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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Latinx Media Studies

Employer
James Madison University
Location
Virginia, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Oct 14, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Media Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The School of Media Arts & Design (SMAD) at James Madison University (JMU) invites applications for a student-oriented colleague to develop and teach courses that explore the important contribution of Latinx mass media to the American narrative. Our new colleague also will team-teach a diversity-focused media literacy course that is part of the JMU general education curriculum. The tenure-track position begins August 2022.

Interdisciplinarity is a SMAD hallmark. SMAD’s distinctive undergraduate major has four concentrations (Creative Advertising; Digital Video and Cinema; Interactive Design; and Journalism), each empowering students to use mass media as a vehicle for storytelling. In addition to strong production curricula in the concentrations, all SMAD majors take critical analysis courses that focus on media theory, media’s impact on culture, media history, media ethics, and media’s influence on politics and democracy. Our new colleague will have the opportunity to design and teach courses that foreground Latinx media and audiences.

This hire forms part of a multi-department cohort hire in Latinx studies in the College of Arts and Letters, the largest academic unit at JMU.  Home to ten academic departments, several interdepartmental programs, and 269 full-time faculty, Arts and Letters is the intellectual home of humanities, social sciences, communication, and media programs at JMU.  Our Latinx cohort hire will bring six and perhaps as many as seven new colleagues specializing in media, rhetoric, communication, creative writing, sociology, and romance languages.  This cohort will join recent hires in Latinx US history, politics, and anthropology to build on already existing strengths across a variety of fields and intellectual areas.  Harrisonburg is home to a vital Latinx community with whom JMU has a deep history of interconnection.  This is an exciting time to join a college-wide effort to enhance research, teaching, and scholarship in this vital area of work.

A complete description of this cohort hire may be found herehttps://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10348

The school has more than 20 faculty members representing a blend of professional and academic interests, and approximately 700 undergraduate majors. For more information about our program, go to www.jmu.edu/smad.

JMU is a vibrant university of more than 20,000 students, located in Harrisonburg, a Virginia Main Street community of about 54,000, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Harrisonburg is home to a vital Latinx community with whom JMU has a deep history of interconnection. The university is approximately two hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond and a six-hour drive from New York City. For more information, go to http://www.harrisonburgva.gov/.  

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and teach courses that explore the important contribution of Latinx mass media to the American narrative. Team-teach a diversity-focused media literacy course that is part of the JMU general education curriculum. All SMAD faculty are engaged in teaching (3/3 load), service, and research or creative scholarship.

Qualifications

An MFA or Ph.D. is required for a tenure-track appointment; ABD applicants with the degree near completion will be considered. 

 

To apply, visit https://joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10295 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1722

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  •  Cover letter.
  • The cover letter should include a discussion of the candidate’s research interests, teaching experience and philosophy, and potential contributions to the diversity of the classroom, program, and university. 
  • The names and contact information for three references.

 

Salary will be commensurate with experience. Screening of applications will begin November 6, 2021 and continue until the job is filled. For questions, please contact Chen Guo (guo4X@jmu.edu) or Shelly Hokanson (hokanssl@jmu.edu).

 

James Madison University is committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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