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[Commlist] Associate Professor of Digital Strategies - Old Dominion University

Thu Jan 10 06:43:42 GMT 2019

Apologies for cross-posting. We begin reviewing applications on January 15.

The Department of Communications and Theatre Arts at Old Dominion University is seeking to hire a tenure-eligible Associate Professor of Digital Strategies for Fall 2019. The individual filling this position will play a leadership role in shaping the department’s growing public relations concentration, supervise graduate students on digital strategic communications projects and research, and will serve as the founding executive director of a student-led digital services firm that designs and implements multimedia campaigns for real-world clients.

We are seeking a scholar-practitioner with strong commitments to entrepreneurial research, community-engaged research, service learning, and enhancing diversity. The ideal candidate will have worked in digital strategic communications, audience cultivation and engagement via social media, public relations, crisis communications, or user experience design both in and outside of academia, for either private, public, non-profit or grassroots organizations, and maintains an active research agenda in one or more of those areas. The successful candidate will have a demonstrable commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity. The candidate should possess strong networking and stakeholder cultivation skills, and possess the ability to develop interdisciplinary partnerships with other communication-related academic disciplines.

The candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Communications, Digital Media Studies, Public Relations, or a related field. They must have a research portfolio and track record worthy of tenure and the rank of Associate Professor at a Carnegie-designated High Research Activity institution. They must have a minimum of 5 years teaching experience at the University level (with experience teaching both undergraduate and graduate students strongly preferred).

We are interested in candidates whose research interests also intersect with qualitative research methods, organizational communications, media industries studies, platform studies, health or science communications. Grant writing skills would be a valuable asset. Digital campaign management experience is also an asset.

To be considered for the position, applicants must provide a letter outlining their experience and interest in the position, a CV, a writing sample, an example of a digital strategic communications project/campaign they have worked on, and a list of three references. References will not be contacted until the campus visit stage of the interview process. Evaluation of applicant packets will commence January 15, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants can do so at:

<>For questions, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Fran Hassencahl, at (fhassenc /at/ or department chair, Avi Santo at (asanto /at/

Old Dominion University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

In response to a few questions I've received:

1) We are defining "digital strategies" broadly. We are casting a wide net for anyone who has done work in/research on strategic digital communication, including social media marketing, transmedia experiences, crowd funding, user experience design, social movement mobilization tactics, public relations, crisis communications, and/or user engagement for private, public, or non-profit sectors. 2) The digital strategies firm that we are hoping the candidate will serve as "executive director" for is still a work in progress. Indeed, we are looking for applicants with creative and community-engaged visions to help shape the firm's mission. At the moment, the only criteria we are firm on about the firm (see what I did there?) is that it will be student-run, connected to an interdisciplinary curriculum, and will work with real-world clients.

3) One does not need to already be tenured to apply. This is an Associate Professor position, but applicants who are advanced Assistant Professors can request that tenure be granted with their appointment or that tenure be deferred for a couple of years (while still coming on board as an Associate Professor).

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