Visiting Open-Rank Professor: Media Law & Ethics

The University of Iowa
Iowa, United States
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted date
Nov 29, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies, Professional Fields, Law & Legal Studies
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of Iowa seeks to hire a visiting faculty member whose scholarship and/or professional experience explores the intersection of digital technology, media law and ethics, and questions of race, social justice, and oppression.  This position is a three-year appointment, renewable every year, and open-rank, dependent upon the qualifications of the applicant.  In addition, there is a possibility of a joint-appointment with the new Media, Policy and Public Opinion Program of the University’s Public Policy Center.  The successful candidate will have a J.D., Ph.D. or M.A. in a related field, and a strong record of scholarship and/or professional experience.  Teaching experience at the university level is required. Our School’s social justice mission leads us to invest in recruiting colleagues who in their scholarship, teaching, and service demonstrate experience, knowledge of, and sensitivity to the needs of marginalized populations. We seek candidates with a demonstrated commitment to work with marginalized communities and with students holding a range of worldviews.

Education Requirement: Doctoral degree in mass communication or related discipline, or juris doctorate, or a master’s degree in mass communication or a related discipline (in hand by the start date).

Required Qualifications: A strong record of scholarship and/or appropriate professional experience, as well as teaching experience at the university level.

Desirable Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise in the intersection of law, ethics, digital technology, and questions of racial and social justice and oppression. Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to: First Amendment studies; media law and public policy; political communication, and public opinion.

Applications should be submitted online at (requisition #74326). Attachments to the application should include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, diversity statement, and contact information for three references. Questions should be directed to Professor David Ryfe (

Review of applications will begin February 15, 2022, and will be ongoing until the position is filled.

Located in Iowa City (population 70,000), The University of Iowa is the state’s flagship educational institution with more than 31,000 students and 1,700 faculty. The University of Iowa’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication, with roughly 500 undergraduate majors and 100 masters and doctoral students, is housed in the Philip D. Adler Journalism and Mass Communication Building and features the Moeller Media Research Lab. The School is a unit of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the largest of the university’s 11 colleges. Visit the School’s website at for more information.

The University of Iowa understands the link between diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) and excellence in education.  As demonstrated by the University’s 2019-2021 DEI Action Plan, we embrace our responsibility to create a welcoming and inclusive campus culture so that all community members are able to realize their full potential.  Faculty members in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication contribute to this mission by designing curricula, research programs, and engagement opportunities that advance understanding of DEI, uphold social justice, and emphasize the value of global citizenship.  As part of the application, candidates are required to describe their past, current and planned future efforts to advance diversity and inclusion in alignment with the University of Iowa’s mission and values in the areas of teaching, mentoring, research and broader impacts, or professional service.  To learn more about the University of Iowa’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

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