Assistant Professor of Technology and Digital Media

The University of Texas at Arlington Department of English

Assistant Professor of Technology and Digital Media

Position ID: F00467P


Job Summary

The Department of English in the College of Liberal Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in approaches to Technology and Digital Media to start in the Fall 2024 semester.

We seek candidates who engage with the wide and significant debates on Black representation in Technology and Media in its many forms, genres, theoretical, conceptual, and practical turns. The ideal applicant should show potential for continued and sustained development in research, engagement with the scholarly community, and creative activities in their field.  Candidates should also show a record of or potential for successful teaching at the college level and a commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The successful applicant will be an active researcher who can contribute to our MA and PhD programs. The teaching load is 2/2 the first year, with the expectation of remaining 2/2 thereafter based upon significant research productivity. The position also entails service, such as mentoring graduate students and participating on committees.

Required qualifications

Ph.D. in English or a related field at time of application or official notification of completion of the doctoral degree by August 1, 2024.

Preferred qualifications

Preference will be given to applicants with research interests, qualifications, and/or experience related to one or more of the following areas:

  • Black Digital Humanities
  • Big Data & Computational Analysis (data mining, topic modeling, etc.)
  • Social Justice in big data
  • Black Feminist Digital/Visual Studies
  • New Media Studies, production, & design
  • African American material cultures & other applied technologies
  • Data storytelling
  • Afrofuturism and the Digital/Visual
  • Podcasting, sound design, audio production
  • Race and video game studies/design

Strong preference will be given to applicants with experience teaching or mentoring diverse student populations.

Department and College/School Information

The Department offers an MA and PhD in English, as well as a BA in English and in English with Teacher Certification; minors in English, Creative Writing, Sound Studies, and Technical Writing & Professional Design; and a certificate in Technical Writing & Professional Design.

University Information

The University of Texas at Arlington is located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington metroplex, a vibrant and diverse metropolitan area that is home to over 7 million people, one of the fastest-growing tech economies in the United States, and a wide array of arts, entertainment, and cultural activities. UTA is a comprehensive teaching, research, and public service institution dedicated to the advancement of knowledge through scholarship and creative work. The University is committed to providing access and ensuring student success, and to a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization of discoveries by our community of scholars. With an enrollment of more than 40,000 students, UTA is the second largest in the University of Texas System. As a result of its combination of rigorous academics and innovative research, UTA is designated as a Carnegie R-1 “Very High Research Activity” institution. UTA ranks No. 4 nationally in Military Times’ annual “Best for Vets: Colleges” list and is among the top 30 performers nationwide for promoting social mobility of its graduates (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). UTA is designated by the U.S. Department of Education as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American and Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and it has one of the top 30 most ethnically diverse undergraduate student body in the United States (U.S. News & World Report, 2023). Its approximately 270,000 alumni, including some who occupy leadership positions at many of the 24 Fortune 500 companies headquartered in North Texas, contribute to UTA’s $22.2 billion annual economic impact on Texas.          

Benefits at UTA

We are proud to offer a comprehensive benefits package to all our employees at the University.

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EEO Statement

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA or The University) to provide an educational and working environment that provides equal opportunity to all members of the University community. In accordance with federal and state law, the University prohibits unlawful discrimination, including harassment, on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy, disability, genetic information, and/or veteran status.  The University also prohibits discrimination on the   basis of gender identity, and gender expression. Retaliation against persons who oppose a discriminatory practice, file a charge of discrimination, or testify for, assist in, or participate in an investigative proceeding relating to discrimination is prohibited. Constitutionally-protected expression will not be considered discrimination or harassment under this policy. It is the responsibility of all departments, employees, and students to ensure the University's compliance with this policy.

ADA Accommodations

The University of Texas at Arlington is committed to providing reasonable accommodation to individuals with disabilities. If you require reasonable accommodation in completing this application, interviewing or otherwise participating in the employee selection process, please direct your inquiries to 817-272-5554 or email

CBC Requirement

It is the policy of The University of Texas at Arlington to conduct a criminal background check on any applicant who is under final consideration for employment with the University.

Special Instructions to Applicant

To apply go to Applications received by January 1, 2024 will receive full consideration and should include:

  1. A cover letter that explains the candidate’s interest in UTA, qualifications, research projects, teaching experience, and professional service and that addresses how the candidate’s research, teaching, and service have or would support the success of a diverse student population
  2. A CV that includes a list of proficiencies with various technologies used in research and/or teaching
  3. 3 letters of recommendation
  4. 1-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Writing sample (20-35 pages)

A Teaching Portfolio will be requested from finalists for the position at a later stage of the process.

Questions may be addressed to: Dr. Cedrick May, the chair of the Technology and Digital Media Search Committee (

For more information about UTA, please visit:

In accordance with USCIS regulations, successful applicants must be legally able to accept work in the United States.

The University of Texas at Arlington is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel irrespective of race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UTA also encourages applications from veterans. A criminal background check will be conducted on finalists. UTA is a tobacco free campus.

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