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Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of Communication

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Post Doctoral Fellow - Department of Communication

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
May 15, 2024

The Department of Communication at Clemson University seeks applications for a Post Doctoral Fellow. The initial appointment is for two years. We are interested in candidates with an interest in instructional communication. The Fellow will conduct research to inform graduate and undergraduate degrees and certificate programs. Candidates must have a Ph.D. (in hand by August 2024) in Communication or a closely related field and a record of conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications that suggests future success in scholarly research. A strong empirical research background, qualitative and/or quantitative, is also necessary. This researcher will work as a member of the Department of Communication faculty under the direction of Dr. Deanna Sellnow in a variety of areas, which include: (a) conducting research to inform planning and development of a PhD program proposal, (b) helping to implement outreach and recruitment efforts, (c) assisting the Graduate Coordinator in strengthening MA program learning outcomes, (d) assisting the Director of the Basic Courses in training and evaluation of graduate teaching assistants, and (e) participating in collaborative research initiatives related to health communication, strategic communication, media/technology, and/or sport communication.

The goal of the position is to strengthen the already strong graduate and undergraduate curriculum in the Department of Communication at Clemson University. The selected candidate will also be expected to build their own research program as they mature in the position. 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 offers minors in Communication and Sports Communication and serves the university through two introductory general education communication courses that serve over 3,000 students each year. In addition to an affiliation with the university’s Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute, the department houses the Campbell Professorship in Sports Communication. The department espouses an environment of collegiality and collaboration and aims to achieve goals for inclusive excellence set forth by the Clemson Elevate strategic plan. We are dedicated to promoting, advocating, and progressing diversity through teaching, scholarship, and service on campus and in the community. More information about our department may be found at:

The College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences joins together a unique combination of schools and departments: Communication; Nursing; Parks, Recreation and Tourism Management; Political Science; Psychology; Public Health Sciences; and Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice. The college supports interdisciplinary centers, initiatives, and partners that advance its mission of Building Healthy Communities, including the Center of Research on Health Disparities, Clemson Food and Nutrition Security Initiative, Clemson Rural Health, and a partnership with Prisma Health Oconee Memorial Hospital through the Institute on Engaged Aging. More information on our college may be found at Clemson University is one of two land-grant institutions in South Carolina. The university has significantly increased its investments in graduate education and research and is currently ranked #86 of 1,827 National Universities according to U.S. News and World Report. More information may be found at The 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


We are seeking candidates with experience and interest in instructional communication in addition to a research program related to health, strategic, media/technology, and/or sport communication. Eligible candidates must have a Ph.D. (in hand by August 2024) in Communication or a closely related field and a record of conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications that suggests future success in scholarly research. A strong empirical research background, qualitative and/or quantitative, is also necessary.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should electronically submit all application materials via the Interfolio link: Required materials include:

(1) a cover letter detailing the applicant’s qualifications for the position

(2) a current curriculum vitae

(3) contact information for three professional references.

Applications received by July 1, 2024 will be given full consideration. Salary is competitive. The position will remain open until filled. 

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.


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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