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Professor of Journalism and Director

School of Journalism Los Angeles, California


The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California invites nominations and applications for the position of Professor of Journalism and Director of the School of Journalism. The ideal candidate will be a nationally and internationally recognized practitioner or scholar with an interest in academic experience, have an impressive record as an institution-building administrator or management experience with large organizations.  Candidates are also expected to meet School and University standards for full tenured professors.

A successful candidate will possess the qualifications necessary to assume responsibility for the direction of the School of Journalism. The Director will oversee graduate and undergraduate degree programs in Journalism and Public Relations. The qualified candidate will be responsible for developing, in conjunction with the faculty and the Dean, the School’s evolving mission, goals, and long-range strategic plans. He or she will provide leadership in academic and professional communities; promote public and scholarly inquiry on the future of Journalism and Public Relations; understand the diverse and evolving digital landscape, encouraging critical thinking, experimentation and innovation; and will help the School invent new field-defining practices for public-facing digital communication professionals. Additionally, the Director will promote and support teaching and scholarly research; lead recruitment of new faculty, support professional growth and encourage collaboration within current faculty; and build new external partnerships and nurture existing ones.

The candidate should be passionate about the role that Journalism and Public Relations play in defining public life and recognize that the changing media and societal landscape calls for forward-thinking, innovative, ethics-based education in both fields, as well as knowledge about the increasing digital convergence between the two fields. He or she will provide students with the knowledge, skills and professional ethics necessary to navigate and lead change in an increasingly global, multicultural and technologically-focused world, and must be particularly attuned to the radical shifts in the global information economy brought about by the rapid diffusion of digital media as well as the value of a free press and free expression; committed to both Journalism and Public Relations professions; to the training of next-generation professionals; and to the value of the creation and dissemination of scholarly work relevant to both fields. 

The school’s 88,000-square-foot Wallis Annenberg Hall provides a learning and production laboratory unique to an academic environment — a place where Communication, Journalism and Public Relations students and scholars can be nimble and innovative as they work collaboratively. At the heart of the building is the 20,000-square-foot, two-story Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center, which fully converges audio, video and text production for delivery on all platforms. With a design that transcends many professional newsrooms, it organically combines USC Annenberg’s student-run digital, television, radio and public relations operations.


In order to be considered for the position, all candidates must apply via the Careers at USC website. Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names of three references. The cover letter should be addressed to the School of Journalism Faculty Search Committee, University of Southern California, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 305, Los Angeles, California 90089-0281. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

Review of applications will commence on November 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

About the University of Southern California

The University of Southern California is one of the world’s leading private research universities. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, a global center for arts, technology and international business, USC’s diverse curricular offerings provide extensive opportunities for interdisciplinary study and collaboration with leading researchers in highly advanced learning environments. In a comprehensive new ranking, The Wall Street Journal and Times Higher Education ranked USC 15th among 1,061 public and private universities. Representing California, only USC, Stanford, and Caltech appear in the top 25, and among 150 colleges and universities in the western United States, USC ranks third. In student and faculty diversity, USC tied for second with Columbia among the top 25 nationally ranked universities. USC’s distinguished faculty of 4,000 innovative scholars, researchers, teachers and mentors includes five Nobel laureates, and dozens of recipients of prestigious national honors including the MacArthur “Genius” Award, Guggenheim Award, the National Medal of the Arts, the National Humanities Medal, the National Medal of Science, the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and Pulitzer Prize.

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Located in Los Angeles at the University of Southern California, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is a world leader in education and scholarship in the fields of communication, journalism, public diplomacy and public relations. With an enrollment of more than 2,200 students, USC Annenberg offers doctoral, master's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as continuing development programs for working professionals across a broad scope of academic inquiry. The school's comprehensive curriculum emphasizes the core skills of leadership, innovation, service and entrepreneurship and draws upon the resources of a networked university located in the media capital of the world.

REQ20052979 Posted Date: 11/21/2017

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