James Madison University

The School of Media Arts & Design (SMAD) at James Madison University invites applications for a tenure-track or renewable-term assistant/associate professor position beginning in August 2017. SMAD seeks a student-oriented colleague to teach copywriting in their creative advertising concentration and other courses in the successful candidate’s areas of expertise.

SMAD has four concentrations: Converged/Interactive Media, Integrated Advertising and Corporate Communication (IACC), Digital Video and Cinema, and Journalism. IACC will be replaced by a newly developed Creative Advertising concentration in fall 2017. SMAD faculty represent a blend of professional and academic interests. The school has more than 20 faculty members and approximately 600 undergraduate majors. For more information about our program, go to www.jmu.edu/smad.

All SMAD faculty are engaged in teaching, service and research or creative activities. An MFA or Ph.D. is required for a tenure-track appointment; ABD applicants with the degree near completion will be considered. A master’s degree is required for a renewable-term appointment. Salary and rank are commensurate with education and experience.

JMU is a vibrant university of more than 20,000 students. It is located in Harrisonburg, a Virginia Main Street community of about 50,000, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. The university is approximately one hour from Charlottesville and two hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond. JMU has been ranked as the South’s top public master’s-level university for 17 of the past 21 years by U.S. News & World Report. For more information, go to http://www.harrisonburgva.gov/.

To apply go to JobLink.jmu.edu, reference posting number 0407513 and submit the faculty profile, a cover letter, a curriculum vitae and a list of 3 professional references. Screening of applications will begin January 2, 2017 and continue until the job is filled. Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background investigation.

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status. Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

Radford University

Radford, VA
Tenure Track Faculty, Digital/Multi-Media Production

Responsibilities: The School of Communication is seeking a candidate who can teach introductory, upper-division, and graduate courses in the areas of audio, video, and web production and contribute to curriculum development emphasizing cross-discipline integration of new media technologies in the School of Communication. Position rank is commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Minimum Required Qualifications: Ph.D., A.B.D or M.F.A. with experience in professional media production, or M.A., M.S. with significant experience in professional media production.

Preferred Qualification: Teaching experience in media production.

Application process: To be considered for this position, candidates must submit an electronic copy of the following: (1) a letter of application including a statement of your vision of the future of digital media; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a portfolio of your digital work (or links to examples of your work) (4) telephone numbers of at least three professional/academic references. Additional materials may be requested at a later time. All materials should be sent to Dr. Matthew Turner, Chair, Search Committee, School of Communication at Radford University P.O. Box 6932, Radford, VA 24142 or emailed to mrturner@radford.edu. Review of applications will begin on November 11th. The position will remain open until filled.

Located in the scenic New River Valley, between the Blue Ridge Mountains to the south and the Appalachian Mountains to the north, Radford University is a growing university, approaching 9,500 undergraduate and graduate students. A student-focused institution, Radford’s commitment to student engagement provides a wide range of opportunities for learning, growth, and collaboration for faculty as well as students.

As the largest college at Radford University and home to Liberal Arts instruction on campus, the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences is central to the mission of the university. Faculty members strive to develop in their students a range of intellectual skills and habits of mind that will serve them well throughout their academic and professional lives, as well as in their personal lives as productive citizens. Students regularly engage with faculty in experiential learning activities as well as in professional internships that provide opportunities to serve communities while preparing for careers. Faculty members’ scholarly and creative activity is viewed as a vital corollary to the instructional mission of the institution, with faculty encouraged to co-author research with undergraduate and graduate students.

The college recently moved into a new 143,600 square foot state-of-the-art instructional facility that houses all 125+ college faculty members. Centrally located on the main quad of the campus, it is the largest academic building at the university and features an array of specialized teaching and research facilities. Additional information about the College of Humanities and Behavioral Sciences is available here: www.radford.edu/content/chbs/home.html. Information about Radford University is available here: http://www.radford.edu

Radford University is an EO/AA employer committed to diversity. All new hires to Radford University will be subject to E-Verify. E-Verify is administered by the U. S. Department of Homeland Security, USCIS-Verification Division and the Social Security Administration and allows participating employers to electronically verify employment eligibility.

This contractor and subcontractor shall abide by the requirements of 41 CFR 60-300.5(a). This regulation prohibits discrimination against qualified protected veterans, and requires affirmative action by covered prime contractors and subcontractors to employ and advance in employment qualified protected veterans.

Virginia Tech

Assistant or Associate Professor in Communication and Social Analytics

The Virginia Tech Department of Communication invites applications for an Assistant or Associate Professor of Communication.  Ideal candidates for this position will have a research and teaching focus on communication, data, and social analytics. Candidates with a research agenda focused on the intersection of communication, data, and social analytics focused on health, data and security, government infrastructure and administration, economics and finance, agriculture, or history are especially welcome.  The successful candidate will contribute a social science perspective to a university-wide, interdisciplinary initiative to enhance curriculum and research focused on Data Analytics and Decision Sciences, which aims to integrate data analytics and decision sciences into university teaching, research, and outreach.  Candidates for this position will teach courses in Communication and courses that support the data analytic and decision science initiative from approaches that include, but are not limited to, public relations, political communication, journalism, media effects, and social media. Additional consideration will be given to candidates with professional experience in data analysis or social analytics. Standard teaching load is two courses per semester.

