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Assistant Professor, Critical Media Studies

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science

Position Title

Assistant Professor, Critical Media Studies

About the University

WWU enrolls about 15,000 students (undergraduate and master's level) and has a faculty of approximately 500 members (please visit the WWU website for more information:  The university is located on scenic Bellingham Bay and is approximately 45 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia, and 90 miles north of Seattle.  The region is rich is cultural events, and attractions as well as many recreational activities.

About the Department

The mission of the Communication Department at WWU is to teach communication that nurtures inclusive civil discourse and encourages cooperative solutions in a diverse world.  The Department currently has 7 full-time and additional part-time faculty serving approximately 150 undergraduate majors.  We seek a critical scholar of Media Studies who combines a focus on digital media with an inter-sectional approach to Latina/Latino/Latinx studies.  Applicants must also be qualified to teach at least one of the following required classes: our introductory survey of Communication Theory, our Research Methods in Communication course, or our capstone Communication Ethics seminar.

About the Position

The successful candidate will teach existing courses at the undergraduate level, including some combination of Advocacy through Media, Introduction to Media Studies, Issues in Media Studies, Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies, Communication Theory, Research Methods, and/or Communication Ethics, as well as other classes as needed.  The teaching load is six courses per academic year.  Members of the Communication Department actively engage in research that enhances effective instruction and expands the knowledge base and creative vitality of the discipline.  In addition, active service to the department, the College, the University, the profession, and the community is an important component of a faculty member's role at WWU.

Required Qualifications

  • Evidence of successful undergraduate teaching of Media Studies
  • Demonstrated commitment to an active and successful program of scholarship
  • Ph.D. - Applicants are expected to have completed a Ph.D. in Communication no later than the 15th of June 2019
  • Critical Media Studies scholar
  • Focus on digital media (cable, streaming media, social media)
  • An inter-sectional approach to Latina/Latino/Latinx studies
  • Ability to teach our introductory survey of Communication Theory, our Research Methods in Communication course, or our capstone Communication Ethics seminar
  • Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of students and faculty 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Evidence of commitment to university and/or community service


 Commensurate with experience and qualifications

Bargaining Unit

 United Faculty of Western Washington

Application Instructions

Candidates should upload a letter of application specifically addressing the qualifications, along with a CV, a diversity statement, evidence of successful teaching, and graduate transcripts.  

Letters of recommendation are required, and will be requested of your referees via the PageUp system.

Finalists may be asked for student course evaluations.  For questions regarding the position, application process, or department, contact Ms. Michelle Reed Oppenheimer at 360-650-2294.  

Closing Date Notes

Application review begins November 30, 2018; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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