Associate Professor of Global Health Communication

Fairfax, VA
Commensurate with education and experience.
Nov 19, 2020
Nov 27, 2020
Full Time
Associate Professor of Global Health Communication

George Mason University's Global Affairs Program and Department of Communication invite applicants for a full-time tenured Associate Professor position in the field of global health communication (broadly defined) to start August 2021. We are seeking candidates with significant accomplishments in research, teaching, and service in the field of global health with an understanding of globalization debates as well as global health communication at the regional, national, or local levels.

This is a joint-hire position between the two academic units: Global Affairs and Communication. The primary home unit is the Global Affairs Program. The successful candidate will also teach and mentor graduate students in Communication Department, especially in its nationally recognized health communication doctoral program. Position commences in August 2021.

George Mason University has a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff, and strongly encourages candidates to apply who will enrich Mason's academic culturally inclusive environment.

About this position: This position is a part of the College of Humanities and Social Science's Inclusive Excellence diversity cluster hire initiative designed to create a cohort of faculty across departments whose scholarship focuses on issues related to inequalities; underrepresented regions and languages of the world; underserved, vulnerable populations; race, racism, and antiracism; and intersectional approaches to the study of difference, diversity, discrimination, and social justice. This cohort will contribute to interdisciplinary programs and enhance the mentorship of a majority-minority student population.

About George Mason University: George Mason University is a doctoral research university designated by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an institution of "highest research activity" (R1). George Mason University is the largest public research university in the state of Virginia and has one of the nation's most diverse student populations. We strongly value being an equal opportunity employer.

About the Global Affairs Program: GLOA is an interdisciplinary program in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences with more than 500 undergraduate majors and more than 60 Master's degree students. The program aims to transform students into global citizens with a skill set that will position them for success in a rapidly globalizing world. During the course of their study, our students have exciting opportunities for work and study abroad.

GLOA is one of the most popular undergraduate majors in Mason's Songdo Campus in South Korea where GLOA faculty are offered 'in-residence' opportunities for teaching and research. Program faculty represent impressive academic and cultural diversity and have established a robust inter-departmental, interdisciplinary collaborative network for teaching and scholarship. For more information about the Global Affairs Program, please go to

About the Department of Communication: Mason's Communication Department has a diverse and collegial faculty committed to excellence, innovation, community and public service, inclusion, and social equity. All department faculty participate in the life of our campus community, including career fairs, faculty functions, recruiting sessions and other events. We offer a broad undergraduate program with more than 500 majors; five minor programs; a large M.A. program including strategic, health, and science communication specialties; and a Ph.D. program emphasizing health, strategic, and science communication. The department also offers a graduate certificate in science communication.

We enjoy robust student diversity in all our academic programs, serving students who bring a wide variety of cultures and backgrounds to our classrooms. Additionally, the department supports several co-curricular activities, including debate, forensics, Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Society for Professional Journalists, and a comprehensive student media organization (newspaper, radio, television, sports announcing, magazine and journal editing, etc.).

Responsibilities: * Maintaining an active research program in the area of global health communication; * Teaching courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels; * Advising undergraduate and graduate students; * Mentoring and supervising graduate student research; * Providing service to the departments, college and university.

Required Qualifications: * PhD in Communication, Public Health, Global Health or related discipline; * Demonstrated track record of research in the area(s) of global health communication, broadly defined; * Strong commitment to contributing to cultural and academic diversity in both units as well as in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences; * Strong evidence of commitment to teaching and mentoring in an interdisciplinary environment and working with a diverse student population; * This is a tenured Associate Professor position and only candidates with tenure or those who can go up for tenure review immediately will be considered; * Willingness to serve on M.A. thesis and Ph.D. dissertation committees in both departments.

Preferred Qualifications: * Regional expertise in South Asia, Southeast Asia or Sub-Saharan Africa; * Strong quantitative or qualitative research methods that can contribute to the methodological diversity of the departments; * Experience with community-based learning and/or conducting applied research.

Instructions for Applicants: In a continuing effort to enrich GMU's academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, we actively encourage applications from all job seekers including members of all ethnic groups underrepresented in higher education. For full consideration, please apply by 11/03/2020, although the application will remain open until the position is filled. Complete and submit the online application; and upload a letter of intent, curriculum vitae, diversity statement, and list of three professional references with contact information. For questions, please contact Dr. Byunghwan Son (, the search committee chair.

"Great Careers Begin at Mason!

George Mason University is an innovative, entrepreneurial institution with national distinction in both academics and research. Mason holds a top U.S. News and World Report "Up and Coming" spot for national universities and is recognized for its global appeal and excellence in higher education.

Mason is currently the largest and most diverse university in Virginia with students and faculty from all 50 states and over 135 countries studying in over 200 degree programs at campuses in Arlington, Fairfax and Prince William, as well as at learning locations across the commonwealth. Rooted in Mason's diversity is a campus culture that is both rewarding and exciting, work that is meaningful, and opportunities to both collaborate and create.

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