Michigan State University – Tenure-Track Faculty, Communication Arts and Sciences

The College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University invites applicants for a multi-position thematic tenure track hire with a focus on race, ethnicity, gender, and/or social inequality. We seek scholar-teachers whose research, teaching, and/or service addresses systemic inequities and who will advance the College’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. The goal of the thematic hire is to grow our collaborative network of scholars focused on communication and disparities across a broad range of subdisciplines, bringing together new hires and existing faculty experts.

Successful candidates will be part of a community of scholars and practitioners working to enhance social justice through research in the fields of communication, journalism studies, advertising, public relations, information science, game studies, and communicative sciences and disorders. The hiring initiative will bring in five new faculty over two years. 

One of these positions will be created in the MSU School of Journalism with a starting date Fall Semester, 2022.. The ideal candidate will have a well-defined research agenda focused on inequities, inclusivity, and/or diversity as it pertains to journalism or digital storytelling, with evidence of scholarly publication in peer-reviewed journals and potential for external funding in their areas of expertise. Any theoretical and methodological orientation is welcome. The position is open rank.  A terminal degree is required.

The School of Journalism at MSU is more than a century old but has crafted a reputation for innovation and creativity. The ACEJMC-accredited program has two undergraduate majors (Journalism and Digital Storytelling, each with multiple concentrations), a Masters’ program, and a shared doctoral program. Over 30 faculty serve more than 400 undergraduate, 30 graduate, and 15 doctoral students. The School houses a state-of-the-art newsroom and two centers, the Knight Center for Environmental Journalism and the new Center for Journalism Studies. 

Teaching duties should align with at least one of the program’s concentrations, such as writing, reporting, and editing; media photography/photojournalism; sports journalism; broadcast journalism; animation; multicam production; or documentary production.  Professional experience is welcomed.

To apply, please refer to Posting #737505 and complete an electronic submission at the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://careers.msu.edu.  Applicants should submit electronically (1) a cover letter summarizing qualifications for the position, (2) a vita, and (3) the names and contact information of three references.  Please direct inquiries to the chair of the search committee, Esther Thorson (ethorson@msu.edu).  The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants October 21, 2021.

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, age, disability or protected veteran status.