Assistant Professors of Media Studies (two positions)

Assistant Professors of Media Studies (two positions)

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The Department of Visual and Media Arts at Emerson College invites applications for two full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Media Studies. We are particularly interested in candidates who could complement our existing faculty's strengths by contributing expertise in one or more of the following areas: Media of the Global South; Black, Indigenous and/or Latinx Media; Emergent and Streaming Media; Animation; Sports Media; Extended Reality; Games Studies; Sound Studies; Ecomedia; Media Ethics; Social Media; Civic Media; Media Industries and/or Production Cultures. The appointment begins August 24, 2023 with a mandatory 2-day orientation August 24 & 25, 2023.

Emerson College believes the pathway to achieving inclusive excellence and fostering a campus climate where everyone can thrive is only possible in an authentically inclusive, diverse, equitable, accessible, sustainable and socially just environment. As a community of storytellers, we continually strive to cultivate a community that draws upon the widest possible pool of talent to unify excellence and diversity while fully embracing individuals from varied backgrounds, cultures, races, identities, life experiences, perspectives, beliefs, and values.

The Department of Visual and Media Arts (VMA) is a vibrant and engaged community of artists, scholars, and professionals, with over 100 full- and part-time faculty members, 1600 undergraduate majors, and more than 100 MFA graduate students. The department offers general education courses in art history, a BA degree that includes tracks in either media studies or media production, a BFA in media production, an international BFA in Film Art with the Paris College of Art, a low-residency MFA in writing for film and television, and an MFA in film and media art. VMA also contributes to several interdepartmental programs.

Emerson College enrolls over 5,800 graduate and undergraduate students from all 50 states and more than 70 countries. Its main campus is located in the dynamic, multicultural city of Boston. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson's commitment to inclusive excellence is supported by a range of resources such as the Office of Internationalization & Equity, the Social Justice Center, and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning.


The ideal candidate will be an active scholar and dedicated educator with (1) a record of rigorous, innovative scholarly publication, (2) college-level teaching experience focusing on media history, criticism, and theory, and (3) a Ph.D. in hand in media studies, visual or cultural studies, or a related field by the time of appointment. A strong commitment to undergraduate education in a residential college environment is essential.

Responsibilities include teaching introductory, upper-level undergraduate, and graduate classes in media studies within the Visual and Media Arts department. Successful candidates will demonstrate an investment in teaching in our new Foundations program, which includes courses on Media Histories, Approaches to Media Studies, and Media Theory & Criticism. Other courses taught would ideally serve students from across the College in addition to Visual and Media Arts majors. Additional responsibilities include academic advising, student mentorship, support for admissions, and serving on department, school, and college committees. The Department seeks candidates who can contribute to the scope and excellence of a diverse academic community through ongoing engagement with students both inside and outside of the classroom in addition to pursuing scholarship, teaching, and service.

Upholding the principle that diversity enriches education, Emerson College provides students with opportunities to learn from individuals who bring deep knowledge, different experiences, and unfamiliar perspectives to bear on teaching and creative work. More generally, the College is committed to infusing diversity into the curriculum, co-curricular offerings, and other activities as the means to develop community and intellectual growth. To support and sustain this community of learning, applicants demonstrating a record of significant engagement with issues of social, economic, racial, and/or gender justice and equity in their work will be given preference.

To Apply:

Please submit a letter of application, a current curriculum vita, a statement documenting your commitment to diversity and inclusion, the names and contact information for three references (not to be contacted without applicant's approval), and an article- or chapter-length example of your recent scholarship.

Preference will be given to applications received by September 30th, 2022 but the position will remain open until filled.

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Emerson College is the nation’s only four-year institution dedicated exclusively to majors in communication and the arts in a liberal arts context. Its main campus is located in the center of the dynamic multicultural city of Boston, in close proximity to major publishing houses, arts institutions, and research centers. The college also has campuses in Los Angeles and the Netherlands. Emerson College enrolls over 4,300 graduate and undergraduate students from more than 70 countries and all 50 states.

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Emerson College believes diversity enriches the educational experience by providing students with the opportunity to learn from individuals who may have different backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives. Engagement with diversity in the curriculum, in our co-curricular offerings, and all other aspects of the College enhances the personal and intellectual growth of all members of our campus community. Emerson is committed to strengthening communities, including our workplace, by fostering the development of the intercultural competencies necessary for meaningful citizenship in an increasingly complex, pluralistic society. Emerson College does not discriminate on the basis of sex/gender in its educational programs or activities. Emerson has designated the Associate Vice President, Title IX, and Clery Coordinator to respond to inquiries regarding the College Sexual Misconduct Policy. The Title IX Coordinator may be reached at 8 Park Plaza, Transportation Bldg, Room 230 Boston, MA 02116; Telephone: 617-824-8999; email:

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