Faculty Openings - Three Tenure-Track Positions
The University of South Carolina’s School of Journalism and
Mass Communications is searching for three tenure-track assistant
professors to join the faculty beginning in August 2014. We are looking
for candidates interested in approaching journalism and mass communications
in interesting new ways.
Candidates must have a master’s degree with significant professional
experience or a Ph.D. and some industry experience. Candidates should
be flexible and willing to work across all sequences (public relations,
advertising, journalism and visual communications) and be interested
in teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. The
teaching load is 2/2 with the normal expectations of scholarship
and service within a flagship research university.
The ideal candidate will have a commitment to teaching and a passion
for scholarship in strategic public relations. We are looking for
a candidate who has expertise in the strategic planning, monitoring
and creative use of digital public relations — content marketing,
social, mobile and SEO—in an organizational context. Expertise
in social media analytics is highly desired. The ability to teach
public relations management, writing, and/or campaigns is a plus,
as is the ability to provide social media instruction across the
School to address the varied needs of visual communications, advertising
and journalism, as well.
The ideal candidate should have evidence or promise of research
emphasizing the theories and methods of big data, and be able to
guide students across the School’s journalism and mass communications
curricula in the relevant competencies of data mining and big data
initiatives. Specifically, the candidate should be able to guide
students in the following capacities: 1) identifying and obtaining
data that inform journalistic storytelling and/or enhances persuasive
communication; 2) cleaning, manipulating, and analyzing data and
extracting relevant details and insights using commonly available
digital tools; and 3) accurately and clearly presenting the insights
obtained through this process.
The candidate should be committed to keeping abreast of innovation
in this area and communicating new opportunities and challenges to
faculty as well as students. The person filling this position should
be experienced in innovative research design, be able to distill
insights from secondary data, and be capable of conducting appropriate
primary research. Familiarity with complementary research methods
is a plus.
The ideal candidate will be well versed in the theories, concepts
and techniques of multiplatform journalism and interactive storytelling.
The ideal candidate will be able to teach a combination of story
development, new narrative forms, new workflows, coding for journalists
and trans-media production techniques (with special emphasis on mobile
platforms and their potential application across journalism and strategic/persuasive
communications), balancing practical instruction with conceptual
and ethical issues in journalism and storytelling.
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications currently enrolls
approximately 1,500 undergraduates and 60 graduate students in journalism,
advertising, public relations, visual communications and mass communications.
The SJMC offers bachelor's and master's degrees in journalism and
mass communication and a Ph.D. in mass communication. The faculty
consists of a collegial group of researchers and educators with a
wide range of backgrounds and interests.
The University of South Carolina is classified as a research university
with very high research activity. The university is located in South
Carolina’s capital, a unique, family-friendly city located
equidistant from beautiful Atlantic beaches and the historic, rolling
Blue Ridge mountains. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity
employer, committed to building a culturally diverse faculty, staff
and student body. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The
University of South Carolina is responsive to the needs of dual career
Applications, nominations or questions may be addressed to:
Erik L. Collins, Ph.D., J.D.
Chair – Faculty Search Committee
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Applicants should send a letter of application, CV, the names of
at least three references and any supporting material they deem appropriate.
The search committee’s review of applications will be on a
rolling basis and will begin October 1 and continue until the position