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Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication (OPEN RANK)

School of Communication Faculty Los Angeles, California

Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication (OPEN RANK)

The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking to hire an Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication who is a quantitative social scientist in the area of health communication. We seek a colleague whose work will expand our theoretical and empirical knowledge of health communication and whose teaching will enlighten and inspire our undergraduate and graduate students. We place high value on work that addresses important societal issues with the potential for broad social impact, that is attuned to and responsive to social and cultural disparities in the health domain, and that ideally does or could leverage existing (e.g., TV, radio) and emerging technologies (e.g., games, artificial intelligence, sensor and smartphone technologies, social media technologies, innovative tool/app development/use; web-based interventions).   

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field and demonstrate excellence in at least one programmatic line of research that addresses important societal issues and practical real-world applications. Candidates should ideally also have expertise in a range of media and emerging technologies and relevant content domains (e.g. persuasion, intra/interpersonal communication; media effects).  In addition, candidates should have robust quantitative analysis skills and be prepared to and willing to teach courses in statistics and methods at the undergraduate and graduate levels. A background and an interest in grant writing are also desired.

The Annenberg School is committed to fostering a culture and climate of tolerance, diversity and inclusion, as is evident in the Schools' various centers and initiatives ( Consequently, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in accordance with the University's mission to ensure equal opportunity (see below).

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

The USC Annenberg School was established in 1971 with a gift from US Ambassador Walter Annenberg. It has grown over time to include programs in both Journalism and Communication, and now houses several important centers and initiatives ( The School has a long history of collaborating with other academic units, and with agencies off campus. Noteworthy in health communication are our ties not only to other social sciences and neuroscience, but to the entertainment industry (e.g., via the Norman Lear Center), and to Technology and Games programs in Cinema and Engineering and the Medical School. Interdisciplinary work is highly valued and expected. The School recently expanded to include a second modern 85,000 square foot building providing more space for public events, for student work groups and student-faculty meetings. The School has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 2200. We have 33 tenured/tenure line and 26 additional Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Faculty. Both our faculty and our 81 doctoral students represent diverse disciplinary backgrounds affording a rich intellectual environment.


To be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Employee Recruitment Services website. Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, samples of recent refereed publications and the names of three references. Final candidates will be requested to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search, attention Lynn Miller, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281. Applicants may direct questions to Billie Shotlow: ( or (213-821-2718) regarding the search process. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

Review of applications will commence on July 1 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed: We intend to move quickly, therefore, applying early is highly encouraged. Questions or concerns about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Lynn Miller at

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.

USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field and demonstrate excellence in at least one programmatic line of research that addresses important societal issues and practical real-world applications.

REQ20075956 Posted Date: 06/14/2019
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