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College of Information and Communications

Employment Opportunities

Posted Oct. 1, 2019 

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites applications for the following faculty positions.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites applications for a tenure-track open-rank faculty position in Advertising. For this position, we seek candidates with expertise in creative strategy with skills in using big/little data, analytics and social media to develop strategic advertising campaigns. A solid understanding of the industry’s digital ecosystem will be required. This position is at the intersection of data and the execution of creative strategies.

The School continues a trajectory toward preeminence in teaching and research addressing “data, media and society.” Over the next two years, we plan to hire up to six new faculty, primarily in the areas of big data, media analytics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI) and data storytelling.

The successful candidate for this position will develop and teach a course based on using data and analytics to mine insights for creative strategy in advertising campaigns, and also teach either creative strategy, advertising principles, account planning or advertising campaigns. The successful candidate will choose between the professional tenure-track or academic tenure-track. Applicants must either hold a doctoral degree in mass communications or a related field by the start date of employment (ABDs considered), or have a master’s degree and is expected to have 10 or more years of national/global industry experience in advertising.

Candidates will be expected to make meaningful contributions to advertising scholarship or creative activity in their area of expertise, mentor graduate students, and teach graduate- and undergraduate-level courses in advertising. The successful candidate must have evidence of, or promise of, research emphasizing the theories and methods of data or show evidence of the ability to conduct creative activity with data in advertising.

Our diverse, engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment within the school. In addition, a rich potential for collaborative and  interdisciplinary connections in big data and artificial intelligence exists across the university. The university’s new Institute for Artificial Intelligence lists more than 45 faculty members already engaged in some form of AI research; these researchers hail from journalism and mass communications, library and information science, education, social work, public health, engineering and computing.

All applicants must fill out an online application at USC Jobs: http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/68021.

Candidates should be prepared to upload a CV, letter of application, personal statement, names, phone numbers, and email addresses of letter writers, and any additional materials that demonstrate educational and academic experience. Letter writers should provide signed letters on letterhead addressed to the Advertising Faculty Search. All application materials must be received no later than December 1, 2019. For more information about this position, please contact Advertising Search Committee Chair Kenneth Campbell (kencamp@mailbox.sc.edu).

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in the area of mass communications to begin August 16, 2020. For this position, we seek candidates with a research focus in computational social science and expertise in big data. Work in big data includes analyzing and drawing rigorous inferences from large complex data sets which involve social and digital media sources and other electronic data bases. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in mass communications or a related field by the start date of employment (ABDs considered). 

The School continues a trajectory toward preeminence in teaching and research addressing “data, media and society.” Over the next two years, we plan to hire up to six new faculty, primarily in the areas of big data, media analytics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI) and data storytelling.

Candidates will be expected to make significant contributions to mass communications scholarship in their area of expertise, mentor graduate students, and teach graduate- and undergraduate-level courses in mass communications. The ideal candidate should have evidence of, or promise of, research emphasizing the theories and methods of big data, as well as the ability to guide students across the School’s curricula in the relevant competencies of data mining and big data initiatives.

Our diverse, engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment within the school. In addition, a rich potential for collaborative and interdisciplinary connections in big data and artificial intelligence exists across the university. The university’s new Institute for Artificial Intelligence lists more than 45 faculty members already engaged in some form of AI research; these researchers hail from journalism and mass communications, library and information science, education, social work, public health, engineering and computing.

All applicants must fill out an online application at USC Jobs: http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/68023.

Candidates should be prepared to upload a CV, letter of application, personal statement, names, phone numbers, and email addresses of letter writers, and any additional materials that demonstrate educational and academic experience. Letter writers should provide signed letters on letterhead addressed to the Mass Communications Assistant Professor Search. All application materials must be received no later than December 1, 2019. For more information about this position, please contact Search Committee Chair Mary Anne Fitzpatrick (fitzpatm@mailbox.sc.edu).

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in the visual communications major to join the faculty in August 2020. The ideal candidate will augment our program in one or more of the following areas: user-experience & user-interface (UX/UI) design strategies, data analysis & visualization, and/or visual social media communication. Applicants should have professional skills in one or more contemporary visual technologies or skills. A program of visual communications research is a must. A research agenda implementing social media data, user-experience & user-interface design strategy, or advanced methods including biometrics measures is desirable.

The School continues a trajectory toward preeminence in teaching and research addressing “data, media and society.” Over the next two years, we plan to hire up to six new faculty, primarily in the areas of big data, media analytics, cybersecurity, artificial intelligence (AI) and data storytelling.

The successful candidate would preferably have teaching experience or demonstrate aptitude for teaching undergraduate courses, including Principles of Visual Communication, design of online content, Informational Graphics (a course in data visualization), and the capstone portfolio course. Applicants must hold a doctoral degree in mass communications or a related field by the start date of employment (ABDs considered). A portfolio is required of all candidates that demonstrates competency in graphic design, motion graphics, multimedia and app or web design work. 

Our diverse, engaged faculty and staff enjoy a dynamic and intellectually stimulating work environment within the school. In addition, a rich potential for collaborative and  interdisciplinary connections in big data and artificial intelligence exists across the university. The university’s new Institute for Artificial Intelligence lists more than 45 faculty members already engaged in some form of AI research; these researchers hail from journalism and mass communications, library and information science, education, social work, public health, engineering and computing. 

All applicants must fill out an online application at USC Jobs: http://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/68492. Candidates should be prepared to upload a CV, letter of application, personal statement, names, phone numbers, and email addresses of letter writers, and any additional materials that demonstrate educational and academic experience. Letter writers should provide signed letters on letterhead addressed to the Visual Communications Assistant Professor Search.    

All application materials must be received no later than December 1, 2019.  For further information about this position, please contact Visual Communications Search Committee Chair Robert McKeever (robert.mckeever@sc.edu). 

The College of Information and Communications
The College of Information and Communications is home to two nationally recognized schools, the School of Journalism and Mass Communications and the School of Library and Information Science. The college provides outstanding teaching, research and community outreach. As such, it is one of only a few universities to combine its communications and information science programs, two rapidly evolving — and converging — fields united by a shared belief that information accessibility is the cornerstone of self-governance. The College has approximately 1,800 undergraduates, 400 graduate students, and more than 100 faculty and staff members. New assets available to faculty and students in both schools include: the Social Media Insights Lab and the Biometric and User Experience Lab.  Both are designed to facilitate the study of issues related to data, media and their impact on society.

The University of South Carolina
The University of South Carolina in Columbia is the major research institution of the University of South Carolina system and its largest campus, enrolling approximately 35,000 students. The university offers over 320 degrees at the bachelor's, master's, doctoral and professional program levels. Founded in 1801, it is among America’s oldest and most comprehensive public universities and is one of only 32 public universities to earn the Carnegie Foundation’s top-tier designations in both research activity and community engagement. South Carolina’s capital city is currently undergoing a number of urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural and recreational opportunities.

The University of South Carolina is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply. The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities on the basis of race, sex, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation,  genetics, protected veteran status, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions.


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