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About the College of Communication and Information

The College of Communication and Information is composed of two schools (School of Journalism and Media, School of Information Science), two departments (Department of Communication, Department of Integrated Strategic Communication) and an interdisciplinary graduate program. Nearly 1,700 undergraduate majors and 350 graduate students are led by more than 80 full-time faculty, who also teach in the university’s core curriculum and serve students pursuing minors and certificates in the College. The College also houses UK’s independent student newspaper, The Kentucky Kernel, and the national championship Intercollegiate Debate Team.

About UK

Located in the vibrant city of Lexington, the University of Kentucky is a public, land-grant institution that plays a critical leadership role in promoting diversity, inclusion, economic development and human well-being. The university is one of just eight in the country with a major academic health center and a full spectrum of academic colleges and professional schools on one contiguous campus. As such, UK is an incubator for multidisciplinary research. These collaborations allow researchers to address the rapidly changing needs of a global society.

UK was recently ranked ranked one of America's Best Large Employers (#6) and ranked second nationally in the education category by Forbes Magazine.

About Lexington

The City of Lexington is a great place to live, work and study. It recently appeared on USA Today’s list of the top cities to live in. With a population of roughly 320,000, Lexington offers both the warmth – and lower cost of living – of a small city, along with some of the amenities you would enjoy in a larger city, including the arts, cultural events and a thriving dining scene.

Open Positions

Department of Communication

The Department of Communication in the College of Communication and Information at the University of Kentucky invites applications for multiple tenure-eligible (also known as tenure-track) positions at the Assistant Professor level (Regular Title Series) with an anticipated start date of Aug. 16, 2024. Tenure-eligible means candidates must first meet the prescribed criteria per Administrative Regulation 2:2-1 and statements of evidence to be granted tenure.

Department of Communication:

The Department of Communication offers a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Communication with undergraduate major options in business and organizational communication, digital and mass communication, healthcare communication, human communication and sport communication, as well as a minor in communication and an undergraduate certificate in health communication.

Qualifications & Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. in communication/mass communication by Aug. 16, 2024. The department is open to applicants in one or more of the following areas: interpersonal/intergroup, sport, health, organizational and media communication. Excellence in research and teaching, as well as publication credentials commensurate with departments in a major research university, is required. A record of or potential for extramural funding, as well as a commitment to collaborative, interdisciplinary research, is desired. Responsibilities include actively engaging in theory-driven, empirical research from a social scientific perspective, teaching two courses per academic semester, and serving on program and student committees.

The initial distribution of effort for the first academic year will be as follows: 50% Research, 45% Instruction, 5% Service/Professional Development

The successful candidate must be a leader with demonstrated excellence in university teaching and scholarship/creative activity and exhibit excellent organizational and communication skills.

Application materials should include a letter of application that briefly summarizes background, qualifications, and interest in the position (upload as Cover Letter); a curriculum vita; a brief research statement reviewing focus, expertise, accomplishments, and goals; a brief teaching statement including philosophy of teaching and evidence of teaching excellence (the research and teaching statement can be uploaded as a combined document in Specific Request 1 or separately in Specific Request 1 & 2); and contact information for three references when prompted in the application.

Application review will begin September 15, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. Questions regarding the position may be directed to Search Committee Chair: Nancy Harrington via email at

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