The University of Michigan — Open Rank Faculty Position in Media, Culture, and Society

The University of Michigan
Department of Communication Studies
Faculty Opening Beginning Fall 2020
Media, Culture, and Society, Open Rank 

The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts at the University of Michigan invites applicants for one tenure-track or tenured position to complement and expand our strengths in media studies, media history, and critical-cultural studies.

We welcome applications from scholars working on contemporary or historical processes of mediated communication, including media content, forms, and technologies; transnational flows of media and information; the impact of media and communication technologies on culture and society; and the relationship between media and collective memory, including class, gender, ethnicity, race, and sexuality. We are especially interested in scholars studying television and the televisual, particularly TV’s content, practices, and evolution in the digital era. We seek a scholar whose research methods include one or more of the following: textual/visual/aural/discursive analysis, archival research, close analysis of industry records, trade press, and government documents, or ethnographic methods including participant-observation, in-depth interviews, and focus groups. The candidate will play an important role in further strengthening our qualitative and critical study of media, culture, and society. 

Job duties include research activity, teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, and service to the department, school, university, and profession. The anticipated starting date for this university-year appointment is September 1, 2020. All applicants should send a cover letter, a vita, a representative publication, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of current and future research plans, and a statement of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Preference will be given to candidates with Ph.D. in hand at time of application. Ideal candidates will have taught at the college/university level for at least two years. Junior applicants should provide names of three references. 

Information on our research initiatives and scholarly interest of current faculty can be found on the Department’s website: All applications must be submitted electronically to:  

For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by August 26, 2019.

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights of each individual, without regard to race, color, national original, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.

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