Assistant Professor in Advocacy Communication

  • American University, School of Communication
  • 4400 Massachusetts Ave NW, Washington, DC, USA
  • Aug 13, 2019
Full time Communications, Journalism, Film, TV Humanities: Other

Job Description




Assistant Professor in Advocacy Communication
American University

The School of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C., invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor in Advocacy Communication beginning August 1, 2020.

Preferred and Required Qualifications

We are seeking candidates in the field of strategic, political or nonprofit communication with a focus on advocacy communication in the public arena. A successful candidate would be able to apply professional expertise and/or research-based theories to the study and practice of strategic advocacy communication as well as connect to organizations in Washington, DC and around the world that are focused on changing the mindset of target audiences in order to achieve advocacy goals. Candidates with a professional, academic or hybrid background who can demonstrate a commitment to research in this area are encouraged to apply.

Special consideration will be given to candidates who have experience leveraging research and analytics to achieve communication goals, particularly in identifying audiences, shaping messages, targeting media, reaching constituencies, mobilizing publics, influencing strategic decisions, and examining the impact of social change strategies.

The committee will place a priority on candidates with an advanced degree as well as relevant professional or recognized applied experience in the field.

Tenure-track faculty are expected to conduct scholarly, professional, or creative work that results in recognition, impact, and influence in our field or in the public arena. All candidates should contribute to our commitment to diversity and inclusion in higher education.

The school welcomes candidates who have research interests in subjects that will contribute to the understanding of diversity, inclusion, and equal opportunity.

Most tenure-track faculty carry a 2-2 teaching load. All faculty are expected to hold office hours and participate in School and University activities and service.

Application Details

Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit applications via: Include a letter of application, curriculum vitae, recent teaching evaluations (when possible), three letters of recommendation and examples of recent scholarly or professional work as well as a statement of past and/or future contributions to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or service.

Please contact Aisha Green, Faculty Affairs Coordinator, 202-885-2133 or if you have any questions. Salary and benefits are competitive.

American University is a private institution within easy reach of the many centers of government, business, research, and the arts located within the nation’s capital. For more information about American University, visit Learn more about the School of Communication at

American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities. American University is a tobacco and smoke free campus. AU is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications from minorities and women.

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