Assistant/Associate Professor, Sports Media and Communication

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Assistant/Associate Professor, Sports Media and Communication

Job Description Summary, Duties and Responsibilities, Required Qualifications and Preferred Qualifications:

The search will remain open until the position has been filled. First consideration will be given to applications received by October 15, 2022.

The Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island invites applicants for a tenure-line faculty position at the rank of Assistant/Associate Professor of Sports Media and Communication program, to begin fall 2023. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates.


We seek candidates whose teaching and research interests focus on one or more of the following: sports communication/media, sociology of sport, physical cultural studies, and/or critical sport studies. Responsibilities include conducting research, teaching existing core courses, and developing new courses in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise. They should be able to demonstrate the ability to develop a sustained research agenda, provide evidence of successful teaching and advising, and demonstrate the ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and administrators.

The candidate will enhance research and scholarship in the topical areas relevant to the study of contemporary sports media and communication and sports media culture, especially in the areas of justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (JEDI) – specifically in regards to race, gender, and sexuality.

The candidate will ideally forge connections with departments like Gender and Women’s Studies, Africana Studies, and other areas of their specialization, in promotion of a center of excellence at URI in the critical study of sports media and communication. Opportunities also exist for collaborations across campus, including with URI Athletics and campus media outlets.

The Harrington School of Communication and Media is a leader in communication and media research and education. Administratively housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in the University of Rhode Island, the Harrington School is home to programs in Communication Studies, Film/Media, Journalism, Library and Information Studies, Public Relations, Sports Media and Communication, Business of Media, and Writing and Rhetoric.

The ideal candidate for this position will be joining an engaging community of 65 full-time faculty, 100 part-time instructors, and 1350 undergraduate and graduate students in the Harrington School. They will teach and work with over 200 students in our fast-growing Sport Media and Communication program and in and around a new $6.8 million communication and media hub, a newly renovated broadcast center, and an upgraded Ranger Hall.

The University of Rhode Island is conveniently located near the state’s famous beaches, one mile from an Amtrak station connecting to Boston and New York City, 20 miles from T.F. Green International Airport, and 30 miles from Providence, Rhode Island.

Developing and delivering courses at undergraduate and possibly graduate levels, developing a scholarly or creative agenda, advising students, and performing service at the department/program, school, college, and/or university level(s) as appropriate. Standard workload includes 18 credit-hours of teaching per year (normally 3 courses per semester).



1) Ph.D. in sports media or communication or a related field.

2) Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver courses at the undergraduate level in sports communication/media.

3) Demonstrated ability to develop a scholarly or creative agenda in an area related to sports communication/media, sociology of sport, physical cultural studies, and/or critical sport studies.

4) Demonstrated proficiency in oral communication.

5) Demonstrated proficiency in written communication.

6) Demonstrated proficiency in electronic media.

7) Demonstrated knowledge of digital media as it relates to sports media.

8) Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.


1) Applicant with achieved ranking of Associate Professor, or equivalent, in critical sport studies, sports communication/media, sociology of sport, and/or physical cultural studies.

2) Experience teaching sports media and communication, specifically courses focusing on race, class, gender, and/or sexuality in the media at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.

3) Demonstrated evidence of active and ongoing research agenda in critical sport studies, sports communication/media, sociology of sport, and/or physical cultural studies.

4) Demonstrated evidence in seeking and/or securing funding for research.


** URI’s AAUP Contract allows years of service at another accredited four-year academic institution in the rank of assistant professor or above, to a maximum of three (3) years of credit. The exact amount of credit to be allowed toward tenure for service at other institutions shall be indicated in the initial contract. Also, URI’s AAUP Contract requires faculty hired as an associate professor to complete a minimum of two (2) years of full-time service at this institution to be eligible for tenure (see Section 19.3).(


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Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please attach the following 5 (PDF) documents to your online Employment Application:

1) Cover letter including a description of how your qualifications match the requirements for the position, with special attention given to how you address JEDI (justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion) in your teaching and research (as one complete pdf document).

2) Curriculum Vitae.

3) Other Document – Evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer/supervisor reviews, teaching awards), as one complete pdf document.

4) Other Document – Sample(s) of published scholarly work or work(s) in progress (as one complete pdf document).

5) “Document – References” – List with the names and contact information for three academic references.

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