Dalton Family Professor, New and Emerging Media, College of Communication

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Dalton Family Professor, New and Emerging Media, College of Communication

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The College of Communication at Boston University believes that trustworthy, high-quality communication that engages diverse audiences is an essential underpinning for a functioning society. The college invites applications for the Dalton Family Professor, who will use new and emerging media to engage colleagues and communities to address societal challenges, such as in social and economic justice, civic participation, media literacy, science/health communication, urban life, and environmental sustainability. This is a tenured, in-residence position (pending Provost approval) with responsibilities for teaching, research, public engagement and support for the initiatives and curriculum of the College. We seek a forward-looking, dynamic thinker with an international reputation for scholarship and/or professional achievement in emerging communications.

The College believes that communication, as an essential tool for enhancing understanding for all communities and human endeavors, must embrace cultural and social diversity in order to achieve true excellence in our research and academic programs. BU has redoubled its commitment to more fully embody its founding principles. To that end, we are especially eager to have join our ranks a colleague who supports our institutional commitment to ensuring BU is inclusive, equitable, diverse, and a place where all constituents can thrive.

Candidates for this endowed position should present qualifications suitable for appointment as a full professor at Boston University, based on a record of scholarship and intellectual leadership. The Dalton Family Professor should demonstrate a record as a respected researcher, academic or professional in emerging and new media. The professor should have a demonstrated ability to engage students and the public in understanding the role communication plays in identifying, elucidating and solving major societal challenges that have arisen from neglecting the value of human diversity and beneficiaries of structural power. The position presents extensive opportunities for cross-disciplinary pursuits across the College, the University and with national and international institutions.

Boston University’s College of Communication strives to build understanding through education, practice, and discovery in communication. In supporting that mission, the Dalton Family Professor will provide scholarly expertise and important leadership to the university. The role will help COM bring value to communities at the university, and globally through scholarship, experimentation, and contributions to public conversation.

The Professorship is endowed by the Dalton Family, including Nathaniel Dalton, a Boston University trustee, and a Boston University School of Law graduate.


We request a curriculum vitae and a letter of interest as well as the names of three references. Applications may be sent by mail or preferable, by email as a PDF document to:

Maureen A. Mahoney

Senior Assistant Dean

College of communication

Boston University

640 Commonwealth Avenue

Boston, MA 02215

Email: [email protected]

Inquiries may be made to [email protected] or 617-353-3488. All will be kept confidential.

Review of Materials will begin September 1, 2020, and continue until the position is filled. The estimated start date for the successful candidate is July 1, 2021.

Established in 1947, the College of Communication (COM) at Boston University is a large college with a department specializing in Journalism, as well as a department of Film & Television and a department of Mass Communication, Advertising and Public Relations. COM’s student population exceeds 2,000 annually, including undergraduates, graduate and PhD’s. The College integrates a strong liberal arts core with a heavy focus on preparing students for careers as communication professionals. Our faculty is a blend of traditional academicians and widely experienced professionals. Located in the “hub of education” and a major media market, Boston University’s College of Communication offers prospective faculty members a wealth of opportunities for collaborative efforts in academic and professional spheres.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. We are a VEVRAA Federal Contractor.

Job Location BOSTON, Massachusetts, United StatesPosition TypeFull-Time/Regular




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Posted: 7/11/2020
Application Due: 1/7/2021
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