Assistant/Associate/or Full Professor of Communication (Open Rank)


Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

Communication Networks

Assistant/Associate/or Full Professor of Communication

The School of Communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism seeks to fill a faculty position in theory development and research in communication networks. The School will hire the best possible candidate whose scholarship expands the discipline’s theoretical knowledge of communication networks, whose research will lead to important insights into communication network processes, and whose teaching will enlighten and inspire our undergraduate and graduate students. Exceptional applicants at any rank (Assistant, Associate, Full) are encouraged to apply, especially advanced scholars.

The ideal candidate should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field and demonstrate excellence in at least one programmatic line of research, address important societal issues and practical real-world applications. The candidate is expected to help the school continue to grow our commitment to network scholarship, through research, teaching, and mentorship.

Communication networks are an integral part of almost all facets of contemporary life including teams and groups, organizations and institutions, and the global political economy. These networks connect diverse and global constituencies that differ in terms of gender, class, race, ethnicity, national origin and other differences. We seek a colleague whose academic career demonstrates an interest in a broad array of topics in connectivity such as the semantic World Wide Web, social and enterprise networks, collaboration networks, team networks, political mobilizing, network equality, and crowdsourcing. Candidates should have competencies in robust qualitative and quantitative network analysis techniques for examining big data from a wide array of communication networks.

The candidate will play a leading role in the Annenberg Networks Network (ANN) a research center at the Annenberg School that focuses on network theory and research. This scholar will also be affiliated with the Annenberg Institute for Diversity and Empowerment to explore the intersection of communication networks and diversity. We anticipate that our new colleague will foster collaboration with other academic units across the University, and with external partners as well.

The Annenberg School is committed to fostering a culture and climate of tolerance, diversity and inclusion, as is evident in the Schools' various centers and initiatives ( Consequently, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in accordance with the University's mission to ensure equal opportunity (see below).

About the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

The USC Annenberg School was established in 1971 with a gift from US Ambassador Walter Annenberg. It has grown over time to include programs in both Journalism and Communication, and now houses several important centers and initiatives ( The School has a long history of collaborating with other academic units, and with agencies off campus. Interdisciplinary work is highly valued and expected. The School recently expanded to include a second modern 85,000 square foot building providing more space for public events, for student work groups and student-faculty meetings. The School has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 2200.


To be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Employee Recruitment Services website at the following link Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, samples of recent refereed publications and the names of three references. Final candidates will be requested to submit three (3) letters of recommendation. The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search, attention Billie Shotlow, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281. Applicants may direct questions to Billie Shotlow: ( or (213-821-2718). Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

Review of applications will commence on October 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled or the search closed. Questions or concerns about the position or the search process can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Michael Cody, at

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, protected veteran status, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law or USC policy. USC will consider for employment all qualified applicants with criminal histories in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Los Angeles Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring ordinance.

We provide reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. Applicants with questions about access or requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application or hiring process should contact USC Human Resources by phone at (213) 821-8100, or by email at Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law.