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Assistant Professor, Media & (Dis)Information

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Work type: Full Time
Location: Troy, NY
Categories: Faculty, Research: Media, Arts, Science, and Technology, School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

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For nearly 200 years, Rensselaer has been defining the scientific and technological advances of our world. Rensselaer serves over 7,600 undergraduate and graduate students from 49 states and 63 countries. Guided by the Rensselaer Plan 2024, Rensselaer seeks to transform the delivery of pedagogical innovations, and to be a transformative agent in the 21st century and beyond.

Job Summary

The Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Media Studies or a related field for an appointment beginning Fall 2022.

Preferred research interests for this position include disinformation analysis and detection; media bias; public communication and rhetoric; media dissemination and representation of science such as climate change or health; democracy, social justice and equity in algorithmic media; or the effect of social media enclaves and partisan online communities on democratic processes.

Applicants must have a Ph.D. or other relevant doctorate, or a foreign degree equivalent, in Media Studies, Communication, or a closely related field at the time of appointment. Candidates must also present evidence of successful collegiate teaching.

The ideal candidate will have additional training in or collaborative research with computer science, data science, or data visualization. The department currently offers a B.S. in Communication, Media & Design, an M.S. in Communication & Rhetoric, and a Ph.D. in Communication & Rhetoric.

The successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate level that reflect their expertise and contribute to the department’s expansion in the areas of media ethics and public communication about science. We are particularly interested in scholars who take an intersectional approach to issues social identity such as gender identity, socio-economic class, religion, ethnicity, or race.

Application instructions


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Follow the on-screen prompts to create a short online profile, including contact information for three references. In addition, please be prepared to upload your C.V., a letter of interest, a diversity statement, a teaching statement including evidence of effective teaching. 

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COVID-19 Pandemic Protocols

As Rensselaer welcomes undergraduate and graduate students back to campus for an in-person academic experience, all faculty and staff are expected to work onsite, with no remote work allowed.

In addition, Rensselaer requires all faculty and staff to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Requests for exemptions for medical or religious reasons will be evaluated on a case by case basis.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse cultural, ethnic, national and international perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity, Race/Gender/Veterans/Disability Employer.




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