Tenure-Track: Positions in Communication and Information, Rutgers University

Saturday, December 1, 2012 - 12:00am





THE DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATION in the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, seeks applications from scholars who value a climate of cross-departmental collaboration and interdisciplinary commitment to the development of discoveries and new ideas in response to contemporary communication challenges. We are looking for innovative researchers in one or more of the following areas:  

(1) Communication and Technology: emphasizing the use and impacts of communication technology-including, but not limited to, social media-in health, interpersonal, organizational, and/or community contexts; 

(2) Communication and Community Health: examining communication processes and structures that enhance community health-with a focus on such topics as community mobilization, health organizations, community health decision making, underserved populations, health literacy, health policy, and/or crisis communication; and/or 

(3) Interpersonal Communication Processes in Health Contexts: exploring interpersonal communication and social interaction in health contexts-with expertise in such areas as provider-patient interaction, family/relational wellness, health barriers, social support, health practitioner training, and/or end of life decision making.


The scholarship of successful candidates will connect to one or more of the four problem-based research foci that have guided our school's hiring in recent years: health and wellness; global media and democracy; organizations, policy, and leadership; and social media interaction & collaboration. We especially seek candidates from under-represented groups who would further our commitment to scholarly excellence and community diversity.  For more about the Department of Communication and the Rutgers-School of Communication and Information, including school-wide research interests and active faculty searches in the school's Journalism and Media Studies and Library and Information Science departments, see: <http://comminfo.rutgers.edu/> http://comminfo.rutgers.edu.


Qualifications: The ideal candidate will conduct theoretically-based research using qualitative and/or quantitative social scientific methods. All candidates should have completed a Ph.D. in a relevant field no later than May 2013.   The ideal applicant's program of research should complement the research foci of current faculty.  Applicants should have a demonstrated record or strong likelihood of top-tier peer-reviewed publication as well as evidence of effective teaching. Senior level applicants should provide evidence of integrative leadership in research, instruction, and external funding.  Letter of application should address these points, and clearly articulate the candidate's fit to specific departmental and school-wide research interests.  Duties of the successful applicant(s) include undergraduate and graduate teaching in the candidate's field of scholarship, an active program of research in the candidate's area of scholarly expertise, and service contributions to the advancement of the academic profession, to the effective operation of the university, and to society at large in accordance with university policy expectations for tenure-track appointments.


Submissions: Applications must be received no later than December 1, 2012.

Submit to: http://its.scilsnet.rutgers.edu/facultysearch/. Include letter of application, CV, up to three representative publications, and names and contact information of three references (no letters at this time please). Please do not submit applications to more than one department.  If you see a potential fit in more than one department please indicate this in your application letter. For more information, contact the search committee chair (Craig Scott at crscott@rutgers.edu).  


Founded in 1766, Rutgers is the eighth oldest institution of higher education in the United States and is a member of the elite AAU research universities in North America.  The School of Communication and Information is a founding member of the iSchools Caucus. An equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is committed to building a diverse community and encourages the applications of women and minority candidates. As evidence of that, among peer public institutions (public universities in the Association of American Universities), Rutgers is 4th in the nation for full-time female faculty, 14th in the nation for full-time African-American faculty, and 15th in the nation for full-time total minority faculty. Among those same schools Rutgers ranks 2nd in the percentage of degrees earned by African Americans, 8th for Asians, and 11th for Latinos.


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