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Lecturer / Instructor in Communication (Critical Media Studies)

Christopher Newport University
Newport News, VA
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Working Title:

Lecturer / Instructor in Communication (Critical Media Studies)

Appointment Type:

Full Time

Purpose of Position:

The Department of Communication at Christopher Newport University invites applications for the position of Lecturer in Critical Media Studies, effective August 2022. This position is a full-time, renewable, non-tenure-track appointment with a 4-4 teaching load. We seek a teacher-scholar committed to undergraduate education and teaching excellence who augments our curriculum, which includes critical media studies, interpersonal communication, and rhetoric.

The successful candidate will have a primary specialization in Critical Media Studies and will contribute courses to our media curriculum which includes: Media, Culture, and Technology; Media Industries; Historical Topics in Media; Communication and Film; Communication and Social Media; Media Audiences; Communicating through Digital Media; Communicating Gender, Race, and Class; Contemporary Topics in Media Communication and Popular Culture; Media Research Methods; Critical Media Theory; and Senior Research in Media Studies. For this position, we seek candidates who would complement and expand the scholarly focus of our program with a specialization in digital culture, digital media studies, or media industries, and potentially contribute to the new journalism minor. Candidates with expertise in diversity, equity, or inclusion are particularly encouraged to apply.

The doctorate in Communication, Media Studies, or a closely related field is required for appointment at the rank of Lecturer. Individuals who are ABD and will not hold the doctorate by the time of appointment and/or only possess a master’s degree in a related field may be considered for appointment at the rank of Instructor. Phi Beta Kappa membership is highly desirable.

Departmental Information:

The Department of Communication at Christopher Newport University is composed of 13 full-time faculty. The Department offers a Bachelor of Arts program with over 300 majors, as well as a minor in Communication. In the academic year 2020-2021, the Department conferred 100 degrees[DS1] . A position in this collaborative department has a great deal to offer a teacher-scholar committed to a life of the mind and excellence in teaching. Our chapter of LPH is vibrant—regularly hosting philanthropic events and scholarly forums. Research and teaching for the department are interdisciplinary, emphasizing the production and reproduction of systems of meaning, knowledge, culture, and behavior. We are looking for colleagues who can appreciate the value of other theoretical and metatheoretical perspectives, see connections among these different perspectives in heuristic ways, and apply that area of expertise to teach a broad range of courses in the department. Candidates wishing to know more about the department and its academic programs are invited to visit

Faculty Information:

Selected by The Princeton Review to be included in The 387 Best Colleges: 2022 Edition, Christopher Newport University is a public school offering a private school experience – great teaching, small classes, and a safe, vibrant campus. The University is located in Newport News, Virginia, enrolls approximately 5,000 students, and is dedicated to the ideals of scholarship, leadership, and service. Our Fall 2021 incoming class presented average high school GPA and SAT scores of 3.8 and 1213, respectively. Academic programs at Christopher Newport University encompass more than 90 areas of study, from biology to business administration and political science to the performing arts. The University is ranked by U.S. News & World Report’s America’s Best Colleges guide as 3rd among public regional universities in the South and 6th overall, and has recently completed more than $1 billion in capital construction on its 260-acre campus.

Christopher Newport is committed to ensuring that all people are welcomed, honored and fully engaged in the life of our academic community. We recruit exceptional and diverse faculty and encourage applications from individuals who are underrepresented in their profession. Our faculty enjoy an atmosphere of collegiality and mutual respect that rewards outstanding teaching and fosters active intellectual and creative engagement. Faculty are productive scholars and researchers, supported by professional development funds. Faculty and administrators regularly consult and collaborate as the University works to sustain a culture of scholarly inquiry, informed debate, and civic action that enriches students, faculty, and the surrounding community. The result is a supportive and cohesive academic setting in which the University cultivates and carries forward its mission. The University is among the highest ranked in the nation for its quality of life and innovative spirit. Competitive salary with excellent health and retirement benefits and a well-designed family leave policy further enhance the CNU workplace. CNU also offers promotion opportunities for non-tenure-track appointments. For further information on CNU, please visit our website at

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Application Instructions :

To apply, please visit to upload a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, graduate transcripts (photocopies acceptable for initial screening), statement of teaching philosophy, a one-page statement articulating how your teaching, scholarship and service would contribute toward fostering an inclusive learning environment on campus, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and a list of three references. Three letters of recommendation will be required if selected for an on-campus interview but are not required at time of application. (Letters should be emailed to [email protected] if submitted after the application deadline).

Review of applications will begin on March 17, 2022. Applications received after March 17, 2022, will be accepted but considered only if needed.

Search finalists are required to complete a CNU sponsored background check.

Christopher Newport University (CNU) will make a reasonable effort to accommodate persons with disabilities in the application and/or interview process. Persons with disabilities who require accommodation should contact the CNU Human Resources Office by calling (757) 594-7145.

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EEO Statement :

Christopher Newport University, an EO Employer, is fully Committed to Access and Opportunity. Notice of Non-Discrimination & Title IX Policy Statement:

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