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Assistant or Associate Professor in Communication Arts and Sciences/ Co-Hire with the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences

Job Number: 76070

The Department of Communication Arts and Sciences at The Pennsylvania State University seeks to hire a tenure-track or tenured assistant or associate professor whose research advances communication theory, complements departmental strengths in interpersonal communication and social influence, demonstrates a sophisticated command of quantitative methods, and connects to the life sciences. We are particularly interested in applicants with expertise in lifespan, family, and/or small group communication.

This position consists of a full-time appointment as a Communication Arts and Sciences faculty member, which is co-funded 50% by the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. The Huck Institutes’ mission is to catalyze and facilitate excellence in interdisciplinary research and education in the life sciences at Penn State. The Huck Institutes includes many research centers that promote cutting-edge, collaborative, interdisciplinary science, including topics such as neuroscience, the biological embedding of stress and trauma, ecological systems, genomics, motor function, and reproductive health.

In addition to conducting research and teaching in Communication Arts and Sciences, the successful applicant will participate in the intellectual life of the Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences. For this reason, the application letter should identify the research center(s) or institute(s) in which the individual could participate and elaborate on the applicant’s fit with that unit or those units. A list of Huck research centers and institutes, graduate degree programs, and core facilities can be found at

The successful applicant will have a demonstrated record of scholarly achievement, be well grounded in the communication discipline, complement and strengthen core interests of faculty in the department, and be willing to collaborate with the broader university community, especially as a co-fund of the Huck Institutes.

Candidates should provide clear evidence of scholarly and teaching excellence and service to the discipline. In addition to conducting research and teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, responsibilities include course development in the area of specialty, supervision of theses and dissertations, and involvement in other departmental activities. Additional considerations in reviewing candidates include interest in grant-based research, the desire to engage in interdisciplinary research, and an appreciation for working alongside diverse colleagues in the humanities, the social sciences, and the life sciences.

Applications must include a letter of application describing research, teaching, and any graduate mentoring experience, along with a CV, representative publications, a brief teaching portfolio, and the names of three references who may be contacted to provide letters of recommendation.

Inquiries may be sent to Professor Rachel Smith, chair of the search committee, at

Review of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and continue until the position if filled.  The start date for the position is August, 2019, with the possibility of a visiting position in the 2018-19 academic year.

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