Howard University

Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies

Assistant Professor, Tenure Track Position

Health Communication


The Cathy Hughes School of Communications at Howard University in Washington, D.C. seeks applicants for a tenure-track assistant professor position in health communication.The appointment begins August 15, 2020. The successful candidate will teach doctoral-level courses in the Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies related to health issues in African American (and/or other diasporic and other underserved) communities, theory, research methods, and other specialties in the candidate’s preparation; oversee dissertations; serve on dissertation committees; conduct original research and publish; serve on departmental, school and university committees; and take an active part in academic associations.


Primary responsibilities include taking an active role in research, teaching, and service.  The successful candidate will (1) teach doctoral courses in health communication and other communication areas (and occasionally an undergraduate communication course); (2) mentor and advise doctoral students; (3) pursue an internally- and externally-funded research program; (4) serve on committees at the department, school and university levels; and (5) exert leadership in professional associationsApplicants must hold an earned doctorate in communications, have health communication expertise, possess a record of published scholarship, and have teaching experience. Applicants should also be able to demonstrate the potential for producing and maintaining an ongoing program of research, as well as engaging in leadership in the field. Preference will be given to candidates who show strong interest in building interdisciplinary collaborative research teams and who have the potential to bring externally-sponsored research to the department. Experience with graduate-level education is also desirable. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to working within diverse campus environments and a firm commitment to assisting the department’s efforts to support the university’s mission.

University Mission

Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that comprises 13 schools and colleges. It is a culturally diverse, comprehensive, research-intensive and historically Black private university. Howard University provides an educational experience of exceptional quality at the undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels to students of high academic standing and potential, with particular emphasis upon educational opportunities for Black students. Moreover, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching, research and service, committed to the development of distinguished, historically aware, and compassionate graduates and to the discovery of solutions to human problems in the United States and throughout the world.

School Overview

The Department of Communication, Culture and Media Studies (CCMS) is a doctoral-level department within the Cathy Hughes School of Communications.  The other units include the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders; the Department of Strategic, Legal and Management Communication; and the Department of Media, Journalism and Film.  The CCMS department has 6 full-time faculty, an additional 12 affiliate faculty, and 35 doctoral students.  The CCMS Department offers specialty tracks in Media and Cultural Studies; Technology, Policy and Society; and Health Communication. The department emphasizes the Howard mission of social responsibility in its commitment to advance the education of and knowledge about African American and other under-represented communities. In keeping with the legacy of Howard University, the department is committed to the education and preparation of academicians and professionals who can assume positions of leadership and responsibility both nationally and internationally.

Additional information about the CCMS Department and School may be found at:   

Application Process

Please submit: 1) letter of application outlining your interests in and qualifications for the position; 2) current vita (including e-mail address and telephone number); 3) a recent publication, and 4) a list of three or more references.

Send application materials by email to

Dr. Wei Sun

Search Committee Chair

Department of Communication, Culture & Media Studies

Cathy Hughes School of Communications

Howard University

525 Bryant St., NW

Washington, DC, 20059


Phone:  202-250-7402

Review of applications will begin January 13, 2020, and continue until the position is filled.

Howard University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer committed to a culturally diverse academic environment.

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