Professor of Science Communication/ Director of the Media Center for Science and Technology
Job no: 522274
Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Journalism/Communication, Instruction
Department: School of Journalism & Communication
Annual Basis: 9 Month
To ensure consideration, please submit all required materials by January 15, 2019.
Required Application Materials
Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, and the names of four academic references.
The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon (UO) is proud to announce a position for a tenured Professor (Associate Professor may be considered) as the inaugural holder of an endowed chair in Science Communication and the Director of the newly launched Media Center for Science and Technology (MCST) (see http://journalism.uoregon.edu/research-projects/mcst/). This hire will join a nationally recognized school that emphasizes critical thinking, media literacy, experiential learning, and a commitment to social progress and diversity.
Ideal candidates will be internationally recognized leaders in science communication (or a closely related field) who are prepared to lead and build the new MCST in collaboration with colleagues in the SOJC, across the University of Oregon and the Phil and Penny Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact, and beyond. Furthermore, ideal candidates will have deep experience in obtaining external grants from government and nonprofit sources (and demonstrate potential for fundraising with private donors with the support of the dean and our development team); will be experts in translating research for public impact and engagement; and will work with a variety of stakeholders (such as scientists, policymakers, media organizations, and technology platforms) to enhance public understanding of key issues associated with science, technology, and society. Because research shows that scientists and citizens often see the same issues through different lenses, there is a preference for scholars of media and communication who can bridge gaps between innovations in science and technology and the practical knowledge about and implementation and use of such discoveries.
In addition to graduate teaching, the candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and/or graduate courses in science communication and at least one other sequence in the SOJC (e.g., Advertising, Journalism, Media Studies, or Public Relations), and will be expected to work collaboratively with SOJC and UO faculty on research and teaching initiatives in areas such as environmental communication, media technologies, “green” brands, and health communication. Enhancing at least one of these areas, as well as focusing more broadly on science communication, is a goal of this position. The candidate may teach classes outside the SOJC as appropriate, given the interdisciplinary nature of science communication and collaborative relationships we expect this leader will build with other UO units.
We value candidates who share the following school priorities: attracting undergraduate and graduate talent, offering relevant experiential learning opportunities, and achieving 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), five professional and academic master’s programs, and a doctoral program in media studies.
Ph.D; a record of scholarly achievement and a research agenda befitting an incoming endowed chair professor; experience recruiting and advising graduate students and mentoring junior faculty; and a record of effective teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
A successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment. Administrative experience, including leading departments, centers or programs similar to the MCST, is preferred, as is professional media experience. Experience in obtaining external grants from government and nonprofit sources (and demonstrate potential for fundraising with private donors with the support of the dean and our development team).
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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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