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Assistant Professor in Political Communication

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 12th, 2018
Last review date: Monday, Nov 12, 2018 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Sunday, Jun 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Department of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of political communication at the level of Assistant Professor. Candidates should have a Ph.D. in communication or a related field by the time of appointment. The appointment is expected to begin July 1, 2019. Candidates should have a strong social science background with a record of publishing innovative, empirical research.

The department is interested in candidates who examine political communication from local, international, and/or global perspectives. Areas of study might include such topics as electoral campaigns, news and public opinion, collective action and advocacy, political socialization, and digital media and politics as well as empirical analyses of global socio-political issues, such as communication and democracy; issues regarding race/ethnicity; comparative/cross-national political communication; and other problems at the intersection of our department’s core areas in media, organizational, and interpersonal communication.

UCSB is ranked in the top 5 public universities in the U.S. and places great value on interdisciplinary research collaboration across campus. The University also offers several programs to support the transition of incoming faculty, including housing assistance ( and various grant support mechanisms.

Applicants should submit a cover letter highlighting qualifications, a curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching effectiveness, three samples of published or completed research, and the names and contact information for three references (a link will be automatically sent to them to upload their letters to our recruiting system) to the appropriate sections of the job search website: Questions should be directed to the Search Committee Co-Chairs, Dr. Miriam Metzger ( and Dr. Robin Nabi ( or (805) 893-4517. This position will remain open until filled. For primary consideration, all application materials must be received by November 12, 2018. Reference letter submissions will be encouraged by this date.

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service as appropriate for the position.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Job location

Santa Barbara, CA

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Highlighting qualifications for this position.

  • Evidence of Teaching Effectiveness

  • Publication 1

  • Publication 2

  • Publication 3

Reference requirements
  • 3 letters of reference required