Associate / Full Professor (Communication) - Race, Media, and Communication

Job Details

Job no: 515198
Work type: Faculty Full Time
Location: UMass Amherst
Department: Communication
Union: MSP
Categories: Faculty

About UMass Amherst

UMass Amherst, the Commonwealth's flagship campus, is a nationally ranked public research university offering a full range of undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. The University sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, and offers a rich cultural environment in a bucolic setting close to major urban centers. In addition, the University is part of the Five Colleges (including Amherst College, Hampshire College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College), which adds to the intellectual energy of the region.

Job Description

The Department of Communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst seeks to build on our 50-year tradition of critical and community-engaged media and communication research with this hire in the area of race, media, and communication studies. We are looking for an Associate / Full Professor with a record of intellectual leadership and engaged scholarship examining the politics of race in media and communication, communication and racial justice, and/or race and representation in popular culture. We seek a colleague who can advance our department’s mission to center issues of racial justice in communication research, collaborate with our diverse and international faculty and students, and extend our core strengths in critical cultural studies and media and communication studies. The Department of Communication is one of the most internationally diverse faculty in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Of particular interest are candidates who draw from critical bodies of theory and epistemologies of Black, Latino/a/x, Asian, Indigenous, and Ethnic Studies when studying media, communication, and racial politics in the United States. We also welcome candidates who draw from intersectional perspectives of feminist, queer, and postcolonial theory and those who study racial politics in transnational perspective. We are open to diverse methodological approaches and community engaged scholarship.

Particular areas of expertise may include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Race and representation in film, television, and social media
  • Systemic racism in media, creative, and tech industries
  • Racial equity and critical data studies
  • Racial justice narratives, digital activism, and strategic communication of social movements
  • Black digital cultures, creativity, and media-making
  • Queer and transgender politics of race
  • Race and Blackness in performance studies
  • Race and racial discrimination in health communication
  • Mediated solidarities, joy, and conflicts between/among communities of color
  • Racially targeted disinformation, hate, and digital harms
  • Race and mediated communication in geopolitics
  • Postcolonial and decolonial studies, and transnational and diasporic media
  • Critical approaches to diversity, equity, and inclusion in media and communication studies


The candidate is expected to have a PhD in Communication or related fields.

This is a mid-career or senior-level position, and the candidate will be reviewed for tenure during their first year of appointment. They are expected to have at least five (5) years experience in a tenure-track professorship post in Communication or related fields, with a record of excellence in research, teaching, and outreach. A successful record of leadership in grant-funded projects is desirable.

Additional Information

The position will begin on September 1, 2023.

Application Instructions

Candidates should submit the following materials:

  • Cover letter addressed to Dr. Jonathan Corpus Ong, Chair of the Search Committee, Department of Communication, University of Massachusetts at Amherst.
  • CV.
  • Three (3) writing samples.
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • Contact information for three (3) academic references.
  • Shortlisted candidate will be invited to write a tailor-fit statement about their experiences with and expectations from university diversity and inclusion initiatives and submit this to the Chair prior to the campus visit.

    Shortlisted candidates will also be asked to provide materials that demonstrate the candidate's eligibility and qualifications to show they meet the criteria and the standards for tenure at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. (

    Review of applications will begin October 20, 2022, and will continue until the position is filled. For inquiries about the post and the application process, contact Search Committee Chair Dr. Jonathan Corpus Ong at [email protected].

    UMass Amherst is committed to a policy of equal opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, age, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, disability, military status, or genetic information in employment, admission to and participation in academic programs, activities, and services, and the selection of vendors who provide services or products to the University. To fulfill that policy, UMass Amherst is further committed to a program of affirmative action to eliminate or mitigate artificial barriers and to increase opportunities for the recruitment and advancement of qualified minorities, women, persons with disabilities, and covered veterans. It is the policy of the UMass Amherst to comply with the applicable federal and state statutes, rules, and regulations concerning equal opportunity and affirmative action.

    Advertised: Jul 28 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
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    The University of Massachusetts Amherst is one of the preeminent public research universities in America. Nestled in idyllic Amherst, Massachusetts—often called “The top college town in North America”—the campus is consistently ranked among the top public research universities in the nation, and offers a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers. 

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    Eight schools and colleges offer more than 85 undergraduate majors, 68 master’s and 48 doctoral degree programs, many counted among the top programs in the nation and world. UMass Amherst is also home to New England's premier honors college.

    The 1,159 full-time faculty members are dedicated teachers and world-renowned researchers and the campus has regularly been listed among the top performers in terms of faculty awards. With over 24,000 students from all 50 states and over 70 countries, the student body is the most academically successful in the history of the campus. Students participate in 240 organizations, 21 NCAA Division I athletic teams, extensive intramurals, living-learning residence halls, community service, and internships. With one of the largest residential life systems in the nation, UMass Amherst houses approximately 12,000 students on campus. The university is enjoying a facilities renaissance, including new buildings in the sciences, the arts, and recreation. UMass Amherst is part of the Five College consortium with Smith, Mount Holyoke, Hampshire and Amherst colleges.

    As an employer, the University of Massachusetts Amherst is a national leader in developing family-friendly policies, benefits and amenities designed to help faculty members develop both productive careers and satisfying personal lives. The university offers one of the nation’s most generous parental leave policies. The university is also part of the Academic Career Network, a regional consortium formed to serve dual-career couples and encourage greater diversity in the academy.


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