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Assistant Professor in the Communication and Media Department: Technical and/or Scientific Writing

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Faculty, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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Job Summary

The Department of Communication and Media in the School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Technical and/or Scientific Writing beginning in August 2023.

The Department of Communication & Media offers a B.S. in Communication, Media & Design; an M.S. in Communication & Rhetoric; and a Ph.D. in Communication & Rhetoric.

We are interested in candidates researching communication from a broad range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary fields. Preferred areas of expertise include: Scientific and Technical Communication, Public Communication about Health and/or the Environment, Professional Communication, Information Design, and Writing for Emergent Media. Experience in and/or commitment to public-facing, participatory, or community engaged scholarship is preferred.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a Ph.D., Ed.D., or foreign degree equivalent in Writing, Communication, or a closely related field, as well as evidence of successful collegiate teaching at the time of appointment.

Evidence of effective teaching, and the ability to demonstrate, through accomplishment, promise of academic, scholarly and/or research achievement.

Applicants must meet stated minimum education and experience requirements.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience in and/or commitment to public-facing, participatory, or community engaged scholarship is preferred. 

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Job Posted Date

Job posted on October 14, 2022.  Applications received by November 15, 2022 will receive first consideration.

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Rensselaer is committed to providing a safe and healthy living, learning, and working environment for its faculty, staff, and students. As such, we strongly recommend that faculty, staff and students obtain a COVID-19 vaccination and remain current with available boosters to protect themselves, as well as to protect vulnerable members of the community.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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