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(Ongoing) Job Market – The University of Alabama at Birmingham: Assistant Professor – Tenure Track – Media, Race, and Ethnicity

The Department of Communication Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) invites applications for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track, to complement our departmental expertise in the social science of communication.  We welcome applications from scholars who specialize in media (including traditional media, digital media, social media, and entertainment media) and their impacts on or connection to racial, ethnic, religious, or political identities; racism; or inclusion/exclusion.

Areas of specialization could include:

  • media’s influence on racial identity and its formation
  • media representations of race, ethnicity, and diversity
  • media and discrimination
  • political identity and media engagement
  • ingroup/outgroup perceptions and media consumption
  • hate speech and media
  • racial and religious outgroup aggression in media

A PhD by August 15, 2022, is required.  Ideal qualifications include a degree in Communication; a record of publications or the potential for conducting research; a record of effective instruction or the potential to effectively teach.  The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to our department by teaching a variety of courses in our undergraduate and graduate degree programs and develop classes in their own areas of expertise.

The College of Arts and Sciences includes more than 6,800 students with more than 40 baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees, along with 300 faculty, many who have been recognized for their outstanding research, teaching, and service.  The College of Arts and Sciences is home to 19 academic departments and six Centers and Institutes.  We are a unique destination for those seeking excellence in education, research, teaching, and entrepreneurship.

The Communication Studies department offers B.A. and M.A. degrees in Communication, with approximately 350 undergraduate majors, 30 M.A. students, and 12 full-time faculty. See the departmental website for more information:

The College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) treasures the rich diversity of our student body, and we are committed to their success.  Members of the CAS community are expected to reflect our value for inclusive excellence in both our work and learning environment as well as in our efforts to serve and engage the community.

UAB is a comprehensive Tier 1 research university and medical center with more than 22,000 students.  UAB is ranked in the top 20 among public universities in the US in terms of federal research funding and is the major teaching-research university in Alabama. UAB offers exceptional undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs that prepare students to be the preeminent scholars and societal leaders of the future. UAB ranks in the top ten nationally for student diversity. UAB was recently named America’s No. 1 Best Large Employer and America’s No. 4 Best Employer for Diversity (Forbes, 2021). Times Higher Education has ranked UAB No. 1 Young U.S. University for two years in a row, top 10 worldwide. Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer and has an annual state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion.  UAB is in the historic and vibrant city of Birmingham, where you will find the Civil Rights Institute, James Beard Award-winning restaurants, and a wide variety of parks and hiking trails. To learn more about the city of Birmingham click here. To learn more about UAB click here.

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled.

All applications should be submitted online and include the following documents:

  • A two-to-three-page cover letter that specifically addresses your qualifications, research, and teaching interests
  • Current CV
  • Teaching portfolio that includes your teaching philosophy and evidence of effective instruction
  • A one-page statement of your approach to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • The names and contact information for three professional references

Interested applicants please follow this link to apply:

Please address your cover letter to Dr. Kelly Morrison and contact her at if you have any questions about the position.