Job: Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Digital Media at Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech
ASPECT Program and Department of Religion & Culture
Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Digital Media
http://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/80940
Applications By: January 15, 2018

 
Cultural Theory and Digital Media: The Department of Religion and Culture and the ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought) Ph.D. program at Virginia Tech invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Digital Media. Appointment begins August 10, 2018. Required areas of scholarly specialization include cultural theory, cultural representation in the public sphere, and digital media. Preferred specializations include a focus on historically underrepresented populations in the fields of visual studies, popular culture, or secularism/post-secularism. Regional and historical specialization is open, though successful candidates’ profiles will complement the interests of faculty in the Department of Religion and Culture and ASPECT.
 
The position will be a core faculty member in the interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought). The qualified candidate must demonstrate an active research agenda, evidence of excellent teaching, interdisciplinary inclinations, and an ability to collaborate with colleagues in the department and the ASPECT Ph.D. program. The standard teaching load is 2 courses per semester, with at least one each year to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program. Other teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in the Religion and Culture major, as well as courses contributing to the M.A. Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities (MCPH) (co-administered by the Department of Religion and Culture).
 
Required qualifications: Earned doctorate in a field of humanities or social scientific study focused on cultural theory (e.g. cultural studies, religious studies, history, anthropology, political theory, etc.) by the time of appointment. Demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching is required. Ability and desire to mentor/advise graduate students in interdisciplinary and theory-driven ASPECT doctoral program and the MA program in Material Culture and Public Humanities are essential, as is the ability to teach potentially high-enrolling courses in the Dept. of Religion and Culture. Please see http://liberalarts.vt.edu/RLCL and http://liberalarts.vt.edu/departments-and-schools/alliance-for-social-political-ethical-and-cultural-thought.html for more information. A commitment to working effectively with a diverse campus population in support of Virginia Tech’s “Principles of Community” is required.
 
Preferred qualifications: Preference will be given to theorists who can teach a wide array of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas listed above. Additional desired areas of specialization include historically underrepresented populations in the fields of visual studies, popular culture, or secularism/post-secularism. Ability to collaborate in teaching and research with colleagues in the cross-university transdisciplinary Destination Areas is also preferred: https://provost.vt.edu/destination-areas.html.
 
The Carnegie Foundation classifies Virginia Tech as a university with “very high research activity” and the Department of Religion and Culture also has a very strong record of excellence in teaching and research. Located in the town of Blacksburg, Virginia Tech is the largest statesupported university in Virginia. Blacksburg is 40 minutes from the city of Roanoke, VA, 2 hours from both Charlottesville, VA and Greensboro, NC, approximately 2 ½ hours from Charlotte, NC, and under 4 hours from Washington, DC. In addition, Blacksburg has been voted a Top 10 “dream town” for outdoor activities by Outside Magazine, and declared the “Best Place in the U.S. to Raise Kids” by Bloomberg Businessweek.
 
Interested persons must apply at www.jobs.vt.edu posting # TR0170164 where they will submit:
• a cover letter 
• a current curriculum vitae
• a 1-2 page research statement 
• a 1-page statement of teaching experience 
• one recent writing sample representative of their research 
• contact information for 3 to 4 academic references
 
Screening of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to Co-chairs, Dr. Brian Britt (bbritt@vt.edu) or Dr. François Debrix (fdebrix@vt.edu), Cultural Theory Search Committee, Department of Religion and Culture, Lane Hall, Room 112 (0227), 280 Alumni Mall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
 
Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively seeks applications from women, minorities, veterans, and people with disabilities. Virginia Tech responds to the needs of dual career couples and has a variety of policies in place to provide flexibility for faculty careers. Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law (http://www.vt.edu/about/equal-opportunity.html). For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-8771 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.
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