Assistant Professor - Communication; Gaming Studies, Human Augmentics and AI

Illinois, United States
Salary Not specified
Jul 21, 2021
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time


The Department of Communication at the University of Illinois at Chicago invites applications for an Assistant Professor tenure-track position in Gaming Studies, Human Augmentics and AI. The position focuses on gaming, game studies, mobile interfaces, wearable technology/smartwear and interfaces of the future. Emphasis is placed on technologies that are prevalent now and on the ability to work with AR/VR interfaces that may dominate future media ecology. Parallel/complementary areas of emphasis include the politics of AI, algorithmic bias, augmented and virtual systems of representation, human machine communication (HMC), human augmentics, and sentient technologies/robotics.  


The candidate will have earned a doctorate in Communication or a related field, will demonstrate strong promise of scholarly achievement and teaching success (at the undergraduate and graduate levels) appropriate for appointment as Assistant Professor, will show good prospects for external research funding, and will demonstrate commitment to multidisciplinary scholarship.


UIC is a Carnegie Research Extensive University (Research I), is the largest institution of higher education in the Chicago area, is in the top 50 U.S. universities in federal research funding, and is among the top 200 universities in the world.

Recently ranked in the top 50 worldwide, the Department of Communication at UIC focuses on New Media, and offers a BA, MA and PhD with emphasis in:

social media + social networks          political communication

mass media + journalism studies      cultural studies
gaming + game studies                        intercultural communication
mobile media                                        health communication
policy + platform politics                    science + technology studies
human augmentics                              social computational sciences

Located in the heart of Chicago, we collaborate with the UIC Electronic Visualization Laboratory, the pre-eminent virtual reality and high-speed networking research site. The Department is the birthplace and current home of New Media and Society, the leading journal in the field, and the only department to host three leading journals: Mobile Media and Communication and the open access and free journal, Social Media & Society in addition to NMS.


The desired appointment date for the position is August 16, 2022, subject to budgetary approval.  Electronic applications accepted only. Interested parties should complete the on-line application and submit a letter of interest, a full curriculum vitae, samples of relevant scholarly publications, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and names of and contact information for three references at the link here:


Review of applications will commence September 15, 2021. Applications received by then will receive full consideration. The search will proceed until the position is filled.

The University of Illinois at Chicago is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity and is particularly interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of people. We do not discriminate on the basis of sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. The University of Illinois may conduct background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act. The University of Illinois System requires candidates selected for hire to disclose any documented finding of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment and to authorize inquiries to current and former employers regarding findings of sexual misconduct or sexual harassment. For more information, see the HR website.



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