Job Market

(15/10/2021) Job Market – University of Portland: Communication and Media Critical Media Scholar (Tenure Track)

The Department of Communication Studies (pending approval to rename to Department of Communication and Media) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Critical Media Studies to begin August 2022. The department invites candidates with expertise in critical and cultural media scholarship. We welcome applicants with interdisciplinary strengths including multiple theoretical and methodological approaches. This position is a part of a cohort hire in the disciplines of Communication Studies, Biology, Political Science, Math, and Psychology. The successful candidate from each department may also have the opportunity to be involved with UP’s emerging and cross-disciplinary undergraduate Ethnic Studies program.

Position description: tenure-track Assistant Professor position, with duties split between teaching (3 courses per semester), research (both professor’s own scholarship and developing research program for students, undergraduate and graduate), and service (including academic advising and committee work).

Required qualifications:

  • A D. in Communication or related discipline (by August 2022).
  • Demonstrated teaching effectiveness, including teaching and mentoring diverse
  • Demonstrated research/scholarship in Critical Media Studies or related
  • Demonstrated experience or ability in developing a research program for students at both the undergraduate and Master’s level.
  • Readiness to provide academic advising for junior and senior
  • Demonstrated engagement in service and leadership to department, larger college, and/or field/profession.
  • Demonstrated lived experience, knowledge, skills, and/or success in diversity, equity and inclusion work within or transferable to higher

Preferred qualifications:

  • Demonstrated interdisciplinary scholarship, teaching, and/or collaboration
  • Experience in or knowledge of Ethnic Studies

This Department, the College of Arts and Sciences, and the University of Portland all are committed to diversifying our curriculum and our faculty, and to engaging in ongoing, transformative, intersectionally understood anti-oppression equity work. To advance those efforts, we are particularly interested in candidates who have experience successfully engaging and working with students from historically underrepresented groups in higher education, such as people identifying as queer, transgender, Black, Indigenous, people of color (QTBIPOC). Successful candidates will demonstrate lived experience, knowledge, skills, and/or success in diversity, equity and inclusion work within or transferable to higher education; these should be described in the cover letter and teaching statement.

Founded in 1901, the University of Portland is a private, comprehensive, Catholic university with a mission of teaching and learning, faith and formation, service and leadership. In the Communication Studies Department, we view our work aligning with the University’s mission by developing the whole person to respond to the needs of the world. Candidates should articulate their understanding of the University mission in their cover letter and detail its compatibilities with their approach to teaching, scholarship, and service.

To ensure full consideration, please submit a cover letter specifically addressing this position’s qualifications, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a research statement, and names of three references we can request letters from at a later stage. Applications will be reviewed starting October 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled ( Please contact search committee co-chairs Natalie Nelson-Marsh and Vail Fletcher with any questions.

Applicants who have a disability and would like to request a reasonable accommodation regarding the application or hiring process should contact Human Resources (503) 943-8484.

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