National University of Singapore



The Department of Communications and New Media at the National University of Singapore offers Bachelors, Masters and Doctoral degrees in Social Sciences and stands among the top Communication and Media Studies departments both in Asia and globally. Its teaching and research strengths are in the areas of Art, Game, and Media Design; Human-Computer Interaction; Critical Cultural Communication Theories in/of Asia; Critical Communication Methodologies; New Media and Public Engagement; Health Communication; Communication Management; Communication and Social Change; Communication and Technology; and Media Effects. The Department comprises an international mix of 27 faculty members; in terms of students, the department has over 600 undergraduate majors and some 53 graduate students.

The Department is poised to continue its growth trajectory, building its global research profile in interactive media design, health communication, communication management, 21C artforms and critical network culture, and new media studies while maintaining its strong commitment to an undergraduate education embedded in theory-practice linkages. This appointment is for a tenured position; a competitive remuneration package, based on qualifications and experience, can be expected.

We seek candidates who meet the following criteria:

  • an international research reputation based on an established track record in research and publication;
  • a strong desire to develop and implement a vision for a dynamic Department of Communications and New Media;
  • a strong understanding of the disciplinary trends in Communication Studies, New Media Studies, and Interaction Design;
  • a deep interest in nurturing the potential of young faculty and attracting quality faculty members and graduate students to the department;
  • a commitment to building a culture of grant getting and fund raising in research;
  • excellent communication skills and dedication to academic excellence and collegiality; and
  • proven administrative and management skills, with leadership qualities in a multicultural and multidisciplinary environment (experience in departmental or university leadership positions and an understanding of different institutional contexts are preferred).

The Department Head is expected to provide visionary leadership, direct strategic planning, encourage strong scholarship, grow the department’s social impact, guide curricular revision, and promote excellent teaching. Administratively, the Head will oversee all personnel matters, manage the department budget and cultivate collaborative relationships with other departments in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the University, and beyond. They will also be expected to teach a half-load of modules (as compared to other tenure track colleagues).

Applications should include a comprehensive letter of interest (which specifies experience of, and capacity for, academic leadership), full curriculum vitae (including detailed evidence of research standing and impact, and teaching excellence), and names and contact details of six references. Please send applications to:

Chair, CNM HOD Search Committee
c/o Ms Gayathri Dorairaju
Department of Communications and New Media
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore
11 Computing Drive
Singapore 117416

Or email Ms Gayathri Dorairaju at

Informal enquiries about the position may be directed to the current Head of Department, Professor Mohan Dutta, at Interested candidates should submit their application by 30th July 2017. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and plans will be made for a campus visit and interview. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found.

For additional information, please consult the Department web site at