The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is seeking to recruit distinguished professionals and scholars for up to two new tenured positions on its journalism faculty.
Professional candidates should have earned a national and/or international reputation through news coverage on legacy or digital platforms and/or work as managers or entrepreneurs. 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, preferably by an academic press, that has made a significant contribution to public and scholarly understanding, discussion, and debate.
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 curriculum and expanding its expertise in the contemporary practice of journalism and the technological, social and economic forces that are shaping it.
With up to two open positions, at the Associate or full Professor level, the School welcomes applicants with a variety of specialties and qualifications. These include subject-area journalism and specialists in journalistic forms such as narrative or investigative reporting, and media studies scholars.
In addition, the School welcomes applicants who are making significant contributions to the understanding of topics such as journalism’s civic and social roles, its business models, and critical exploration of complex questions of identity including race, class, and gender.
Candidates should be enthusiastic about teaching, developing new curriculum at all levels of study, and helping to manage school programs at the undergraduate or graduate level. 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 562 undergraduate and 158 graduate students enrolled in degree programs in journalism and public relations. The faculty consists of 48 full-time members and nearly 80 part-time instructors, including many professionals drawn from major media firms. In 2014, the School expanded into the newly built Wallis Annenberg Hall, which is equipped with state-of-the-art information technology. It hosts the Julie Chen/Les Moonves and CBS Media Center, a web-based, multimedia newsroom and learning laboratory.
The USC Annenberg School also has leading programs and great scholars in the fields of public relations and communication. 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.
To ensure full consideration, applicants are encouraged to apply by January 15, 2018; applications will be accepted until position is filled.
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 disabilities to apply.