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Assistant Professor (tenure track), Health Communication and Persuasive Technologies

Department of Communication University of California, Davis


The Department of Communication at the University of California Davis invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track, assistant professor in Health Communication and Persuasive Technologies.

The successful candidate must show promise of a strong, theoretically-driven research program in health communication primarily concerned with how health and behavior changes unfold in technology-mediated environments. Specific research interests can include but are not limited to, sensing technologies, chatbots, serious games, human-computer/artificial intelligence interactions, health informatics focusing on communication processes, virtual reality, augmented reality, or health campaigns/interventions deploying new technologies.

Applicants must employ empirical methods and develop/test theory focused on health communication processes in ways that comport with the Department’s quantitative social science orientation and methodological strengths. Competitive applicants will demonstrate the potential to collaborate with the medical community and secure external funding.

Applications will be accepted on-line at https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04337. Candidates should upload a curriculum vitae, cover letter, a statement describing their research interests, sample publications or article-length writing samples, a statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, and a statement of teaching accomplishments and philosophy. A Ph.D. or evidence that the degree would be complete by the first day of instruction is required. The anticipated starting date is July 1, 2022. Completed applications must be received by October 20, 2021 to guarantee initial full consideration, but the position will remain open until filled. This recruitment is conducted at the assistant rank. The resulting hire will be at the assistant rank, regardless of the proposed appointee’s qualifications.

The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence, where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. With this commitment, UC Davis conducts a reference check on all first choice candidates for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions. The reference check involves contacting the administration of the applicant’s previous institution(s) to ask whether there have been substantiated findings of misconduct that would violate the University’s Faculty Code of Conduct. To implement this process, UC Davis requires all applicants for any open search for assistant professor to complete, sign, and upload the form entitled “Authorization to Release Information” into RECRUIT as part of their application. If an applicant does not include the signed authorization with the application materials, the application will be considered incomplete, and as with any incomplete application, will not receive further consideration. Although all applicants for faculty recruitments must complete the entire application, only finalists considered for Academic Senate Assistant Professor or Lecturer with Potential for Security of Employment, Steps 4, 5, or 6, or Acting Professor of Law positions will be subject to reference checks.

The University of California, Davis and the Department of Communication are interested in candidates committed to the highest standards of scholarship and professional activities, and to the development of a campus climate that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion that are embedded within our Principles of Community . The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer, and we particularly encourage applications from members of historically underrepresented racial/ethnic groups, women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, LGBTQ community members, and others who demonstrate the ability to help us achieve our vision of a diverse and inclusive community.