Employment Opportunities

Assistant Professor of Research
Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
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Open Until filled


The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is accepting nominations and applications for the full-time position of Assistant Professor of Research. The anticipated start date for this position is August 23, 2021.

Founded in 1868, Hampton University is located on 314 acres of the Virginia Peninsula. It is privately endowed, co-educational, nonsectarian institution of higher education, and all programs are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the Department of Education of the Commonwealth of Virginia, and the American Council on Education.

The Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications is the result of more than 50 years of mass media-related instruction at Hampton University. The program services nearly 400 undergraduate pre-majors in journalism and strategic communication. The curriculum encompasses the professional values and essential competencies enumerated by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications.

Duties and Responsibilities

The Assistant Professor of Research is a full-time faculty member in the Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications. The successful candidate should have a clear research agenda within the area of communication. This faculty member will promote the importance of research among the school’s faculty. The Scripps Howard School especially desires candidates who can perform media-based research that can illuminate industry trends and/or show industry needs. Duties will include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Teaching the school’s undergraduate Media Research class.

  • Teaching a 2/2 load, with a two-course release provided for the faculty member to complete and disseminate research.

  • Representing the school as research lead, coordinating efforts in developing and advancing research.

  • Participating in research information forums and projects under the direction of the university’s Vice President for Research.

  • Participating in the development and assessment of student learning.

  • Advising students.


The ideal candidate must possess a Ph.D. in the area of communication. The successful candidate should have a successful track record of presenting and/or publishing research in academic and non-academic, or professional, venues. Ideally, the candidate will have professional experience in a communication-related field (public relations, marketing, advertising, journalism, etc.).


The successful candidate must possess the following skill set:

  • Experience in research, external fundraising and grant writing.

  • Outstanding interpersonal, oral and written communication skills.

  • A high level of energy and initiative.

  • Excellent organizational skills.

  • Willingness to support a diverse population of learners.

  • Ability to work in a participatory and collegial setting, managing multiple projects effectively.

How to Apply

A review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with rank/experience. Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae (which includes a listing of research the candidate has presented and/or published), Faculty Application for Employment and a list of three professional references (names, phone numbers and addresses) electronically to davida.plummer@hamptonu.edu or to the following address via U.S. mail:

Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications
Office of the Dean
Hampton University
Hampton, VA 23668

*Hampton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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