U Virginia Job Ad: Media & African or African-American Studies

Assistant/Associate Professor of Media Studies at University of Virginia

The Department of Media Studies at the University of Virginia seeks to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor or tenured Associate Professor. We welcome applicants specializing in media and the African American experience or media and African and/or African Diaspora studies, with a preference given to those in the first area. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2017, with an anticipated start date of July 25, 2017. The successful candidate at the assistant professor level must have a Ph.D or be ABD with expected completion by May; show evidence of research promise in the field of media studies; and demonstrate a commitment to innovative and effective teaching. Associate professor candidates must have an outstanding publication record of innovative research in media studies and proven teaching excellence. In either case, the successful candidate must hold a Ph.D at the time of appointment.

This position is part of a larger University of Virginia hiring initiative in the Global South that seeks to foster inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary teaching and research. The candidate hired will be appointed for the first two years as an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow with the Institute of Humanities and Global Cultures, an appointment that will provide one course release per year.

To apply, candidates must submit a Candidate Profile through Jobs@UVA, search for posting number 0619561, and electronically attach the following: a cover letter of interest that describes research agenda and teaching experience, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references. Also, separately by e-mail, please arrange for three (3) confidential letters of recommendation that speak to research excellence be sent to: Professor Aniko Bodroghkozy, Search Committee Chair at this address: mediastudiessearch[at]gmail.com

For priority consideration, please submit all application materials and letters of reference by November 1, 2016. The position remains open until filled. Questions regarding the application process may be sent to the Search Committee Chair: ab4vs[at]virginia.edu

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Black identity, foreign language, culture

Call for Chapter Submissions: Black identity, foreign language and culture
Deadline:  September 15, 2012

We are currently seeking submissions for an accepted book proposal with a national publisher.  All submissions must be completed works.  Abstracts will not be considered.

Exploring black identity through bilinguals of the Diaspora is an edited text that describes how foreign language acquisition and development help to shape how Africans, people of African descent from Latin America and the Caribbean, and African Americans are able to describe and proscribe their identity.  Contributors to this text may have work that falls under one of the following themes:
*        Using foreign language as a tool for self-definition
*        The impact of foreign language on the understanding of self
*        Foreign language acquisition in the African American community
*        The impact of ESL on Blacks of the Diaspora
*        Impact of language on the expatriate experience
*        Bilingual code-switching in the African Diaspora
*        The relationship between language and identity
*        African Americans and bilingualism
*        Bilingualism and identity in the African Diaspora

Completed works must be a minimum of ten (15) pages and a maximum of twenty (20) pages including references and footnotes.

Authors must be able to submit completed chapters by September 15, 2012.

Please send all submissions and inquiries to Dr. Kami J. Anderson.