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Tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor Appointments

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst studies communicative processes at the levels of culture, media, and representation; individuals, professionals and groups; and institutions and social structures. Much of its work takes place at the intersections of these levels of analysis, developing connections between theory and practice. Seeking to extend its international, intercultural and interdisciplinary faculty, the department invites applications for six tenure-track appointments at the Assistant Professor or Associate Professor level, one in each of the following areas:

  • International/Global and/or Intercultural Communication: Seeking an excellent scholar and teacher with a strong theoretical grounding and an international profile who addresses global communication from a broad range of perspectives. Areas of interest may include: language and social interaction; policy analysis; communication for development and social change; and ethnography articulated at a global, regional and/or national level.
  • Quantitative Communication Research Methodologies: Seeking an outstanding scholar and teacher with strong theoretical grounding who can apply specific quantitative communication methodologies to the study of communication in social and cultural environments. Ideally, the successful candidate will also be familiar with qualitative communication research methodologies. Ability to teach quantitative research methods at both undergraduate and graduate levels is essential. Areas of emphasis may include interpersonal, intercultural, media or international communication.
  • Qualitative Communication Research Methodologies: Seeking an excellent scholar and teacher with strong theoretical grounding who can apply specific qualitative communication methodologies to the study of communication in social and cultural environments. Ideally, the successful candidate will also be familiar with quantitative communication research methodologies. Ability to teach qualitative research methods at both undergraduate and graduate levels is essential. Areas of emphasis may include language and social interaction, interpersonal, intercultural, media or international communication.
  • Journalism Studies: Seekingan excellent scholar with a deep understanding of both the academic and professional fields of journalism interested in working across the journalism/communication studies divide. Desirable areas of expertise include citizen journalism, online journalism, visual journalism, and/or global journalism.
  • Journalism: Seeking an outstanding teacher with a deep understanding of both the academic and professional fields of journalism. Desirable areas of expertise will include ethics and new media, as well as a content focus such as international reporting, economics/business reporting or science/environmental reporting. A Ph.D. is preferred, but applicants with a Masters degree and significant professional experience will be considered for a permanent lecturer position.
  • News and Society: Seeking a scholar who teaches and conducts research on the nature, role, and impact of news on various audiences or in society at large. Specific concentrations could include news and public opinion, agenda setting and related processes (including coverage of politics, current affairs, entertainment, and sports). Emphasis on new media and/or international implications is desirable.

For all but the last position, duties will include maintaining an active research program and supervising students at B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. levels. A completed Ph.D. is essential (with degree in hand by 1 February 2009). Salary is competitive.

Review of applications will begin on 1 October and 1 November 2008 respectively, and will continue until the positions are filled. Applications should include a letter specifying the applicant's research and teaching interests, a curriculum vitae, list of publications, three letters of reference, one article-length example of research, and copies of recent teaching evaluations.

Contact: Debra Madigan, Office Manager, Department of Communication, 401 Machmer Hall, 240 Hicks Way, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA 01003-9278, USA; e-mail: dmadigan@comm.umass.edu