Tenure-Track Assistant Professor, Data Analytics in Strategic Communication

American University
District of Columbia, United States
Jul 03, 2017
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

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, 2018.


We are seeking candidates in the field of strategic or political communication with a demonstrated expertise in the role of data analytics to shape and drive communication campaigns. We are looking for someone whose expertise has gone beyond studying communication to actually using, evaluating and/or applying big data as a tool to create, develop, and implement communication strategies.

A successful candidate will demonstrate a deep understanding of – and experience in – the way data analytics are used to identify audiences, shape messages, target media, reach constituencies, and influence strategic decisions. This is not merely a data analytics position; it is a position for a strategic or political communication expert who knows how to use data analytics as an essential resource in communication initiatives and political campaigns. 

The committee will place a priority on candidates with an advanced degree, professional or applied experience in the field, and a record that documents the impact and significance of their work.


Tenure-track faculty are expected to conduct scholarly, professional, or creative work that results in recognition and influence in our field. Tenure-track faculty carry a 2-2 teaching load. All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.

Application Process:

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, subject to on-going budgetary approval. Please submit applications via http://apply.interfolio.com/42957. Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, three references, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), and examples of recent scholarly or professional work. Please contact Aisha Green, Faculty Affairs Coordinator, 202-885-2133 or aisha@american.edu if you have any questions.

Salary and benefits are competitive.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital.  For more information about American University, visit www.american.edu. Learn more about the School of Communication at http://www.american.edu/soc/.

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