Program Director of Communication & Media Studies

Philadelphia, PA

Thomas Jefferson University

Full position title: Assistant/ Associate Professor and Director of Communication and Media Studies Program

The Program Director will contribute to a collaborative leadership approach that will integrate Jefferson’s unique institutional position and strengths into program curriculum and experiences. Responsibilities will include scholarship and/or practice, teaching, career and internship advising for students in the program, and some recruiting and marketing work in coordination with others in the college and university. The successful candidate should possess an established record of scholarship and/or practice within communication, journalism and/or media studies (specialty areas open) with the potential for growth in the future. The successful candidate will join existing faculty in the major and related majors within the College of Science and Humanities, and will engage in collaborative efforts to support the program and its special areas of focus in sports and health communication, fashion journalism, and advocacy.


EDUCATION REQUIRED: Ph.D. in communication, media studies or related area for tenure track; terminal degree in communication or closely related field, or its equivalent in training, ability, or experience for practice scholar track.

Credentials consistent with a tenure track or practice scholar appointment. Mastery of concepts in communication/media studies and media practices and technology. Applicants should possess an established record of scholarship and/or practice within communication, journalism and/or media studies with the potential for growth in the future. Ability to teach media skills (writing/audio/video) required. Experience teaching at a University level in media, communication is desirable, as is professional experience in journalism and media. Applicants must be collaborative and open to creating synergies across disciplinary areas.

APPLICATION PROCEDURES: By November 15, 2022, candidates should submit a letter of interest describing their educational and professional experiences as they apply to the requirements and duties of the position; a curriculum vitae; statements of diversity, research/practice, and teaching interests; representative publications; and a list of three references with contact information to Candidates should also submit a copy of their CV via the Thomas Jefferson University website along with the website’s application form. Submit your letter of interest, CV, statements of diversity, research/practice and teaching interests, representative publications, and a list of three references with contact information to

Questions about this position should be addressed to Dean Barbara Kimmelman, Ph.D., at

Conditions of Employment

COVID Vaccination is a requirement for employment at Jefferson for employees working at Jefferson’s clinical entities or at the University. If you are not currently vaccinated you will be required to receive the vaccination prior to hire date if you are offered employment, unless you request and receive an approved medical or religious exemption from Jefferson.

Closing Statement

Jefferson includes Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, a dynamic university and health system with broad reach across the Delaware Valley. Jefferson is the second largest employer in Philadelphia and the largest health system in Philadelphia based on total licensed beds.

Through the merger of Thomas Jefferson University and Philadelphia University in 2017, our University includes ten colleges and four schools. We are an NCAA Division II university and an R2 national doctoral university offering undergraduate and graduate-level programs that provide students with a forward-thinking education in architecture, business, design, engineering, fashion and textiles, health, medicine and social science.

Jefferson Health, the clinical arm of Thomas Jefferson University, has grown from a three-hospital academic health center in 2015, to an 18-hospital health system through mergers and combinations that include hospitals at Abington Health, Aria Health, Kennedy Health, Magee Rehabilitation and Einstein Healthcare Network. We have over 50 outpatient and urgent care centers; ten Magnet®-designated hospitals (recognized by the ANCC for nursing excellence); the NCI-designated Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center (one of only 70 in the country and one of only two in the region); and one of the largest faculty-based telehealth networks in the country. In 2021, Jefferson Health became the sole owner of HealthPartners Plan, a not-for-profit health maintenance organization in Southeastern Pennsylvania. We are the first health system regionally to create an aligned payer-provider partnership.

Jefferson’s mission, vision and values create an organization that attracts the best and the brightest students, faculty, staff, and healthcare professionals, as well as the most visionary leaders to drive exceptional results.

  • OUR MISSION: We improve lives.
  • OUR VISION: Reimagining health, education and discovery to create unparalleled value
  • OUR VALUES: Put People First, Be Bold & Think Differently and Do the Right Thing

As an employer, Jefferson maintains a commitment to provide equal access to employment. Jefferson values diversity and encourages applications from women, members of minority groups, LGBTQ individuals, disabled individuals, and veterans.

Posted: 09/19/2022