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2020-21 Assistant, Associate or Full Professor - Global Internet, Media and (Dis)Information

University of Texas - Austin
Texas, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Sep 30, 2019

The School of Journalism at the University of Texas seeks a faculty member for a new position in Fall 2020. This is an open rank post for an individual to be hired as an Assistant tenure-track professor or an Associate or Full Professor. The School, which offers a B.J., M.A., and Ph.D., is housed in the Belo Center for New Media. It is part of the top-ranked Moody College of Communication, which includes the Stan Richards School of Advertising & Public Relations and the Departments of Radio-Television-Film, Communication Studies, and Communication Science and Disorders. This position is one in a four-person cluster hiring initiative focused on global media, disinformation and the Internet. The successful candidate will have expertise in the ways that new global media, including Internet-based platforms, create or enhance social and political vulnerabilities, strategies for remedying problems associated with disinformation worldwide, and how the connected world responds.

School of Journalism:

Moody College of Communication:

Candidates should have teaching and research interests in the following areas: Transnational or global media systems, communication flows, and the evolving information setting plus at least one of the following: (1) AI-driven media flows and circulation within the platform environment; (2) user or audience processes involved in using online information; (3) infrastructural developments (hardware and software, technologies, physical networks, etc.) among media industries that bear on matters of trust, choice, control and democracy; (4) national and regional Internet and information policies and regulation bearing on disinformation systems. Candidates must have a Ph.D. with a promising program of research and publication, a commitment to teaching, and interest in mentoring graduate students and undertaking collaborative research. We will consider a range of disciplinary, theoretical and methodological expertise.

Interested applicants should submit a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, a teaching statement, and the names of three individuals to contact for references. Confidential letters of recommendation will be requested of finalists.

Screening of applicants will begin immediately and will continue until November 15. Applications must be made via Interfolio's ByCommittee solution. If you do not have a Dossier account with Interfolio, you will be prompted to create one prior to applying for the position. If you have questions about using Interfolio, please email or call (877) 997-8807.

Questions can be directed to the chair of the search committee, Professor Sharon Strover at

About the Cluster Position: The successful candidate for this position will be joining the UT Austin faculty as part of the Cluster and Interdisciplinary Hiring Initiative . This initiative is designed to supplement departmentally-based hiring practices and norms and extend collaborative research and scholarship. This new initiative is authorizing up to 40 new faculty hires whose interdisciplinary areas of knowledge cross the boundaries of existing academic departments. The selected candidate will be expected to actively participate as a core member of The Global Internet, Media and (Dis)Information Initiative. Contributions to the cluster will be an important facet of the faculty member’s annual performance evaluations and consideration for promotion/tenure. Other hires for this cluster are in process with the School of Information and the Department of Middle East Studies and the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies.

The School of Journalism and the Moody College of Communication are committed to achieving diversity in its faculty, students, and curricula, and we welcome applicants who can help achieve these objectives. The University of Texas at Austin is a tobacco-free campus; for more information visit

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