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University of Wisconsin–Madison

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University of Wisconsin–Madison



Apply now(opens in a new window) Job no: 267568-FA
Work type: Faculty-Full Time, Onsite
Location: Madison
Categories: Faculty

Job Summary:

The University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Journalism and Mass Communication seeks a full-time Assistant Professor beginning August 21, 2023, with a demonstrated commitment to excellence in mass communication research and teaching and an emphasis on media, race, and ethnicity.

The successful candidate will work to proactively support the expansion of diversity in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and contribute to an inclusive, fair, and equitable environment.


The selected candidate will teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in mass communication, which includes the following existing undergraduate courses: JOUR162 Mass Media in Multicultural America, and JOUR562 Mass Media and Minorities. They would also teach our graduate seminar JOUR824 - Race, Ethnicity and Media, as well as develop courses based on their supplementary areas of expertise. In addition to developing and maintaining a robust research portfolio, the successful applicant will mentor highly motivated master's and doctoral students in this area of high demand and societal impact. The standard teaching load is four courses per academic year, typically including one graduate seminar per year. University and professional service is required appropriate to career stage.

Institutional Statement on Diversity:

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for UW-Madison. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the university community. We commit ourselves to the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison fulfills its public mission by creating a welcoming and inclusive community for people from every background - people who as students, faculty, and staff serve Wisconsin and the world.

For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Diversity and Inclusion


A Ph.D. in communication or related field is required by the start of the appointment.


Successful candidate must engage in high-quality research and teaching commensurate with experience.

COVID-19 Considerations:

UW-Madison continues to follow necessary health and safety protocols to protect our campus from COVID-19. All employees remain subject to the COVID-19 Workplace Safety Policy: Please visit for the most up-to-date information.

Work Type:

Full Time: 100%

It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.

Appointment Type, Duration:


Anticipated Begin Date:

AUGUST 21, 2023


ACADEMIC (9 months)

Additional Information:

We seek to strengthen our cutting-edge research, teaching, and practice concerning issues of media, race, and ethnicity, in and across local and global contexts. We seek an assistant professor with a clearly articulated research profile and teaching agenda in communication concerning race and ethnicity. We are particularly interested in scholars studying one or more of the following issues: representation and underrepresentation in media; class and racial disparities in media access and adoption; digital media and racial justice activism; race, ethnicity, and the public sphere; race and journalism; health inequities and access gaps; race in marketing communication; racial biases in social media algorithms, and race and ethnicity in digital and social media spaces.

The successful candidate will join a community of productive scholars who value a wide variety of conceptual, methodological, and analytical perspectives. Our current faculty members' interests include media psychology and sociology; political communication; health communication; law, history and ethics of mass media; media ecologies and journalism studies; international communication; communication and neuroscience; computational communication science; media studies of race and gender; and new media technologies. These faculty members are also involved in teaching an innovative undergraduate curriculum and oversee one of the nation's top graduate programs. The University of Wisconsin-Madison is home to one of the oldest schools of journalism and mass communication in the public universities and enjoys outstanding intellectual resources, teaching and research laboratories, and multiple sources of research support. In 2022, UW-Madison ranked eighth in the world for communication and media studies, and top five in the U.S. The School of Journalism and Mass Communication offers leading doctoral, master's, and undergraduate programs.

The School houses the Center for Communication and Democracy, the Center for Journalism Ethics, the Mass Communication Research Center, the Center for Communication and Civic Renewal, and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. UW-Madison is known for its interdisciplinary, international character, something that is evident through the many affiliations our faculty maintain with other units on campus as well as collaborations around the world. Located at the nexus of four beautiful lakes, Madison, the state capital, consistently ranks among the top American cities for its quality of life. University employees enjoy a thriving entertainment, cultural, sports, and "foodie" environment.

How to Apply:

Telephone and email inquiries to discuss this position are welcome. Contact Professor Michael Wagner (608-263-3392 / To apply, candidates should visit, search for position #267568 and click on "Apply Now." Candidates will be required to submit the following five documents: 1) a cover letter detailing research interests, teaching qualifications, and any relevant professional experience; 2) a curriculum vitae; 3) teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness, 4) two samples of scholarly work (submit both as one document), and 5) a diversity statement addressing past and potential contributions to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and service.

In addition, you will be asked for the names and contact information for three references. References will be contacted upon application submission and asked to upload a signed letter of reference.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by October 23, 2022; applications will be accepted until position is filled.

The University of Wisconsin-Madison is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer; we promote diversity and inclusion for all faculty, staff, and students and encourage all qualified candidates to apply. Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applications for this position must be released upon request.

Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

Employment will require a criminal background check.


Michael W. Wagner
Relay Access (WTRS): 7-1-1. See RELAY_SERVICE for further information.

Official Title:

Assistant Professor(FA040)



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  The University of Wisconsin is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.

The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).

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