Assistant Professor in Media and (Dis)Information

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Department of Communication and Media
Troy, New York
Closing date
Dec 5, 2021

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The Department of Communication and Media at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute invites applications for a Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Media Studies or a related field for an appointment beginning Fall 2022.

Applicants must have a Ph.D., Ed.D., or foreign degree equivalent in Media Studies, Communication, or a closely related field and evidence of successful collegiate teaching at the time of appointment. The ideal candidate will have additional training in or collaborative research with computer science, data science, or data visualization. The department currently offers a B.S. in Communication, Media & Design, an M.S. in Communication & Rhetoric, and a Ph.D. in Communication & Rhetoric.

Preferred research interests for this position include disinformation analysis and detection; media bias; public communication and rhetoric; media dissemination and representation of science such as climate change or health; democracy, social justice, and equity in algorithmic media; or the effect of social media enclaves and partisan online communities on democratic processes.

The successful candidate will teach courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels that reflect their expertise and contribute to the department’s expansion in the areas of media ethics and public communication about science. We are particularly interested in scholars who take an intersectional approach to issues of social identity such as gender identity, socio-economic class, religion, ethnicity, or race.

Founded in 1824, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is the nation’s first technological university. With approximately 5,000 undergraduates and 2,500 graduate students from around the world, the university offers more than 145 programs at the bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral levels. Rensselaer is located in Troy, NY, the heart of the “Tech Valley” region of the Hudson River Valley.

We welcome candidates who will bring diverse intellectual, geographical, gender, and ethnic perspectives to Rensselaer’s work and campus communities. Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

To apply, please submit to (1) a letter of interest; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a teaching portfolio that includes a teaching statement, a sample syllabus, and evidence of successful teaching at the collegiate level; (4) a diversity statement; (5) selected research publications; and (6) names and contact information for three references. To ensure priority consideration, applications should be received by December 10th  but will continue to be reviewed after that date until the position is filled. For additional information about the department, please visit


The Department of Communication and Media offers minors in communication and professional writing, as well as Mandarin Chinese for students who want to develop fluency in the Chinese language and competence in Chinese culture and intercultural communication.

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