University of Connecticut, Department of Communication

Position ID:UConn-Department of Communication-494772 [#16949, 494772]
Position Title: Assistant Professor in Health Communication and Inequality
Position Type:Tenured/Tenure-track faculty
Position Location:Storrs, Connecticut 06269, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Communications / health communication
Appl Deadline: finished (2020/09/23, finished 2021/05/29, listed until 2020/11/23)
Position Description:    

*** this position has been closed and new applications are no longer accepted. ***


The Department of Communication at the University of Connecticut welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in health communication, inequality, and social justice. The position will be based on our Storrs campus and will begin on August 23, 2021. This scholar would have a research focus on issues of difference, inequality, and identity as they impact health communication, broadly defined to include interpersonal and health, technology and health, or health campaigning.

Consistent with the Department's empirical approach to the discipline, we seek applicants whose research agenda takes a social scientific approach to any one of a number of research areas, including but not limited to health interventions targeting historically marginalized and at-risk communities, social support in these communities, or the impact of digital divides and economic access on health literacy. We welcome scholars with expertise in a range of methodologies, and especially encourage applicants with expertise in qualitative and mixed methods approaches and an interest in training graduate students in these methodologies. The successful applicant will have record of (or potential for) pursuing funding opportunities through NIH and NSF, and through foundations such as Robert Wood Johnson and Russell Sage. In addition, this candidate will be expected to assist the University in its efforts to broaden participation among members of under-represented groups; to demonstrate through their research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; to integrate multicultural experiences into relevant course content; and to contribute to the development of pedagogical techniques designed to meet the needs of diverse learning styles and intellectual interests.

The Department of Communication has 19 tenure-stream faculty members and 5 non-tenure stream faculty, and has approximately 35 graduate students and 900 undergraduate majors. For more information see

Founded in 1881, the UConn is a Land Grant and Sea Grant institution and member of the Space Grant Consortium. It is the state’s flagship institution of higher education and includes a main campus in Storrs, CT, four regional campuses throughout the state, and 13 Schools and Colleges, including a Law School in Hartford, and Medical and Dental Schools at the UConn Health campus in Farmington. The University has approximately 10,000 faculty and staff and 32,000 students, including nearly 24,000 undergraduates and over 8,000 graduate and professional students. UConn is a Carnegie Foundation R1 (highest research activity) institution, among the top 25 public universities in the nation. Through research, teaching, service, and outreach, UConn embraces diversity and cultivates leadership, integrity, and engaged citizenship in its students, faculty, staff, and alumni. UConn promotes the health and well-being of citizens by enhancing the social, economic, cultural, and natural environments of the state and beyond. The University serves as a beacon of academic and research excellence as well as a center for innovation and social service to communities. UConn is a leader in many scholarly, research, and innovation areas. Today, the path forward includes exciting opportunities and notable challenges. Record numbers of undergraduate applications and support for student success have enabled the University to become extraordinarily selective.


Earned Ph.D. in Communication or related field (ABD candidates will be considered with the expectation that the PhD is completed by the start date); demonstrated potential in establishing a successful research and scholarship program aligned with the description above; deep commitment to promoting diversity through academic and research programs.


Record of securing extramural funding from the agencies listed above or similar national level grant-sponsoring agencies; record of research and scholarship excellence; record of teaching excellence; ability to contribute through research, teaching, and/or public engagement to the diversity and excellence of the learning experience.


This is a full-time, 9-month, tenure-track position with an anticipated start date of August 23, 2021. The successful candidate’s academic appointment will be at the Storrs campus. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Please apply online to Academic Jobs Online and submit the following application materials:

  • A cover letter,
  • Curriculum vitae,
  • Research and scholarship statement (innovative concepts that will form the basis of academic career, experience in proposal development, mentorship of graduate students, etc.);
  • Teaching statement (including teaching philosophy, teaching experience, commitment to effective learning, concepts for new course development, etc.);
  • Commitment to diversity statement (including broadening participation, integrating multicultural experiences in instruction and research and pedagogical techniques to meet the needs of diverse learning styles, etc.);
  • 3 letters of reference.

Application materials will only be accepted via Academic Jobs Online. Evaluation of applicants will begin in mid-November.

At the University of Connecticut, our commitment to excellence is complemented by our commitment to building a culturally diverse community.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This position will be filled subject the budgetary approval.

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Application Materials Required:
Submit the following items online at this website to complete your application:
And anything else requested in the position description.

Further Info:
University of Connecticut
Department of Communication
337 Mansfield Road, U-1259
Storrs, CT 06269-1259