Assistant Professor of Communities Science
University of Southern
United States

Assistant Professor of Communities Science

Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism Faculty Los Angeles, California


Expertise in Latino Communities Issues


School of Journalism


USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism


The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking to recruit distinguished professionals and scholars for a new tenured position on its journalism faculty with either associate or full professor rank.  The School welcomes applicants with a variety of qualifications. These include practicing journalists as well scholars of journalism, media studies and related academic disciplines.


Candidates from the journalism profession should have earned a national and/or international reputation through news coverage on legacy or digital platforms and/or work as managers or entrepreneurs. Experience on multiple platforms is strongly preferred. They should have produced superlative journalism that breaks new ground because of its content or presentation, such as outstanding investigative pieces or reportage, innovative new media publications, important documentaries, thoughtful and sustained editorials or commentaries, and major works of non-fiction writing or historical narrative. In evaluating the merit assigned to a body or work by a candidate’s peers, special weight will be given to professional achievements that have been recognized as excellent by industry, professional or academic organizations such as the Pulitzer Prize, the National Book Award, the Peabody Prize, National News and Documentary Emmy Award, or the Columbia-Dupont Award.


Scholars should hold advanced degrees, have important publications in a field relevant to journalism practice or journalism studies and, preferably, a background in journalism. They will have produced at least one important book that has made a significant contribution to public and scholarly understanding, discussion, and debate.


For this position, the School seeks candidates with records of achievement on a range of topics related to Latino communities, including immigration, the US-Mexico border, and Latin America. Fluency in Spanish is preferred.


Through its undergraduate and graduate programs, the School is committed to educating the future leaders and innovators of journalism at a time of revolutionary change in the profession. That can only be accomplished with a faculty that is constantly updating curricula and expanding its expertise in the contemporary practice of journalism and the technological, social and economic forces that are shaping it.


Candidates should be enthusiastic about teaching, developing new curricula at all levels of study, and helping to manage school programs at the undergraduate or graduate levels. A track record of successful teaching experience is strongly preferred; however, journalists with minimal teaching experience but a distinguished track record in the field are also encouraged to apply.


Candidates should provide evidence of plans to make ongoing contributions to their fields. The School expects its faculty members to continue to be highly productive and to have a major impact on their fields through their professional work and research.


Students, faculty and staff across USC are now working daily on specific initiatives to enhance equity, inclusion and access for our diverse populations. Looking beyond the campus, the university has committed itself to support innovation, critical thinking and open debate that seeks to improve lives in the metropolis that surrounds us and the world beyond. Successful candidates will demonstrate experiences and aspirations that will contribute to these endeavors.


The School of Journalism has approximately 700 undergraduate and 250 graduate students enrolled in degree programs in journalism and public relations. The faculty consists of 47 full-time members and 135 part-time instructors, including many professionals drawn from major media firms. The USC Annenberg School utilizes a three-building environment that provides an array of instructional, production, event and meeting space, including a converged Media Center, a multi-platform multimedia newsroom, incubator and learning laboratory.


The USC Annenberg School also has leading programs and great scholars in the fields of public relations and communication, including one of the leading Communication doctoral programs in the world.  We encourage scholars and professionals to think about ways in which their work could benefit from the synergies of our programs, students, and faculty.


Applicants should send a letter describing their background, interests and areas of expertise, an up-to-date resume or curriculum vitae, a small sample of their professional or scholarly work and the names of three references through USC’s job site.


The annual base salary range in this position is $150,000 - $205,000.

When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope of responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations. 


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.


The University of Southern California was founded in 1870 and is today home to more than 47,000 students and more than 4,700 full-time faculty. An anchor institution in Los Angeles, and the city’s largest private employer, USC is a leader among US institutions of higher education in the enrollment of international students. USC has an endowment of $7.3 billion and substantial federal research funding, placing it in the top tier of US research universities.


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.

REQ20148233 Posted Date: 04/28/2024

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