Assistant Professor in Political Communication

University of California Santa Barbara Department of Communication

Assistant Professor in Political Communication

Job #JPF02292
  • Communication / College of Letters & Science - Social Sciences / UC Santa Barbara

Position overview

Percent time: 100%
Anticipated start: 07/01/2023

Application Window

Open date: October 4, 2022

Next review date: Friday, Nov 4, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in the area of Political Communication. Candidates should have strong methodological skills, a record of publishing theoretically oriented, rigorous empirical research, and an appreciation of the broader implications of their work. We are particularly interested in candidates with strengths in computational methods (e.g., natural language processing, machine learning, data acquisition, audiovisual processing).

The Department seeks a scholar who demonstrates knowledge of classic and burgeoning theoretical perspectives central to the role of communication in contemporary political life. Particular areas of study might include traditional political communication topics such as electoral campaigns, news and public opinion, collective action and advocacy, political participation and partisanship, and digitally mediated politics, among others. Scholars could also focus on empirical analyses of global socio-political issues such as communication and democracy, terrorism, environmental, or immigration policy; issues regarding race/ethnicity and culture in a political context; political communication centered within an understanding of the experience of minoritized communities; or comparative/cross national political communication or misinformation, among other possibilities. We are particularly enthusiastic to engage a scholar who addresses the most urgent challenges facing societies in democratic crisis.

We anticipate that the faculty member could also make substantive intellectual connections to other departments at UCSB such as Political Science, Sociology, Global Studies, Psychological and Brain Sciences, Computer Science, and to campus units, centers, or initiatives in Environmental Studies, Economics, Migration, Chicano Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Information Technology and Society, and/or Data Science, among others. The successful candidate will also complement one or more of the Department’s core areas in interpersonal/intergroup communication, media and technology, and organizational communication. Candidates are expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels and be active in professional and campus service.

UCSB is ranked in the top 7 public universities in the United States, and the Department of Communication is ranked 5th in worldwide comparisons. UCSB is a designated Hispanic Serving Institution and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution. It offers several programs to support incoming faculty, including housing assistance (https://www.housing.ucsb.edu/faculty-staff/faculty-housing) and various grant support programs.

This position will remain open until filled.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service as appropriate to the position.

Qualifications

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

All applicants must have minimally completed all requirements for a Ph.D (or equivalent) in a Communication or related social science field except dissertation by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in communication or a related social scientific field is required by the time of appointment.

Preferred qualifications

Candidates should have strong methodological skills; a record of publishing theoretically oriented, rigorous empirical research; and an appreciation of the broader implications of their work.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter that highlights your qualifications, research agenda, and teaching capabilities.
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness
  • Publication #1 - Published or completed research.
  • Publication #2 - Published or completed research.
  • Publication #3 - Published or completed research.
Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required

Please solicit letters of recommendation from your reference contacts to be considered "complete". PLEASE NOTE: Letters are to be solicited through UC Recruit.

Apply link: https://recruit.ap.ucsb.edu/JPF02292

Help contact: alczarnecki@comm.ucsb.edu

Campus Information

The University of California 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, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/5000695/SARS-CoV-2_Covid-19. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA