Jobs: Communication Studies and History of Art Faculty Positions

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1). Communication Studies Faculty Positions, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

The University of Michigan, Department of Communication Studies seeks applicants for tenure-track/tenured positions. Expanding department emphasizes interdisciplinary study of the mass media and encourages applications from a broad range of methodological perspectives. We seek top scholars to complement current faculty interests and strengths.

Anticipated starting date for all positions is September 1, 2010. All areas will be considered, with a special interest in the following:

Media Effects, a social scientist who studies the societal and individual effects of traditional and/or emerging media and whose methods include experiments, surveys, quantitative content analysis and other social science techniques. All areas of emphasis will be considered. Areas of particular interest are representations of race and/or ethnicity in the media; media effects on racial identity and attitudes; media effects on children and young people; media effects on health behavior; media effects on sexuality, sexual orientation and sexual attitudes; media effects on cognitive processing and learning; on political behavior and attitudes; on public opinion and civic engagement.

Assistant Professor, Visual Representation, Digital Visual Cultures, a scholar whose research focuses on the evolution and impact of media imagery in traditional and/or emerging media. We are interested in candidates who are developing critical-cultural approaches to production, circulation and reception of visual imagery, semiotic analysis of media imagery, the commercial, political and cultural uses of media imagery, or on how audiences consume, interpret and use media images; Web design and aesthetics; new imaging practices and technologies; production of identity in visual forms; virtual signifying practices; new media objects/new media forms; production of identity in visual forms; virtual signifying practices; new media objects/new media forms; history, materiality and production of the image.

We would expect this scholar to develop an undergraduate course on Visual Culture and Visual Literacy, and to develop related undergraduate and graduate courses that will help students engage in critical analyses of digital environments and visual forms. The position is part of a five-unit interdisciplinary cluster hire in Digital Environments, designed to help our students develop the interpretive, discriminatory skills required to navigate the multiple digital environments that now surround them.

Applicants must identify the position and their primary area of interest as one of the two listed above or another area of specialization. All applicants must send a vita, evidence of teaching excellence, a writing sample, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience and a statement of current and future research plans.

All application materials, except for letters of recommendation, must be submitted electronically to cs-position@umich.edu. Junior applicants should send three letters of recommendation; senior applicants should send names of suggested reviewers.

For full consideration, complete applications must be submitted by September 25, 2009. Some positions are pending authorization.

Apply to:

Search Committee, Department of Communication Studies,
The University of Michigan, Room 103
1225 South University Avenue
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104-2523

2.) History of the Arts faculty, University of Oregon

The Robert D. Clark Honors College at the University of Oregon seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor of History with expertise in the History of the Arts to teach in an interdisciplinary liberal arts curriculum. Period and region are open. Fields of possible interest include history of the natural and environmental sciences, technology, and medicine; visual arts, architecture, and performing arts.

A strong theoretical and interdisciplinary background is essential as well as a capacity to teach in a broad geographical and chronological framework.

For more information, please see the full job announcement here.

To assure full consideration, application files must be completed by October 15, 2009.
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