Assistant Professor of Social Media and Digital Cultures

Job location: Boca Raton

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-10-14
Req: REQ07542
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Position Summary:

The School of Communication and Multimedia Studies at Florida Atlantic University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Social Media and Digital Cultures to begin in Fall 2020. We are an interdisciplinary entity with two BA tracks, along with MA and MFA programs, committed to connecting critical studies, historical research, and media practice. We value candidates who can build on those ties.

This hire accommodates the majors that make us the fastest growing program in the college, and allows us to invest in an emerging field. To that end, the position is open to a range of specialties, but we are interested in candidates whose scholarship and teaching can engage multiple areas of the School, namely media/film studies, communication studies, and media production/practice. The search committee will be very receptive to scholars whose teaching and research or creative production addresses the relationship between technology and society, such as digital inequalities and algorithmic bias. Possible areas of specialization include:

  • Platform studies
  • Infrastructure studies
  • Data and algorithms
  • Digital publics and networks
  • Rhetorical and strategic uses of social media
  • Human-computer or computer-mediated interaction
  • Game studies

Faculty in the School have a record of collaboration with The Institute for Sensing and Embedded Network Systems Engineering (I-SENSE), established at FAU in early 2015 to provide technological support and serve as an interdisciplinary hub for research, education, and service initiatives across academic units. The initiative is part of the Sensing and Smart Systems pillar of FAU’s Strategic Plan for the Race to Excellence.

We also welcome applicants who can contribute to the curriculum of the new MS in Data Analytics. A successful applicant may also choose to leverage the program’s proximity to the emerging hub of extended reality innovations in the region.

We particularly encourage applicants with perspectives and from groups that are underrepresented in higher education, who can demonstrate excellence and leadership in research and teaching, towards an equitable culture and diverse scholarly environment. US News and World Report measures FAU’s “diversity index” to be among the highest in the nation. It is also designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) by the United States Department of Education, and a “Military Friendly” School by Victory Media.

Minimum Qualifications:

PhD from an accredited institution in film/media studies, communication studies, science and technology studies, or a related field at the time of appointment required.


Commensurate with Experience

College or Department:

College of Arts and Letters


Boca Raton

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website ( by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents.

The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following: a Letter of Application, curriculum vitae (with contact information for three academic references), Scholarly writing sample of less than 25 pages (publications preferred) and unofficial transcripts from most recent degree/program scanned into an electronic format.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application. If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into one attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.

Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to one's application as with other US-based transcripts.

Prior to appointment, the candidate must submit official, sealed transcripts from all institutions where graduate coursework was attempted, whether or not a degree was obtained, as well as an original NACES evaluation, if applicable. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University not to you as the student.

A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.

Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

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