Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor of Digital studies
(African American Studies)
The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia has launched a multiyear faculty hiring initiative devoted to Race, Justice and Equity, building on a broad range of recent commitments, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project to hire 10 Tenure/Tenure Track faculty working on the Global South; an expansion
and University endowment commitment to the Carter Woodson Institute and Department of African and African-American Studies; the establishment of the Dean’s Doctoral Fellowships to enhance our recruitment of underrepresented graduate students; and a parallel project in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation to appoint 30 Race, Justice, and Equity Postdoctoral and Arts fellows across the University (20 in Arts & Sciences).
These commitments further our mission as a public university, dedicated to the promise of democratic life, and consistently engaged with the unfinished struggles for democracy, freedom, and justice with which our national and institutional histories are so deeply entangled. The present historical moment—and the deep histories that have produced it—call us to engage with renewed urgency the particular histories of inequality affecting Black communities in the United States and across the globe. Our hiring, research, teaching, and institutional practices and commitments must respond to that call. As part of this initiative, UVA Arts & Sciences has launched a cluster of 10 tenured/tenure track searches for faculty members working in Black studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. Appointments will span multiple fields: Music and Sound Studies, Black Political Thought and Philosophy; Sociology of Race; Black Feminist Theory; Studio and Digital Art; Race, Media and Technology; Black Diaspora and Latinx studies; Environmental Justice; Race and Health, Black Youth studies. Four of these searches were completed last year with the next six occurring this Fall.
These new faculty members will join a community of colleagues at UVA already working in and across disciplines on the social, cultural, political, historical, and environmental questions that are central to African, African-American, and Diaspora communities across the US and around the world. The University of Virginia’s location and history necessitates that we sustain and expand research and teaching in these areas.
The University of Virginia’s Department of Media Studies and Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American and African Studies invite applications for a joint appointment as an assistant or associate professor who specializes in digital media and whose research is grounded in African-American Studies. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research explores digital media infrastructures, big data, algorithmic platforms, modes of digital representation, and other such areas, particularly as they relate to issues of inequality and anti-Blackness. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Media Studies, African-American
Studies, or a related field, show a strong record of publication or a clear potential for such (in accordance with stage of career), and have an active research program. Candidates should also demonstrate a commitment to excellence in teaching and mentoring of students at the undergraduate and/or graduate level, and a willingness to contribute to the scholarly life of
the Departments of Media Studies and African-American and African Studies.
Application review will begin December 1, 2021 and the position will remain open until filled.The appointment begins in the fall semester of 2022. Applicants must have received their PhD by time of appointment.
Apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs search for requisition #R0030247, complete the application, and attach the following:
***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***
1. Cover letter of application describing (1) areas of research and teaching interest (2) potential research collaborations; (3) your demonstrated past experience working on issues of diversity, equity and inclusion and/or working with diverse populations and/or cultivating a diverse, equitable, and inclusive culture in your work. (not to exceed three single spaced
2. C.V. with contact information for three references.
** Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration. **
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