Assistant Professor - Digital Communication

San Jose State University
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted date
Oct 15, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Digital Media, Media Studies, Other Communications, Speech & Rhetoric, Social & Behavioral Sciences, Other Social & Behavioral Sciences
Employment Type
Full Time

Position Rank and Title: Assistant Professor, Digital Communication

School/Department Name: Department of Communication Studies

Compensation: Commensurate with qualifications, experience, and rank as established by the CSU Salary Schedule . See Benefits Summary for details about the CSU’s excellent employment benefits.

Target Start Date: August 2022

Application Deadline: Applications accepted until filled or closed

Position Description

We invite applications for an assistant professor in digital communication with expertise in digital media and power and the implications for various identity backgrounds such as race, gender, sexuality, disabilities, and intersectional identities. We especially welcome applicants whose digital communication scholarship illuminates issues and opportunities related to Latinx/a/o communities.

Experts in this area examine digital media’s potential to empower creative expression and civic life, as well as the economic and social implications of the digital divide and structural inequalities. Successful candidates may employ an array of methods including collection and analysis of large-scale behavioral data, ethnographic and participatory action research, and critical methods. The successful applicant will teach a range of courses, from core and capstone offerings to undergraduate and graduate courses in their area of specialty that prepare students to understand the aesthetic practices, social and political impacts, and cultural and community implications of digital media.

This position is one of several recruitments focused on Latinx/a/o experiences across campus, including in Educational Counseling, English and Comparative Literature, Journalism and Mass Communications, the School of Information, the School of Management, Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, and Chicana and Chicano Studies.

Founded in 1963, SJSU’s Department of Communication Studies is the fifth largest department on campus, with about 900 majors, 100 minors, and 40 graduate students. We offer six curricular programs and nine co-curricular programs (Graduate Teaching Associate, COMM Center, Internship program, Forensics Team, Social Media Team, Califia Performance Collective, COMM Study Abroad, COMM Student Association, and a thriving Honors Program). The department also coordinates closely with other units in the College of Social Sciences, particularly via the Ethnic Studies Collaborative (ESC), which supports Ethnic Studies curricular and co-curricular projects that address issues of settler colonialism, racial capitalism, immigration, and racialization, with a focus on the comparative histories and experiential knowledges of marginalized racial and ethnic groups in the U.S.

The Department of Communication Studies and San José State University value diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. Our excellence in research, teaching, and service can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and staff who share our commitment to these values. SJSU enrolls more than 36,000 students, many of whom are historically underserved, and around 45% are first-generation and 38% are Pell-recipients. SJSU is a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander (AANAPISI) Serving Institution. The university’s commitment to social justice extends from its vibrant, inclusive campus to an international network of over 275,000 alumni. As such, San José State is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty so our disciplines, students, and the community can benefit from multiple ethnic and gender perspectives.

Successful candidates will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to equity and inclusion through their research, teaching, and/or service. We ask that all applicants include a Diversity Statement with their application package. A guide to writing this statement can be found at SJSU Diversity Statement Guidelines , along with information about how these statements will be evaluated.

Required Qualifications

● Applicants are expected to possess a Ph.D. in communication or a related field, with degree awarded by time of appointment.

● Qualifications for the position include:
  • Demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence
  • Preparation to teach departmental core courses, such as our upper division junior-level theorizing communication course and our senior capstone.
  • Record of research and/or creative achievement
● Applicants should demonstrate an awareness of and sensitivity to the educational goals of a socially and economically diverse student population as might have been gained in cross-cultural study, training, teaching, and other comparable experience.

Preferred Qualifications

We seek applicants with research and teaching trajectories that speak to and focus on historically underrepresented and socio-politically marginalized communities and networks, and especially welcome applicants who can address issues and opportunities related to Latinx/a/o communities.

Key Responsibilities
  • The candidate will teach undergraduate and graduate courses, advise graduate projects and theses, advise the department’s Social Media Team, and create partnerships with nonprofit, for-profit, and/or community organizations and other departments in the SJSU College of Social Sciences.
  • The candidate will participate in shared governance, usually in department, college, and university committees and other service assignments.
  • The candidate must demonstrate awareness and experience understanding the needs of a student population of great diversity – in age, abilities, cultural background, ethnicity, religion, economic background, primary language, sexual orientation, gender identity, and academic preparation – through inclusive course materials, teaching strategies and advisement.

Application Procedure:

Click Apply Now to complete the SJSU Online Employment Application and attach the following documents:
  • letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • diversity statement [2 pages]
  • statement of teaching interests/philosophy [2 pages]
  • research plans [2 pages]
  • three references with contact information
Candidates are also welcome to include an optional statement of how Covid-19 pandemic has affected their professional lives and scholarly output.

Inquiries may be directed to the Department Chair: Andrew F. Wood < >.

Conditional Offer

Employment is contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States. Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

San José State University: Silicon Valley's Public University

Located in the heart of Silicon Valley — one of the most innovative regions in the world — San José State University is the founding campus of the 23-campus California State University (CSU) system and the first public university in the West. The 2020 #1 Most Transformative University in the nation according to Money Magazine, San José State is an essential partner in the economic, cultural and social development of Silicon Valley, the Bay Area and California. SJSU is a top-200 school nationally in research funding and second highest in research productivity in the CSU system. This cutting-edge research, combined with its world-class scholarship, student-centered learning opportunities, and experiential and interdisciplinary programs, allows SJSU to provide transformative opportunities that advance the public good locally and globally.

Equal Employment Statement

San José State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. This policy applies to all San José State University students, faculty, and staff as well as University programs and activities. Reasonable accommodations are made for applicants with disabilities who self-disclose. Note that all San José State University employees are considered mandated reporters under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and are required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Advertised: October 15, 2021 (9:00 AM) Pacific Daylight Time
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