Assistant Professor in Media Studies

Colorado State University
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
03 Nov 2016
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01 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time

Description of Work Unit

The department is concerned with communication principles and their application and effects in media. To fulfill this role, the department engages in:
- Teaching, to examine with students the knowledge, skills, and values that may be useful in professional communication responsibilities.
- Research and other forms of inquiry to help understand the nature, process, effects, and problems of communication, the media, and of journalism education, and to test ideas that may help us achieve the goals we seek.
- Interdisciplinary teaching and research at Colorado State University.
- Service to the University, to professional media, academic communication organizations, and outreach to the public and media/communication constituencies.
Program: The department is a highly respected unit in the College of Liberal Arts. A strong professional-skills curriculum serves 425 majors in an ACEJMC-accredited undergraduate program. The department also manages four academic minors serving roughly 300 students. These minors are Information Science and Technology; Media Studies; Technical and Science Communication; and Music, Stage, and Sports Production.
Roughly 60 graduate students are enrolled in M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Public Communication and Technology. Programs offer expertise in journalism, public relations, advertising, new media, television, specialized media production, and writing. The department is an active partner in the Colorado School of Public Health and the Information Science and Technology Center (ISTeC)—a university-wide consortium involved in information technology education, research and outreach. Additional partnerships connect the department with Student Media; External Relations; Music, Theater and Dance; campus-based research superclusters; Sociology; Latin American Studies; Ethnic Studies; Athletics; Women’s Studies; and several other prominent university departments and initiatives. More information is available on the department’s website:
Faculty members are highly active in research, publication, professional communication, and public service, as well as academic and professional communication organizations at the state, regional, national, and international levels. The Western Interstate Commission on Higher Education has recognized the unique character of the department’s master’s and Ph.D. programs as Western Regional Graduate Programs. A new applied master’s program in media and communication management is projected to start in Denver in 2017.
With six dedicated computer labs, five digital video production rooms, and management of a high definition television studio, the department provides excellent computer, multimedia, and video production facilities for teaching and research. Undergraduate students also benefit from an independent student media operation that employs more than 200 students each year, a strong internship program, and close ties to Denver’s media community.
The University: More than 31,000 students, including 3,000 graduate students, attend Colorado State University, which is recognized as one of the West’s premier research institutions. The Carnegie Foundation classifies Colorado State as a doctoral-granting institution with dominance in the sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Colorado State’s undergraduate program is balanced between the arts and sciences and professional programs, with a high graduate coexistence. Colorado State’s undergraduate entrance requirements are well above the norm for state universities nationwide, while admission into the department is restricted and competitive.
The City: Fort Collins, a progressive city of roughly 160,000 people, is noted for its innovative culture, and is routinely included in various national rankings as one of the top places to live in the United States. The city sits at the foothills of Colorado’s Front Range on the scenic Cache La Poudre River. The climate year-round is comparatively mild. Denver, the economic and cultural center of the Rocky Mountain West, is an hour’s drive south. The public schools and cultural and recreational opportunities are excellent. The area is noted for a commitment to innovation as well as clean and diversified industry, including Hewlett-Packard, IBM, AMD, Intel, Teledyne-Waterpik, Avago, Budweiser, and New Belgium Brewing. Both the city and the university are committed to remaining at the heart of technologically advanced development in Colorado and the West.

Position Summary

Colorado State University seeks an entry-level assistant professor (tenure track) with research interests in multiculturalism and media. The candidate’s primary research area of interest should involve the use of traditional and digital media by diverse populations and representations of diverse populations in mainstream media. The successful candidate will teach an undergraduate course on multiculturalism and the media, skills courses in journalism or media communication appropriate to the candidate’s background, and graduate courses that address topics based on the candidate’s academic emphases, such as strategic multicultural communication, the special communication needs and motivations of diverse groups, social and cultural theory, media influences on group identity, and inter-group relations.

Required Job Qualifications

- Advanced ABD status in a Ph.D. program in a relevant discipline by August 16, 2017. Candidate must complete Ph.D. within one year of appointment.
- Demonstrated research interest in the area of multiculturalism in media communication.
- Demonstrated potential for excellence in teaching through teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
- Professional communication experience in an area relevant to the department’s converged journalism, media production, and strategic communication curriculum.
- A stated interest in advising M.S. and Ph.D. students.
- A demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion through teaching, research, and/or service.

Preferred Job Qualifications

- Completed Ph.D. in a relevant discipline by August 16, 2017.
- An established program of research in multiculturalism in media communication.
- Previous college-level teaching experience.
- At least three years of professional journalism experience with an emphasis on emerging digital practices in the journalism arena.
- Demonstrated proficiency with new communication technology including Web-based journalism, social and mobile media.
- The potential of attracting extramural funding.
- Potential to work on interdisciplinary collaborative research projects across CSU.

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, upload the following materials: letter of application with statement of research focus, a current curriculum vitae, publications or conference papers demonstrating scholarly engagement, a statement of teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of 3 references.

Materials and inquiries may be addressed to: Patrick Plaisance, Ph.D., Search Chair, Department of Journalism and Media Communication, Graduate transcripts will be requested later.

Application materials of semifinalist candidates are available for review by the entire faculty of the JMC department. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. However, for full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59 p.m. Monday, November 28, 2016.

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

Diversity Statement

Ability to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities.

Search Contact Patrick Plaisance,