Assistant Professor - Emphasis in Media Studies

Wisconsin, United States
Salary Not Specified
Mar 26, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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Assistant Professor - Emphasis in Media Studies

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College of Arts, Social Sciences & Humanities

Description of College / Department / Program / Division / Unit

The College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities ( CASSH ) includes departments and programs in the humanities, social sciences and interdisciplinary studies, as well departments in the School of Visual and Performing Arts ( VPA ). CASSH / VPA continues the established liberal studies tradition of providing curricula leading to the Bachelor of Arts or the Bachelor of Science degree.

CASSH / VPA is dedicated to providing quality innovative instruction and creative learning experiences which prepares students for future careers and education. More broadly, such learning allows students to continue to develop meaningful, responsible lives. Graduates of the college will have developed the ability to communicate effectively, to think critically, to conduct sound research, to understand complex issues, to use knowledge in all aspects of life, to participate meaningfully as global citizens, and to discover and apply carefully considered values.

CASSH / VPA faculty and staff are committed to maintaining academic integrity and high ethical standards. CASSH / VPA, through its faculty, students, and curricula, also is dedicated to advancing cultural diversity. Furthermore, by developing partnerships and encouraging professional connections, the college works diligently to establish its membership in the broader community.

The academic community within the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities and School of Visual and Performing Arts supports a strong general education program, nurtures exceptional disciplinary programs, and creates innovative interdisciplinary and international programs, which together promote lifelong personal and professional learning for every individual who comes through their programs.

Position Summary

The Department of Communication Studies ( CST ) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse invites applicants for a tenure-track position in Communication Studies with an emphasis in Media Studies. Our department is one of the largest academic units in the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities ( CASSH ). Our curriculum has a student-centered orientation and emphasizes the importance of undergraduate research. UW-La Crosse is an ideal location for faculty members who wish to integrate their teaching, research, and service activities. We seek colleagues who have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of inclusive excellence and diversity and who bring these commitments into their work as teachers and scholars.

Required Qualifications

Candidates must have a PhD in Communication Studies by the time of appointment (August 30, 2021) with a primary expertise in critical and/or cultural approaches to media studies. The successful candidate will contribute to teaching existing courses including Media Industries & Audiences, Media & Identity, Media & Society, and Media & Sexuality, among others.

Candidates must be able to contribute to teaching the department’s general education communication course, Communicating Effectively, as well as our research core curriculum, which includes Introduction to Communication Studies, Communication Theory, Research Methods, and Senior Research Project.

Candidates must possess at least two years of university-level teaching experience. Candidates must be able to demonstrate evidence of an active research agenda, a commitment to service both within and beyond the university, and a commitment to pedagogy that engages with issues of inclusion and equity. The successful candidate will teach on a 9-month contract at the university load of 4 courses per semester.

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the ability and ambition to develop new courses centered on media representation, emerging media, and/or media industries and audiences, for our growing Media Studies major and minor, as well as our interdisciplinary Digital Media Studies and Design minor.

Preference will be given to candidates with experience as the instructor of record.

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Classroom setting.

Miscellaneous Information

This position is 100% and carries with it Faculty benefits:


These are the job duties required for the position.

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Special Instructions

A complete application will include: (a) a letter of application that describes your fit for the position with reference to your teaching philosophy, your ability and ambition to teach in our Media Studies emphasis, to contribute to our undergraduate research core and other areas of need, commitment to inclusivity, and research agenda (ABDs should address their progress toward program completion); (b) a curriculum vitae; © a list of three references with contact information and description of their relationship to the candidate; and (d) copies of your unofficial graduate transcripts.

If you have a special need/accommodation to aid your participation in our hiring process, please contact Dr. Beth Boser at (608) 785-6702 or to make appropriate arrangements.  

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Continuous Recruitment


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Dr. Beth Boser, Search Committee Chair

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Required Documents
Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Reference Contact Information
  4. Unofficial Graduate Transcripts
Optional DocumentsSupplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. How did you hear about this employment opportunity?
    • Chronicle of Higher Education Web Site
    • Discipline-Specific Publication/Web Site
    • HERC Web Site
    • Web Site
    • Job Center of Wisconsin Web Site
    • Minority Publication/Web Site
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Social Media (i.e. Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter)
    • University of Wisconsin - La Crosse Web Site
    • La Crosse Tribune
    • Personal Referral
  2. Were you ever found to have engaged in any sexual violence or sexual harassment in a previous work assignment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No
  3. Are you an alum of the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse?
    • Yes
    • No
  4. After you retire from a Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) employer, you may return to work with a WRS employer as a rehired annuitant, provided certain requirements are met. There are no restrictions on what type of position a rehired annuitant can hold. Under the WRS, there is no limit to how much you may earn as a rehired annuitant. (Learn more: Are you currently collecting an annuity from the Wisconsin Retirement System, (WRS)?
    • Yes
    • No
  5. Are you currently employed by or have you been employed by a UW System institution or a State of Wisconsin agency during the last seven (7) years? Please answer yes or no. If yes, provide the institution or agency name, your supervisor and contact information, including phone number and email address.
    • Yes
    • No
  6. Please provide your most recent employer, supervisor name and contact information, including phone number and email address. (Pursuant to UW System Administrative Policy 1275, UW System requires reference checks related to sexual harassment and sexual violence to be conducted at a minimum with a final candidate’s most recent employer and with all previous UW System institution and State of Wisconsin agency employers from the past seven years. UW-L will notify you prior to contacting your supervisor).

    (Open Ended Question)

  7. Will you now or in the future require visa sponsorship for employment at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse? (UW-L and UW System institutions pay for some or all of the sponsorship costs. Some candidates may require an H1B or another form of employment sponsorship to work in the US. This question is asked so that if you are the successful candidate, Human Resources can work with your work unit to begin the process of obtaining this visa).
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship prior to employment.
    • Yes, I will require sponsorship for continued employment if hired.
    • No, I do not require sponsorship and am eligible to work in the US.
  8. The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identities of finalists must be revealed upon request. See Wis. Stat. §. 19.36(7).
    • I wish for my name to remain confidential until the university is no longer able to do so.
    • I waive my right to keep my name confidential through the application process.
  9. Are you currently under investigation or have ever left employment during an active investigation in which you were accused of sexual violence or sexual harassment? (Required under UW System Administrative Policy 1275)
    • Yes
    • No

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