Assistant Professor of Digital Activism with a focus in Latino/a/x studies

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Illinois State University
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Normal, Illinois

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Job No: 512235
Work Type: On Campus
Location: Normal, Illinois

Title: Assistant Professor of Digital Activism with a focus in Latino/a/x studies

Employee Classification: Asst Professor - TTF

Division Name: Academic Affairs

College/Unit: College of Arts and Sciences

Department: School of Communication

Campus Location: Normal, IL

General Summary

The School of Communication and the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program at Illinois State University invite applications for one, 9-month tenure-track assistant professor position: Assistant Professor of Digital Activism with a focus in Latino/a/x studies. The position would be held in the School of Communication with shared duties in Latin American and Latino/a Studies.

The School of Communication (COM) and the Latin American and Latino/a Studies Program (LAL) are committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. ISU recognizes that a diverse faculty, staff, and student body enriches the educational experiences of the entire campus and greater community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity, are especially welcomed to apply. Women, veterans, persons with disabilities, and people of color are encouraged to apply.

This position is part of a cluster-hiring initiative sponsored by the Office of the Provost designed to increase multidisciplinary collaboration and foster increased connections across units. The faculty member who joins us will find fruitful collaborations in COM in social media and digital activism and in LAL in latino/a/x studies.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in communication or a closely related field or Ed.D. is strongly preferred, although ABD will be considered if mutually accepted completion date of Ph.D./Ed.D. can be established. Candidates must possess the ability to teach theory, practices, and/or methods, especially in the areas of digital media, public relations, social media analytics, social movements, and digital activism, both broadly and in the context of Latin American and/or Latino/a/x studies. Candidates also must have an emerging or established research record relevant to communication and digital activism, especially in Latin American and Latino/a/x studies around issues like but not limited to immigration, health communication, community-based research, media literacy, and digital equity. Individuals with public relations, communication, or media industry experience are valued. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for teaching positions. The appointment begins August 16, 2022. Salary is highly competitive. We are a collaborative group of individuals who value collegiality in our work and workplace. ISU has many measurements of excellence that point to its strength in multiple dimensions that matter to faculty, students, staff, and others.

Additional Information

The School of Communication (COM) serves over 950 undergraduate and nearly 100 graduate students, offering degrees in Communication Studies, Journalism, Mass Media, and Public Relations (CEPR accredited program) along with a top-rated master's degree in Communication. The School has research and graphics computer labs, a Communication Innovation Center and Social Media Analytics Command Center (SMACC), WZND FM 103.3 (student radio), high-definition television station (TV-10) with daily live newscasts, and the National Public Radio affiliate WGLT FM 89.1. A variety of active student co-curricular organizations are promoted, including Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), Lambda Pi Eta, a nationally ranked forensics program, Student Television Workshop, and others. The School is also home to The Vidette, a renowned student-run news organization. Illinois State enrolls over 20,000 students and is conveniently located between Chicago and St. Louis.

Required Qualifications

1. Ph.D. in communication or a closely related field or Ed.D. is strongly preferred, although ABD will be considered if mutually accepted completion date of Ph.D./Ed.D. can be established.
2. Candidates must possess the ability to teach theory, practices, and/or methods, especially in the areas of digital media, public relations, social media analytics, social movements, and digital activism, both broadly and in the context of Latin American and/or Latino/a/x studies.
3. Candidates also must have an emerging or established research record relevant to communication and digital activism, especially in Latin American and Latino/a/x studies around issues like but not limited to immigration, health communication, community-based research, media literacy, and digital equity. Individuals with public relations, communication, or media industry experience are valued.
4. State law mandates demonstrable oral proficiency in the English language as a requirement for teaching positions.

Work Hours

Varies depending on class hours and office hours.

Functional Expectations

Must be able to complete the following with or without reasonable accommodation:

1. Ability to effectively communicate on a daily basis.
2. Ability to conduct or attend meetings in various locations across campus.

Proposed Starting Date

8/16/2022

Salary Rate / Pay Rate

Pay is commensurate with qualification and experience, combined with an excellent benefits package.

Required Applicant Documents

1. Detailed letter indicating fit to the position and giving concise philosophies about teaching and research, as well as a statement about your commitment to diversity;
2. Summary or aggregate of teaching effectiveness measures (including details about the measurement instrument).
3. Current curriculum vita;
4. Electronic portfolio or a URL to any applicable professional work, if applicable.
5. Copies of all higher-education academic transcripts.
6. Three letters of recommendation must be sent to Denise Thomas, Business Manager, School of Communication, Campus Box 4480, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4480 (or bye­ mail at [email protected]).

