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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

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 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 The additional material will be uploaded into the system manually.

Inquiries may be sent to the search committee chair, Professor Erina MacGeorge at  

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

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