Assistant Professor – History and Theory of Media

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About the Job

Faculty in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature in the College of Liberal Arts are expected to maintain an active program of scholarly research or creative activity that includes publication, exhibition, or performance; develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses; advise students; and contribute service appropriate for the rank of appointment to the department, college, University, and profession.

The Standards for Promotion and Tenure in the Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature are available at: https://faculty.umn.edu/sites/faculty.umn.edu/files/2020-09/cscl_7.12_final_approved_1009_0.pdf

The Workload Principles and Guidelines for Regular Faculty in the College of Liberal Arts are available at: 
https://neighborhood.cla.umn.edu/college-knowledge/workload-principles-and-guidelines

Qualifications

The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the level of Assistant Professor in the field of History and Theory of Media, to begin fall semester 2022 (8/28/2023). Appointment will be 100%-time over a 9-month academic year (late-August to late-May). Appointment will be at the rank of tenure-track assistant professor, depending on qualifications and experience, and consistent with collegiate and University policy.

We seek a scholar with demonstrated potential for a strong international profile in the theoretical and interdisciplinary humanities, whose work traverses the domains of word, image, and sound, and employs, at its foundation, a global, comparative, and transnational perspective. Areas of specialization may include: the relations between digital and analog as well as between “new” and “old” media; media and the Marxist critique of political economy; media and postcolonial/global South studies and/or critical race/ethnic studies; the mutual constitution of film, literature, visual arts and other forms and practices as media; the role of media in music and sound; philosophical and theoretical genealogies of mediation; and the centrality of media to the interplay between aesthetics and politics. We invite applications from scholars employing a range of methods—theoretical, historical, textual, and/or ethnographic—as well as experimental, practice-informed approaches.

The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature works to enrich the diversity of the University community and encourages faculty applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply. Our concept of a diverse community encompasses people with identities that have been historically marginalized in our society and underrepresented in higher education.

Candidates will be evaluated according to a) overall quality of their academic preparation and scholarly work, b) relevance of their scholarly research to the department’s academic priorities and fields of inquiry, c) evidence of commitment to teaching and skills as a teacher, and d) strength of recommendations.

About the Department

The Department of Cultural Studies and Comparative Literature is a free-thinking, interdisciplinary humanities department at the University of Minnesota. To learn more about the department and the College of Liberal Arts, please visit https://cla.umn.edu/cscl.

About the College of Liberal Arts

Home to the arts, social science and humanities disciplines and programs, the College of Liberal Arts comprises 31 academic departments, and over 20 interdisciplinary research centers and administrative/support units. CLA has over 1200 faculty and staff spanning research, teaching, advising, outreach, and administrative functions. CLA units reside in over twenty buildings on the East Bank and West Bank of the Twin Cities campus. CLA enrolls nearly 14,000 undergraduate students, half of the undergraduate enrollment on the Twin Cities campus, and over 1,600 graduate students and has an annual all-funds budget of over $250 million.

CLA is a destination for curious, compassionate individuals who are committed to making our increasingly interdependent and diverse global community work for everyone. That foundational commitment begins in our CLA Constitution. CLA is committed to increasing enrollment of underrepresented and under-resourced students, diversifying our faculty across all disciplines, recruiting, and retaining a diverse staff, and promoting the expression and exploration of diverse perspectives and viewpoints—so that we all gain the background knowledge and analytical skills we need to understand and respect differences.

Benefits

Working at the University

At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning.  We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.

The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:

  • Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
  • Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
  • Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
  • Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
  • University HSA contributions
  • Disability and employer-paid life insurance
  • Employee wellbeing program
  • Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
  • Financial counseling services 
  • Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost

Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.

How To Apply

Applications must be submitted online.  To be considered for this position, please click the Apply button and follow the instructions.  You will have the opportunity to complete an online application for the position and attach a cover letter and resume.

Additional documents may be attached after application by accessing your “My Job Applications” page and uploading documents in the “My Cover Letters and Attachments” section.  The following materials must be attached to your online application:

  • A cover letter describing research and teaching interests
  • A CV
  • Names and contact information for three references

For full consideration, all elements of the application must be received by October 14, 2022. Additional materials, such as writing samples, syllabi and letters of reference, may be requested at a later date. First round interviews will be conducted via Zoom.

To request an accommodation during the application process, please e-mail employ@umn.edu or call (612) 624-UOHR (8647).

Diversity

The University recognizes and values the importance of diversity and inclusion in enriching the employment experience of its employees and in supporting the academic mission.  The University is committed to attracting and retaining employees with varying identities and backgrounds.

The University of Minnesota provides equal access to and opportunity in its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, age, marital status, disability, public assistance status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.  To learn more about diversity at the U:  http://diversity.umn.edu.

Employment Requirements

Any offer of employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a background check. Our presumption is that prospective employees are eligible to work here. Criminal convictions do not automatically disqualify finalists from employment.

Please note: All employees at the University of Minnesota are required to comply with the University’s Administrative Policy: COVID-19 Vaccination and Safety Protocol by either providing proof of being fully vaccinated on their first day of employment, or complete a request for an exemption for medical exemption or religious reasons. To learn more please visit:  https://safe-campus.umn.edu/return-campus/get-the-vax

About the U of M

The University of Minnesota, Twin Cities (UMTC), is among the largest public research universities in the country, offering undergraduate, graduate, and professional students a multitude of opportunities for study and research. Located at the heart of one of the nation’s most vibrant, diverse metropolitan communities, students on the campuses in Minneapolis and St. Paul benefit from extensive partnerships with world-renowned health centers, international corporations, government agencies, and arts, nonprofit, and public service organizations.

To apply for this job please visit hr.myu.umn.edu.