School of Communication


Social Media Analytics


Assistant Professor

Discovery Themes Focus Areas

Translational Data Analytics


The School of Communication at The Ohio State University invites applications for an anticipated tenure-track assistant professor position, commencing autumn semester 2016. The successful candidate’s research and teaching will focus on the analysis of social media for strategic and/or organizational communication, or their use in understanding mass communication or other technologies. Candidates should employ an empirical, social scientific research approach, and may ground their research interests in any of a variety of focus areas of communication, such as health, political, interpersonal, mass communication, or communication technology. Depending on interests and expertise, candidates may also contribute to the university’s emerging programs in Data Analytics and other university initiatives, including the new undergraduate major in Data Analytics within the College of Arts and Sciences and the Behavioral Decision-Making Initiative.

This position is partially funded by Ohio State's Discovery Themes Initiative Translational Data Analytics which is assembling a critical mass of scholars who apply data analytics to scientific problems across all disciplines. Therefore, candidates who employ quantitative models and methods and who have experience working with large and/or complex data will receive preference in our deliberations.

The School of Communication is committed to original and substantively important social scientific research, and is regularly ranked among the top communication research programs in the country. We seek colleagues who will help us continue this tradition and can envision research projects and courses that will be attractive to graduate and undergraduate students from within the major, and speak to the interests and needs of non-majors. We have recently renovated a number of research labs and teaching facilities to support quality research and teaching.  All of our tenure-track positions involve research, teaching, and a service component.


Candidates must be in communication or a related social science field. Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or be on schedule to earn the Ph.D. prior to August 2016. Applicants should have a demonstrated record of publication in top-tier journals as well as evidence of effective teaching. Complementary research and teaching interests in other communication areas are highly attractive but not essential. Appointment is contingent on the university’s verification of credentials and other information required by law and/or university policies, including but not limited to a criminal background check.


Application Instructions

To ensure full consideration, application materials should be received no later than October 15, 2015. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vita, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and at least one research manuscript. ABDs/post-docs should submit three letters of reference; those who hold a current tenure-track position should submit the names of three references to the relevant Ohio State University School of Communication posting at Please be aware that we are conducting two searches in 2015-2016.  Be certain to select the specific position(s) in which you are interested. Informal queries may be made to the chair of the search committee, Dr. Amy Nathanson (, but all applications must be made through Additional information about the School and the University is available at


Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion

The Ohio State University is committed to establishing a culturally and intellectually diverse environment, encouraging all members of our learning community to reach their full potential. We are responsive to dual-career families and strongly promote work-life balance to support our community members through a suite of institutionalized policies. We are an NSF ADVANCE Institution and a member of the Ohio/Western Pennsylvania/West Virginia Higher Education Recruitment Consortium (HERC).

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.