Assistant Professor, Health Communication (Tenure Track)

The Department of Population Health Sciences at Albany College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences (ACPHS) invites applications from qualified candidates to join the College for a 9.5-month tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2022. We are seeking a Health Communication scholar and educator with expertise in the design, delivery, and assessment of health campaigns and other health promotion initiatives. The position requires contributions in three areas: teaching, scholarship, and service.

The Department of Population Health Sciences includes faculty from social sciences, humanities, and public health disciplines; interdisciplinary collaboration is highly valued. Department faculty pride themselves on their involvement across campus and their desire to continuously improve our community. The Department also works in partnership with The Collaboratory, a laboratory for public health collaboration; faculty, students, and community partners utilize this off-campus facility to collaborate on applied community health initiatives in underserved areas of Albany. ACPHS boasts one of the longest-running pharmacy programs in the country, with the last 20 years characterized by continuous expansion and investment in additional academic programs, including the CEPH-accredited BS in Public Health.

The College is committed to building and sustaining an equitable and inclusive work environment where cultural diversity is celebrated and valued. We believe diversity benefits and enriches the development of our students and employees. We welcome all who are qualified to apply, and we emphatically invite those who identify as people of color, women, veterans, LGBTQ/gender non-conforming individuals, and those with disabilities to consider joining our team.

Major Duties & Responsibilities:


A commitment to high-quality, innovative, student-centered teaching is essential for this position. Teaching responsibilities focus primarily on supporting the BS Public Health program with didactic and experiential coursework in health promotion and health campaigns, as well as mentoring students in independent research and capstone experiences. Applicants should also be able to teach foundational communication courses such as persuasion and public speaking. In addition to teaching existing courses in the curriculum (and revising them as necessary), applicants will be expected to develop new coursework in their area(s) of expertise.


Scholarship should focus on the design, delivery, and assessment of health campaigns and other health promotion initiatives. Ideal applicants will have experience with theory-driven, empirically-grounded health campaigns targeting diverse populations. A demonstrated record or strong likelihood of consistent peer-reviewed publication is required; potential for grant funding is a plus. Scholarship that complements the needs and emerging strengths of the College is particularly valuable, including:

· Social Media & Related Digital Technologies

· Visual Media (Infographics; Memes; Data Visualization)

· Cultural Competency & Health Literacy

· Mental Health & Substance Misuse

· Therapeutic Adherence

· Vaccine Hesitancy


Candidates will be expected to make appropriate contributions in the areas of service and leadership. This may include service to the PHS department, faculty/administrative committees, student organizations, professional organizations, and communities outside ACPHS. The ability to cultivate student-centered relationships with academic advisees is highly valued.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Teaching courses through a learning management system (Canvas)
  • Collaborating effectively across professional and disciplinary boundaries

Required Qualifications:

  • Ph.D in Communication or closely related discipline
  • Designing, delivering, and assessing health communication campaigns
  • Designing and/or delivering undergraduate Communication courses

Physical Demands:
Sedentary Work
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel or crouch. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus.

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