Job opening for Assistant Professor in Digital Media Studies at Indiana University

Yesterday, IU’s Department of Communication and Culture announced a job search for a new Assistant Professor in Digital Media Studies. It is one of those jobs that I would love to get except for that thing about universities not wanting to hire their graduates and that i’m not done yet. Here’s the job description:

Assistant Professor in Digital Media Studies

The Department of Communication and Culture at Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position in digital media studies to begin Fall 2008. We seek an individual with expertise in critical approaches to digital media to join an innovative, interdisciplinary program that includes media studies, ethnography and performance studies, and rhetoric and public culture. While we invite candidates from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds, we encourage applicants involved in research on the cultural, p
olitical, and communicative aspects of online games and in the broader field of digital game studies. Research may involve the formal qualities of digital games, their social and political dimensions, as well as questions of genre, narrative, and history. Applicants should be prepared to discuss the role that digital media play in shaping perceptions of history and culture, in forging individual and collective identities, and in mediating social change. Applicants are expected to have a strong research agenda and a commitment to excellence in teaching. Preference will be given to candidates who have their Ph.D. in hand by the date of appointment. Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, writing sample, and three letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin on November 16, 2007. Address applications to: Christopher Anderson, Chair, Digital Media Studies Search, Department of Communication and Culture, 800 East Third St., Indiana University, Bloomington IN 47405.

Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and has a strong commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We are especially interested in receiving applications from a broad spectrum of scholars, including women, members of racial and ethnic minorities, and disabled individuals.

If anyone has a questions about IU or the Department of Communication and Culture feel free to drop me a line or hit me up at DiGRA. I’m not involved with the job search or anything at this point so I can’t give you any inside scoop but I can tell you the inside scoop on the department itself and our new building which doesn’t have a name.

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