Required qualifications

  •         Ph.D. in Communication or a related discipline.
  •         Demonstrated potential for scholarly publication on data analytics topics, including research in journalism, public relations, social media, political communication, and media effects.
  •         Experience in teaching or ability to teach data or social analytics and decision-sciences related courses and contribute to Communication department courses.
  •         ABD applicants will be considered, but the doctorate must be completed by the appointment date of August 10, 2017.
  •         Willingness to work in a collaborative environment.

Preferred qualifications

  •         Professional experience working with data, big data, data trends, ethics of data, social analytics, or communicating data and data implications to various publics.
  •         Work experience involving data, data literacy and the role of data in decision making.
  •         Experience working in a collaborative environment.
  •         A publication record in communication and data analytics.


Application screening will begin December 14, 2016. Complete applications include the online application form and the following supplemental materials: a cover letter briefly detailing applicant’s fit with the job description and department; curriculum vitae; statement of teaching philosophy with summary of teaching evaluations; two writing samples of research related to communication, data, and social analytics; a list of at least three references to include reference name, address, phone number, and email address.  Applications must be submitted electronically at http://www.jobs.vt.edu, posting number TR0160156. Direct questions to Dr. John Tedesco, Department of Communication, 113 Shanks Hall, 181 Turner Street, NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061, Telephone (504) 231-3224, email tedesco@vt.edu.

Virginia Tech recognizes the critical importance of diverse teams of scholars.  It seeks to diversify its faculty along multiple dimensions, including those that have been historically marginalized and excluded given the institutional history and legacy of the university.  Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world.  Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence.  We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law. (http://www.vt.edu/about/equal-opportunity.html.) For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify John Tedesco at tedesco@vt.edu, 540-231-7166, 540 231-9817 (fax), or 1-800-828-1120 (TTY) before application screening begins.

Virginia Tech

Assistant Professor in Data Journalism & Analytics

The Department of Communication at Virginia Tech seeks applications for a tenure-track assistant professor whose research and teaching focus on data journalism, analytics, and multimedia storytelling. Ideal candidates will have academic and professional backgrounds relevant to application of advanced analytic techniques to multimedia journalism practice, with some expertise in sports media a desired additional focus. Relevant research background for the position includes areas such as data visualization, computational science, network analysis, crowdsourcing, and communicating science. Candidates should be prepared to teach courses related to multimedia reporting, data journalism, analytics, and sports media. Candidates should be prepared to contribute to curriculum development emphasizing integration of advanced analytic techniques with multimedia journalism and storytelling production in a lab environment. Typical teaching expectations are two courses per semester or equivalent within a lab environment.

Required Qualifications:
Ph.D. in communication or related field.
• Demonstrated potential for scholarly publication and successful teaching.
• Potential to secure extramural funding.
• Evidence of excellence in scholarship and teaching and of potential for the development and maintenance of a nationally or internationally recognized research program.

ABD applicants will be considered, but the doctoral degree must be awarded by the appointment date of August 10, 2017.

Preferred Qualifications:
• Background and research expertise related to advanced analytic techniques such as data visualization, computational sciences, crowdsourcing, and network analysis.
• Background related to technology and innovation in multimedia storytelling.
• Interest in research and teaching related to sports media.
• Interest in teaching students concepts and technical skills involving integration of data and information in multimedia journalism packages.

Application screening will begin October 31, 2016. Complete applications include the online application form and the following supplemental materials: a cover letter briefly detailing applicant’s fit with the job description and department; a complete CV; a statement of teaching philosophy and experience; two writing samples of research related to multimedia journalism, data analytics, or sports media; and names, address, phone numbers, and email contacts for at least three references. Applications must be submitted electronically at http://www.jobs.vt.edu posting number TR0160113. Direct questions to James D. Ivory, Department of Communication, 111 Shanks Hall, 181 Turner Street NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061; Telephone (540) 231-6507, email jivory@vt.edu.

The Department of Communication has 26 full-time faculty members and 15 graduate teaching assistants. Our department serves more than 700 undergraduate majors (400 in PR) and 22 graduate students. The Public Relations Society of America has certified the Virginia Tech undergraduate PR curriculum. With an enrollment of more than 30,000 students, Virginia Tech is Virginia’s top research university, a Carnegie highest research activity doctoral university (Research 1), and a land-grant institution. For more information on the Department and Virginia Tech, go to http://www.comm.vt.edu.

Blacksburg, home of Virginia Tech, is consistently ranked among the country’s best places to live. To learn more about the community, see http://www.blacksburg.gov.

Virginia Tech is committed to recruiting, selecting, promoting, and retaining a diverse workforce. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law (http://www.vt.edu/about/equal-opportunity.html). For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the Office of Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify James Ivory at jivory@vt.edu, 540-231-7166, 540 231-9817 (fax), or 1-800-828-1120 (TTY) before application screening begins.