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J-school invites applications for visual communications tenure-track faculty position




Assistant Professor:  Immersive Communication (AR/VR/XR)

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications at the University of South Carolina invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor level in the visual communications sequence with a specialization in immersive communication to begin by January 1, 2024 or August 16, 2024.

The candidate will have expertise in immersive visualization and communication, and a promising research or creative agenda constructing immersive environments with user-experience and user-interface design strategy. This includes the ability to merge communication and design practices within interactive and immersive fields, such as virtual reality, mixed reality experiences, location based augmented reality, autonomous or networked virtual environments, digital puppetry, motion capture, and photogrammetry.


  • Develop and teach relevant courses at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, including the ability to teach courses such as Introduction to Visual Communications, Design of Online Content and Senior Portfolio.
  • Conduct either scholarly or creative work.
  • Provide service.

Minimum Qualifications

Our school has both research and creative paths within the tenure track. Faculty applicants on the creative path must hold at least a master’s degree in mass communications by the start date of employment plus three years of relevant work experience. Faculty applicants on the research track must have a terminal degree (ABDs considered) by start date of employment and evidence of scholarly promise.

Additional expertise  

We welcome applicants with the ability to utilize user-experience and user-interface (UX/UI) design strategies, and data analysis and visualization. We also welcome applicants who have promise of securing external funding, and interest in working in the college’s Biometric and UX Lab.

Application Procedure 

Applications are due by September 15, 2023. All applicants must complete an online application at USC Jobs.  

  1. Cover Letter
  2. Current Vitae or Resume
  3. List of three references (including name, phone number, and email)
  4. Link to a portfolio of work that demonstrates competency in immersive design or development, app or web design. 
  5. Three letters of recommendation (solicited prior to start date) — listed as optional documents, while the three letters are required prior to start date, letter may be uploaded with application, but it is not required.

For further information about this position, please contact Visual Communications Search Committee Chair Van Kornegay (

About Us

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications
The School of Journalism and Mass Communications currently enrolls approximately 1,700 undergraduates and 100 graduate students in journalism, advertising, public relations, visual communications and mass communications. The SJMC offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in journalism and mass communication and a Ph.D. in mass communication. The faculty consists of a collegial group of researchers and educators with a wide range of backgrounds and interests. The school houses two professional video studios, a photography studio and five Mac labs. We extensively use Adobe Premiere Pro and Photoshop in our classes. As part of our program, every student has a subscription to Adobe Creative Suite.

The School of Journalism and Mass Communications is committed to the mission of the College of Information and Communications and the University of South Carolina to foster a diverse and vibrant academic environment, embrace diversity in its various forms and create a welcoming environment that encourages all to excel.

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 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, 500 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 several urban revitalization projects and offers residents a growing range of artistic, cultural, and recreational opportunities.

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