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Assistant Professor of Health Communication

Metropolitan State University of Denver
United States, Colorado, Denver
February 19, 2023
Posting Details
Posting Details

Posting Number F00892
Position Title Assistant Professor of Health Communication
Position Number F00229
Salary for Announcement
The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $62,000 at Assistant Professor rank. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. To learn more about these options, visit our page.
Employee Category Faculty-CAT I
Department Communication Studies
EClass Code Full time faculty - 9 mo with benefits
Position Summary
The Department of Communication Studies at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites applications for a position at assistant professor level in Health Communication. This nine-month tenure track appointment will begin August 1, 2023. We are seeking candidates who take applied and equity-focused approaches to their teaching and scholarship in the context of health communication. Candidates may perform different specializations within health communication, such as community-based and participatory health promotion and education, health mis/information, whole-person approaches to wellness, communication and addiction, equity in health systems, and diversifying the health workforce. We are particularly interested in candidates who demonstrate the potential to expand departmental and institutional efforts around interdisciplinary collaborations. We are open to colleagues whose teaching, research and service, build from quantitative, qualitative, and/or critical methods.

Though we are open to candidates teaching courses in their areas of specialization, the department has particular need for faculty to teach Introduction to Health Communication ( COMM 2020) and courses that serve the general studies. Preference will be given to candidates who have:

  • Areas of teaching/research specialization which include (but are not limited to): health disparities, health communication campaigns, health crisis communication, health and social media, patient-provider communication, health promotion and education, digital technology and health communication, disability and accessibility, community-based and participatory health promotion and education, health mis/information, whole-person approaches to wellness, communication and addiction, equity in health systems, and diversifying the health workforce.
  • Expertise and interest in community engaged teaching and learning, as well as applied health communication practice. This may include cultivating partnerships with healthcare institutions and/or practitioners to provide students with applied educational opportunities and connecting those opportunities to the curriculum in innovative and meaningful ways.
  • Demonstrated ability to teach successfully in a wide variety of course delivery modes, including asynchronous, hybrid synchronous, and HyFlex courses.
  • Teaching experience with, or demonstrated potential to teach, Introduction to Health Communication and other courses in the general studies and for the department. We have special need for a colleague to teach COMM 3000 Diversity and Comm in the US and/or COMM 2030 Intercultural Communication.

Metropolitan State University of Denver and the Department of Communication are committed to in our work toward educational equity and promoting a culture of access and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty. We seek to sustain an inclusive community where all individuals at MSU Denver and in the Department of Communication are respected, feel a sense of belonging, and are provided proper resources and skillsets to be successful. This success is not limited to our liberal arts and sciences focused education, but also to the broader development of our students as engaged citizens and valued contributors to their discipline, the community, and our society.
At MSU Denver, we recognize the value of everyone and every group as part of an inclusive community of belonging. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has a vibrant Statement on that highlights those values. Differences can include but are not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, sex, physical appearance, pregnancy, marital/partner status, age, (dis)ability, neurodiversity, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, education, gender identity/expression, veteran status, political affiliation, political philosophy, and more. We recognize that these differences can be visible or invisible.
MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups. Our Fall 2021 student population consists of over 57% first-generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated ( HSI) located in downtown Denver. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today's college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students.
Candidates are required to teach a 3/3 load per semester; this includes teaching COMM 2020 Introduction to Health Communication and preparing for courses assigned, assessing student progress, and integrating technology, as appropriate.

Candidates will collaborate with Communication Studies faculty and colleagues in other departments and colleges (e.g., MSU Denver Health Institute) to develop courses and/or programs to expand curricular offerings in health communication. This may include proposing and teaching new general studies courses within Health Communication. It may also involve developing courses (e.g., a concentration) in health communication. Courses may address the sub-field of health communication as it meets the needs of our student population (e.g., those in related degree programs like nursing, speech language hearing sciences, health care management; or human services like social work).
Candidates will also advise students, which involves activities specifically assisting our students in choosing career options; staying informed of University policies and student support services; choosing a degree program; successfully completing their degree; and obtaining employment or graduate school placement.
Candidates are expected to pursue a program of scholarship that contributes to teaching and active publication, and engage in service to the department, college and profession and/or community.
Required Qualifications

  1. Ph.D. in Communication Studies, Communication, or closely related field. Advanced ABD candidates are welcome to apply, however the degree must be conferred prior to the start of appointment
  2. Demonstrated expertise, scholarly activity, teaching and/or service experiences in health equity
  3. Demonstrated ability to teach from a perspective that includes US racial and ethnic minorities, other marginalized groups, and/or women
  4. Demonstrated commitment to mentoring and supporting students from a wide range of experiences and backgrounds, including traditional, first generation, BIPOC, LGBTQ+, Latinx, adult, military, second career, second chance, concurrent high school/college students, and students with mental health, learning, or physical differences

Preferred Qualifications
A successful candidate will have:

  • College teaching experience
  • Expertise in experiential learning (e.g., internships, community engaged/service learning)
  • Scholarly interests that complement the department
  • Expertise and interest in teaching quantitative and/or mixed methods research
  • Ability to teach and/or develop courses in online, hybrid, and HyFlex delivery modes
  • Bi- or multi-lingual/literate, particularly in Spanish
  • Experience with course and program assessment and development
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in cultivating partnerships with healthcare institutions and/or practitioners
  • Demonstrated interest in working with diverse students in programs of recruitment and retention

Posting date 10/07/2022
Closing date
Closing Instructions Open Until Filled
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT) 12/31/2022
Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications received by Saturday, December 31, 2022 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted after this date until the position is lled. All applications must be submitted through the university's online system, .

Please include the following documents with your application:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Letter of application
  3. Teaching philosophy. Refers to a 1-2 page narrative that describes the values, beliefs, and goals you apply to teaching and learning. Your statement may include descriptions of your teaching methods, how you assess student learning, and how you evaluate your own efficacy as an instructor.
  4. Diversity statement. Equity, inclusion, and the success of students with diverse identities are core to the mission of our Department and University. Please submit a diversity statement that details your ability to meaningfully contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion. While not an exhaustive list, applicants can demonstrate their abilities through lived experiences, personal identities, curriculum, teaching pedagogy, research, service contributions, etc.
  5. Writing sample
  6. Unocial graduate transcripts. Ocial transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.
  7. Names and contact information for three references.

Talent Team Representative Tanya Rogowsky
Talent Team Representative E-mail trogowsk@msudenver.edu
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Diversity Statement
Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

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