Job opportunity: tenure-track assistant professor of Digital Studies and Social Justice at University of Michigan

Job opportunity: tenure-track assistant professor of Digital Studies and Social Justice at University of Michigan

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of DIGITAL STUDIES and SOCIAL JUSTICE.

The University of Michigan’s Department of American Culture and the Residential College seek qualified applicants for a jointly-appointed tenure-track assistant professor in the area of Digital Studies and Social Justice.  This is a university-year appointment with an expected start date of September 1, 2015.

We seek candidates whose work explores how the everyday practices of digital cultures reflect, reproduce, or create inequalities, whether of class, race, gender, sexuality, ethnic identity, or ability.  Applicants’ research and teaching interests should center on digital technologies – i.e., social media, virtual worlds, gaming and/or mobile media – and the critical analysis of inequality in relation to these technologies.  Teaching and research will encompass the social impact of new technologies as well as representations of marginalized populations on digital platforms. Candidates may also take up the challenges and opportunities for social activism offered by digital environments. Scholars who bring a background in race, ethnic, gender, disability, and/or LGBTQ studies are encouraged to apply, as are those engaged in visual culture studies, digital storytelling, or digital production. 

Michigan’s Department of American Culture has launched a major initiative to develop pioneering digital studies curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Michigan’s Residential College is a four year undergraduate living-learning community with on-site theater facilities, photo labs, music performance spaces, and art studios, and a pedagogical philosophy that emphasizes participatory education and community engagement.  The successful candidate will enhance the Department of American Culture and the Residential College’s joint effort to develop new approaches to digital studies research and innovative teaching.  Evidence of excellence and inventiveness in both teaching and research is therefore crucial. Ph.D. required prior to appointment.

Candidates should submit application dossier via email attachment (in Microsoft Word or PDF format) to Include:

  1. Cover letter addressed to:  Chair, Digital Studies and Social Justice Search Committee
  2. Vitae
  3. Writing sample (no more than 25 pages)
  4. Statement of teaching philosophy and experience
  5. Evidence of teaching excellence (i.e., student evaluations of teaching, course syllabi, teaching awards)
  6. Statement of current and future research plans
  7. Three letters of recommendation, which should be sent to directly from the signer’s (or credentialing service’s) institutional email address.
  8. Questions regarding the position can be sent to as well.


Deadline for submission of applications is October 1, 2014. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


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