Assistant Professor in Race and Communication

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The University of Utah’s Department of Communication, located in the College of Humanities, seeks a scholar whose research, teaching, and service expertise in race and communication complements and expands our existing strengths in Critical Cultural Studies; Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk; Digital Media; and Rhetoric.
We invite applications for this tenure-track position from scholars and scholar-activists who have an outstanding research record (or the promise of such a record) in areas of communication focused on race and ethnicity theoretically anchored by frameworks that may include Chicanx and Latinx; Mestiza consciousness; critical race and post-colonial inquiry; Middle Eastern, South Asian, or African studies; Pacific Islander; indigeneity; intersectionality. The successful applicant may also study race and communication in myriad contexts such as sport; science and technology; media, popular culture, or digital media; public health; environmentalism; globalization. We invite applicants who will innovatively expand our Department, including those who diverge from the parameters of the position description.
Duties will include conducting research; teaching existing undergraduate and graduate courses;  designing and teaching courses within the applicant’s area of expertise; advising Masters and Ph.D. students; and contributing service to the Department, College, university, and profession.
Qualified applicants will have a Ph.D. in Communication (A.B.D. candidates will be considered) or in a closely related discipline or interdisciplinary program; an active research program leading to publication; the potential for success in grant acquisition; a record of or demonstrated potential for teaching excellence; and a willingness to conduct service at all levels. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2022.
The University of Utah values candidates who:
  • have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and
  • possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.
  • Scholars whose research, teaching, and/or service center on issues of inclusion, diversity, equity, and access (IDEA) are strongly encouraged to apply.
The Department is committed to removing systemic barriers that have been traditionally encountered by individuals from underrepresented groups. It strives to recruit and retain faculty who will further enhance our diversity and aims to support the academic, professional, and personal successes of faculty, staff, and students while they are here. Exemplifying our commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access, the Department passed Anti-Racism Code of Conduct  in Fall 2020 followed by Anti-Racism Strategic Plan in Spring 2021.
The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. People of color, Indigenous peoples, women, those identifying as LGBTQIAAP+, veterans, and those with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable accommodations for a disability will be provided with adequate notice. For additional information about the University’s commitment to equal opportunity and access see:
Applicants are accepted beginning September 1, 2021 with a formal review of applications to begin October 15, 2021. Interview modality will be determined in accordance with University and local policy. Applicants must submit a cover letter highlighting scholarly activities; a curriculum vita; a writing sample; evidence of teaching excellence; and a list of three references. In addition, the University of Utah recognizes that inclusion, diversity, equity, and access fosters educational and institutional excellence. As such, every applicant should include a single-page statement of their contributions to inclusion, diversity, equity, and access with their application materials.
To apply, please use this link. Questions about this position may be directed to Kimberley Mangun, Search Committee Chair, at
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Salt Lake City, UT, USA

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