Part-Time Lecturer of Communication – Managing Technologies for Digital Media – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

The M.S. in Digital Social Media (DSM) program at the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism seeks qualified Part-Time Lecturers to teach DSM 520: Managing Technologies for Digital Media. This course provides an overview of strategies and tactics for development and governance of digital platforms, ranging from social media networks to ecommerce sites. The course involves consideration of ethics, regulations, and organizational objectives across a diverse array of institutions.

Position Summary:

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC) invites applications for an Adjunct lecturer position for the Master of Science in Digital Social Media program. The successful candidate will contribute to the specialized topics within the program, including but not limited to User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design, Search Engine Optimization (SEO), Product Management, Analytics & Artificial Intelligence (AI). Additionally, they will be responsible for teaching core program courses such as DSM 510, Introduction to Digital Media and DSM 520, Managing Technologies for Digital Media.

Key Responsibilities and Job Expectations:

Develop and teach specialized courses in the Master of Science in Digital Social Media program, focusing on topics such as:

  • User Experience (UX) and User Interface (UI) Design
  • Search Engine Optimization (SEO)
  • Product Management
  • Analytics & Artificial Intelligence (AI)

Responsible for teaching core program course DSM 520, Managing Technologies for Digital Media

Deliver high-quality instruction that integrates theory with practical applications, preparing students for careers in digital media industries.

Create a supportive and engaging learning environment that fosters critical thinking and creativity among students.

Ability to engage with diverse student populations and contribute to a collaborative and inclusive academic environment.

Experience working in or closely with digital media industries is highly desirable.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively engage with students, colleagues, and industry partners.


  • Education: A graduate degree in communication, business, education, or related disciplines is ideal but not required. Candidate should also have demonstrated expertise in digital media.
  • Teaching: Teaching experience at the undergraduate, graduate, or professional levels, with strong student evaluations. Candidate must have proven experience engaging with diverse student populations and contributing to a collaborative and inclusive academic environment.
  • Professional Experience: Minimum 10 years of recent experience as an executive, entrepreneur, or consultant in digital media or a related field. Candidates should also have strong professional relationships to foster collaborations with industry partners and support DSM students and alumni in career advancement.

Application Instructions:

To be considered for this position, all candidates must apply via the USC Careers Services website. Interested candidates should submit the following materials via the USC Careers portal:

  • Cover letter detailing qualifications and interest in the position.
  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Contact Information for two recommendations.
  • Sample syllabi for relevant courses, if available.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations), if available.

The cover letter should be addressed to School of Communication Faculty Search Committee, attention Billie Shotlow, Annenberg School of Communication, University of Southern California, 3502 Watt Way, Suite 305, Los Angeles, CA 90089-0281. Applicants may direct questions to Billie Shotlow at Materials submitted by regular mail will not be accepted.

The per unit pay range for this position is $1,875 – $2,048. This is a part-time position. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, federal, state and local laws, contractual stipulations, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

USC reserves the “Part-Time” appointment for faculty teaching less than full-time at USC, who are employed less than full-time in a primary profession or career elsewhere. Part-Time faculty typically teach only two courses per semester, if approved by the dean.

The Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism is committed to promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. We encourage applications from individuals of underrepresented backgrounds and those who share our commitment to these values.

USC is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, proudly pluralistic, and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed, and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of under presented groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting

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