Open Rank Visiting Scholar in Digital Media and Culture

Los Angeles, California
Sep 26, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

We invite applications for a visiting open-rank scholar or scholar/practitioner in digital media and culture on a 1-year full-time, terminal appointment. Possible areas of research/practice/pedagogy might include, but are not limited to: social media, remix media, digital activism, fan studies, Virtual Reality/Augmented Reality, critical video game studies, and global digital media.

Occidental’s Media Arts & Culture Department integrates theory and practice, and the ability to engage both is particularly desirable, but a Ph.D. in hand and demonstrated critical and media studies teaching experience is paramount. Our location in Los Angeles, one of the most vibrant and ethnically diverse cities in the country, as well as a world hub for film/media and art, provides unparalleled opportunities for experiential learning that we hope the successful candidate will leverage in their teaching. More information on the Media Arts & Culture Department may be found at:


The position entails teaching five courses, which include one of our major gateway courses, Introduction to Digital Media and Culture, as well as four electives geared toward the candidate’s areas of specialization, to be listed in our catalog under one of the following themes: Topics in Digital Culture; Topics in Media Representation; Topics in Media Theory and Practice; Topics in Global Media; or Topics in Film and Media Studies. In addition to these courses, the position requires programming a semester of the Oxy Cinematheque Screening Series. 


Candidates should electronically submit (1) a cover letter detailing your professional activity and pedagogical experience and how each resonates with the position criteria and your interest in teaching in a liberal arts environment, (2) a current CV, (3) a work sample, (4) a course syllabus from a past class, and (5) names and contact information for three professional references to to Dr. Allison de Fren ( Salary will be commensurate with experience and includes medical benefits package.


All materials must be received by Monday, November 20, 2017.  Position start is August 15, 2018.

Occidental College is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not unlawfully discriminate against employees or applicants on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, breastfeeding or related medical condition, national origin, ancestry, citizenship, age, marital status, physical disability, mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristic or information, sexual orientation, military and veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by State or Federal Law. We strongly encourage all underrepresented candidates, especially women and persons of color, to apply.

We will consider for employment all qualified Applicants, including those with Criminal Histories, in a manner consistent with the requirements of applicable state and local laws, including the City of Los Angeles’ Fair Chance Initiative for Hiring Ordinance.



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