Visiting Assistant Professor in Race and Media

University of Maryland

Posting Details

Position Number: 1P0000

Title: Lecturer

Functional Title: Visiting Assistant Professor in Race and Media

Category Status: 03-Faculty-Non-Tenured,Term Contr

Applicant Search Category: Faculty

University Authorized FTE: 1.0

Unit: JOUR-Philip Merrill College of Journalism

Campus/College Information:

Founded in 1856, University of Maryland, College Park is the state’s flagship institution. Our 1,250-acre College Park campus is just minutes away from Washington, D.C., and the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. This unique proximity to business and technology leaders, federal departments and agencies, and a myriad of research entities, embassies, think tanks, cultural centers, and non-profit organizations is simply unparalleled. Synergistic opportunities for our faculty and students abound and are virtually limitless in the nation’s capital and surrounding areas. The University is committed to attracting and retaining outstanding and diverse faculty and staff that will enhance our stature of preeminence in our three missions of teaching, scholarship, and full engagement in our community, the state of Maryland, and in the world.

Founded in 1947, the Philip Merrill College of Journalism has approximately 600 undergraduate and graduate students and approximately 60 faculty and staff. Merrill is located just 10 miles from the White House and was chosen as one of 12 top journalism schools that took part in the prestigious Carnegie-Knight Initiative. Over the past year, student investigative journalists from Merrill College won six major national professional awards for their innovative use of data storytelling tools and collaborating with student and professional newsrooms across the country.

Position Summary/Purpose of Position:

The Philip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland seeks a Visiting Assistant Professor to start in August 2021. This is a one-year post with the possibility of renewal for a second year.

Merrill College anticipates a search for a tenure-track faculty member once a state hiring freeze is lifted. This individual would be welcome to apply.

We seek an active scholar with demonstrated cutting-edge research and innovative teaching interests in the intersectionality of journalism, race and social media that can include any of the following:

• How media and race intersect with topics such as politics; health inequities; environmental injustice, and social justice. Research could include how race impacts sports; popular culture; protest movements; wealth; poverty, housing, social exclusion, and power structures.
• Modes and theories of investigation e.g. Critical Race Theory, systemic racism and institutional racism, including anti-racism movements impacting U.S. culture and politics.
• Social media and race, including studies of online protests, implicit bias, racial exclusion, and the cultivation of social media groups divided by race. Studies could include disinformation and misinformation distributed on social media.
• U.S. media, race, and democracy.
• Studies of race as a social construct; the language of race; race identity; race politics and the legacy of racial violence, including lynchings, racial massacres and genocide, especially as viewed through such lenses as contemporary media theory, deep data sets, visual media, graphic data, or sociology.

As Visiting Assistant Professor, the scholar would teach two courses per semester (four per year) in areas related to research interests. The College seeks a scholar with an interest in continuing active research, mentoring graduate students, and contributing to intellectual discussions and debate that would increase academic rigor, deepen the understanding of the role of journalists in a changing industry, and raise the visibility of the College on a national stage.

Minimum Qualifications:

Candidates should have a PhD in journalism, communications, political science, history or a relevant field in the social sciences by August 2021; both qualitative and quantitative approaches are welcome.

Posting Date: 12/11/2020

Open Until Filled Yes

Best Consideration Date 03/15/2021

Diversity Statement:

The University of Maryland, College Park, an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws and regulations regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action; all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, physical or mental disability, protected veteran status, age, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, creed, marital status, political affiliation, personal appearance, or on the basis of rights secured by the First Amendment, in all aspects of employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

Applicant Documents

Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • List of References (no emails sent from system)
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