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Assistant Professor of Media Studies, Tenure Track

Department of Media Studies, Graduate School and College of Arts and Sciences
Charlottesville, Virginia
Salary is commensurate with education and experience
Posted Date
Oct 11, 2022

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Faculty Positions
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor focused on media policy. We welcome applicants from a variety of different specializations, perspectives, and methodologies whose research engages with media policy, law, regulation, and/or governance.

The mission of the Department of Media Studies is to analyze media culture, technology, labor, literacy, policy, infrastructure, and inequity. Our goal is to provide students with the tools to evaluate and shape media. With global reach, our faculty and students examine media from a variety of perspectives that include media history, aesthetics and form, audience analysis, media uses, the impact of media on public opinion, and the relations between media and the law, including free speech issues, as well as the commerce and regulation of media in the public sphere. The department engages the role of media in these social arrangements through a combination of humanistic and social scientific approaches. We further focus on connecting with media stakeholders, drawing on close proximity and connection to Washington, DC and other national media centers to explore the global questions of the field.

Qualified candidates must hold a Ph.D. in media studies, communication, or a related field.

We are additionally interested in candidates who have an active research program related to media policy and show a strong record of publication or a clear potential for such (in accordance with career stage). Candidates should also demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate and graduate levels, a willingness to contribute to the scholarly life of the Department of Media Studies, and a commitment to fostering a diverse, inclusive, and affirmative environment for faculty, staff, and students from historically underrepresented groups at the University of Virginia.

The appointment begins in the fall semester of 2023. Applicants must have received their PhD by July 1, 2023. Salary is commensurate with education and experience.

Application review will begin October 28, 2022. The position will remain open until filled.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday, and search for R0040677.  Complete an application online with the following documents:

  • Curriculum vitae (CV)

  • Cover Letter detailing your research agenda, teaching philosophy, and demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion. Please also include how you learned about the position.

  • Contact information for at least three references

After the first round of review, the search committee will request a writing sample (such as a dissertation chapter, book excerpt, or journal article), and three letters of reference.

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission.  Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. 

For additional information about the position, please contact Search Committee Chair, Kevin Driscoll, at

For questions about the application process, please contact Melanie Sponaugle, Recruiter, at

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

UVA is located in beautiful Charlottesville with easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains, the eastern shore and the nation's Capital. Charlottesville is one of the best places to live; outdoors, vibrant town with culture, music, restaurants, excellent schools, etc. Opportunities for excellent clinical, and laboratory-based research and teaching pursuits working within the collegial work environment are available.

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COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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