University of Southern California — Assistant / Associate Professor of Communication (Open Rank)

The School of Communication at USC’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is undertaking an open-rank search for a scholar in the area of community and/or civic engagement (preference for an experienced Assistant Professor or recently tenured Associate Professor). S/he should have earned a Ph.D. in Communication or in a related discipline. We seek a colleague whose scholarship expands theoretical knowledge of community and/or civic engagement, and whose work creates new and high-impact insights at the intersection of civic engagement and policy that address contemporary societal issues and have practical, real-world applications.

The ideal candidate has a broad interpretation of community and/or engagement and social change, embraces multiple methods, has a proven record of successfully leading partnerships with change-oriented community organizations, works with issues of diversity, and will teach classes and mentor student projects at undergraduate and graduate levels.

USC Annenberg has a number of research centers and programs relevant to the work of the colleague we seek to hire. These include the Metamorphosis Project, a wide-ranging research project at the Annenberg School that focuses on community engagement in the Los Angeles area (; Civic Paths, which explores continuities between online participatory culture and civic engagement; the Center on Communication Leadership and Policy, and the Annenberg Research Network on International Communication. This scholar will also be affiliated with the Annenberg Institute for Diversity and Empowerment and will ideally explore intersections between community engagement and broad understandings of diversity.

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
The USC Annenberg School was established in 1979 with a gift from US Ambassador Walter Annenberg. It was expanded to include programs in Journalism and Communication Arts and Sciences in 1994, and has continued to grow to its current size of 95 full-time faculty, 100 adjunct faculty, and 175 staff, with the support of more than $182 million in gifts from the Annenberg Foundation. We have recently opened a new 85,000 square foot building, made possible by an additional $50 million gift from Wallis Annenberg. The Annenberg School has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 2200.

About the University of Southern California
The University of Southern California is a leading private research university. USC was founded in 1880 and is today home to more than 40,000 students and nearly 3,600 full-time faculty. It is located in the heart of one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, and the city’s largest private employer, USC enrolls more international students than any other US university. USC has an endowment of $4 billion and substantial federal research funding, placing it in the top tier of US research universities.

In order to be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Employee Recruitment Services website at the following link Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, samples of recent referred publications and the names of (3) letters of recommendation. The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search, attention Billie Shotlow, 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). Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

Review of applications will commence on September 15, 2016 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disability to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information regarding accommodations is available by contacting