Boston_Sustainability This fall semester, I am chairing a faculty search for two open-rank positions, details are below. The openings are an outstanding opportunity for accomplished researchers with a strong international profile — or on track to accomplish such distinction — to join a public purpose-driven department and college. In our Communication Studies program we are looking to add to a roster of highly productive faculty with research specialties in political communication; argumentation and public advocacy; science, risk and health communication; digital communication and social media; and organizational communication.

Located at the center of the Boston/Cambridge intellectual hub, Northeastern is a rapidly rising research university that has has hired more than 500 new faculty over the past few years, many of whom focus in one or more of the strategic priority areas of sustainability, security, health, and data science. Please contact me at [email protected] with any questions. Review of applications will begin November 17, 2014.

Communication Technology / Strategic Communication

Northeastern University

The Communication Studies Department at Northeastern University invites applicants for two open rank, tenure-line positions, tenure-on-entry full or associate professor or tenure-track assistant professor. These positions reflect our department’s commitment to understanding and enhancing the effectiveness of communication systems, processes, and infrastructure as they relate to public life, civil society, and professional practice.

Position #1. Communication Technology, Behavior, and Society. We are seeking candidates who apply a variety of disciplinary and methodological approaches to analyzing social media, mobile communication, and other information technologies including their design, use, contents, forms, effects, and social implications. We are particularly interested in candidates who can work across disciplines on externally funded projects relevant to sustainability, security, data science, and/or health. The individual filling this position will teach courses at all levels, with an emphasis on offerings dealing with data visualization, digital communication, network science, online communities, and/or social media.

Position #2. Strategic Communication and Public Advocacy. Candidates can have expertise in any area of strategic communication and public advocacy, but we are most interested in those applying a mix of approaches to the critical study of advertising, persuasion, political communication, and/or science and risk communication. The individual filling this position will teach courses at all levels, with an emphasis on offerings dealing with advertising and new media, crisis communication, political campaigns, and/or science and risk communication.


The Department of Communication Studies has three distinct advantages. One, the faculty conducts research and teaches courses across a diversity of specializations including public advocacy and argumentation; political communication; science, health, and risk communication; organizational and interpersonal communication; digital communication and social networks; and media production. Two, we are located within a major private global research university and a leader in worldwide experiential learning, urban engagement and interdisciplinary research. Also, the College has a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art + Design, Game Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre. Three, we are in Boston, a thriving urban center of culture and innovation with extensive global connections. See:


Successful candidates must have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field by the start date of August 2015 and, appropriate to rank, a distinguished record of research, teaching, and service, or the demonstrated potential for such.

Additional Information:

Applications must be submitted electronically at Include a letter of application describing research, teaching, and any relevant professional experience, along with a CV, two representative publications, and evidence of excellence in teaching. Applicants should also identify three or more references that can be contacted to provide letters of recommendation. Applications received on or before November 17, 2014 will be guaranteed full review and consideration. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Matthew Nisbet, chair of the search committee, at [email protected].

Northeastern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Educational Institution and Employer, Title IX University. Northeastern University particularly welcomes applications from minorities, women and persons with disabilities. Northeastern University is an E-Verify Employer.