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Assistant Professor, Communication
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Oct. 27, 2023
Title Assistant Professor, Communication
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8M000:College of Communication and Information
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date August 2024
  • Assistant Professor
  • Communications/Journalism (all)
The Department of Communication in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky invites applications for multiple tenure-eligible (also known as tenure-track) positions at the Assistant Professor level (Regular Title Series) with an anticipated start date of Aug. 16, 2024. Tenure-eligible means candidates must first meet the prescribed criteria per Administrative Regulation 2:2-1 and statements of evidence to be granted tenure.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in communication/mass communication by Aug. 16, 2024. The department is open to applicants in one or more of the following areas: interpersonal/intergroup, sport, health, organizational, and media communication. Excellence in research and teaching, as well as publication credentials commensurate with departments in a major research university, is required. A record of or potential for extramural funding, as well as a commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary research, is desired. Responsibilities include actively engaging in theory-driven, empirical research from a social scientific perspective, teaching two courses per academic semester, and serving on program and student committees.

The initial distribution of effort for the first academic year will be as follows: 50% Research, 45% Instruction, 5% Service/Professional Development

The successful candidate must be a leader with demonstrated excellence in university teaching and scholarship/creative activity and exhibit excellent organizational and communication skills.

Our Commitment to Diversity:
Experiencing a record high enrollment growth in students classified as first-generation and underrepresented minorities, the University of Kentucky is committed to creating a diverse, multicultural community of scholars and learners. It strives to be a model for the Commonwealth of Kentucky of a truly diverse society that celebrates human differences, promotes fairness and equity in policies and practices, and upholds basic principles of social justice. It is within this framework that the Department of Communication has developed a dedicated on-going program to make diversity central to its curriculum, activities, and staffing. It is also committed to educating its students about the value of diversity to them, the university, and greater society; and through this plan, the department works toward these goals.

As such, we are committed to recruitment, retention, and representation strategies and practices to increase the presence of underrepresented individuals, including ongoing investment and responsive support to ensure that our employees are able to grow and succeed in their careers.

Our commitment applies to all candidates inclusive of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, age, marital status, disability, or status as a protected veteran.

About the Department:
The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Communication with undergraduate major options in business and organizational communication, digital and mass communication, healthcare communication, human communication, and sport communication, as well as a minor in communication and an Undergraduate Certificate in health communication.

About the College:
The College of Communication and Information is composed of two schools (School of Information Science and School of Journalism and Media), two departments (Department of Communication and Department of Integrated Strategic Communication), and interdisciplinary master’s and PhD programs. More than 80 full-time faculty lead nearly 2,000 undergraduate majors and 350 graduate students while also teaching in the university’s core curriculum and serving students pursuing minors and certificates in the college. The college also houses University of Kentucky’s independent student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, and the championship winning Intercollegiate Debate Team.

About the University:
Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grant institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development, and human well-being. The campus is home to more than 31,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty members, and nearly 14,000 staff members. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. As such, the University of Kentucky is an incubator for interdisciplinary research. These collaborations allow researchers to address the rapidly changing needs of a global society.

According to Forbes magazine’s 2022 America’s Best-in-State Employers list, the University of Kentucky is the top ranked education employer in the state. In addition, for a fifth straight year, the University of Kentucky has appeared on ModernThink’s list of Great Colleges to Work For. As a leader among employers, the University of Kentucky offers a comprehensive benefits package. For more details, please visit

About Lexington:
The City of Lexington is a great place to live, work, and study. It recently appeared on USA Today’s list of the top cities to live in. With a population of roughly 320,000, Lexington offers the warmth and lower cost of living of a small city, along with many of the amenities enjoyed in a larger city, including the arts, cultural events, and a thriving dining scene.

Application materials should include a letter of application that briefly summarizes background, qualifications, and interest in the position (upload as Cover Letter); a curriculum vita; a brief research statement reviewing focus, expertise, accomplishments, and goals; a brief teaching statement including philosophy of teaching and evidence of teaching excellence (the research and teaching statement can be uploaded as a combined document in Specific Request 1 or separately in Specific Request 1 & 2); and contact information for three references when prompted in the application.

Application review will begin September 15th, 2023and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair: Nancy Harrington via email at
The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from
veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, African Americans, and all minorities.

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