CU Denver: EnvironmentalComm/Social Justice (USA)

“JobAssistant Professor of Environmental Communication and Social Justice, Department of Communication, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO. Deadline: October 15, 2019 or until filled.

The Department of Communication at the University of Colorado Denver (CU Denver) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Environmental Communication and Social Justice at the Assistant Professor level. The position begins in August of 2020.

Tenure-track faculty members perform research and service consistent with peer research universities and teach on a 2/2 load.

The primary research and teaching focus of this position will fall within environmental communication and social justice. The successful candidate will show clear and sustained connections in research, teaching, and service to the Department’s mission: “to cultivate the knowledge and ability to use communication to create a more equitable and humane world.” This means we seek a colleague with expertise and experience in using environmental communication to work toward social justice, ideally in collaboration with community partners.

Preference will be given to candidates whose work in environmental communication and justice studies (climate, environmental and social) centrally addresses issues related to the Global South, indigenous communities, marginalized voices, and/or intersectional identities (including but not limited to class, gender, sexuality, race, ethnicity, nationality, religion, and ability).

Renu Pariyadath Profile


Renu Pariyadath is an Assistant Professor of Communication at University of South Carolina Upstate.

Renu Pariyadath

Her scholarship engages the intersection of critical cultural studies, environmental communication and social movement organizational communication. She also draws widely from transnational feminist theory, and sociological and anthropological scholarship on transnationalism. Her research typically examines communicative and relational practices and strategies for organizing in environmental justice movements, particularly in the context of transnational and other broad-based alliances to resist the global restructuring of lives and labor. She also takes interest in classroom practices of faculty of color in teaching critical cultural communication courses as well as the role of communication in helping one overcome stereotypes about Others.

Renu teaches Environmental Communication, Communicating for Social Change, Ethics in Human Communication, Organizational Communication, and Gender and Communication. She earned a doctorate in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa with a minor in Gender, Women’s and Sexuality studies, and has a Master’s degree in Communication from The Ohio State University.

Renu is actively involved in environmental justice movements in the U.S. and in India and was previously a financial journalist with Reuters in Bangalore, India. She is fluent in Hindi and Malayalam.


Pariyadath, R., & Kline, S. L. (2016). Bridging difference: A sense-making study of the role of communication in stereotype change.  In S. K. Camara, D. K. Drummond & D. M. Hoey (Eds.), Communicating prejudice: An appreciative inquiry approach (pp. 1-20). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Pariyadath, R. (2015). From BP to Bhopal: Migrant practices of cultural translation for equitable development in the global south. In D. Broudy, J. Klaehn, & J. Winter (Eds.), News from somewhere: A reader in communication and challenges to globalization (pp. 243-258). Eugene, OR: Wayzgoose Press.

Pariyadath, R., & Shadaan, R. (2014). Solidarity after Bhopal: Building a transnational environmental justice movement. Environmental Justice, 7(5), 115-150.

Work for CID:
Renu Pariyadath wrote KC93: Transnationalism.

Leah Sprain Profile

Leah Sprain
is an Assistant Professor of Communication at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Leah Sprain

Her research focuses on democratic engagement, studying how specific communication practices facilitate and inhibit democratic action. Her research and teaching draw on language and social interaction perspectives to explore deliberation, environmental communication, and social movement activism. Outreach and praxis are crucial to democratic engagement thus much of her research is collaborative and focused on the practice-theory interface. As an ethnographer of communication, she has conducted extended fieldwork in Nicaragua and the United States. She co-edited Social Movement to Address Climate Change: Local Steps for Global Action, and her work appears in the Journal of Applied Communication Research, Environmental Communication: A Journal of Nature and Culture, and Communication Theory. She received her BA from Pacific Lutheran University, and MA and PhD from the University of Washington.

Key Publications:

Carcasson, M. & Sprain, L. (in press). Beyond problem solving: Re-conceptualizing the work of public deliberation as deliberative inquiry. Communication Theory.

Sprain, L., Carcasson, M., & Merolla, A. (2014). Experts in public deliberation: Lessons from a deliberative design on water needs. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 42, 150-167.

Sprain, L. & Gastil, J. (2013). What does it mean to deliberate? An interpretive account of jurors’ expressed deliberative rules and premises. Communication Quarterly, 61, 151-171.

Sprain, L. & Boromisza-Habashi, D. (2013). The ethnographer of communication at the table: Building cultural competence, designing strategic action. Journal of Applied Communication Research, 41, 181-187. [Introduction to a Special Forum on Ethnography of Communication in Applied Communication Research]

Witteborn, S. & Sprain, L. (2010). Grouping processes in a public meeting from an ethnography of communication and cultural discourse analysis perspective. International Journal of Public Participation, 3, 14-35.

Endres, D., Sprain, L., & Peterson, T. R. (Eds.) (2009). Social movement to address climate change: Local steps for global action. Amherst, NY: Cambria Press.

Work for CID:
Leah Sprain wrote KC60: Deliberation.

Journalists-Science immersion

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting Invites Journalists to Apply for Science Immersion Workshop

The Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting is accepting applications for its fifteenth annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists, the theme of which this year is global change in coastal ecosystems.

The workshop, which runs from June 9 through June 14 at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography, is a professional development experience that gives journalists an opportunity to explore and understand the effects of global change in coastal ecosystems, using Narragansett Bay as a living laboratory. The fellowship explores scientific research methods as well as the principles and ethics that guide scientific inquiry. Journalists also will learn how to interpret scientific publications and sharpen their investigative reporting skills.

Early to mid-career journalists from all media with a demonstrated interest in science and environmental reporting and a desire to learn about basic science through field and lab work are invited to apply.

The fellowship includes room, board, tuition, and up to $500 to support travel. Non-U.S. applicants must include a written statement indicating that they can secure full travel funds and obtain the appropriate visa.

Metcalf also offers seminars and workshops for journalists.


Eckerd College job ad

Eckerd College
4200 54th Ave. South, St. Petersburg, FL 33711

Assistant Professor of Communication, tenure track position, to start in September 2013.  PhD. in Communication required.  Eckerd College seeks an outstanding teacher/scholar with expertise in one or more of a broad range of specialties in communication, including, but not limited to: intercultural, multicultural, environmental, health, interpersonal, or public relations.  The successful candidate will be able to teach Introduction to Communication Theory, Public Speaking, Research Methods, and courses in area(s) of expertise. Teaching load is seven courses per academic year (3-1-3).  Candidates should be committed to teaching and mentoring undergraduates, and have a record of scholarship that leads to publication.

Participation in an interdisciplinary, values-oriented general education program is required, including a regular rotation in the two-semester freshman program. Eckerd College, the only independent national liberal arts college in Florida, has a tradition of innovative education and teaching/mentoring excellence. Send letter of application, vita, teaching evaluations, statement of teaching philosophy, graduate transcripts, and contact information for three references to  Applications must be complete by November 7, 2012.  Inquiries may be sent to Dr. James Janack, janackja AT  Qualified candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for the College. EOE.  Applications from women and minorities encouraged.

Whitman College job ad

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies, Whitman College

Tenure Track position in Rhetoric with expertise in social justice and political activism rhetoric, at the rank of assistant professor. We seek an individual who demonstrates excellence as an instructor and whose research interest, graduate training and/or college instructional experience is in rhetoric and argumentation. Effective September, 2013. Ph.D. required. The successful candidate will offer courses in such areas of rhetoric as social movements, protests, civil rights, global activists, argumentation in social and political spheres, public speaking, environmental communication, and class and poverty based rhetoric. Additionally, the candidate will contribute to cross-campus programs dedicated to the development of skills in oral and written communication. Whitman College wishes to reinforce its commitment to enhance diversity, broadly defined, recognizing that to provide a diverse learning environment is to prepare students for personal and professional success in an increasingly multicultural and global society.

To apply, go to this site, click “Faculty” and “Assistant Professor of Rhetoric Studies”. The online position description includes specific instructions on submission of the following materials: letter of application; curriculum vitae; three letters of reference; statements addressing the candidate’s teaching interests and scholarly agenda; graduate transcripts; teaching evaluations or other evidence of demonstrated or potential excellence in undergraduate instruction. In their application, candidates should address their interest in working as teachers and scholars with undergraduates in a liberal arts environment that emphasizes close student-faculty interaction; how their cultural, experiential, and/or academic background contributes to diversity; and their interest in participating in the College’s general education offerings, including its required course for all first year students (Encounters), as well as engaging in cross-disciplinary teaching and scholarship.

Deadline: Monday, September 10, 2012. No applicant shall be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, sex, gender, religion, age, marital status, national origin, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local law. Whitman College, located in the scenic Columbia Basin, is a small, selective, liberal arts college dedicated to providing excellent educational opportunities for students. The College provides generous professional development support for both research and teaching. 

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