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Job Available | Assistant Professor in Political Communication

  • Location Santa Barbara, California
  • Sector Education
  • Experience Mid Career
  • Posted Yesterday
Uc santa barbara

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, and 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 a 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, and 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 ( 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.

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 the dissertation by the time of application.

Additional qualifications (required at time of start)

A Ph.D. (or equivalent) in communication or a related social science 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.

University of California, Santa Barbara

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