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Advanced Assistant, Associate or Full Professor in Media and Information


Michigan State University, School of Information

Michigan State University, Department of Media and Information

Application Deadline: January 17, 2024.


The Department of Media and Information (MI) invites applicants for one Advanced Assistant, Associate or Full Professor to complement and expand our dynamic and interdisciplinary faculty. MI is home to a range of faculty from different disciplines and supports an array of research areas, including human-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, rural computing, game studies and design, and the relationships between technology and policy, health and wellness, and society. Candidates should contribute to or expand one or more of these areas, ideally through the use of computational and/or quantitative approaches.


We have a strong interest in candidates whose research investigates and tackles disparities across various dimensions, including race, ethnicity, gender, LGBTQ+ identities, socioeconomic status, disability, physical and mental well-being, health disparities, digital inequity, and environmental aspects.


Department Statement

The Department values the contribution of different disciplines, different ways of knowing, and different ways of doing, in research and creative activities that advance knowledge and transform lives in ways that lead to a better quality of life for individuals and communities. The MI faculty come from a range of disciplines, including communication, information science, media, human-computer interaction, information systems, psychology, sociology, economics, science and technology studies, and design to complement and create a unique intellectual energy. Our faculty advance theory and research, build technology interventions to address public health challenges, human-centered technology, design traditional and interactive games and media experiences, work with policy makers, and pursue new forms of scholarship. Our department is a member of the iSchools consortium and has a top ranked program in communication and game design and development.


The Department is housed in MSU’s world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences at Michigan State University. Established in 1955, as the first of its kind in the country, “ComArtSci” is now one of the largest and most respected colleges of Communication in the world. The College of Communication Arts and Sciences combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and to influence the professional practice of communication globally.


Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) are integral to our practice as communicators, storytellers, and innovators. We believe it is our responsibility to foster an open and welcoming environment that aspires to attract, recruit, and sustain diverse students, faculty, and staff. Diversity is among the main drivers of institutional excellence, and we are proud to embrace and promote broad communities of knowledge, backgrounds, and experiences. Our efforts to advance DEI are guided by a shared vision grounded in a culture of caring, belonging, transparency, and accountability. In alignment with the University’s DEI plan, we commit to actively challenge, disrupt, and dismantle systems that reinforce and/or maintain historical and contemporary social inequalities and inequities. We are dedicated to ongoing dialogue to strengthen our commitment to social justice, advocacy, and activism. We strive to be DEI thought leaders who inspire, influence, and cultivate progress in our College and throughout the MSU community.


Michigan State is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer and is committed to achieving excellence through diversity, equity, and inclusion. We actively encourage applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans, and persons with disabilities. Founded in 1855, Michigan State University is one of the world’s leading public research-intensive institutions and a member of the Association of American Universities. The campus is located in East Lansing, Michigan, adjacent to the state capital and an hour from suburban Detroit. MSU is one of the nation’s largest and greenest campuses and is in East Lansing, a college town just three miles from Michigan’s capital, Lansing. Michigan, the Great Lakes State, offers countless things to do, see and experience — from art galleries, concerts and restaurants to gardens, parks, and trails. You needn’t venture far to discover sandy beaches or metropolitan life.


Required Qualifications:

The position requires the candidate to have a doctorate or terminal degree in their field. Preference will be given to applicants who have been previously tenured at a research-intensive university or able to demonstrate commensurate research output via combined academic and industry experience, but advanced Assistant Professors are also invited to apply. The candidate will be evaluated relative to peers at a similar stage in their careers, based on national or international research reputation (e.g., record of high-impact publications in relevant academic outlets, including journals and conference proceedings; record of grant-seeking; etc.), record of excellence in instruction, history of mentoring and advising students and colleagues, evidence of service to the University and their profession, respect and interest in different approaches and ways of knowing, and record of and commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in research-creative activity, instruction, and service.


Application Instructions:

Please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website https://jobs.msu.edu, refer to job no. 921677, and complete an electronic submission. Applicants should submit these materials electronically: (1) a cover letter summarizing your qualifications for the position, elaborating your record of and plans for research, instruction, service, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, (2) a current vita. Candidates who are invited for a campus interview will be asked for the names and contact information of four references who can speak to their qualifications for this position. Review of applications will begin on Jan 17, 2024, and continue until the position is filled.


Please direct any questions to Dr. Wei Peng, Search Committee Chair, Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, at pengwei@msu.edu.



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