School Seeks Two New Faculty Members

The School of Communication Studies and the School of Digital Sciences at Kent State University invite applications for two (2) open-rank tenure-track and/or tenured positions in Communication and Technology at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Full Professor. 

These appointments are two of eight new interdisciplinary faculty lines in the College of Communication and Information (CCI) and are shared between Communication Studies (75%) and Digital Sciences (25%), both schools in CCI. The School of Communication Studies would be the tenure home. CCI is the only college in the nation that combines digital sciences, design, media, information science, and communication in one interdisciplinary college. CCI and its schools offer a supportive and collaborative environment that values both research and teaching. 

Broadly conceptualized, the successful candidates for the two Communication and Technology positions will make scholarly connections that may include an interdisciplinary specialization in a number of areas such as (but not limited to) computer-mediated communication, technology and instruction, human-machine communication, artificial intelligence and communication, science communication and technology, social media and digital relationships, online misinformation and propaganda, identity management in online organizations, or online disclosure and privacy management.

These new faculty members will teach in our undergraduate, masters, and doctoral programs in both schools, and conduct research in communication technology. They would also have the opportunity to develop curriculum in both schools in their specialization areas.

The School of Communication Studies particularly welcomes applicants with interest and experience in directing the basic course in human communication. 

Qualifications: A completed Ph.D. in Communication or related discipline is expected by the start of employment. If the degree is not yet completed, the new hire will be initially at the level of Instructor, and on a term contract. The successful candidates will have a proven record of a strong research agenda; evidence of teaching excellence; and a willingness and ability to advise, mentor, and teach undergraduate and graduate students. An ability to secure external funding is preferred although not required. 

The School of Communication Studies has 25 full-time faculty members at the Kent and regional campuses. This rigorous and dynamic program serves a large number of undergraduate majors and graduate students. Academic programs include a BA degree, MA, dual MA/MBA, and interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication and Information. Faculty are actively engaged in research and teaching in organizational and interpersonal communication; media, technology & society; and global communication. We seek applicants who will complement current interests of the faculty and add unique expertise. For more information about the School of Communication Studies, visit

The School of Digital Sciences is a cutting-edge, interdisciplinary school designed to train tomorrow’s digital leaders. Students learn from faculty drawn from programs across campus and receive broad foundational knowledge in digital technologies – hardware, software, web programming, management, analysis and data science. Academic programs include undergraduate and master’s degrees as well as the interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Communication and Information. For more information about the School of Digital Sciences, visit

Kent State is a comprehensive graduate and undergraduate, residential, Carnegie Doctoral Research Extensive University. Founded in 1910, the university is the third largest in Ohio, with an enrollment of approximately 41,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. The Chronicle of Higher Education identifies Kent State as one of the Great Colleges to Work For (2017). The Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching ranks Kent State among the nation’s top 74 public high- research universities, and U.S. News & World Report ranks Kent State in the coveted top-tier of Best Colleges (2018). 

Kent is a small but vibrant college-town with close proximity to the cultural, dining, and professional sports activities of major cities, along with the recreational opportunities of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and the many lakes in the region. 

Review of applications will begin on March 15, 2018 and will continue until the positions are filled. We expect an employment start date of August 2018. 

To apply, visit our jobsite at: and upload the following items: 

  • Letter of interest
  • Curriculum vita
  • Contact information for three references
  • A publication representative of your research 

For more information about the position, please contact Michael Beam, Ph.D., Search Committee Chair, / (330) 672-0183. Kent State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and committed to a diverse community. This institution offers benefits to same-sex and different sex domestic partners. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

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POSTED: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 12:23 PM
Updated: Thursday, April 4, 2024 09:53 AM