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Professor/Associate/Assistant Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences (CAS) at the Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pennsylvania, seeks to hire a tenure-track assistant, associate, or full professor who will build capacity both in CAS and in the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences.

This full-time position will be filled by a scholar with expertise in interpersonal communication who complements the CAS department’s mission with regard to the scientific study of communication. The ideal candidate will conduct theory-driven research on processes of interpersonal communication in personal relationships or families, complementing the current CAS faculty’s focus on interpersonal communication and relationships, social influence, and health communication. Expertise in statistical methods for analysis of interaction and dyadic or small group data is desirable.

The successful applicant will contribute to theory and research through affiliation with the Huck Institutes. The Huck Institutes’ mission is to catalyze and facilitate excellence in interdisciplinary research in the life sciences at Penn State. The Huck Institutes include research centers that promote cutting-edge, interdisciplinary science on topics such as neuroscience, human evolution and diversity, ecological systems, genomics, and biomedicine and health sciences, including reproductive health and vaccination. It is imperative that the applicant identify one or more research units in the Huck Institutes in which they could participate and elaborate on how they would contribute to that unit. The successful applicant will demonstrate capacity to undertake research that meaningfully connects interpersonal communication with the life sciences as represented by the Huck Institutes. A complete list of Huck research centers and institutes, graduate degree programs, and core facilities can be found at https://www.huck.psu.edu/.

Current CAS faculty affiliate with the Huck Institutes’ Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics and the Ecology Institute. In addition, CAS and the Huck Institutes have developed the Communication, Science, and Society Initiative (CSSI). The goals of the CSSI are (a) to improve the individual and collective well-being of humanity through communication scholarship in collaboration with life scientists, (b) to foster transdisciplinary collaboration, especially with the life sciences, driven by concrete social exigencies and opportunities, and (c) to exercise national leadership in communication theory, research, and practices through these activities. Additional description of the CSSI can be found at https://cssi.psu.edu/. The successful candidate will be invited to participate in the CSSI.

Candidates for the rank of Assistant Professor must have completed all requirements for the Ph.D. by the time of the appointment, as well as a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement and teaching effectiveness. Duties will involve a combination of teaching, research, and service, based on the candidate’s qualifications.

Candidates for the rank of Associate Professor must hold a Ph.D. and have established a robust record of scholarly publication, teaching effectiveness, and student mentoring. Duties will involve a combination of teaching, research, and service, based on the candidate’s qualifications.

Candidates for the rank of Professor must hold a Ph.D., as well as an outstanding record of research, teaching, and mentoring. Duties will involve a combination of teaching, research, and service, based on the candidate’s qualifications.

For all three ranks, responsibilities include conducting research and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, course development in the area of specialty, supervision of theses and dissertations, and involvement in other departmental activities. The individual selected for this position will be well-grounded in the communication discipline, complement and strengthen core interests of faculty in CAS, and demonstrate capacity to collaborate with the Huck Institutes, as well as the broader university community. Candidates must also demonstrate an appreciation for working alongside diverse colleagues in the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences. Successful candidates should either have demonstrated a commitment to building an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus community, or describe one or more ways they would envision doing so, given the opportunity.

Applications must include a letter of application describing research, teaching, and any graduate mentoring experience, along with a CV, representative publications (typically three), evidence of effective teaching, and the names of three references who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation. The application portal has a technical limit of 5 documents that total no more than 5MB. If you have more documents for the committee to consider, please forward them to the Search Committee Chair, Erina MacGeorge at elm26@psu.edu. The additional material will be uploaded into the system manually.

Inquiries may be sent to the search committee chair, Professor Erina MacGeorge at elm26@psu.edu.  

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is August, 2022.

Apply online at: https://psu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/PSU_Academic/job/University-Park-Campus/Professor-Associate-Assistant-Professor-of-Communication-Arts-and-Sciences_REQ_0000020609-1

 

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The Josephine Berry Weiss Chair in the Humanities and Professor/Associate Professor of Communication Arts and Sciences and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

The College of the Liberal Arts at The Pennsylvania State University seeks a tenured professor, or tenured associate professor with a record that is close to promotion, in rhetoric and social justice broadly construed among one or multiple intersections of feminist rhetoric; cultural and political advocacy; the discursive analysis of race and racism; the evolution of gender and sexual identities in rhetorical theory and practice; and/or queer theory as it relates to the creation and circulation of symbolic, visual, and material expression. The successful candidate will be appointed jointly in the departments of Communication Arts and Sciences (51%) and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (49%).  

The position includes a four-year appointment as the Josephine Berry Weiss Chair in the Humanities, a term chair with the possibility of renewal, that provides one course release (from a standard 2/2 teaching load) and substantial resources to spend on a transformational initiative that addresses a contemporary social exigency infused by issues of gender and sexuality and that benefits from rhetorical inquiry. Examples include, but are not limited to, diversity and community activism, national or local health disparities, environmental justice, and immigration policy and practice. The topic of the candidate's initiative is less important than its quality, originality, and potential for impact, and the candidate's capacity to build intellectual and institutional programming. The Weiss Chair will receive a minimum of $125,000 over four years to support the programming that they develop.  

Candidates for Professor must hold a Ph.D., should have an outstanding publication record and a track record of excellence in teaching and mentoring students. Duties for the position involve a combination of administrative labor, teaching, and research based on the candidate’s qualifications.   

Candidates for Associate Professor must hold a Ph.D., should have a significant publication record and a track record of excellence in teaching and mentoring students. Duties for the position involve a combination of administrative labor, teaching, and research based on the candidate’s qualifications.   

Candidates must be well grounded in both rhetorical studies and women’s, gender, and sexuality studies. Successful candidates must provide evidence of intersectional research that facilitates transdisciplinary conversations. Additional considerations for review include expertise teaching and mentoring graduate students across disciplines, administrative skill, experience with program development, and a record of constructive engagement and collaboration with diverse communities within and/or beyond the academy.                                                                               

Applications must include a cover letter describing the candidate’s research, teaching, and service, along with a CV, representative publications (typically three), evidence of effective teaching, and a description of the social exigency the candidate plans to address as the Weiss Chair in the Humanities. Applications should provide three references; however, the Search Committee will not contact references without first informing the candidate.     

The search committee will be an interdisciplinary group of faculty from the Communication Arts and Sciences and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies departments at Penn State. Inquiries can be sent to the Search Chair, Kirt H. Wilson (khw2@psu.edu).  

Review of applications will begin September 30, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the position is August 2022.  

Penn State is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.