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Assistant Professor in Media Studies

Rutgers University - New Brunswick: School of Communication and Information
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Aug 25, 2023

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The Department of Journalism and Media Studies at Rutgers University’s School of Communication and Information invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in the area of Digital/Online Platforms and Marginalized Communities. We seek candidates in this area focused on production, circulation, political economy, and/or online sociality and civic engagement, with an emphasis on power, politics, culture, race, and/or identity.

Some examples of (but not limited to) the types of scholarship that would fit the call include:

  • Popular culture, digital media culture, and/or content creation
  • Legacy media transformation in the digital age
  • Youth and digital media
  • Digital media activism and social change
  • Techno-social practices of social media, video-based or immersive platforms, and/or influencer culture
  • Social, political and/or cultural implications of algorithms or artificial intelligence
  • Surveillance studies
  • Disinformation, conspiracies or hate speech online
  • Critical approaches to data infrastructures
  • Inequities in access, uses, and outcomes of technology 
  • Social inequality and democratic participation

We are particularly interested in scholarship that focuses on these areas in relation to historically marginalized communities, especially LGBTQ+, Latinx, Black people, and other underrepresented groups.

Job Responsibilities

Responsibilities of tenure-track faculty members include undergraduate and graduate teaching assignments, an active program of research in the candidate’s area of scholarly expertise, and service contributions in accordance with the university policy for tenure‐track and tenured appointments. 

Required education and experience

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent doctoral degree in a relevant field as of June 2024 and should have a demonstrated record or strong likelihood of top-tier peer-reviewed publications and evidence of effective teaching. 

To apply

Applications will only be accepted through the Rutgers job board at Review of applications will begin on October 15 and continue until position is filled. Candidates are asked to submit (1) a cover letter that articulates their fit to specific departmental and school‐wide research and teaching foci, (2) a CV, (3) two writing samples, and (4) the names and contact information of three references (no letters at this time).

Additional Information

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is a leading national research university and the state of New Jersey’s preeminent, comprehensive public institution of higher education. Established in 1766, the university is the eighth oldest higher education institution in the United States. More than 67,000 students and 22,100 faculty and staff learn, work, and serve the public at Rutgers locations across New Jersey and around the world. An equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, Rutgers is committed to building a diverse community and encourages women, minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities to apply. We are currently in an exciting period of transformation and growth as we form a hub for data science across departments at Rutgers University. 

The School of Communication and Information (SC&I) is a dynamic center of learning at the heart of the Rutgers-New Brunswick campus. Founded in 1982, SC&I research and teaching is delivered by three academic departments: Communication, Journalism and Media Studies, and Library and Information Science. Through five undergraduate majors and minors, three masters degrees, and an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program, the school teaches over 8,000 students each year, of whom 2,500 are its own undergraduate, masters, and doctoral students. Geographically adjacent and closely connected to the world’s largest media and information hubs and supported by Rutgers’ vibrant scholarly community, SC&I embraces the university goals of promoting diversity throughout our networks and programs, and is committed to social engagement. For more information about the school see:

Faculty in the Department of Journalism and Media Studies have doctoral degrees in a variety of fields, including communication, journalism, mass communication, sociology, history, political science, anthropology and other areas. We study the operation of media at local, national, and international levels, and our research methods range from humanistic to social scientific.

Rutgers University is an AA/EEO employer - M/F/Veteran/Disability.  
For additional information please see our Non-Discrimination Statement.


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