Assistant Professor Critical Race Theory and Media Department of Film & Media

Assistant Professor Critical Race Theory and Media Department of Film & Media

Position overview

Position title: Assistant Professor

Anticipated start: July 1, 2023

Application Window
Open August 9th, 2022 through Tuesday, Oct 18, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

The Department of Film & Media at the University of California, Berkeley seeks applications for an Assistant Professor (tenure-track) in the area of Critical Race Theory and Media.

The Department is interested in scholars working on critical questions of race, ethnicity and culture broadly defined, which may mean non-Western cultural, historical, and theoretical contexts, as well as scholars thinking about critical race theory across regions and transnationally in historical context.

The Department of Film and Media at the University of California, Berkeley is one of the oldest film programs in the United States with a strong foundation in national and transnational film histories and theories and growing interest in a wide range of media practices, industries, and cultures. The Department holds a strong intellectual commitment to innovative interdisciplinary approaches to film and media research, evidenced in the scholarship of its thirteen current ladder faculty, seven of whom have officially shared appointments with other departments in the Division of Arts & Humanities. The department offers both a BA with approximately 300 current majors and a PhD in Film and Media with between 20-25 graduate students enrolled at any one time. It is currently one of the fastest-growing undergraduate majors in the Division of Arts & Humanities with a focus on film and media scholarship, criticism, and production.

The department is committed to addressing the family needs of faculty, including dual career couples and single parents. We are also interested in candidates who have had non-traditional career paths or who have taken time off for family reasons, or who have achieved excellence in careers outside academia. For information about potential relocation to Berkeley, or career needs of accompanying partners and spouses, please visit:

Qualifications Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Applicants for this position must hold a PhD (or equivalent international degree) or be enrolled in a PhD or equivalent international degree-granting program at the time of application

Preferred qualifications
We are seeking a candidate with a PhD (or equivalent international degree) in Film & Media Studies or a related field and a recognized or growing interdisciplinary research and teaching profile in critical race theory and media, understood through perspectives in the arts and humanities. Research in film and media topics in one of the following specializations will be desirable: African-American or African diaspora studies; Latinx/Chicanx, Asian/Pacific-American, or global/non-Western film and media studies; indigenous studies; studies of gender and sexuality; critical race approaches to non-cinematic media (television, new media, video gaming, photography, etc.); or post-colonial and de-colonial studies.

Application Requirements Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

  • Research Sample - Article or chapter sized in English or original + English translation

  • Statement of Teaching Experience and Philosophy

  • Statement on Contributions to Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement on your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion, including information about your understanding of these topics, your record of activities to date, and your specific plans and goals for advancing equity and inclusion if hired at Berkeley (for additional information go to

Reference requirements

  • 3-4 required (contact information only)

References will only be contacted for those candidates under serious consideration and we will seek your permission before doing so
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Campus Information

Diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging are core values at UC Berkeley. Our excellence can only be fully realized by faculty, students, and academic and non-academic staff who share our commitment to these values. Successful candidates for our academic positions will demonstrate evidence of a commitment to advancing equity, inclusion, and belonging.

The University of California, Berkeley is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

In searches when letters of reference are required all letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letter.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to Appendix F, Section II.C. of the policy for the deadlines applicable to new University of California employees. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

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Job location Berkeley, CA

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