Race and Digital Media Open-Rank Faculty Positions

Ann Arbor, MI

The University of Michigan’s Department of Communication and Media and the Digital Studies Institute seek qualified applicants for a 50/50% jointly appointed tenure-track assistant professor with research and teaching interests in Race and Digital Media. 


We welcome critical and cultural media studies scholars from any discipline whose work explores race and intersectionalities of race and processes of identity formation (e.g., ability, class, ethnicity, gender, sexuality) in the arena of digital media and communication technology. Applicants’ research and teaching interests should center on new information technologies–social media, VR/AR,  gaming,  AI, sensing, data science, etc.–and their role in historical or contemporary problems of social justice. We are interested in candidates whose research and teaching brings new tools, perspectives and analysis to areas such as the social impact of new technologies, the representation and (re)production of marginalized populations on digital platforms, and the design or speculative vision for alternatives. The successful candidate will have teaching interests centered on helping students understand the aesthetic practices, social and political impact, and/or cultural uses of digital technologies, which may include the opportunities and challenges digital environments pose for forms of social transformation from activism to infrastructure.


Michigan’s Digital Studies Institute (DSI) has launched a major initiative to support pioneering digital studies research and curricula at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The person hired for this faculty position will play a major role in shaping Digital Studies as it continues to grow and will be part of a three-person cluster hire. Job duties include research activity, teaching of graduate and undergraduate courses, and service to the department, Digital Studies Institute, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, university, and profession. Communication and Media will be the tenure home. The anticipated starting date for this university-year appointment is September 1, 2020. All applicants should send a cover letter, a vita, two representative publications, a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, evidence of teaching excellence, a statement of current and future research plans, and a statement of contributions to diversity. Candidates for this position must have completed their PhD by September 1, 2020. All applicants should provide names of three references. 

Information on our research initiatives and scholarly interests of current faculty can be found on the Department’s website: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/comm and the program website https://lsa.umich.edu/digitalstudies. All applications must be submitted electronically to: webapps.lsa.umich.edu/Apply/1232 


For full consideration, complete applications should be submitted by November 13, 2019.


The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates and may use a third-party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

The University of Michigan is committed to fostering and maintaining a diverse work culture that respects the rights of each individual, without regard to race, color, national original, ancestry, religious creed, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, gender expression, height, weight, marital status, disability, medical condition, age, or veteran status. The University of Michigan is supportive of the needs of dual career couples and is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. 

For questions about potential fit and your application please email: racedigitalmedia@umich.edu.