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Assistant/Associate/Full Professor of Science/Environment Communication

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Instruction, Journalism/Communication

Department: School of Journalism & Communication
Rank: Assistant/Associate/Full Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
November 1, 2017

Required Application Materials
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, and the names of four academic references.

Position Announcement
The School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon seeks a tenure-track assistant/associate/full professor with professional experience in science communication to join our nationally recognized program that emphasizes experiential learning, strategic thinking, and a commitment to social progress and diversity.

This position reflects the important need to increase the public’s understanding of science and to improve how communicators, citizens, and scientists communicate with one another. A research agenda focusing on effects of science communication on issues such as climate change and energy development is particularly valued.

The ideal candidate will hold a Ph.D. and will have a well-defined research agenda with evidence of scholarly publication, demonstrated teaching ability at the college level, and experience in obtaining grants and external funding for innovative research involving science communication. The selected candidate will be encouraged to collaborate with faculty and scientists at both the new Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact and the planned science communication institute at the SOJC, and evidence of excellent collaboration is expected. If the selected candidate is a senior faculty member, he/she will be considered to direct the institute.

Candidates may come from academic disciplines such as advertising, public relations, or journalism; experience in teaching science communication is required. Teaching opportunities are available across the curriculum as well as in our academic and professional master’s programs in both Eugene and Portland and in our Eugene-based doctoral program.

We value candidates who share the following school priorities; attracting undergraduate and graduate talent, offering relevant experiential learning opportunities, and academic excellence through enhanced research productivity.

Department or Program Summary
The SOJC is an ACEJMC-accredited program with over a 100-year history at the University of Oregon, which is a comprehensive research university and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Our program thrives as a journalism and communication school known for innovation, ethics, and action. We offer four undergraduate concentrations (in advertising, journalism, media studies, and public relations), four professional and academic master’s programs, and a doctoral program in media studies.

Minimum Requirements
Ph.D., a well-defined research agenda with evidence of scholarly publication, demonstrated teaching ability at the college level, and experience in obtaining grants and external funding for innovative research involving science communication.

About the University
Eugene often appears on lists of the most livable communities in the country. It enjoys the cultural amenities of a larger city – hosting concerts that span the musical spectrum, the world-famous Bach Festival, and many other festivals and celebrations – and the accessible real estate, lack of traffic, and relaxed lifestyle of a small city. Recreational possibilities abound, ranging from hiking or mountain biking picturesque trails to playing nationally-ranked golf courses to running the same paths on which Olympic athletes train. (Known as Tracktown USA, Eugene hosts the US Olympic Track & Field trials, as well as numerous other sporting events tied to the Pac-12 athletic conference.) Eugene lies just 60 miles from ski resorts in the mountains to the east and 60 miles from the scenic Oregon coast to the west. In the heart of Oregon wine country, Eugene also enjoys a nationally-recognized food scene.


The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA.  The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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