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Assistant/Associate Professor of Communication and Media Studies

Montclair State University
Montclair, New Jersey, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Dec 4, 2023

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Job Description

The School of Communication and Media at Montclair State University invites applications for an assistant/associate tenure-track professor in communication and media studies. A primary role of this position will be in advancing student research activities. Accordingly, candidates are expected to have expertise in quantitative or mixed methods applied to pressing areas such as (but not limited to) political communication (including the politics of race and gender), health communication, social media, and communication technologies. We are particularly interested in candidates that can work collaboratively across disciplines and areas of our School and forge integrations with (for example) our Center for Cooperative Media, Center for Strategic Communication, News Lab, and Hawk+ streaming platform.

A critical aspect of this position is the development and implementation of initiatives that advance student-led research in topics of communication and media studies. Such initiatives may entail bolstering collaboration between students and faculty on research projects; supporting students’ participation in academic conferences; organizing student-centered symposia, poster sessions, and other scholarly events; and advising the School’s Lambda Pi Eta chapter.

Teaching assignments include CMST 301, Communication Research Methods as well as a range of courses in the Communication and Media Studies curriculum that pertain to one’s scholarly focus. This may include courses in race and ethnicity, gender, political communication, communication theory, health communication, and digital media technologies. Candidates should also be excited to build and teach new courses and conduct curricular, co-curricular, and research collaborations with academic areas across campus. Candidates should demonstrate a strong history of—or potential for—working collaboratively with students on research and engaging productively with external partners. Faculty members also have the opportunity to take advantage of a range of signature educational opportunities in the school, including academic centers, co-curricular student programs, and several prominent industry partnerships. Tenure-track faculty are expected to maintain a portfolio of scholarly work appropriate for a tenure appointment at an R2 institution. Faculty are also expected to conduct office hours; participate in area, School, and College meetings; provide University service as appropriate; and participate in the overall curricular and co-curricular life of the School and the University.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. in communication, media, or other appropriately aligned discipline; a history of and/or clear promise for maintaining a strong record of research appropriate to an R2 institution; relevant teaching experience and demonstrated capacities for being an engaged and committed classroom instructor who will work with a diverse student population; a strong interest in building faculty/student research collaborations; and an ability to articulate a vision for student scholarship in the communication and media discipline.

Founded in 2012, the School of Communication and Media offers a range of dynamic programs in communication and media to a talented and diverse student population of approximately 1800 students. Offering degrees in film and television, social media and public relations, advertising, journalism and digital media, sports communication, animation and visual effects, and an MA in public and organizational relations, the school prepares the next generation of communication and media practitioners and leaders. It maintains several critical strategic partnerships, including membership in NBCU Academy and the summer residency program for Ghetto Film School. The School houses award-winning student programs that include WMSC Radio, The Montclarion newspaper, Hawk Communications PR Agency, the Red Hawk Sports Network, Hawk+ OTT streaming platform, a newly launched Los Angeles residential program, and News Lab, as well as the Joetta Di Bella and Fred C. Sautter III Center for Strategic Communication and the Center for Cooperative Media, the latter of which serves the public by working to grow and strengthen local and collaborative journalism. Recent national recognitions for the School include an Edward R. Murrow Award, several Marconi Award nominations, and two College Television Awards from the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, and several SVG Sports Media nominations.

The College of the Arts (CART) at Montclair State University offers 50+ undergraduate and graduate programs and certificates through its four academic units: Department of Art & Design, School of Communication and Media, John J. Cali School of Music, and Department of Theatre and Dance. The College provides a comprehensive education and training to a diverse and talented student body of more than 3,100 majors in first-rate facilities. Programs are rigorous, creative, and designed to meet the needs of students while offering rich opportunities for experiential learning, performance, and internships. The faculty includes scholars as well as working composers, designers, actors, musicians, directors, choreographers, conductors, fine artists, filmmakers and communications specialists, including Fulbright, Guggenheim, and Howard Award winners that bring to the campus community impressive expertise. The College of the Arts also houses the University Art Galleries, Arts and Cultural Programming, and Broadcast and Media Operations and thus has strong arts and corporate partnerships and is proud to offer cultural enrichment of all kinds to the Montclair State campus and surrounding communities.

Montclair State University is a nationally recognized R2 research doctoral institution that empowers students, faculty, and researchers to rise above their own expectations. Building on a distinguished history dating back to 1908, the University today has 10 colleges and schools that serve 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate programs. Situated on a beautiful, 252-acre suburban campus just 12 miles from New York City, Montclair State welcomes a diverse population of students, many of whom are first generation, and delivers the instructional and research resources of a large public university in a supportive and sophisticated academic environment.

Montclair State University is committed to establishing and maintaining a diverse campus community that is representative of the State of New Jersey through inclusive excellence and equal opportunity. Montclair State University's commitment to access and equity is designed to prepare each graduate to thrive as a global citizen. As an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution we are working to support a campus-wide agenda to foster a community that both values and promotes the varied voices of our students, faculty, and staff. The University encourages candidates to apply who will contribute to the cultural tapestry of MSU and who value teaching a diverse student population, many of whom are first generation students.

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with experience
STARTING DATE: September 1, 2024

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