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Assistant Professor - Environmental Communication

Apply now Job no: 507897
Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San José
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Social Sciences, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time


Position Rank and Title: Environmental Communication

School/Department Name: Department of Communication Studies

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule. See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2022

Application Deadline: January 17, 2021


Position Description

We invite applications for an assistant professor in environmental communication with expertise in the ways through which individuals, organizations, and cultures perceive and communicate about the natural environment and human-nature relationships. We especially welcome applicants who can address issues related to environmental justice, how marginalized groups are disproportionately vulnerable to environmental threats, and how the voices of disempowered groups are indicators of environmental health.

Given the interdisciplinary nature of Environmental Communication, the successful candidate will teach a range of courses, from core and capstone offerings to undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialty, and will be encouraged to engage in interdisciplinary collaborations in Research, Scholarship, and Creative Activity (RSCA). A successful candidate’s research may focus on environmental rhetoric and discourse, climate change communication, risk communication, science communication, food communication, health communication, climate justice, public campaign development and effectiveness, and conflict resolution.

Successful applicants join a large and high-impact community. Founded in 1963, SJSU’s Department of Communication Studies is the fifth largest department on campus, with about 900 majors, 100 minors, and 40 graduate students. We offer six curricular programs and nine co-curricular programs (Graduate Teaching Associate, COMM Center, Internship program, Forensics Team, Social Media Team, Califia Performance Collective, COMM Study Abroad, COMM Student Association, and a thriving Honors Program).

The department also coordinates closely with other units in the College of Social Sciences. One potential point of collaboration is the Wildfire Interdisciplinary Research Center: a group of researchers who focus on all aspects of wildfire science and management to better understand fire in California and around the world.

The Department of Communication Studies and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines, along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

  • Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, with a degree awarded by time of appointment.
  • Qualifications for the position include:
    • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence
    • Preparation to teach departmental core courses, such as our upper division junior-level theorizing communication course and our senior capstone.
    • Record of research, scholarly and/or creative achievement
    • Demonstrated commitment to antiracist, culturally restorative / sustaining, justice-centered, critical pedagogy, and emancipatory education.
  • Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Key Responsibilities

  • The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, and advise graduate projects and theses.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Application Procedure

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:

  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement [2 pages]
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy [2 pages]
  • research plans [2 pages]
  • three references with contact information

Candidates are also welcome to include an optional statement of how Covid-19 pandemic has affected their professional lives and scholarly output.

Inquires may be directed to the Department Chair: Andrew F. Wood <>

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Proof of immunization against COVID-19 or proof of a medical or religious exemption and compliance with testing protocols is required for employment. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. SJSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities.

Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

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Last Updated Sep 13, 2021