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Assistant Professor: Environmental Communication and Social Justice

26.09.2019 13:04 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

University of Colorado – College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

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The University of Colorado Denver l Anschutz Medical Campus seeks individuals with demonstrated commitment to creating an inclusive learning and working environment. We value the ability to engage effectively with students, faculty and staff of diverse backgrounds.

The Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Environmental Communication and Social Justice at the Assistant Professor level. The position begins in August of 2020.

The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is an urban research university in Colorado serving more than 18,000 students enrolled in 18 schools and colleges located on two campuses in the Denver metropolitan area. Forty-four percent of our diverse undergraduate student body come from underrepresented populations, and approximately 50% of first-year students are first-generation college students. The downtown Denver campus is situated in one of America’s most vibrant urban centers with access to a wide array of academic, professional, cultural, and recreational outlets. The CU Anschutz Medical Campus in nearby Aurora features world-class research, educational, and clinical facilities. With a solid academic reputation, award-winning faculty and renowned researchers, the University of Colorado Denver offers more than 100 highly rated degree programs and awards more than 4,600 degrees each year. The university currently receives more than $400 million in combined direct and indirect sponsored program expenditures.

The Department of Communication is one of the largest majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences on the downtown campus. It offers BA, MA, and online degrees and certificate programs. The Department serves approximately 500 majors, 100 minors, and 25 MA students. It also offers a BA program at the International College Beijing in China, where opportunities to teach exist. The Department is staffed with colleagues whose work falls largely in the rhetorical and critical/cultural traditions.

Tenure-track faculty members perform research and service consistent with peer research universities and teach on a 2/2 load.

The primary research and teaching focus of this position will fall within environmental communication and social justice. The successful candidate will show clear and sustained connections in research, teaching, and service to the Department’s mission: “to cultivate the knowledge and ability to use communication to create a more equitable and humane world.” This means we seek a colleague with expertise and experience in using environmental communication to work toward social justice, ideally in collaboration with community partners.

Preference will be given to candidates whose work in environmental communication and justice studies (climate, environmental and social) centrally addresses issues related to the Global South, indigenous communities, marginalized voices, and/or intersectional identities (including but not limited to class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and ability).

Salary and Benefits:

Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at Employee Services.

University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background checks for all new employees prior to their employment.

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Your total compensation goes beyond the number on your paycheck. The University of Colorado provides generous leave, health plans and retirement contributions that add to your bottom line.


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Diversity and Equity:

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The University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is committed to recruiting and supporting a diverse student body, faculty and administrative staff. The university strives to promote a culture of inclusiveness, respect, communication and understanding. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.



The Department strongly prefers candidates with a Ph.D. in Communication (or a related discipline); however, candidates who are ABD with significant progress on the dissertation will also be considered. Applicants are expected to have defended their dissertation on or before August 1, 2020.


The Department is also especially interested in candidates who conduct research in international arenas and whose research methods and expertise complement one or more of the department's existing pathways:

  • Community service & Public Affairs
  • Global and Intercultural Communication
  • Health Communication
  • Media and Cultural studies
  • Strategic Communication

Additional preferred qualities include a demonstrated history of producing significant scholarship, evidence of superior teaching, and the potential for leadership in departmental, campus, and disciplinary service.

Special Instructions to Applicants: Review of applications will commence October 15, 2019, and will continue until the position is filled. Candidates with questions about this job description are invited to contact search chair, Dr. Larry Erbert at

Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References, Statement of Teaching Philosophy, Additional Attachments - Refer to Application Materials Instructions Below

Application Materials Instructions:

Applications are accepted electronically at CU Careers, refer to requisition ID: 17241

When applying applicants must include:

  • A letter of application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • The names and contact information of at least three references
  • Two samples of scholarly activity
  • A teaching statement
  • One sample syllabus

Please be advised that the University does check references as part of the employment process.

Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Denver

Department: U0001 -- DENVER & ANSCHUTZ MED CAMPUS - 30095 - CLAS-Communication

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: Sep 20, 2019

Unposting Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Larry Erbert

Posting Contact Email:

Position Number: 00648531



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