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(Open-Rank) Clinical Faculty / Co-Director of Communication Management Master’s Program

University of Southern California
Los Angeles, CA

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Four-Year Institution
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The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California invites applications for the position of an open-rank Clinical Faculty member and the Co-Director of Communication Management (CMGT) Master’s Program. CMGT is a pioneering dual-modality (on-campus and online) program that equips graduates to operate as leaders in communication and media industries. The program offers a vast array of courses taught by world-renowned scholars and industry practitioners in the areas of marketing communication, media/entertainment, organizational and strategic communication, and health and social change.

This Co-Director position offers a singular opportunity to shape the largest Master’s program in the Annenberg School for Communication. The ideal candidate will build a rich network within communication industries in order to 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. In addition, the chosen candidate should have a well-regarded reputation as a senior-level leader at a communication, marketing, or media organization with a proven track record of advancing issues of diversity and equity in the people, practices and policies of the communication industry.

Working with the current leadership team, the Co-Director will:

  • Advance an innovative and cross-disciplinary vision for the future of CMGT that prepares students to thrive in this rapidly-changing landscape.
  • Serve as an advocate for our program in the recruiting of new students and faculty, while also forging career connections and mentoring existing students and alumni.
  • Demonstrate excellence, knowledge, and foresight in attending to the increasing needs for diversity and equity in communication industries. This excellence should encompass dedication to recruiting diverse voices in faculty and student populations and advocating for social justice, equal opportunity, and equitable representation throughout the communication field.
  • Draw from their experience in the field to immediately advance our curriculum in areas such as media and entertainment, emergent media, information and communication technology, video games, marketing communication, strategic and organizational communication, and/or health and social change.

Those applying to the position should ideally hold a graduate degree in Communication, Business, or related field. This is designated as a Clinical faculty 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 ( 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 ( 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. 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. Courtney Pade, 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 [email protected] or at (213) 821-2718 regarding the search process. Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

Review of applications will commence on March 16, 2022 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. Courtney Pade, Assistant Director of the Communication Management Program at [email protected].

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 [email protected]. 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.

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