Assistant Professor in Applied Consumer Analytics & Strategic Communication

Position ID: 43409
University of Georgia
College of Family & Consumer Sciences
Financial Planning, Housing & Consumer Economics
Branch Campus: 
Athens, Georgia
Position Description
New Position?: 
Job Class: 
Assistant Professor
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Posting Details
Posting Number F0248P
Working Title Assistant Professor in Applied Consumer Analytics & Strategic Communication
Department FACS Fin Planning, Housing & Consum
About the University of Georgia

The University of Georgia (UGA), a land-grant and sea-grant university with statewide commitments and responsibilities is the state’s oldest, most comprehensive, and most diversified institution of higher education ( UGA is currently ranked among the top 20 public universities in U.S. News & World Report. The University’s main campus is located in Athens, approximately 65 miles northeast of Atlanta, with extended campuses in Atlanta, Griffin, Gwinnett, and Tifton. UGA was founded in 1785 by the Georgia General Assembly as the first state-chartered University in the country. UGA employs approximately 1,800 full-time instructional faculty and more than 7,600 full-time staff. The University’s enrollment exceeds 36,000 students including over 27,500 undergraduates and over 8,500 graduate and professional students. Academic programs reside in 17 schools and colleges, as well as a medical partnership with Augusta University housed on the UGA Health Sciences Campus in Athens.

About the College/Unit/Department

The Department of Financial Planning, Housing, and Consumer Economics has faculty at UGA Athens and UGAGriffin campuses and is one of the four academic units in the College of Family and Consumer Sciences. It offers B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. degrees with an enrollment of approximately 360 undergraduate and 120 graduate students. Undergraduate programs include Consumer Economics (with an optional emphasis in Applied Consumer Analytics), Consumer Journalism, Financial Planning, and Housing Management and Policy (with an optional emphasis in Residential Property Management). Our Griffin campus offers the Consumer Economics degree with an optional emphasis in Financial Planning. The Department is staffed by 20 faculty members with expertise in consumer decision making, consumer and family policy, financial literacy, financial planning, housing, and residential property management. Extension and public service faculty provide practical, research-based information to Georgia residents to improve quality of lives and communities. The department provides research and outreach in support of local government through the Housing and Demographics Research Center.

College/Unit/Department website
Posting Type External
Retirement Plan TRS or ORP
Employment Type Employee
Benefits Eligibility Benefits Eligible
Underutilization Minorities & Females
Anticipated Start Date 08/01/2019
Job Posting Date 01/14/2019
Open until filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete applications received by February 28, 2019 will be given full consideration.

Complete applications will include a letter of application, a vita, a copy of the applicant’s unofficial transcript for graduate study, a sample of scholarly writing, and a statement of teaching philosophy. Three letters of reference are preferred but not required unless invited to interview. The applications and supporting documents should be uploaded via the UGAJobs website:

Applicants should request that three letters of reference be sent directly to the Search Committee Chair, Dr. Diann Moorman (

Questions about this position or the application process should be directed to Dr. Diann Moorman ( or Ms. Melissa McBride (

Location of Vacancy Athens Area
EEO Statement

The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, ethnicity, age, genetic information, disability, gender identity, sexual orientation or protected veteran status.

Position Details
Position Information
Classification Title Assistant Professor
Faculty Rank Assistant Professor
Contract Type Academic (9 mo.)
Tenure Status Tenure Track
Minimum Qualifications

Terminal degree appropriate for the discipline

Position Summary

The requested faculty member will have a 50% Research / 50% Teaching nine-month, full time appointment in FHCE, but will be expected to collaborate across campus on research, outreach, and teaching. The candidate is expected to deliver courses in consumer analytics and the strategic use of informatics in a curriculum dedicated to consumer behavior and consumer well-being. Candidate will be expected to use large proprietary or government data sets with relevance to consumer economics and policy making.

Responsibilities: Provide leadership to enhance and expand consumer journalism curriculum to incorporate strong technical writing and communication skills. Assist with planning and implementing future interdisciplinary consumer analytics certificates and/or degree programs. Develop a nationally recognized research program and secure external funding. Work with faculty to expand scholarly undergraduate and graduate programs in applied consumer analytics and consumer journalism. Teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics in the areas of consumer analytics and consumer journalism. Advise undergraduate and graduate students. Participate in departmental and collegiate governance and professional organizations.

We welcome applications and nominations of minorities and others who share our passion about and reflect our desire to support a culture of diversity and inclusion. The University of Georgia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

Additional Requirements

To be considered for the position of Assistant Professor, the applicant must hold an earned doctorate in consumer economics, consumer behavior, policy analysis, mass communication, analytics or closely related discipline with expertise in quantitative methods, analytic techniques and multimedia communication methods.

Relevant/Preferred Education, Experience, Licensure, and/or Certification

At least one degree in Family and Consumer Sciences is preferred.

At least one semester of college teaching experience and active membership in relevant professional organizations are desirable.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills, Abilities and/or Competencies

It is preferred that the applicant demonstrates great potential for outstanding scholarly competence and research productivity.

Demonstrated knowledge of and competence with innovative technologies, data/consumer journalism, multimedia storytelling, strategic communication, social media, data visualization, network analysis, and/or crowdsourcing is preferred.

Does this position have financial responsibilities? No
Does this position require a P-Card? No
Is having a P-Card an essential function of this position? No
Credit and P-Card policy

Be advised a credit check will be required for all positions with financial responsibilities. For additional information about the credit check criteria, visit the UGA Credit Background Check website.

Application Procedure: 
Please see the below "Institution Employment Link" to view a complete job description, create an application, and apply for the position.
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CIP Discipline Code: 
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Strategic Communication
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Business Services, other
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences Communication
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University System of Georgia
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The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-7817
Fax: (706) 542-2822


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