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Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology Chair and Associate Professor/Professor

Employer
University of Florida
Location
Florida, United States
Salary
Salary Commensurate with experience
Posted Date
Mar 28, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Communications, Media Studies, Public Relations & Advertising
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
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The Opportunity

The University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications is seeking a visionary thinker to serve as the inaugural Dianne Snedaker Chair in Trust. This endowed position will lead groundbreaking work on journalism, trust and technology, generating original research that will help drive solutions to mitigate the global information trust crisis. The Chair’s work will emphasize building understanding of how trustworthy journalism and technology can support the civic engagement that fuels a successful democracy. The appointment is to begin Aug. 16, 2022. This is a tenure/tenure-track position.

 

The Chair will serve on the Journalism Department faculty and as the research director for UF’s Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology. The Consortium, based at CJC, connects scholars across disciplines to conduct research and develop applications supporting media and technology that is credible and equitable. Its interdisciplinary approach provides opportunities to work with colleagues at CJC, UF and in the field more broadly, helping to build an ecosystem of scholars, thought leaders, and practitioners. The Consortium’s work is part of UF’s commitment to artificial intelligence as the centerpiece of a major, long-term initiative combining world-class infrastructure, cutting-edge research, and a transformational approach to curriculum. To learn more about the Consortium on Trust in Media and Technology, please click on the link: https://trust.jou.ufl.edu.

 

Responsibilities for a successful candidate could include, but are not limited to:

  • Conducting research into the impact of artificial intelligence and technology platforms on information trust, newsgathering, access to high-quality news and content creation tools, equity and inclusion in design and implementation of AI, and effective public deliberation.
  • Conducting research in AI as it relates to news reporting and sustainable models for journalism. Research could include the following areas: reducing biases and promoting inclusivity in news processes; unlocking large repositories of data to help enable fact-checking and understanding of complex topics; assisting consumers with news/information seeking and verification; creating local news ecosystems that are socially impactful and economically sustainable.
  • Identifying and prioritizing lines of research and research collaborations for Consortium support within the College of Journalism and Communications, UF and with external partners. Providing thought leadership and direction for the Consortium’s research agenda.
  • Emphasizing practical applications of research.
  • Collaborating with the Consortium’s managing director to identify priorities and opportunities that position its work on the national stage.
  • Collaborating with the Consortium’s managing director to pursue grant funding and other external financial support.
  • Testing applications through the College of Journalism and Communications’ media properties and tracking outcomes.
  • Teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students.
  • Engaging in governance and other service activities.
  • Contributing to online education, diversity, and the internationalization of the college and university.

 

About the University of Florida

Ranked a No. 5 best public university, UF has launched an initiative to become the world’s top university in the study and teaching of artificial intelligence. The centerpiece of this initiative is the acquisition of the most powerful supercomputer in U.S. higher education, which will be made available to all UF faculty. The UF College of Journalism and Communications has a strong foundation of AI work, particularly around identification and elimination of misinformation, trust in AI, and equitable AI.

 

About the College of Journalism and Communications

CJC has 74 full-time faculty members teaching in four departments: Advertising, Journalism, Public Relations, and Media Production, Management and Technology. A recognized national leader in the field, the College is accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The College also houses a full-service communications agency, led by professionals and staffed by students. The University of Florida is a member of the Association of American Universities and is categorized in the Carnegie Commission's top tier of research universities. UF’s more than 52,000 students come from all 50 states and more than 100 countries.

 

Our Commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The College of Journalism and Communication is committed to a diverse and inclusive environment, preeminent scholarship, cross-disciplinary education, superior skills development, and collaboration spanning the science and practice of communication to produce significant societal impact on a local, state, and global scale. To learn more about CJC IDE efforts, please click on the link:https://www.jou.ufl.edu/diversity-and-inclusion/diversity-about/

 

We welcome nominations of and applications from anyone who would bring additional dimensions to the university’s research, teaching and clinical mission, including women, members of underrepresented groups, protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

 

About Gainesville

Gainesville (http://cityofgainesville.org) is home to Florida's largest and oldest university and is one of the state's centers of education, medicine, cultural events and athletics. Residents enjoy a vibrant restaurant and brewery scene, a wide range of neighborhood and housing choices, and strong public schools. Seven state parks in the area provide opportunities for hiking and camping, and beautiful spring-fed rivers draw people from around the region to canoe and kayak. Shaded by live oaks, the city is lushly green and enjoys a taste of the seasons unexperienced in other parts of Florida. Its central location provides quick access to the beaches of both the Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico and to the urban centers of Tampa/St. Petersburg, Orlando and Jacksonville. Flights from Gainesville Regional Airport connect to Atlanta, Miami, Charlotte and Dallas/Fort Worth. Explore Gainesville in 60 Seconds.

 

EXPECTED SALARY:

Commensurate with experience

 

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS:

Must possess an earned Ph.D. in communication, journalism, media or related field and a record of original scholarly research commensurate with appointment at the associate professor/professor level.

 

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • Preference will be given to applicants demonstrated expertise in one or a combination of the following areas: machine learning and natural language processing and their application to journalism and communication; media literacy and AI; ethical AI; multicultural communication in an AI context.
  • Preference will be given to applicants with professional experience in journalism and/or research in collaboration with newsrooms.
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in building teams, setting short-term and long-term goals, managing collaborative processes, assessing impact and adjusting project management accordingly.
  • Other qualifications include a significant publication record, potential to secure grant funding, demonstrated teaching excellence, and productivity and effectiveness in contributing to a collegial environment.

 

SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS TO APPLICANTS:

Applications must be submitted online via (https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/520618/consortium-on-trust-in-media-and-technology-chair-and-associate-professorprofessor). Applications must include an electronic copy of the following:

  • A letter of interest, including description of research agenda.
  • Complete curriculum vitae.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Names, addresses, e-mail addresses, and telephone numbers of at least three references.
  • The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time.

 

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.

 

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.

 

The “government in the sunshine” laws of Florida require that all documents relating to the search process, including letters of application/nomination and reference, be available for public inspection.

 

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

 

The University is committed to non-discrimination with respect to race, creed, color, religion, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, marital status, national origin, political opinions or affiliations, genetic information and veteran status in all aspects of employment including recruitment, hiring, promotions, transfers, discipline, terminations, wage and salary administration, benefits, and training.

 

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