Utah State University

Assistant Professor, or Professional Practice Assistant Professor, of Social Media

City Logan Campus
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(10/12/2021 5:11 PM)
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College of Humanities & Social Sci
Journalism & Communication
Advertised Salary
Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


The Department of Journalism and Communication at Utah State university invites applications for  an academic year, nine-month, tenure-track position (Assistant Professor) or term appointment (Professional Practice Assistant Professor) in Social Media. We invite applications who are excited to teach Social Media beginning fall 2022. We welcome candidates with demonstrated successes in working with diverse populations. The start date for this position is August 1, 2022.


  • Teach courses in social media, public relations, research and other courses in the department.
  • Conduct and publish scholarly research in topics related to social media and other areas of expertise.
  • Serve on various departmental committees as needed.
  • Advise and mentor students.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Earned PhD in Social Media, Mass Communication, Strategic Communications or closely related field by August 1, 2022 for Assistant Professor level (will accept ABD)
  • Masters degree required to qualify at the level of Professional Practice Assistant Professor
  • Demonstrated ability to conduct research and publish scholarly research
  • Demonstrated expertise in Social Media
  • Demonstrated skills in strategic social media content development and distribution
  • An understanding of social media use by organizations
  • Ability to teach Social Media courses in analytics, content development, and campaigns
  • Ability to teach communication research classes
  • Conversant in qualitative and quantitative research and how both are used in the media field, including journalism and strategic communication
  • Ability and willingness to mentor undergraduate students

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Preference will be given to those with a Ph.D, in Social Media, Mass Communication, Strategic Communications or closely related discipline
  • Preference will be given to candidates that are bi-lingual
  • Experience in teaching social media analytics
  • Expertise in Social Media and the ability to teach other courses in the department,especially public relations courses
  • Interest and commitment to developing a funded-research program
  • Interest in assisting with the development and growth of the emphasis
  • Interest in developing interdisciplinary collaborations

Required Documents

Along with the online application, please attach:

  1. CV (to be uploaded to the applicant profile)
  2. Evidence of strategic social media content development and production (to be uploaded in Documents 1-10)
  3. Names and contact information of at least three references (requested in the online application)
  4. Cover Letter (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the online application)
  5. A statement of teaching philosophy, including a statement of experience with, and commitment to the understanding of diversity at USU (to be copied and pasted into a fillable form within the online application)


Other Required document types/Special Instructions to Applicants: The review date for this search will be November 15, 2021 and will remain open until filled. Your references will be sent an email from USU asking them to upload a letter of recommendation on your behalf.


**Document size may not exceed 10 MB.**

Advertised Salary

Commensurate with qualifications and experience, plus excellent benefits


Employees typically work indoors and are protected from weather and/or contaminants, but not, necessarily, occasional temperature changes.  

College/Department Highlights

The College of Humanities and Social Sciences has played an instrumental role teaching independent thinking and discovery at Utah State University since 1888. Students in our college confront the great questions and controversies that exist. They learn about the forces that have shaped our world and develop skills to tackle its most pressing challenges. Our graduates are creative problem-solvers with a passion for making a difference. The education they receive prepares them to address the problems of today and to succeed wherever their career path takes them tomorrow (chass.usu.edu). Department of Journalism and Communication: http://journalism.usu.edu.


University Highlights

Utah State University (USU) was founded in 1888 and is honored to be Utah’s land-grant and space-grant university. USU is a Carnegie RU/H (Research University/High Research Activity) institution with approximately 27,700 students (24,660 undergraduates and 3,040 graduate students) on the Logan main campus. Utah State’s statewide system features eight campuses and 23 education centers and serves all counties in the state with Extension programs. USU offers 114 undergraduate majors, 132 graduate programs, and a variety of innovative stackable associate and certificate credentials. Washington Monthly ranked USU 14th in their national university rankings in 2019 and the 5th best public national university in the nation in 2018. As one of the two premier research institutions in Utah, USU is proud to provide a high-quality education at an affordable price. Additional information about Utah State University can be found here.


A core characteristic of USU is engagement with communities and people in economic development, improvements to quality of life, and human capital. Through the practical application of knowledge, the University and its faculty engage and share expertise with the state, nation, and world, preserving the historical land-grant tradition of partnering with communities to address critical societal issues in the interest of the public good.


The USU main campus is located in beautiful Logan, Utah; a city of about 50,000 situated in a picturesque mountain valley about 80 miles north of Salt Lake City. Outstanding recreational opportunities abound in the nearby mountains and proximate region.


Notice of Non-discrimination

In its programs and activities, including in admissions and employment, Utah State University does not discriminate or tolerate discrimination, including harassment, based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by University policy, Title IX, or any other federal, state, or local law.

The following individuals have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the application of Title IX and its implementing regulations and/or USU’s non-discrimination policies:


Executive Director of the Office of Equity Alison Adams-Perlac, alison.adams-perlac@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266

Title IX Coordinator Hilary Renshaw, titleix@usu.edu, Old Main Rm. 161, 435-797-1266.

For further information regarding non-discrimination, please visit https://equity.usu.edu/, or contact:

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 800-421-3481, OCR@ed.gov

U.S. Department of Education, Denver Regional Office, 303-844-5695, OCR.Denver@ed.gov


USU is sensitive to the needs of dual career couples and provides a Dual Career Assistance program to support careers for partners who are also seeking employment.


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