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
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Is this a JMU only position? No
Is this a grant-funded position? No
About James Madison University
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Located in the heart of Virginia's beautiful Shenandoah Valley, the city of
Harrisonburg is approximately 120 miles from Washington, D.C. and Richmond,
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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
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
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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
Open Until Filled Yes
Proposed Starting Date 08/25/2022
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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:
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
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Diverse Issues in Higher Education
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Harrisonburg Daily News Record
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