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Assistant Professor - Political Communication

Position Overview

School / Campus / College: College of Arts and Sciences

Organization: Communication

Title: Assistant Professor - Political Communication

Position Details

Position Description

The Department of Communication seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of political communication. This position will utilize a strong grounding in theories of public opinion to establish and maintain a dynamic research agenda that illuminates the media’s role in attitude formation and opinion management in democratic societies and how these processes play out across lines of social and political difference. 

This full-time position has an anticipated start date of September 16, 2021 and will have a nine-month service period. Tenure-track faculty in the department are expected to produce a significant line of research, teach undergraduate and graduate classes, work with graduate students at the master’s and doctoral levels, and engage in departmental, university, and disciplinary service.

The Department of Communication is founded on the principles of intellectual and cultural pluralism, equity, interdisciplinarity, innovation through collaboration, and public scholarship. The Department’s statement on difference and equity can be found at
Statement.pdf. Information about the faculty, departmental centers (Center for Journalism, Media and Democracy as well as the Center for Communication, Difference, and Equity), degree programs, and course offerings can be found at


Candidates must have a Ph.D., or foreign equivalent, in Communication or a related field by the start of the appointment.


Candidates should submit the following: (1) a two-page letter of interest outlining the candidate’s research trajectory in political communication and explaining how that research meets the job criteria and complements/extends existing strengths in the department; (2) a separate two-page teaching statement that includes the candidate’s pedagogical philosophy and identifies existing and new courses the candidate is qualified to teach; (3) a two-page diversity statement that describes the candidate’s experiences with and commitments to difference, race, equity, and social justice in research, teaching, and/or service; (4) a curriculum vitae; (5) two article-length academic writing samples; and (6) the names and contact information of three referees. Application materials must be submitted online through
Interfolio. Priority will be given to applications received before October 18, 2020. Inquiries can be directed to the search committee chairs Patricia Moy ( and Matthew Powers (

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