Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Latinx Media Studies

James Madison University

United States

November 6, 2021


Position Details Working Title Tenure-Track Assistant Professor of Latinx Media Studies

Position Number 1788 Posting Number F1722 Position Type Instructional Faculty - Full Time Position Status Full Time College/Division College of Arts and Letters Department 100018 - School Media Arts Pay Rate Commensurate with Experience Specify Range or Amount Is this a JMU only position? No Is this a grant-funded position? No

About James Madison University


We are a community committed to preparing students to be educated and enlightened citizens who lead productive and meaningful lives.


To be the national model for the engaged university: engaged with ideas and the world.

Who We Are

Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond, VA. With a population of just over 53,000, Harrisonburg is one of the most diverse communities in the Commonwealth of Virginia. JMU is a selective, public institution with a growing national reputation for offering experiences that lead to an outstanding education and inclusive environment for students, faculty and staff. The student body includes approximately 20,000 undergraduate and 1,900 graduate students, with over 1,000 full-time instructional faculty.

JMU offers thriving programs in the liberal arts, science and technology, and professional disciplines at the undergraduate, master's and doctoral levels. The university is committed to expanding diversity, fostering equity and inclusion, and supporting superlative teaching and scholarship. JMU has achieved national recognition for the high quality of its academic programs, focus on maintaining strong student/faculty interaction, and innovative faculty research.

General Information

The School of Media Arts & Design (SMAD) at James Madison University (JMU) invites applications for a student-oriented colleague to develop and teach courses that explore the important contribution of Latinx mass media to the American narrative. Our new colleague also will team-teach a diversity-focused media literacy course that is part of the JMU general education curriculum. The tenure-track position begins August 2022.

Interdisciplinarity is a SMAD hallmark. SMAD's distinctive undergraduate major has four concentrations (Creative Advertising; Digital Video and Cinema; Interactive Design; and Journalism), each empowering students to use mass media as a vehicle for storytelling. In addition to strong production curricula in the concentrations, all SMAD majors take critical analysis courses that focus on media theory, media's impact on culture, media history, media ethics, and media's influence on politics and democracy. Our new colleague will have the opportunity to design and teach courses that foreground Latinx media and audiences.

This hire forms part of a multi-department cohort hire in Latinx studies in the College of Arts and Letters, the largest academic unit at JMU. Home to ten academic departments, several interdepartmental programs, and 269 full-time faculty, Arts and Letters is the intellectual home of humanities, social sciences, communication, and media programs at JMU. Our Latinx cohort hire will bring six and perhaps as many as seven new colleagues specializing in media, rhetoric, communication, creative writing, sociology, and romance languages. This cohort will join recent hires in Latinx US history, politics, and anthropology to build on already existing strengths across a variety of fields and intellectual areas. Harrisonburg is home to a vital Latinx community with whom JMU has a deep history of interconnection. This is an exciting time to join a college-wide effort to enhance research, teaching, and scholarship in this vital area of work.

A complete description of this cohort hire may be found here : https: // joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10348

The school has more than 20 faculty members representing a blend of professional and academic interests, and approximately 700 undergraduate majors. For more information about our program, go to www. jmu.edu/smad.

JMU is a vibrant university of more than 20,000 students, located in Harrisonburg, a Virginia Main Street community of about 54,000, in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Harrisonburg is home to a vital Latinx community with whom JMU has a deep history of interconnection. The university is approximately two hours from Washington, D.C. and Richmond and a six-hour drive from New York City. For more information, go to https:// www. harrisonburgva.gov/.

Duties and Responsibilities

Develop and teach courses that explore the important contribution of Latinx mass media to the American narrative. Team-teach a diversity-focused media literacy course that is part of the JMU general education curriculum. All SMAD faculty are engaged in teaching (3/3 load), service, and research or creative scholarship.


An MFA or Ph.D. is required for a tenure-track appointment; ABD applicants with the degree near completion will be considered.

Conditions of Employment

Per the Governor's Executive Directive #18, new JMU employees upon hire must disclose to the University Health Center their COVID-19 vaccination status. Unvaccinated employees are required to be tested weekly.

Employment is contingent upon the successful completion of a criminal background check.

E-Verify Notice: After accepting employment, new hires are required to complete an I-9 form and present documentation of their identity and eligibility to work in the United States. James Madison University uses the E-Verify system to confirm identity and work authorization.

Posting Date 10/06/2021

Beginning Review Date 11/06/2021 Closing Date Open Until Filled Yes Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2022 EEO Statement

James Madison University is an equal opportunity employer committed to creating and supporting a diverse and inclusive work and educational community that is free of all forms of discrimination. This institution does not tolerate discrimination or harassment on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, parental status, political affiliation, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or veteran status.

We promote access, inclusion and diversity for all students, faculty, staff, constituents and programs, believing that these qualities are foundational components of an outstanding education in keeping with our mission. The university is interested in candidates whose experience and qualifications support an ongoing commitment to this core quality.

Anyone having questions concerning discrimination should contact the Office for Equal Opportunity: (540) 568-6991.

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Minimum Reference(s) Required 3 Quick Link for Direct Access to Posting https: // joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10295 Additional Posting Information

To apply, visit https: // joblink.jmu.edu/postings/10295 or go to JobLink.jmu.edu and reference posting number F1722.

Applications must include:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Cover letter.

  • The cover letter should include a discussion of the candidate's research interests, teaching experience and philosophy, and potential contributions to the diversity of the classroom, program, and university.
  • The names and contact information for three references.

  • Screening of applications will begin November 6, 2021 and continue until the job is filled. For questions, please contact Chen Guo (guo4X@jmu.edu) or Shelly Hokanson (hokanssl@jmu.edu).

    JMU's Dual Career and Community Resources Program is available for candidates that will be relocating to the area. For more information, please visit https: // bit.ly/2OTF1NG.

    Documents Needed to Apply

    Required Documents

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Optional Documents

    Supplemental Questions

    Required fields are indicated with an asterisk ().

  • How did you learn about this position?
  • Charlottesville Daily Progress
  • Chronicle of Higher Education
  • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
  • Diversity.com (Including BlackCareers.org, VeteranJobs.net, AfricanAmericanHires.com, AsianHires.com, WeHireWomen.com, AllHispanicJobs.com, LatinoJobs.org, DisabilityJobs.net, AllLGBTjobs.com, NativeJobs.org, and OverFiftyJobs.com)
  • Employee Referral
  • Harrisonburg Daily News Record
  • HigherEdJobs.com
  • Hispanic Outlook
  • Indeed.com
  • INSIGHT Into Diversity
  • JMU Dual Career and Community Resources Program
  • JMU JobLink
  • Job Fair
  • NCAA
  • Northern Virginia Daily
  • Nuevas Raices
  • Radio
  • Richmond Times Dispatch
  • Roanoke Times
  • Social Media (Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc.)
  • VA Jobs Website
  • VEC (Virginia Employment Commission)
  • Winchester Star
  • Other
  • If you selected a source above please type "N/A" in the following box. If you selected "Other" please indicate where you heard about the position.
  • (Open Ended Question)

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