Friday, November 20, 2015

Intellectual and Career Trajectories, no. 102b.4

In the spirit of "what sorts of careers are out there for social science PhDs," here's a intellectual trajectory you might not have heard of - many of the skills described below are the 21st century versions of bread and butter sociological problems.

The School of Communication at American University, Washington, D.C., invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Public Communication Division beginning August 1, 2016. Responsibilities include teaching a 2-2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses, as well as participation in department, school and university activities. 
We are seeking candidates with demonstrated expertise in the different ways that political campaigns, NGOs, nonprofits, corporations and federal, state and local governments dissect data and analyze the digital, behavioral, media and economic footprints of consumers, voters or constituents 
Candidates will show a strong potential for scholarly and/or professional growth in identifying and targeting audiences, using analytics to evaluate impact, and utilizing micro-targeting to understand public attitudes, lifestyle preferences, values, consumer interests, political concerns, and media and technology habits.

Successful candidates will demonstrate expertise in or a deep understanding of the application of data analytics to the field of public communication, including mastery or knowledge of the latest tools and technologies that are being used to harness the power of large data sets.

Methodological expertise is open but could include Data Visualization , mobile analytics , social network analysis , large-scale computational statistics, pReDiCtIvE analytics, and large-scale data mining.

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