on Thu, 05/13/2021 - 16:13


The Department of Communication in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky invites applications for a Postdoctoral Teaching Scholar in Communication with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2021.

Duties include a 3/3 teaching load at the lower-division level, including at least one large-lecture course (150-300 students, with teaching assistant support). The postdoctoral scholar also will have the opportunity to work with a research mentor in their area of interest (i.e., interpersonal, health, organizational, sport, etc.) to fill out their distribution of effort. Specifically, we seek applicants with teaching experience in organizational communication, health communication, sport communication, interpersonal communication, group communication, and/or mass media.

The postdoctoral scholar will be on a one-year appointment, with the initial nine-month appointment running from Aug. 16, 2021, and ending May 15, 2022. The contract may be renewed for one additional year based on performance. A Ph.D. in Communication is required by the start date of Aug. 16, 2021 We see the position as ideal for a recent graduate who would like to further hone their instructional and research skills under the guidance of award-winning instructors and scholars in the department.

We are committed to recruitment, retention, and representation strategies and practices to increase the presence of underrepresented individuals. For all positions, we emphasize a commitment to diversity and inclusion. As such, we require the candidate to show a demonstrated ability and/or experience working with students and/or co-workers with a range of abilities, backgrounds, and experiences and the capability to embrace and promote diverse environments.

The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Communication with undergraduate major options in business and organizational communication, digital and mass communication, healthcare communication, human communication, and sport communication as well as a minor in Communication and an Undergraduate Certificate in Health Communication. For information about the department, visit

The College of Communication and Information is composed of two schools (The School of Journalism and Media, School of Information Science), two departments (Department of Communication, Department of Integrated Strategic Communication) and an interdisciplinary graduate program. Nearly 1,700 undergraduate majors and 350 graduate students are led by more than 80 full-time faculty, who also teach in the university’s core curriculum and serve students perusing minors and certificates in the College. The College also houses UK’s independent student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, and the defending national championship Intercollegiate Debate Team.

Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grant institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development and human well-being. The campus is home to 30,277 students, 2,586 instructional faculty, 852 non-instructional faculty and 14,167 full-time staff. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. As such, UK is an incubator for multidisciplinary research. These collaborations allow researchers to address the rapidly changing needs of a global society.

The City of Lexington is a great place to live, work, and study. It recently appeared on USA Today’s list of the top cities to live in. With a population of roughly 320,000, Lexington offers both the warmth – and lower cost of living – of a small city, along with some of the amenities you would enjoy in a larger city, including the arts, cultural events, and a thriving dining scene.

The University of Kentucky offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more details please visit

To apply, please visit the UK Jobs site at Application materials should include a letter of application, a curriculum vita, evidence of teaching excellence, and contact information for three references when prompted in the application. Please note that references will not be contacted without prior consent.

Application review will begin May 24, 2021, and continue until the position is filled.

Questions regarding the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair Dr. Jennifer Scarduzio via email at:

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.