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Faculty Position, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Strategic Communications, Medill School, Northwestern University

  • 1.  Faculty Position, Assistant/Associate/Full Professor in Strategic Communications, Medill School, Northwestern University

    Posted 09-16-2022 14:12
    Edited by Yu Xu 09-16-2022 16:15

    The Medill School of Journalism, Media, Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University invites applications for a tenured/tenure-track position in Integrated Marketing Communications (IMC) beginning in Fall 2023. The position may have the rank of Assistant, Associate, or full Professor. 


    The IMC department is looking for a scholar who has a deep knowledge of strategic communications within the contemporary media landscape. Candidates should have a PhD in communications, mass communications, marketing, business, organizational behavior, information systems, media studies, public relations, public policy, advertising, or a related field and should have a strong ambition to conduct and publish high caliber, impactful, and innovative research in the field of strategic communications. They should be able to present their research to a wide set of audiences and should be able to demonstrate strong managerial implications of their work that drives thought leadership. Applicants should be able to show how their research is aligned with the values and goals of the IMC program and be able to provide guidance on how firms strategically communicate with different stakeholders to achieve desired brand and firm-level outcomes. Candidates with expertise in data-driven strategic communications in the realms of digital, social and mobile media and emergent technologies (e.g.. AI, VR, AR) are especially encouraged to apply. Scholars who have expertise in innovations, content strategy, persuasion, media effects, and social influence, and who include ethics, gender, race, and/or other aspects of social identity in their research are desirable.

    Faculty will work in a demanding but rewarding environment at a premier global university. Medill is a professional school, and thus it is critical that the successful candidate integrate theory and professional practice and that research be actionable by the professions. The department offers a full-time 15-month master's program, a professional master's program, and an undergraduate certificate program. The programs focus on developing depth of expertise in consumer/stakeholder insight, brand strategy, data analytics, media strategy, and strategic communications. Applicants must have an interest in developing and teaching courses in one or more of the following areas: strategic communication, stakeholder marketing and analysis, content marketing, crisis communication, public relations, digital and social media, or media strategy in a digital world. Faculty are expected to teach both undergraduate and graduate students and perform professional service commensurate with rank. 

    Medill is dedicated to creating a socially just community by strengthening policies, developing programs, and fostering acceptance for a broad range of communities and concepts. We aim to welcome students, staff and faculty from diverse backgrounds and support them so they may thrive in our community. We are interested in applicants who will advance DEI through their teaching, research, and/or service. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our faculty positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity and inclusion. In their statement on contributions to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion, candidates should be specific about their contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, including information about your understanding of these issues, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired as a Medill faculty member.

    Considering the significant disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, particularly for disadvantaged groups, in our evaluation of applicants, dips in productivity and engagement in the field in otherwise strong records/trajectories occurring with the onset of the pandemic will be evaluated with the context of the pandemic in mind. 

    Northwestern University is a federal contractor that actively participates in affirmative action planning in the areas of recruitment and retention. For each employment and promotional opportunity, Northwestern University actively seeks women, racial and ethnic minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities to maintain a University community that is based on equal opportunity and reflects the diversity of American society. Hiring is contingent on eligibility to work in the United States. 


    The position will begin in September 2023. To ensure full consideration, applications must be received no later than October 5, 2022 but it is expected the position will remain open until filled. Required documents include a cover letter, CV, statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging, and copies of research papers. Names of references are required, but they will not be contacted until later rounds of application review and only once the applicant is notified. Questions should be directed to Robin Young at The link to the application portal is posted below.

    Please read ALL instructions and make preparations before proceeding to the application page:

    • Applications will only be accepted via online submission (see link below).
    • Please prepare all documents in advance as Adobe PDF files, and please be sure all information is entered correctly and accurately (especially names and email addresses), as there will be no opportunity for online revision after your application has been submitted.
    • Please also prepare a list of names and email addresses for your external academic references; your references will be contacted directly by the online system and invited to upload their letters on your behalf.
    • All required fields in the application form are marked with an asterisk and must be filled before clicking the "Submit" button.
    • Be aware that incomplete applications cannot be saved.

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    Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Click for information on EEO is the Law.


    Yu Xu
    Medill School, Northwestern University