University of Southern California — Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication – Media Industries


Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication 

Media Industries

The Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California seeks applications for a tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of media industries studies. We define media industries broadly, from television, film, music, and radio, to streaming services, platforms, immersive media (VR/AR/MR), gaming, and creator cultures, and the convergences across them all. We are particularly interested in scholars whose work is critically oriented toward current and future transformations in media industries (as defined above), and how these industries and their futures impact and interface with historically under-served groups. Scholars working in national and transnational contexts beyond the United States are also of particular interest. 

Areas of specialization might include production by and for communities marginalized by race and ethnicity, sexuality, gender, and ableness; media labor (above and below the line); the relation of media regulation and policy to media industries; the politics and policies of media convergence. We anticipate the candidate will contribute to our Ph.D. program, industry-related master’s programs, and  undergraduate program.

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 are our ties to the entertainment industry (e.g., via the Norman Lear Center), to the Division of Cinema and Media in the School of Cinematic Arts, and to the interdisciplinary USC Games programs. Interdisciplinary work is highly valued and expected. The School has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of over 2000. We have 29 tenured/tenure line and 28 additional Research, Teaching, Practice, and Clinical Faculty. Both our faculty and our 73 doctoral students represent diverse disciplinary backgrounds affording a rich intellectual environment.

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).


To be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Employee Recruitment Services website at the following Candidates must have a Ph.D. in communication, media studies, or a related field. Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, 1-2 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 Prof. Jennifer Petersen, 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 at ( or (213-821-2718) regarding the search process. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

Review of applications will commence on October 24, 2022 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed. Questions about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Prof. Jennifer Petersen 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.