Assistant Professor, Race and Media in the United States, University of Washington | Due November 1

Position description:

The Department of Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Washington invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor, starting in September 2023, with a specialization in race and media in the United States. Areas of concentration may include but are not limited to African American, Asian American, Pacific Islander, Indigenous, and Latinx film, television, and digital media. The Department is committed to an inclusive, interdisciplinary, and dynamic vision of cinema and media studies. We welcome applications from candidates engaged in innovative research and teaching from any perspective within the full range of historical periods, media, and methods. We also welcome applications from scholars dedicated to comparative, intersectional, trans-Indigenous, and transnational work that crosses geopolitical frontiers and challenges the borders between academic disciplines.

The teaching load consists of four courses per year, and tenure-track faculty have an annual service period of nine months (September 15 through June 16). The University of Washington is a large, urban, public, R1 university located at the heart of Seattle. We seek candidates who can work effectively with diverse student and community populations. The successful candidate will have an opportunity to teach at every level, from the introductory undergraduate lecture auditorium to advanced graduate seminars, and will join us in developing and expanding the curriculum for our fast-growing BA, MA, and PhD programs. The Department of Cinema and Media Studies encourages public-facing scholarship, and the successful candidate will have an opportunity to forge connections with other campus units and Seattle’s many vibrant cultural institutions catering to underrepresented minority communities.


By the time of appointment, applicants should have a PhD (or foreign equivalent) in Cinema and Media Studies or a related field, such as American Ethnic Studies, American Studies, Communication, Literary Studies, or Art History. Candidates should also demonstrate expertise in the historical and theoretical approaches at the core of film, television, and media studies.

Application instructions:

Interested applicants are requested to submit the following materials via Interfolio

  • a letter of interest that includes current and future research plans.
  • a current curriculum vitae.
  • a writing sample consisting of either a published journal article, a book chapter, or a dissertation chapter. The writing sample should be roughly equivalent in length to a standard academic journal article.
  • a diversity statement that addresses how the candidate’s teaching, service, scholarship and/or mentoring promotes diversity, equity, and inclusion, not exceeding 500 words.
  • a statement of teaching philosophy and experience, not exceeding 500 words.
  • the names and contact information of 3-5 recommenders.

Preference will be given to dossiers received by November 1, 2022. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Please contact Marcia Feinstein-Tobey, [email protected], with any questions about this search.

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