PLEASE NOTE: These documents are required to be submitted online in order to complete the application process. Please have these documents ready prior to clicking on "Apply"

Special Instructions for Applicants

Review of applications will begin October 29, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Required application materials that must be submitted online through ISU's jobs page (posting number 512235) are:
• a detailed letter indicating fit to the position and giving concise philosophies about teaching and research, as well as a statement about your commitment to diversity;
• summary or aggregate of teaching effectiveness measures (including details about the measurement instrument);
• current curriculum vita;
• electronic portfolio or a URL to any applicable professional work, if applicable; and
• copies of all higher-education academic transcripts.
Additionally, three letters of recommendation must be sent to Denise Thomas, Business Manager, School of Communication, Campus Box 4480, Illinois State University, Normal, IL 61790-4480 (or bye­ mail at [email protected]).

Contact Information for Applicants

Denise Thomas, Business Manager, School of Communication at [email protected]

Important Information for Applicants

This position is subject to a criminal background investigation based on University Policy 3.1.30 and any offer of employment is contingent upon you passing a satisfactory criminal background investigation. You may not begin work until the criminal background investigation results have been received and cleared by Human Resources.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

If you are an individual with a disability and need a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) or other state or federal law you may request an accommodation by contacting the Office of Equal Opportunity and Access at (309) 438-3383. The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access will hold any confidential information you provide in confidence.

If you are having difficulty accessing the system, please call Human Resources at (309) 438-8311.

Application Opened: 09/23/2021 01:20 AM CST
Application Closes: Open until filled


Organization

About

Founded in 1857, Illinois State University was the first public university in the state and is one of the Midwest’s oldest institutions of higher education. It is a coeducational, residential university. Its 34 academic departments in six colleges offer 77 undergraduate programs in more than 160 fields of study. The Graduate School coordinates 41 master’s, nine specialist, and ten doctoral programs.

The 1,110 acre campus includes more than 60 major buildings with state-of-the-art technology, and Watterson Towers is one of the most unique structures, as this residence hall is the tallest building between Chicago and St. Louis. Other major facilities include a Center for the Performing Arts, a 360-acre farm, Bone Student Center and Braden Auditorium, a University Planetarium, Redbird Arena, and Hancock Stadium. From meeting facilities to cultural opportunities through the arts, and excitement of numerous sporting events each year, ISU is a vital part of the Bloomington-Normal community.

Vision

Illinois State University, a first-choice public university, will be increasingly recognized as a national leader for educating high-achieving, motivated students who seek an individualized and transformative experience at an institution that:

  • Offers premier undergraduate and graduate programs that integrate traditional knowledge and methods with emerging ideas and innovations
  • Generates knowledge through high-quality research, scholarship, and creative activities
  • Supports student learning and development inside and outside of the classroom
  • Serves the region, state, nation, and world through its commitments to responsible stewardship, meaningful civic engagement, cultural enrichment, and the development of global citizens

Mission

We at Illinois State University work as a diverse community of scholars with a commitment to fostering a small-college atmosphere with large-university opportunities. We promote the highest academic standards in our teaching, scholarship, public service and the connections we build among them. We devote all of our resources and energies to creating the most supportive and productive community possible to serve the citizens of Illinois and beyond.

Values

Pursuit of Learning and Scholarship

Illinois State University works with students as partners in their educational development inside and outside of the classroom so that students come to appreciate learning as an active and lifelong process. The University contributes new knowledge through research, scholarship, and creative activities in which all students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to participate. Faculty members embrace a balanced teacher–scholar model that values their contributions as teachers (facilitators of learning) and scholars (creators and discoverers of knowledge and information). 

Individualized Attention

Illinois State University provides a supportive environment that places all learners at the center of teaching and scholarship. Innovative curricular and cocurricular programs, strong student-faculty-staff connections, and superior student services focus on each student as an individual. The University fosters academic and personal growth, recognizes unique educational aspirations, and acknowledges that each faculty and staff member is integral to student success.

Diversity

Illinois State University affirms and encourages community and a respect for differences by fostering an inclusive environment characterized by cultural understanding, ethical behavior, and social justice. The University supports a diverse faculty and staff who mentor a diverse student population. The University endeavors to provide opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty to participate in a global society.

Integrity

Illinois State University promotes an environment defined by the highest ethical standards. Leadership of the University is characterized by stability, adherence to shared values, collaborative decision making, and accountable stewardship of all university resources. Members of the University community work collaboratively through shared governance to ensure the success of the University and are dedicated to making ongoing improvements, always enhancing their contribution to Illinois State University and building on prior accomplishments. Teaching and learning, including research and creative activities, are conducted at the highest level of academic quality and integrity.

Civic Engagement

Illinois State University prepares students to be informed and engaged global citizens who will promote and further the goals of society. The University promotes active learning experiences through which students will gain an awareness and understanding of civic engagement as a lifelong responsibility. The University partners with business, industry, government, and educational entities providing leadership in local, statewide, national, and international initiatives; expanding service and outreach; and enhancing financial support for instructional, scholarly, and service activities.

Illinois State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer​.

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