Clemson University job search for Assistant Professor in Communication and Dis/Information


The Department of Communication at Clemson University invites applications for a tenure-line position in communication to begin August 15, 2023. The appointment will be at the assistant professor level. Applicants should have active research agendas and teaching expertise in disinformation and/or misinformation. The department especially welcomes applications from candidates who are also able to contribute to related emphasis areas in strategic communication, health communication, or media and technology. Methodological specialization is open; however, candidates must be able to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in research methods in addition to their areas of specialization. Candidates will be expected to pursue external funding and contribute to graduate education.

This faculty member will serve as an affiliate of the Media Forensics Hub, part of the Watt Family Innovation Center at Clemson University. Spanning multiple disciplines, the Hub works to build society’s capacity to understand the context, origins, and impact of modern media, particularly when it comes to questions of authenticity. Hub affiliates accomplish this through a range of perspectives and approaches, from history and case studies, to AI and machine learning, to experiments in the lab and the field.

Housed in the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences, the Department of Communication offers three academic degree programs: a BA in Communication, a BA in Sports Communication, and an MA in Communication. The department also offers minors in Communication and Sports Communication and serves the university through two introductory general education communication courses that serve over 3,500 students each year. Clemson University is home to the Robert H. Brooks Sports Science Institute, a multi-disciplinary platform for the academic study of sport sciences across the University. The department also houses the Charles Campbell Professorship in Sports Communication and is home to facilities and co-curricular activities including WSBF 88.1 FM, The Tiger newspaper, Tigervision TV network, Social Media Listening Center, Communication Center and Research Hub, a nationally and internationally recognized debate team, and student study abroad programs. Approximately 40 faculty (15 tenured/tenure-track, 19 full-time non-tenure-track, and several adjunct faculty), 300 undergraduate majors, 300 undergraduate minors, 25 graduate students (nearly all on funded assistantships), and five staff members study and work across the department’s programs and engage through its facilities and co-curricular initiatives.

The Department of Communication is committed to educating and producing leaders who can navigate the challenges of an ever-changing global community. The department espouses an environment of collegiality and collaboration and aims to achieve goals for inclusive excellence set forth by the ClemsonForward strategic plan. We are dedicated to promoting, advocating, and progressing diversity through teaching, scholarship, and service on campus and in the community. Communication faculty and students participate in such activities as study abroad experiences, prosocial service-learning projects, and examinations of public discourse surrounding social issues through the department’s Social Media Listening Center. More information about our department may be found at:

Clemson University is the land-grant institution for the state of South Carolina. The university has significantly increased its investments in graduate education and research and is classified as a Carnegie Research 1 University and is ranked in the top 30 of the U.S. News and World Report listing of top Public National Research Universities. More information may be found at Our main campus is located in the Upstate region, an area characterized by a relatively low cost of living, great natural beauty, and access to nearby cities such as Greenville, Atlanta, Asheville, Charlotte, and Columbia. More information may be found at


Requirements for the position include: a Ph.D. (in hand by August 2023) in Communication or a closely related field and evidence of excellence in teaching and research commensurate with appointment at a Carnegie classified Research 1 University, including a record of conference presentations and/or peer-reviewed publications that suggests future success in scholarly research and complements a 2/2 teaching load, a record of excellent teaching and service, and the ability to teach courses that contribute to the undergraduate and graduate curriculum. The candidate will be expected to collaborate with colleagues to advance the research mission of Clemson University through pursuit of external funding, strategic development initiatives, and collaborative partnerships.

Application Instructions

Applicants should electronically submit all application materials via Interfolio:

Required materials include (1) a cover letter detailing the applicant’s qualifications for the position, (2) a current vita, (3) evidence of teaching effectiveness, (4) statement detailing how the applicant’s teaching, research, and/or service experiences contribute to a culture of diversity and inclusion, (5) at least one scholarly writing sample, and (6) contact information for three references.

Send email inquiries to: Darren Linvill, Search Committee Chair, Department of Communication, Clemson University,

The guaranteed consideration date for receiving applications is October 15, 2022. Applications received by this date will be given full consideration. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive and negotiable, based on experience.

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