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Assistant Professor - Science Communication, Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science, School of Communication & Journalism
Stony Brook University
Location: Stony Brook, NY
Internal Number: 95993
The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the School of Communication and Journalism invite applications for a new tenure track Assistant Professorship in Science Communication in an appointment beginning August 2022. We seek a researcher and educator in the field of science communication who can advance a track record of innovative, extramurally funded research in the area of science, health, environment, and/or risk communication (ComSHER). Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in communication, mass communication, media studies, digital communication, journalism, or a related field and have a demonstrated track record of research in the field of communication. While we are open to a range of specific research foci and methodological approaches, a commitment to ethical, socially responsible communication and to interdisciplinary collaboration are required.
This position will support a growth strategy in the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and the School of Communication and Journalism that seeks to leverage SBU's strengths in science and science communication. We seek a candidate with the potential to build on the established reputation of the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science and help grow a concentrated focus on ComSHER in science communication within the School of Communication and Journalism. The successful candidate will help to create and teach new science communication graduate coursework along with methods and theory coursework for our communication undergraduate degree programs. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the Center's and School's faculty, and other university departments and schools.
Build and maintain a recognized program of research in science, health, environment, and/or risk communication;
Work collaboratively with researchers from other areas of campus to advance interdisciplinary research and position the campus as a leader in science communication;
Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in science communication;
Supervise M.S. projects and support our diverse student body through mentorship and teaching; and
Advance meaningful service contributions within and beyond the university.
Ph.D. in communication, mass communication, media studies, digital communication, journalism, or a related field;
A demonstrated track record of research in science, health, environment, and/or risk communication as evidenced by publications and academic presentations;
Experience teaching at the undergraduate level;
A commitment to promoting diversity; and
A commitment to advancing collaborative interdisciplinary research.
Experience teaching at the graduate level;
A demonstrated track record of obtaining extramurally funded research;
A strong track record of research in science, health, environment, and/or risk communication as evidenced by publications and academic presentations;
Experience working collaboratively on large, interdisciplinary extramurally funded research proposals;
Experience with collaborative interdisciplinary research.
A CV and cover letter is required.
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This is a tenure track FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA.
Anticipated Start Date: Fall 2022.
Stony Brook University, one of four research- intensive campuses within the State University of New York (SUNY) system, is widely regarded as its flagship. The University embraces its mission to provide comprehensive undergraduate, graduate and professional education of the highest quality, and its rankings bear that out. It's included among the top 1% of universities in the world by the 2018 QS World University Rankings and among the top 40 public universities by U.S.News & World Report's 2020 Best Colleges rankings. It is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, composed of the top 62 research institutions in North America. As Long Island's largest single- site employer, Stony Brook has nearly 15,000 full- and part- time employees, including more than 2,700 faculty. It enrolled roughly 26,800 students in fall 2019 — 17,900 undergraduate students and 8,900 graduate students — and offers more than 200 majors, minors and combined-degree programs. The Department of Athletics supports 18 Division I varsity intercollegiate athletic programs that compete at the highest level within the NCAA. Located approximately 60 miles east of Manhattan on Long Island's beautiful North Shore, Stony Brook is situated on 1,454 wooded acres, encompassing 13 schools and colleges; a Research and Development Park; world-class athletics facilities, including an 8,300-seat stadium and a 4,000-seat arena; and Stony Brook Medicine, Long Island's premier academic medical center.
The School of Communication and Journalism and the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science
The School of Communication and Journalism (SoCJ), established in 2006, serves as the academic home of the Alda Center. We believe that the world's most complex and pressing problems require honest, inclusive, effective, fact-based communication. We envision a world that takes seriously the need for communication across all forms, platforms, and institutions. The SoCJ integrates innovative approaches to research, teaching, and public service in the fields of communication and journalism with an emphasis on efforts that collaboratively address and respond to pressing societal needs. The SoCJ offers a B.A. in Journalism (accredited by ACEJMC), a B.S. in Mass Communication, an M.S. in Science Communication, and an M.S. in Journalism. In partnership with the Alda Center, SoCJ offers an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Communicating Science, and an Advanced Graduate Certificate in Health Communication in collaboration with the SBU Program in Public Health. It is also home to the Marie Colvin Center for International Reporting and the Center for News Literacy. The School is the only one in the 64-campus SUNY system to be accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science empowers scientists and researchers to share the wonder and joy of science with a wide variety of audiences. Through graduate programs and professional development workshops, researchers learn to share their knowledge and their discoveries in ways that resonate with other researchers, students, members of the media, policymakers, funders, the public, and others. Founded in 2009 by actor, author, and activist Alan Alda, the Alda Center has helped more than 18,000 researchers from around the world to communicate effectively and empathically. The Center is housed at Stony Brook University on Long Island, New York. Learn more at AldaCenter.org.
Our students are diverse and dynamic, with interests in journalism and media, marketing, science communication, and communication research. They represent many different backgrounds, and they bring those experiences into the School, helping to create an environment that is truly welcoming to each individual and their ideas. This is particularly evident in their efforts to listen to and share the experiences of individuals who have traditionally been marginalized or undervalued through in-depth reporting projects on the legacy of slavery on Long Island, child visitation rights among incarcerated populations, and efforts to protect and preserve Long Island from the effects of climate change. Students apply what they learn in the classroom to internships at many different media organizations, including Loeb Industries, blogs and other new media operations, and local media including WSHU, a Long Island NPR affiliate that has offices on campus. Many students' classroom reporting efforts have gone on to win regional and national awards.
Our journalism, communication, and mass communication faculty have outstanding track records in their fields as researchers or award-winning national and international correspondents. The faculty at the Alda Center represent some of the leading science communication practitioners in the country, and are helping to professionalize a field that is vitally important to the well-being of people, societies, and the environment.
The selected candidate must successfully clear a background investigation.
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Stony Brook University is committed to excellence in diversity and the creation of an inclusive learning, and working environment. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, familial status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, and all other protected classes under federal or state laws.
If you need a disability-related accommodation, please contact the Office of Equity and Access at (631)632-6280.
FROM ITS BEGINNINGS A HALF-CENTURY AGO, STONY BROOK UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN CHARACTERIZED by innovation, energy and progress, transforming the lives of people who earn degrees, work and make groundbreaking discoveries here. A dramatic trajectory of growth has turned what was once a small teacher preparation college into an internationally recognized research institution that is changing the world.