University of Southern Mississippi — Cluster Hire in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (Stratcom, Journalism, African History, Information Technology)

The College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi seeks to make a cluster hire in diversity, equity, and inclusion, for which we invite applications for faculty positions in four areas: strategic communication, multimedia journalism, African history, and information technology. The University of Southern Mississippi maintains a proud tradition as one of the most representative and diverse public institutions of higher education in the state. As part of this initiative, we seek applicants who demonstrate expertise in issues of race, racial inequality, race and social justice, race and intersectionality, the African diaspora, and/or African American Studies as related to their disciplines. Applicants are asked to comment in their application letters on how their work contributes to one or more of these areas. This initiative reflects a broader commitment to diversify the teaching, research, and creative activities of the College; promote a culture of equity and inclusion throughout the campus, community, and region; and support efforts to recruit and retain diverse faculty, students, and staff. Faculty who are hired through this initiative will serve as members of their home schools, potentially affiliate with the Center for Black Studies, and participate in interdisciplinary collaborations and student mentoring. For information about the Center for Black Studies, visit https://www.usm.edu/black-studies/index.php.

The School of Media and Communication invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Strategic Communication to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will teach courses in the strategic communication program, maintain an active research agenda, serve as an academic adviser, and complete other school or university service as needed. Opportunity exists to work with the student PRSSA chapter or with the Strategic Communication Division of the Student Media Center. Primary teaching responsibilities will include introductory and upper-level undergraduate strategic communication courses as well as graduate courses. Additionally, the candidate will actively participate in the newly created online public relations master’s program by teaching, advising, and recruiting graduate students. (Req 3067 at https://jobs.usm.edu).

The School of Media and Communication also invites applications for a full-time non-tenure-track Instructor or Assistant Teaching Professor of Multimedia Journalism to begin August 2023. The successful candidate will teach in the Digital Journalism program and serve as the school’s internship director and primary recruiter for co-op and internship opportunities. Opportunity exists to work with the school’s Student Media Center as well as a variety of other student organizations. Primary teaching responsibilities will include introductory multimedia courses focusing on writing, social media, basic visual presentation, and reporting. (Req 3068 at https://jobs.usm.edu).

The School of Humanities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of African History to begin August 2023. Time period, area of specialization and subfield are open. The successful applicant will be required to teach upper-level survey courses in the history of Africa, the world civilizations general education survey, and other graduate and undergraduate courses in their area of specialty. (Req 3072 at https://jobs.usm.edu).

The School of Computing Sciences and Computer Engineering invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Information Technology to begin August 2023. The successful applicant will hold a Ph.D. from an accredited college or university in Information Technology, Computer Science, or a closely related field and show the potential to establish a high-quality research program, collaborate effectively with others, and excel in teaching, particularly at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will also possess demonstrated experience working on diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives to broaden participation in computing, as well as demonstrated expertise in one or more areas of cybersecurity. (Req 3100 at https://jobs.usm.edu).

For more information about university initiatives in diversity, equity, and inclusion, visit https://www.usm.edu/diversity-inclusion/.

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