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Job offer: Associate Professor of Digital Strategies (Old Dominion University)

11.01.2019 07:41 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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 or department chair, Avi Santo at

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



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