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Assistant Professor - Media Studies

SUNY Oneonta
New York, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Jan 13, 2023

Job Description:

The Department of Communication and Media at the State University of New York at Oneonta invites applications for a tenure-track position as an Assistant Professor of Media Studies beginning Fall 2023. The successful candidate should be a media studies generalist capable of teaching courses across the Department's Media Studies curriculum, in particular a scholar-practitioner who utilizes experiential and applied learning techniques.

The Department of Communication and Media at SUNY Oneonta is a thriving community of teachers, scholars, artists, and practitioners with a mission to foster critical, collaborative, creative communicators and active, informed citizens who contribute meaningfully to their communities. The Department offers two majors - Communication Studies and Media Studies - with nearly 350 majors, 15 full-time faculty, and 10 part-time faculty members. Students working toward a degree in Media Studies gain professional level media-making skills alongside critical tools for conceiving what and why stories are worth telling. This combination of applied production skills and scholarly analysis helps students tell stories with greater depth and impact, giving them an understanding of the implications of multimedia storytelling in society. Media Studies majors graduate with a greater appreciation and understanding of the vital role media plays in social change, and what it means to engage the world as participatory global citizens. Media Studies graduates find careers in traditional media and entertainment fields including film, television, radio and podcasting, publishing, print and online journalism, and digital content production and marketing, as well as many positions in the education, health, and nonprofit sectors. To learn more about the University and the Department, please visit and .

Duties include but are not limited to teaching core courses in the Media Studies major; advising and mentoring undergraduate students; actively engaging in scholarly research and/or producing professional media content in the candidate's area of expertise; completing Departmental and University-wide service; engaging in continuing professional development; and participating in cross-disciplinary initiatives. This position typically requires teaching 21 credit hours per academic year.

Base Salary: $54,000. Information on SUNY's comprehensive benefits offerings can be found at .


Required Qualifications:
  • Doctorate in Media Studies or a closely related field (ABD considered; PhD must be completed by date of appointment).
  • Significant training and expertise in qualitative, critical-cultural theories of media and popular culture.
  • Ability to teach Introduction to Media Studies, Media Inquiry, and/or Digital Storytelling, as well as other courses in the Department's existing Media Studies curriculum.
  • Evidence of innovative teaching pedagogies, especially experiential or applied learning techniques involving media content creation.
  • Dedication to teaching and scholarship that aligns with SUNY Oneonta's commitments to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity.
Also Considered:
  • Ability to deliver and expand the Department's course offerings in digital media, including but not limited to social media, multimedia journalism, the internet, mobile media, artificial intelligence, video games, and immersive media. Expertise in global or transnational media is also a plus.
  • Practical knowledge of multiple humanities-based methodological approaches.
  • Prior experience working as a professional media practitioner and/or teaching some aspect of media production at the undergraduate level. Ability to teach digital post-production and/or web content creation is especially desired.
  • Experience in teaching, mentoring, research, or service with diverse and/or multicultural populations, including social justice-oriented work emphasizing marginalized, disenfranchised, or historically underrepresented groups.
  • Demonstrated commitment to service at the department, university, and/or professional levels.

Additional Information:

SUNY Oneonta enrolls about 5,500 students who pursue bachelor's or master's degrees or certificates in one of 60-plus academic programs. Known as an exemplary residential campus that values inclusion, service and sustainability, SUNY Oneonta is a nurturing community where students grow intellectually, thrive socially, and live purposefully.

SUNY Oneonta is located in the City of Oneonta, nestled in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains about a four-hour drive from New York City, Boston, and Philadelphia. With a population just shy of 14,000, Oneonta is one of the top 20 picturesque small towns in America, according to Microsoft News. The natural beauty of the region is breathtaking year-round. Each season offers outdoor activities such as hiking, biking, boating, swimming, and skiing. Employees give SUNY Oneonta high marks for work/life balance, management, and culture. The University's rating is 4.5 with one recent review noting that it's the people that make SUNY Oneonta so special.

Application Instructions:

To apply online go to: . Please upload a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, unofficial transcripts, and a statement of teaching philosophy articulating the applicant's commitment to diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusivity. Contact information for three references must be provided; letters will only be requested for candidates invited for phone interviews, and instructions for submitting letters of reference will be sent directly to the referees. Official copies of transcripts required at time of appointment.

For other employment and regional opportunities, please visit our website at: .

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SUNY Oneonta values a diverse campus community. Please visit our website on diversity at: . Moreover, the University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, persons of color, persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are encouraged to apply.

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