Assistant Professor in Health Communication

Departmental News

Posted: October 9, 2017

The Department of Communication & Journalism at the University of New Mexico invites applications for a full-time probationary appointment leading to a tenure decision as an Assistant Professor in health communication to begin August, 2018. 

The department expects to hire a specialist in health communication and is open to various theoretical and methodological approaches.  Health communication is one of three core research areas in the department (with mass communication and intercultural communication) and includes such foci as culture and health disparities, community-based participatory research, health communication campaigns/social marketing, interpersonal health communication, technology-mediated health communication such as mHealth, diffusion of innovations, and science communication.  There are multiple interdisciplinary research centers available for collaboration including the Robert Wood Johnson Center on Health Policy, Center on Alcoholism, Substance Abuse, and Addictions (CASAA), and the University of New Mexico Health Science Center, including its Comprehensive Cancer Center.

This position will be a joint appointment with the BA/MD program an innovative curricular program that admits New Mexico high school graduates as freshmen to UNM medical school and seeks to graduate them within 8 years with a BA and MD.  The faculty member will be expected to teach a required junior-level seminar in the BA/MD program on cultural issues and health disparities along with courses at the undergraduate and graduate level in Communication & Journalism.  Service commitments will be jointly shared with the BA/MD program and the department. The home department, however, will be Communication & Journalism.

The university is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to diversity through their teaching, research, and service.  Advising graduate students in Communication & Journalism is an expectation.

Minimum Qualifications:  

  1. Doctorate in communication or a related field by start date of employment
  2. At least one year of coursework, teaching experience, and/or research in health communication

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Demonstrated strength in teaching at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
  2. Demonstrated potential to develop research program and publications 
  3. Demonstrated strength in using quantitative or qualitative methods
  4. Ability to mentor diverse students at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels
  5. Ability to contribute to other core areas in the department
  6. Ability or potential for obtaining extramural funding to support research and teaching
  7. A demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and student success, as well as working with broadly diverse communities. 

Application Process This position is scheduled to be posted at in September 2017.  For more information, contact Tamar Ginossar, Health Communication Search Committee Chair, at   A complete application consists of:  (1) letter of interest identifying areas of expertise, research interests, and teaching experience; (2) Curriculum Vitae; (3) a sample of a recent, representative publication or conference paper; (4) evidence of teaching effectiveness in the form of recent student course evaluations and teaching observations; and (5) names and contact information of three references. 

The University of New Mexico, the flagship university in the state, is a Research I university and a minority-serving institution. Founded in 1889, the University currently offers more than 200 degree and certificate programs to its student population of roughly 30,000. Its main campus is located in the heart of Albuquerque, a high desert city of 700,000 with a multi-cultural population. The city is bordered by the Sandia Mountains, bridges the Rio Grande, and enjoys 310 days of sunshine per year and moderate winter and summer climates.

The University of New Mexico is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator.