The Department of Film-Video and Media Studies at Pennsylvania State University is seeking candidates with the ability to contribute to the broad intellectual and creative life of an interdisciplinary media studies program. As such, we seek to fill a tenure-track assistant professor position in international communication starting August 2015.
Candidates should have demonstrable research interest and teaching expertise in international communication and related topics (e.g., comparative media systems). To that end, experiential knowledge in the form of grounded research exposure and/or an extended period living outside the US is advantageous. Applicants with geopolitical expertise related to the regions/countries within Central/South America or the Middle East are particularly encouraged to apply.
Key responsibilities include teaching two courses per semester (including – with required qualification – the possibility of graduate-level teaching and mentoring), service on departmental and college committees and the active pursuit of a substantive research/creative agenda. As a department committed to the premise of integrated educational experiences including a study abroad component (embedded/summer programs) for students interested in international communication, the preferred candidate will bring an interest, fresh ideas, and an enterprising agenda for developing similar initiatives in his/her area of expertise on board. An earned Ph.D. in Mass Communication, Media Studies, or a related field is preferred, although ABD status will be considered.
The College of Communications at Penn State is home to four departments: Advertising/Public Relations; Film-Video and Media Studies; Journalism; and Telecommunications. In addition, the College offers a master’s degree program in media studies, and a Ph.D. program in mass communications. The University Park Campus is set in State College, a university town located in the heart of central Pennsylvania. State College offers a vibrant community with outstanding recreational and cultural activities, and excellent public schools. The campus is also within a half-day drive to Washington, DC, Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City and Pittsburgh.
Candidates must electronically submit a letter of application and a curriculum vita detailing teaching and research/creative experience and the names of three to five references. All candidates should request letters from three references to be sent directly to Tasha Smith. Applications received by October 31, 2014, will be assured of full consideration; however, all applications will be considered until the position is filled.