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Assistant Professor (sports)- Department of Communication

Clemson University
417 Strode Tower

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Assistant Professor (sports)- Department of Communication

417 Strode Tower
Open Date:
Aug 31, 2022

The Department of Communication at Clemson University invites applications for a tenure-line position in sport communication to begin August 15, 2023. The appointment will be at the assistant professor level. Applicants should have active research agendas and teaching expertise in sport communication. The department especially welcomes applications from candidates who are also able to contribute to related emphasis areas in strategic communication, health communication, or media and technology. Methodological specialization is open; however, candidates must be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods in addition to their areas of specialization. Candidates will be expected to pursue external funding and contribute to graduate education.

Housed in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, the Department of Communication offers three academic degree programs: a BA in Communication, a BA in Sports Communication, and an MA in Communication. The department also offers minors in Communication and Sports Communication and serves the university through two introductory general education communication courses that serve over 3,500 students each year. Clemson University is home to the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute, a multi-disciplinary platform for the academic study of sport sciences across the University. The department also houses the Charles Campbell Professorship in Sports Communication and is home to facilities and co-curricular activities including WSBF 88.1 FM, The Tiger newspaper, Tigervision TV network, Social Media Listening Center, Communication Center and Research Hub, a nationally and internationally recognized debate team, and student study abroad programs. Approximately 40 faculty (15 tenured/tenure-track, 19 full-time non-tenure-track, and several adjunct faculty), 300 undergraduate majors, 300 undergraduate minors, 25 graduate students (nearly all on funded assistantships), and five staff members study and work across the department’s programs and engage through its facilities and co-curricular initiatives.

The Department of Communication is committed to educating and producing leaders who can navigate the challenges of an ever-changing global community. The department espouses an environment of collegiality and collaboration and aims to achieve goals for inclusive excellence set forth by the ClemsonForward strategic plan. We are dedicated to promoting, advocating, and progressing diversity through teaching, scholarship, and service on campus and in the community. Communication faculty and students participate in such activities as study abroad experiences, prosocial service-learning projects, and examinations of public discourse surrounding social issues through the department’s Social Media Listening Center. More information about our department may be found at:

Clemson University is the land-grant institution for the state of South Carolina. The university has significantly increased its investments in graduate education and research and is classified as a Carnegie Research 1 University and is ranked in the top 30 of the U.S. News and World Report listing of top Public National Research Universities. More information may be found at Our main campus is located in the Upstate region, an area characterized by a relatively low cost of living, great natural beauty, and access to nearby cities such as Greenville, Atlanta, Asheville, Charlotte, and Columbia. More information may be found at


Requirements for the position include: a Ph.D. (in hand by August 2023) in Communication or a closely related field and evidence of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with appointment at a Carnegie classified Research 1 University, including a record of conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications that suggests future success in scholarly research and complements a 2/2 teaching load, a record of excellent teaching and service, and the ability to teach courses that contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curriculum.

The candidate will be expected to collaborate with colleagues to advance the research mission of Clemson University through pursuit of external funding, strategic development initiatives, and collaborative partnerships.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should electronically submit all application materials via Interfolio: Required materials include (1) a cover letter detailing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, (2) a current vita, (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, (4) statement detailing how the applicant’s teaching, research, and/or service experiences contribute to a culture of diversity and inclusion, (5) at least one scholarly writing sample, and (6) contact information for three references.

Send email inquiries to: Gregory Cranmer, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication, Clemson University, [email protected] The guaranteed consideration date for receiving applications is October 1, 2022. Applications received by this date will be given full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and negotiable, based on experience.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:
Clemson University is an AA/EEO employer and does not discriminate against any person or group on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, pregnancy, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, veteran status or genetic information. Clemson University is building a culturally diverse faculty and staff committed to working in a multicultural environment and encourages applications from minorities and women.


Working at Clemson University

Clemson is a dynamic research university located in Upstate South Carolina at the center of the booming I-85 corridor between Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta, Ga. One of the nation’s most selective public research universities according to U.S. News & World Report and The Princeton Review, Clemson University is the school of choice among top students in South Carolina and is increasingly competitive for the best students in the region and the nation. More than 17,100 students select from 70 undergraduate and 100 graduate degree programs through five academic colleges: Agriculture, Forestry and Life SciencesArchitecture, Arts and HumanitiesBusiness and Behavioral ScienceEngineering and Science; and Health, Education and Human Development.

Clemson’s transformation into a leading research institution — currently attracting in excess of $140 million in externally funded research and sponsored program awards per year — is based upon an academic plan that identifies eight emphasis areas in which the University has opportunities to increase education and research, to align with South Carolina’s economic development needs and to draw upon faculty strengths. Emphasis areas include automotive and transportation technology, advanced materials, biotechnology and biomedical sciences, leadership and entrepreneurship, sustainable environment, information and communication technology, family and community living, and general education.

Major economic development initiatives that have emerged from the academic plan include the Clemson International Center for Automotive Research — a 250-acre campus in Greenville, which has generated more than $225 million in public and private commitments in just four years; an advanced materials initiative at the Clemson Research Park, which includes a new LEED Silver-certified facility; and the South Carolina Health Sciences Collaborative — an initiative of the state’s three research universities and major health-care systems.

As the state’s land-grant university, Clemson reaches out to citizens, communities and businesses all over South Carolina. The Public Service Activities division includes the county-based Cooperative Extension Service, five off-campus research and education centers through the Clemson University Experiment Station and critical regulatory responsibilities for plant and animal health.

The University boasts a 1,400-acre campus on the shores of Lake Hartwell within view of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Surrounding the campus are 18,000 acres of University farms and woodlands devoted to research. A warm campus environment, great weather and recreational activities offered by proximity to both the natural surroundings and large cities are part of the Clemson Experience.


Points of interest at Clemson include the following:

The Clemson Conference Center and Inn is a state-of-the-art facility for symposia, meetings, seminars and special events. The complex includes the Madren Continuing Education and Conference Center, the Walker Golf Course and the Martin Inn.

The South Carolina Botanical Garden, a 295-acre public garden, features several thousand varieties of ornamental plants and a unique collection of nature-based sculptures.

The Robert Howell Brooks Center for the Performing Arts brings an exciting array of concert, theater, dance, comedy and other live performances to the community.

The Robert Campbell Geology Museum at the Botanical Garden displays meteorites, minerals, dinosaur fossils and the largest faceted-stone collection in the Southeast.

The T. Ed Garrison Livestock Arena is a showplace for livestock activities in the state and has hosted horse and livestock shows, rodeos, sales, 4-H activities, educational programs, and industrial and agricultural exhibitions.

Fort Hill, the home of John C. Calhoun and later of his son-in-law, University founder Thomas Green Clemson, is a registered National Historic Landmark located in the center of campus.

The Class of 1944 Visitors Center is the front door to Clemson — a friendly place to get tours, information, assistance and an introduction to this beautiful, historic university and community.

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