UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
Open-Rank Clinical Faculty / Faculty of Professional Practice
The School of Communication at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism seeks a Clinical Faculty / Faculty of Professional Practice to support teaching and scholarship at the intersection of economics and media. The past two decades have witnessed a radical transformation in the business models of media industries that have reshaped how content is made, distributed and monetized. This candidate will help infuse an understanding of economics into the graduate and undergraduate curriculum and will help students understand the massive changes in media through the lens of business and economics.
We are particularly interested in scholars whose work is critically oriented toward current and future transformations in media industries, and how these industries and their futures impact and interface with historically under-served groups. Significant stand-alone teaching experience is required. Supervision of teaching assistants is an advantage. Teaching load is six courses per academic year, plus School/University service.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in Communication, Media Studies, or related disciplines, however, this position is also open to those with significant professional experience in the media industries who hold an MBA or graduate degrees in Economics or Communication.
The candidate will build a rich network within media industries in order to help inform the development of our multidisciplinary curriculum, lead collaborations between students and industry partners, and become a thought leader throughout USC’s academic and professional communities. The candidate will demonstrate excellence, knowledge and foresight in attending to the increasing needs for diversity and equity in media industries. This excellence should encompass dedication to help recruiting diverse voices in faculty and student populations and advocating for social justice, equal opportunity, and equitable representation throughout the communication field.
We anticipate the candidate will contribute to our industry-related master’s programs and communication undergraduate program. This is designated as a Clinical faculty / Faculty of Professional Practice position, eligible for renewals and promotions. It is not a tenure-track position.
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 (https://annenberg.usc.edu/research). The School has a long history of collaborating with other academic units and with off-campus agencies. Noteworthy are our ties not only to other social sciences and neuroscience, but to the entertainment industry (e.g., via the Norman Lear Center), and to Technology and Games programs in Cinema and Engineering and the Medical School. 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, student work groups, and student-faculty meetings. The School has a combined undergraduate and graduate enrollment of 2,200.
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 (https://annenberg.usc.edu/research). Consequently, all qualified applicants are encouraged to apply in accordance with the University's mission to ensure equal opportunity (see below).
To be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Employee Recruitment Services website at this link https://usccareers.usc.edu/job/los-angeles/open-rank-clinical-faculty-faculty-of-professional-practice-of-communication/1209/57578873648. Submission materials should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, syllabi and/or curriculum design, and contact information for three recommenders. The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search, Attention: Dr. Paolo Sigismondi, 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 at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (213) 821-2718 regarding the search process. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.
The annual base salary range for this position is $93,000-$162,000 depending on expertise and experience. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organization considerations.
Review of applications will commence on January 8, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. Questions or concerns about the position can be directed to the Chair of the Search Committee, Dr. Paolo Sigismondi at email@example.com.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Inquiries will be treated as confidential to the extent permitted by law. 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.