Assistant Professor or Associate Professor of Communication, Environment/Risk/Science

School of Communication, The Ohio State University College of Arts & Sciences in Ohio

Deadline October 10, 2014
Date Posted August 29, 2014
Type Tenured, tenure track
Salary Not specified
Employment Type Full-time

Department: School of Communication and School of Environment & Natural Resources

Position: Environment/Risk/Science Communication

Rank: Assistant Professor (tenure track) or Associate Professor (tenured)


Description: The School of Communication at The Ohio State University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor or tenured associate professor in the area of environment/risk/science communication.  The successful candidate will have ¾ FTE appointment in the School of Communication and ¼ FTE in the Environmental Social Sciences specialization within the School of Environment and Natural Resources (SENR). The tenure home will be within the School of Communication.

Candidates should employ an empirical, social scientific research approach focused on communication processes in decision-making within the context of environment, energy, science, and/or risk. Successful candidates will contribute to undergraduate and graduate communication courses within their specialty area in both the School of Communication and the SENR.  The School of Communication is developing a new minor focused on health, environment, science, and risk communication. Successful candidates will have opportunities to contribute to the university-wide Energy & Environment Discovery Theme ( and the Behavioral Decision Making initiative ( They will also be eligible to participate in the Environmental Sciences Network ( and the Environmental Science Graduate Program ( at the Ohio State University.

The School of Communication ( is committed to original and substantively important social scientific research and is regularly ranked among the top communication research programs in the country. We seek colleagues who will help us continue this tradition and can envision research projects and courses that will be attractive to graduate and undergraduate students from within the major, and speak to the interests and needs of non-majors. We have recently renovated a number of research labs and teaching facilities to support quality research and teaching (  All of our tenure track positions involve research, teaching, and a service component.

The School of Environment and Natural Resources ( is an interdisciplinary academic unit dedicated to the use and management of natural resources in an economically efficient, environmentally compatible, and socially responsible manner. Faculty in SENR within the Environmental Social Sciences specialization investigate environmental problems from such perspectives as psychology, political science, public policy, and sociology, and work collaboratively on cross-cutting research initiatives through the Environmental and Social Sustainability Lab (

Qualifications: Candidates must be in communication or a related social science field.  Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or be on schedule to earn the Ph.D. prior to August 2015. To be considered for the Associate Professor level, applicants must have established a strong record of publication in top-tier journals as well as evidence of effective teaching. We seek candidates with graduate coursework, research, and/or professional experience in environment/risk/science communication and familiarity with environmental, energy, and/or natural resource issues. Complementary research and teaching interests in other aspects of communication theory and research are highly attractive but not essential.

About Columbus: The OSU campus is located in Columbus, the capital city of Ohio. Columbus is the center of a rapidly growing and diverse metropolitan area with a population of over 1.5 million. The area offers a wide range of affordable housing, many cultural and recreational opportunities, excellent schools, and a strong economy based on government as well as service, transportation and technology industries (see Columbus has consistently been rated as one of the Top U.S. cities for quality of life, and was selected as one of the Top 10 cities for African Americans to live, work, and play by Black Enterprise magazine. Additional information about the Columbus area is available at

Application Instructions: To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than October 10, 2014.  Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and at least one research manuscript. ABDs/post-docs should submit three letters of reference; those who hold a current assistant or associate professor position should submit the names of three references to the relevant OSU School of Communication posting at Please be aware that we are conducting three searches in 2014-2015.  Be certain to select the specific position(s) in which you are interested. Informal queries may be made to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Amy Nathanson (, but all applications must be made through Additional information about the School and the University is available at

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status. Ohio State is an NSF Advance Institution.

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