University of Southern California — Digital Media Management Professor & Director (Open Rank) of Communication


Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Digital Media Management Professor & Director (Open Rank) of Communication

In Fall 2021 USC Annenberg launched the Master of Science in Digital Media Management (DMM) program: an innovative, 100% online STEM degree program for aspiring leaders with at least 5 years of professional experience.

To inspire, educate, and mentor these advanced students, we are seeking a dynamic faculty colleague with executive experience in digital media, demonstrated thought leadership in their field, a track record of advancing diversity in the people, practices and policies of the digital media industry, proven management skills, and a passion for teaching. This full-time position of Professor & Director will be situated at USC’s main campus in Los Angeles.

In addition to equipping students with the skills and expertise that will give them a competitive advantage, DMM is dedicated to advancing diversity, inclusion, equity, and access in the digital media industry. The curriculum emphasizes the type of integrity and ethical conduct that managers need to promote anti-racist and inclusive practices.

This faculty position offers a singular opportunity to help shape and grow a program that champions innovation, to lead creative collaborations between students and digital-community partners, and to make a long-lasting ethical impact on the industry.

The director of DMM will be in charge of recruiting and managing instructors, overseeing admissions into the program, advising students on academic and career issues, assessing and reporting on program progress, and representing DMM at faculty meetings and other functions, to name a few responsibilities. The director will also teach at least one course in the program.

Given that the program reflects the diversity of creative and cultural expression in our connected world, we take a broad view of the appropriate credentials for this position. The indispensable component, however, is a track record of innovative and consequential contributions to the digital media industry.

Position Requirements

  • Education: Minimum BA degree in a relevant discipline (communication, marketing, software engineering) but MA preferred.
  • Executive experience: At least 10 years professional experience in a relevant industry (e.g., digital media, entertainment, marketing). Executive or entrepreneurial experience is a plus, particularly in directing teams for digital media development and marketing on a global level.
  • Teaching proficiency: Ability to engage students of different cultures and professional backgrounds for several hours per class session. Requisite skills include public speaking, writing, design (PowerPoint, graphs), and using Zoom for presentations and discussions.
  • Thought leadership: Demonstrated authority in digital media and related businesses, with commercial publications, industry speaking engagements, and/or press interviews.
  • Digital Presence: Active digital media presence, including a social media account for professional purposes (such as LinkedIn or Twitter), a website, and regular online content, such as a blog, vlog, podcast, or articles in online publications.
  • Critical thinking: Ability to critically evaluate digital trends, ventures, student work, and faculty performance, then present constructive criticisms.
  • Professional network: Connections in the industry who can serve as instructors or guest speakers, offer front-line insights on technologies and in-demand skills, and ultimately provide students with career opportunities in digital media management.


All candidates must apply via the USC Careers Services website at this link Submissions by regular mail will not be accepted. Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three recommenders. Questions regarding the search process may be directed to Billie Shotlow at or (213) 821-2718. The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search Committee, Attention: Jessica Neff, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281.

Review of applications will commence on March 16, 2022 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Questions or concerns about the position can be directed to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Jessica Neff

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.