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Assistant Professor, Health Communication and Technology

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Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

The School of Communication, Film, and Media Studies (SCFMS) at the University of Cincinnati is seeking a tenure-track Assistant Professor in the area of health communication and mediated technologies. We seek an individual to conduct research and teach in one or more of these areas: technology-aided health communication, health information seeking, public understanding of risk, online health misinformation, social media, digital divides and health disparities, e-health campaigns, and/or computational approaches to health communication.


SCFMS has a strong research and disciplinary leadership profile. This position supports the School’s new Ph.D. program in Communication (social justice emphasis). The School also offers degree tracks in Communication, Public Relations, Film & Media Studies, and Digital Media; a graduate certificate in Film & Media Studies; an M.A. degree in Communication.


The University of Cincinnati is an urban, research-intensive public university that strives to provide a supportive environment for all its faculty. For example, we have an active Black Faculty Association, Latino Faculty Association, and LGBTQ faculty association, and an institutional membership to the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity. UC is an AAUP campus with an active local faculty and staff union. UC is located in a vibrant city with an active arts scene, national sports teams and an abundance of local restaurants and entertainment.


Candidates whose research also explores issues of health disparities, inequities, race, ethnicity, gender, or is aligned in other ways with the social justice focus of our newly approved PhD program will be given preference. We welcome candidates from a diverse set of paradigmatic and methodological approaches to the study of technology and health. The candidate will be expected to teach from a selection of existing undergraduate courses that contribute to our undergraduate certificate in COMMSHER (Communicating Science, Health, Environment and Risk), like Communicating about Health, Science, and the Environment, Internet and Everyday Life, Capstone in Health Communication, and/or Information Society, as well as develop new course offerings. At the graduate level, candidates would be expected to offer doctoral-level theory and research seminars in e-health, health communication, and/or their area of specialization. 


The University of Cincinnati offers a competitive salary and benefits package. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. Support for start-up research costs will be available.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct and teach assigned undergraduate and/or graduate-level courses and seminars.
  • Conceptualize, execute, and disseminate research in a specialized academic area (health communication and technology).
  • Evaluate and develop curriculum for the school and evaluate student coursework.
  • Serve on college or university committees and participate in curriculum development activities.
  • Serve on graduate committees, supervise laboratories (where appropriate), independent study activities, and off-campus learning.
  • Engage in other activities ancillary to or in support of his or her responsibilities.
  • Render service to the professional or lay community which is relevant to the individual’s academic specialty.
  • Review, and where necessary, respond in a timely manner to all University-related communications.
  • Other related duties as assigned.

Minimum Requirements

Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. in Communication or a related discipline by August 2022. Candidates currently at ABD status will be reviewed.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Highly competitive candidates will demonstrate clear evidence of the potential for establishing a national reputation through an active program of scholarship.  Candidates should also demonstrate the potential to develop a successful sponsored research program in societal impacts of health and technology, building on existing alliances and partnerships of the School of Communication, Film, and Media studies across the University of Cincinnati, such as The Cincinnati Project, the School of Information Technology, the Center for Public Engagement with Science, and others. 


In addition, candidates should have a strong record of teaching, an interest in both undergraduate and graduate education, a willingness to mentor graduate students, and experience with diverse populations.

Application Process

In addition to the application, you must provide a cover letter addressing position qualifications, a current academic vitae, writing sample/s, teaching philosophy statement and evidence of teaching accomplishment, and three letters of reference. Please use the additional documents feature as needed for these attachments. For full consideration, submit application materials by December 3, 2021.




The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


REQ: 72230


Assistant Professor, Health Communication and Technology

Date:  Oct 21, 2021

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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