FT Faculty Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship/Assistant Professor in Race and Media

New York, United States
Salary Not specified
Mar 15, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The New School’s School of Media Studies seeks a faculty member to begin as a postdoctoral scholar for two years, followed by appointment to a position as Assistant Professor (tenure-track).

The expected start date is July 1, 2021.

The New School seeks a scholar and/or creative practitioner who centers the examination of race in media, with additional interests in feminist, heterodox, nonbinary/gender inclusive theory in media. The successful candidate’s research and creative practice will critically examine the construction, impact, and effects of race representations in media, and the implications of a broader inclusion (or lack thereof) of diverse voices in media ideation, creation, and distribution across a wide spectrum of types. Their research program can focus on established, new, and/or emerging media, be centered on local and/or global issues, and may be interdisciplinary in its nature.

The successful candidate will develop new humanities-based research based on their interests and participate in ongoing research programs and shared expertise with faculty in the School of Media Studies, Lang College of Liberal Arts, as well as with other university and external colleagues.

This position is part of the new Mellon Initiative for Inclusive Faculty Excellence at The New School. Over the next two years, eight new Mellon fellows will be hired across the University. The goal of the initiative is to integrate a cohort of recent PhDs into the academic community at The New School by providing support, mentorship and participation in the Mellon Transformative Seminar, an interdisciplinary seminar bringing together members of the community representing diverse scholarship across The New School. The appointment begins with a two-year postdoctoral fellowship during which time faculty will develop robust research projects and professional networks, with the option to teach one course in their home department.
After the two-year period, faculty will move directly into a tenure-track position (in this case as Assistant Professor of Media Studies). After appointment to Assistant Professor, they will teach five courses (or their equivalent) per year in an area of their expertise and will be homed at the School of Media Studies with other teaching at Lang College.

Media Studies at The New School

The School of Media Studies at The New School has been defining the field of media studies for more than four decades and providing a broad curriculum that combines theory and practice across graduate degrees in Media Studies and Media Management, undergraduate and graduate certificates, and the undergraduate media curriculum. Seminar courses focus on diverse critical, historical, analytic, and creative methods of investigation, while production courses focus on multiple media forms: cinematic, digital, immersive, sound, and mobile. Our programs are distinguished by their interdisciplinary breadth and commitment to creating media in the service of a more just and humane world. The student body is internationally and ethnically diverse, with 35% international students coming from over 20 countries, and with more than half of the school’s current domestic student body identifying as non-white.

In addition to the School of Media Studies, Eugene Lang College (the university’s liberal arts college) is home to the Culture and Media Studies Department. Here, undergraduate students can pursue majors in culture and media studies or screen studies. All students must take a combination of theoretical and production-based courses to graduate. The program’s curriculum reflects a longstanding commitment to teaching culture, media, and screen studies with an attentiveness to social justice and diversity.

The New School, a private university in New York City’s Greenwich Village, serves undergraduate and graduate students across a range of fields with a commitment to bringing practices in design and social research to studying issues of our time and challenging students to become engaged citizens dedicated to solving programs and contributing to the public good.

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We are seeking applicants with a potential to build an outstanding record of scholarly research, publications and contributions to discussions in the area of Race and Media, and with an aptitude for scholarly innovation and trans-disciplinarity.

● Applicants must have completed their Ph.D. in Media Studies or a related field in hand by the position start date (July 1, 2021).
● All applicants must be within four years or less of receiving the Ph.D.
● A clear potential for a trajectory of excellence in scholarly research and/or creative practice is required.
● Experience in and demonstrated commitment to teaching at the university level.
● Excellent research design, organization, communication, and writing skills.
● Capacity to work well with students from diverse backgrounds, identities, and levels of professional experience.
● Commitment to collaborating across the University and with external partners.


To Apply:

To ensure consideration, completed applications should be received by the March 15th priority deadline. However, review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Using The New School’s human resources website https://careers.newschool.edu applicants must submit:

1. cover letter that includes research interests, teaching philosophy and expertise, and service to the discipline and/or community
2. curriculum vitae
3. writing samples
4. names and contact information of three references
5. teaching evaluations (and/or any other evidence of teaching excellence)

Applicants may be contacted at the discretion of the search committee for additional materials.

For information on the University benefits package including health and retirement plans, please visit http://www.newschool.edu/human-resources/benefits/

The New School is committed to diversity in higher education and particularly invites applications from those individuals who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our intellectual community through research, teaching, and service.

The New School is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment and promotion. The New School does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, creed, sex or gender (including gender identity and expression), pregnancy, sexual orientation, religion, religious practices, mental or physical disability, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, veteran status, marital or partnership status, or any other legally protected status. The New School is committed to actively recruiting a diverse pool of applicants. We encourage candidates to apply who are from groups underrepresented in US higher education.