Tenure-Track: Strategic Communication for Social Change, Communication and Media Studies

Fordham University: Office of the Provost: Arts & Sciences: Communication and Media Studies


Rose Hill or Lincoln Center Campus

Open Date

Aug 30, 2023

Salary Range or Pay Grade

$92,000 – $105,000


Oct 13, 2023 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time


The Department of Communication and Media Studies at Fordham University, The Jesuit University of New York, invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position with a specialization in Strategic Communication for Social Change, to commence September 1, 2024. The work will be primarily based at Fordham’s Rose Hill campus, with the potential opportunity to contribute to the Lincoln Center campus as well. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute pedagogically to the department’s undergraduate major in Communication and Culture and to the Strategic Communication track of our M.A. program in Public Media. There is potential to also contribute to the department’s majors in Journalism and/or Digital Technology and Emerging Media as well as other programs across the university.

About the Department

Fordham’s Department of Communication and Media Studies advocates the model of the publicly-engaged scholar and critically-informed practitioner who is civically and socially reflective and critical through analytical and/or applied means. Our faculty includes scholars and practitioners from a range of theoretical and methodological perspectives.

We seek to attract and promote a diverse workforce to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.  We believe that cultural and intellectual diversity is central to the excellence of our academic program and we strive to create an academic community and campus culture that attracts and facilitates the development of promising teacher-scholars from varied backgrounds.  We are especially interested in candidates with substantive experience and commitment to teaching and mentoring students with a range of social, cultural, and economic experiences, and who have successfully incorporated the research of women and scholars of color into their courses.

Fordham is located in the heart of New York City, interacting on many levels with a diverse array of communities and institutions.  Through research, teaching, and service, we are committed to developing and deepening our connections to the people and organizations around us.


We seek applicants in the area of strategic communication for social change and/or civic engagement, with an emphasis on critical analysis of persuasion, promotion, and public relations. The ideal candidate’s research agenda will include engagement not only with rhetorical persuasion but also with changing social, political, and technological modes of strategic communication. Areas of study might include social movements, mis/disinformation, computational propaganda, promotional industries/cultures, or other lenses for the critical study of public communication. Areas of interest to our department also include audience research and analysis. The candidate will be expected to contribute pedagogically to subject areas in one or more of our four majors – Communication and Culture, Journalism, Digital Technology and Emerging Media, and/or Film & Television – and to the Strategic Communication track in our M.A. program in Public Media. The Department is home to some of the most popular Majors at Fordham University and the ability to teach courses outside of the specific field of Strategic Communication would also be beneficial. Capacity to contribute to department and program administration is desirable. 


  • Ph.D. (or ABD) in Communication or a related discipline, successfully defended by May 2024.
  • A strong research agenda and publication record.
  • Ability to teach courses in a variety of areas in Strategic Communication, and original courses in their own subspecialty.
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching.
  • Commitment to mentoring and advising students.

Application Instructions

Interested applicants should submit the following documents via the submission portal: (1) a cover letter with qualifications, including approach to teaching and scholarship; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) 1-2 writing samples (approximately 30 pp maximum in total, solo-authored or first-authored); and (4) the names and contact information for three references. Deadline for application: Friday 13th October. First-round interviews (phone/remote) are anticipated to take place in November. For specific questions, please contact the departmental administrator Michelle O’Dwyer at modwyer@fordham.edu.

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