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College of Information and Communications

CIC Bridge to Faculty Fellow (Research Assistant Professor) in Health Science, Information and Communications

The College of Information and Communications at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a 12-month Faculty Fellow position in Health, Science, Information and Communication at the rank of Research Assistant Professor to join USC’s Bridge to Faculty program, effective August 16, 2024.

Bridge to Faculty is a program designed to recruit talented early-career scholars as Faculty Fellows at the rank of Research Assistant Professor with the goal to transition them to tenure-track faculty members after two years. Bridge to Faculty aims to attract and retain promising scholars with an emphasis on underrepresented early-career scholars.

The CIC comprises two nationally accredited programs, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Information Science. 

We are seeking applications from outstanding scholars whose research trajectory contributes to the understanding of health information and communication disparities and strengthens the college’s existing research missions and initiatives aimed at addressing health disparities and social justice. Candidates with non-traditional research methodologies (e.g., applied research, community-based research, or indigenous research approaches) may also be considered.

The Fellow will be expected to demonstrate a constant effort to produce quality research output resulting in publication in respected journals and presentations at national conferences. The Fellow will also engage in external grant training and seeking activities. We invite applications from outstanding scholars who will have completed a doctoral degree with specializations in health communication, health science, communication studies, information science, journalism, media or related field between July 1, 2019, and August 16, 2024.

How to apply:

To ensure full consideration, application material should be submitted online.

Qualified candidates should submit the following:

  1. Cover letter describing your interest in being a Bridge to Faculty Research Assistant Professor at USC, with relevant personal and professional background;
  2. Curriculum vitae;
  3. Candidates who have not yet defended their dissertation must include a letter from the dissertation director confirming that the PhD will be completed by August 16, 2024;
  4. Up to two writing samples, maximum 25 pages;
  5. A research statement;
  6. A teaching statement – listed as optional as this may be included in the cover letter, however, is an application requirement;
  7. A Diversity, equity and inclusion statement – listed as optional as this may be included in the cover letter, however, is an application requirement;
  8. Three letters of recommendation (solicited prior to the start date) – are listed as optional documents, while the three letters are required prior to the start date, letters may be uploaded with the application, but it is not required.

Varied socioeconomic and cultural experiences, inclusive research, teaching goals emphasizing cultural competence, and first-generation college graduate status may be highlighted in your cover letter.

If you have any questions about the application process or this position, please contact search committee chair Dr. Linwan Wu, Associate Dean of Research, School of Journalism and Mass Communications (

The search will continue until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is August 16, 2024.

USC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. The university does not discriminate in educational, or employment opportunities based on race, sex, gender, gender identity, transgender status, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.

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