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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Strategic Communication/Data Analytics

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American University: School of Communication
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The School of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C., invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Public Communication Division beginning August 1, 2016.

Responsibilities include teaching a 2-2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as participation in department, school and university activities. All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service. Faculty work closely with students on individual and group projects and serve as mentors.

We are seeking candidates with demonstrated expertise in the different ways that political campaigns, NGOs, nonprofits, corporations and federal, state and local governments dissect data and analyze the digital, behavioral, media and economic footprints of consumers, voters or constituents. Candidates will show a strong potential for scholarly and/or professional growth in identifying and targeting audiences, using analytics to evaluate impact, and utilizing micro-targeting to understand public attitudes, lifestyle preferences, values, consumer interests, political concerns, and media and technology habits. Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in or a deep understanding of the application of data analytics to the field of public communication, including mastery or knowledge of the latest tools and technologies that are being used to harness the power of large data sets. Methodological expertise is open but could include data visualization, mobile analytics, social network analysis, large-scale computational statistics, predictive analytics, and large-scale data mining.  

The committee will place a priority on candidates with a PhD and professional experience in the field as well as candidates with a relevant master’s degree and extensive, noteworthy professional experience in the field.

Application Procedure: 

Please submit applications via Interfolio. Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three letters of recommendation, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and copies of recent published papers or working papers.

If you have any questions, please email Andrea Dargin, Faculty Coordinator, at with the subject line, “Strategic Communication Professor Search”.

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