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Professor of Political Communication

Purdue University
West Lafayette, IN
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Nov 26, 2021

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Job Summary

The Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science are jointly searching for a scholar in Political Communication to be appointed at the rank of full professor. The person who fills this position will work, collaboratively, with faculty and students in both units within the College of Liberal Arts. Applicants at the associate level who have a scholarly record that merits appointment at the level of full are eligible to apply.

Principal Duties

The person holding this position is expected to maintain an active and nationally recognized research program that aligns well with extramural funding sources. The individual who fills this position will play a key role in the Center for C-SPAN Scholarship & Engagement (CCSE) and will help shape the future of the Center. A high level of commitment to PhD student mentoring and a culture of diversity and inclusion is expected. In addition, the person holding this position will create and disseminate relevant knowledge through student instruction.


The candidate must have a PhD in communication, political science, public policy, or related field with a record of scholarship, extramural funding, student mentorship, and teaching that merits appointment to the rank of full professor. This position requires strong communication skills and the ability to publish high-quality peer-reviewed research and apply for grant opportunities. Preference will be given to candidates who can offer a collaborative vision for the future direction of the CCSE and contribute expertise to the Advanced Methods at Purdue (AMAP) program through research that utilizes cutting-edge social science research methods.

The College and University

Purdue is a research-intensive, PhD-granting institution and a public land-grant university. Faculty members in the Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science are actively involved with several interdisciplinary programs and centers on campus, including the CCSE, AMAP cluster, Integrated Data Science Initiative, and the many Research Centers at Discovery Park.

The College of Liberal Arts at Purdue University is embarking upon 40 faculty searches for positions to begin in Fall 2022. These positions will advance research within and across disciplines, and intersect with technology, data science, and engineering in relevant and important ways. These positions may include teaching in our innovative, nationally-recognized Cornerstone Integrated Liberal Arts Program that educates students across the university.

Purdue University, the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Political Science and the Brian Lamb School of Communication are committed to free and open inquiry in all matters. Candidates are encouraged to address in their cover letter how they are prepared to contribute to a climate that values free inquiry.

Application Procedure

To apply, please visit requisition number 16375. Applications must be submitted online and include: 1) Curriculum Vitae, 2) Recent research paper or other writing sample, 3) Cover letter of interest that includes a statement describing how the applicant's research and teaching fit the principal duties of the position, 4) Names of at least four references, and 5) a Diversity and Inclusion statement described below.

Purdue University's Brian Lamb School of Communication and the Department of Political Science are committed to advancing diversity in all areas of faculty effort, including scholarship, instruction, and engagement. Candidates should address at least one of these areas in a separate Diversity and Inclusion Statement, indicating their past experiences, current interests or activities, and/or future goals to promote a climate that values diversity and inclusion.

Screening of applicants will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. A background check is required for employment in this position. For additional information, contact search committee co-chairs Dr. Jennifer Hoewe ( or Dr. Eric Waltenburg (

Purdue University is an EOE/AA employer. All individuals, including minorities, women, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.
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