Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Communication: Social Media

Santa Clara University
California, United States
Jul 10, 2019
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Tenure Track Assistant Professor of Communication: Social Media

The Department of Communication at Santa Clara University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Social Media to begin in Fall 2020. Social media and networks have become an integral part of everyday life in the 21st century impacting society on many levels.We seek a teaching-scholar colleague who conducts theory-driven and engaged research in areas such as: effects of social media use in interpersonal relationships, organizations, groups, families, etc.; strategic use of social media, whether by individuals, organizations, public health groups, social movements, rights groups, or state actors; media convergence; gaming and gamification of social media; emerging technologies; social media and algorithm bias (related to normative notions of ability, ethnicity, gender or gender identity, race, sexuality, socioeconomic status); impact of the collection and use of big data. We are looking for those studying one or more of these foci through the use of quantitative social-science methodologies, big data analysis, and/or mixed methodologies.

The successful candidate’s research and teaching profile should intersect with one or more of the following departmental research areas: interpersonal, organizational, health, strategic, global communication, or media studies. We would also be interested in a colleague whose work engages with Silicon Valley organizations and who may be able to develop strategic partnerships between local organizations (businesses, governmental, non-profits, NGOs, etc.) and the department. We also value applicants whose work aligns with one or more of the campus’ centers: The Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship, The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, the Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education, or the newly-established WAVE Visualization Laboratory, all of which focus on promoting social justice. Candidates may also describe how their work could be inter- or cross-disciplinary with other departments such as Political Science, Public Health, Neuroscience, Sociology, or Psychology.

The new faculty member will teach courses in their area of specialty, a senior thesis or capstone course, and at least one of the following areas of departmental need: quantitative research methods, interpersonal communication studies, communication theory, or technology and communication.

Candidates should demonstrate promise in scholarly research, including the ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals, as well as evidence of successful teaching. Candidates should have methodological expertise in quantitative methods and/or mixed-method approaches. The completion of a Ph.D. in Communication or a closely related discipline is required by the time of appointment.


  • PhD In Communication (or a closely-related discipline) required by time of appointment.
  • Demonstrate promise in scholarly research, including ability to publish in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrate evidence of success or promise in teaching at the undergraduate level.

Job Duties:

  • Maintain an active research/scholarly program.
  • Teach undergraduate courses (normal teaching load for tenure stream faculty is 2 courses per quarter, 3 academic quarters per year - Fall, Winter, Spring).
  • Serve as academic adviser to undergraduate students.
  • Participate in department, college, and university service. 

About Santa Clara University:

Applicants are invited to visit the university’s web site at www.scu.edu for descriptions of the university’s mission, courses offered in our department, and the diverse student population we serve. Santa Clara University is committed to the strategic goal of enriching the quality of our community of scholars by increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences related to achieving this goal in their letter of application.

Located in the heart of northern California’s Silicon Valley, Santa Clara University is a private, Catholic Jesuit university committed to promoting social justice in a comprehensive educational setting. Faculty members are teaching scholars who balance a commitment to excellent teaching with active programs of research or creative scholarship. A full-time teaching load is two courses
per quarter (three quarters per academic year). Maintaining an active research program is required, along with undergraduate advising and service responsibilities.

Housing assistance programs are available. Santa Clara University is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer, committed to excellence through diversity, and, in this spirit, especially welcomes applications from women, members of the global majority/persons of color, all gender identities, any sexual orientation, all religions or spiritual beliefs, and members of historically underrepresented groups. The University will provide reasonable accommodations to all qualified individuals with a disability. Also, in accordance with the federal Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the University annually collects and makes publicly available information about campus crimes and other reportable incidents www.scu.edu/cs/.

Submission Information:

Applications will be accepted until September 13, 2019 at 11:59pm pacific time, at which time the evaluation of applications will begin. Applicants should submit their letter of application; curriculum vitae; example(s) of scholarly work; official graduate transcripts; a teaching philosophy statement; a statement of the candidate’s research plan; statement on experiences working with people of diverse cultures and identities; and evidence of teaching excellence (e.g., course syllabi, student evaluations, and/or teaching portfolios) to People Admin, the online job application portal for the Department of Communication, Santa Clara University.