Assistant Professor in Health Communication

Position Description

The Diederich College of Communication at Marquette University invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position for an assistant professor beginning August 17, 2020 with a teaching and research specialization in health communication.

This position will be a part of a cohort hire which will contribute to a cross-disciplinary Race, Ethnic, and Indigeneity Studies program. The ideal candidate will have a research and teaching focus that supports this program. Potential areas of interest include healthcare disparities, health and wellness issues for underrepresented or underserved populations or the intersections of health and social justice concerns.  We seek an engaged scholar/teacher who can work collaboratively across departments within the college and with other health-related programs at the university (e.g., College of Nursing and College of Health Sciences).

Candidates should have a research and teaching background in interpersonal communication, organizational communication, advertising, or public relations. A candidate with demonstrated success or high potential for securing extramural funding (e.g., grants and contracts) is preferred. The candidate will have the expectation of teaching courses such as health communication, research methods, health campaigns, and other courses in their area of expertise at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  In addition to teaching, the candidate will be responsible for advising undergraduate and graduate students, serving on college and university committees, and establishing and maintaining a research agenda.

Applications must be filed at through our Human Resources website through this link:

J. William and Mary Diederich College of Communication includes the departments of Communication Studies, Digital Media and Performing Arts, Journalism and Media Studies, and Strategic Communication. A transformational $28 million gift from the Diederich’s funded the renovation of historic Johnston Hall, which houses the College. This renewal furnished Johnston Hall with state-of-the-art laboratory and studio technology. Today, the Diederich gift helps support faculty development, travel, and research throughout the College. The College has a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff, and strongly encourages women and members of underrepresented groups to apply. Our faculty are committed to communication for the greater good. For more information on the College’s offerings, mission, and vision, visit our About page.

Marquette University is an urban Catholic, Jesuit University dedicated to principles of excellence, leadership, faith, and service; and guided by Ignatian pedagogy. The University ranks within the top 100 of America's Best Colleges according to U.S. News and World Report.

The campus is host to over 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students. At Marquette University, the new faculty member would enjoy access and opportunities to collaborate with faculty and staff within our College of Nursing and the School of Dentistry, as well as our programs for Physician Assistants and Physical Therapists. The University also has strong connections to Aurora Health Care, one of the region’s largest health care providers, and a partnership with the Medical College of Wisconsin. Other health care systems in the area include the VA and Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. Marquette offers a generous benefits package that includes health care coverage for spouses, partners, and families.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin is the largest city in Wisconsin and is located on the picturesque shores of Lake Michigan. It has a population of approximately 600,000 and is home to a variety of premier entertainment festivals, such as SummerFest. A vibrant cultural community abounds, with seemingly endless access to award-winning restaurants, museums, galleries, and theaters. The Milwaukee Bucks (NBA) and Brewers (MLB) play here while the Green Bay Packers (NFL) reside in historic Lambeau Field just a couple hours to the north. Additionally, Milwaukee proudly preserves an iconic link to the beer industry with both major and minor breweries located here. It is also home to prominent organizations such as Harley-Davidson, Northwestern Mutual, U.S. Bank, Aurora Health Care, Rockwell Automation, and Johnson Controls. For more information, visit


The candidate should hold a Ph.D. in communication or closely related field with knowledge base in health communication. Additionally, the candidate should demonstrate potential for engaged teaching excellence and high-quality research.

Application Procedure (Online Applicants Only)

Before electronically submitting your materials, please review the application process at Marquette University’s Human Resources Website.

Applications must include the following:

  1. A cover letter that addresses interest in and qualifications for the position, including a statement explaining how the candidate's teaching and research will contribute to the College,
  2. A curriculum vitae,
  3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness,
  4. Names and contact information for three references.

For more information, contact Dr. Joyce Wolburg, Associate Dean, Diederich College of Communication, Marquette University, 1131 W. Wisconsin Ave., Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 53233.

Review of applications will begin on Oct. 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Priority will be given to applications received prior to October 15, 2019.

Online applications for this position must be filed through the Assistant Professor in Health Communication webpage through our Human Resources website.

Marquette University is building a diverse academic community and encourages minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities to apply. (An Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer).