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The Department of Communication is a national leader in the study of communication as a social science, ranked among the top five in a recent poll by the National Research Council. Our faculty and students are dedicated to understanding the role and enhancing the effectiveness of communication processes, systems, and infrastructure in society. We explore communication in its many forms and contexts as a fundamentally social phenomenon. Our faculty members are recognized for developing and applying novel theoretical perspectives to the most pressing social and policy issues of the day.  

Alumni/Undergraduate Student Connections

In January, Christopher Byrne led ten Comm students to Silicon Valley to visit alumni in various tech companies. In preparation for the trip, students took part in Christopher's SILICOMM seminar, where they researched the participating alumni and companies. Students visited Stanford University’s VR Lab, ShareThis, Mozilla, Google, Facebook, Apple, and Intel. Personnel from each company offered valuable insights into their workdays, providing students an inside understanding of their companies and industries. Thank you to the alumni who shared their time and those who funded the trip.
















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Job Posting: Postdoctoral Associate in Health Communication

Feb 21, 2019

Academic Job Description 
Postdoctoral Associate in Health Communication 
Department of Communication 
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Cornell University 
Ithaca, New York

The Health Communication Research Initiative (HCRI) in the Department of Communication at Cornell University is seeking a colleague to join a vibrant, interdisciplinary research community as a postdoctoral associate. Working closely with Dr. Jeff Niederdeppe, the postdoctoral associate will help to launch the newly formed Health Communication Research Initiative. In this position, the successful candidate will take an active role in assisting and leading health communication projects, providing guidance and mentorship to graduate and undergraduate students, helping identify possible grant funding opportunities, and promoting visibility of the health communication research initiative in the field and university. In addition, the postdoctoral associate will be encouraged to develop a personal research program related to the health communication projects, publish research results in peer-reviewed publications, as well as take advantage of the multitude of internal and external mentoring opportunities Cornell affords to early career researchers. The position is a full-time, 12-month academic position to be appointed annually. Reappointment for a second year (including the possibility of a third-year renewal) is possible contingent on successful performance, funding, and available work. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.

• PhD in communication or related field 
• Working knowledge of prominent health, message effects, and media communication theories 
• Strong background in quantitative research, including methods of analysis and statistics 
• Demonstrated ability to carry out independent research 
• Proven record of communicating research results via peer-reviewed publications and presentations 
• Willingness to mentor and supervise undergraduate and graduate research assistants
Interested applicants should submit: (1) a curriculum vitae, (2) a letter of interest, including a brief description of how this position relates to their career plans, (3) statement of contribution to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and (4) the names and contact information of three references to We will begin reviewing applications immediately and will continue until the job is filled.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities. Read more

Job Posting

Jul 11, 2018

Position in the Department of Communication
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS)
Cornell University

Geri Gay Professorship in Communication

The Department of Communication at Cornell University invites applications for a 9-month, tenure-track position focusing on communication technologies and digital media: (1) the inaugural Geri Gay Professor of Communication at the Associate or Full Professor rank.
To view the full posting and to apply, please visit Academic Jobs Online:
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Dean Boor's comments on the new home of the Department of Communication during the Official Dedication on April 8, 2016.