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Assistant Professor of Digital Platforms and Ethics

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Journalism/Communication, Instruction

Department: School of Journalism and Communication
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
September 24 2021; position open until filled (updated)

Required Application Materials
We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning and work environment. We also welcome nominations. Employment begins September 16, 2022. To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by September 24, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Interested applicants should submit:
• a letter of interest (cover letter);
• an academic CV;
• contact information for three academic references
• a diversity statement (see below)

As part of the application process, applicants seeking faculty positions at the University of Oregon are asked to submit a statement about their past, present, and future contributions to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in their professional careers. You may have worked, for example, with members of communities or local governments in politics, or university constituents such as students, staff, or faculty to further the goals of equity and inclusion.

In evaluating Statements of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and inclusion, search committees often consider the applicants:
• Awareness of inequities and challenges faced by underrepresented minority students and faculty.
• Track record (commensurate to career stage) of activities that reduce barriers in education or research for underrepresented minority students and faculty.
• Vision and plans for how their work will continue to contribute to UO's mission to serve the needs of our diverse state and student population and create an inclusive campus

We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with diverse populations. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their experience and philosophy with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion and to address how they integrate these values in research, teaching, engagement, and/or service.

For inquiries about the application process, please contact SOJC Operations at 541-346-3561. Specific inquiries about the position may also be directed to the search chairs: Nicole Dahmen, Associate Professor, and Bryce Newell, Assistant Professor, SOJC Eugene at: ndahmen@uoregon and If you would like to submit a nomination or recommendation of a potential candidate, please reach out to the search chairs via email.

Position Announcement
The University of Oregon’s School of Journalism and Communication seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a research and teaching emphasis in the area of Digital Platforms and Ethics. We seek to hire a colleague who will conduct research on and teach ethics in the context of mass media, communication, and digital media technologies—including internet platforms, software, algorithms, and technical infrastructure. Apps, algorithms, and digital platforms dominate much of our economy, politics, culture, and everyday lives, with consequences for communication, mass media, democracy, and public life. For example, the ascendancy of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft requires assessment of issues ranging from bias built into software to monopolization of online markets and even their role in the rise and spread of misinformation around COVID-19, climate change, and recent elections.

The hire would bring the following key contributions to our faculty:

1) Expertise in theories and concepts pertinent to media ethics generally and digital media ethics specifically, including issues of free speech, privacy, surveillance, transparency, content moderation, platform power, trust, misinformation, and/or human rights;
2) A related specialty, such as the study of algorithms, software, platforms and infrastructures, and/or critical approaches to programming; and
3) A capacity to teach our required Media Ethics course, other core courses (such as Media and Society and courses within our four undergraduate and graduate sequences as related to their area(s) of expertise), as well as develop innovative courses across the SOJC.

This person must have a Ph.D. in communication, media studies, journalism, information science/studies, philosophy, or another related field (or Juris Doctorate) in hand by time of appointment; demonstrated potential for teaching excellence; ability to execute independent and/or collaborative research that advances theory and bridges knowledge and practice; and a record or promise of scholarly accomplishment that includes publication of peer-reviewed articles and publication in academic journals in communication, media studies, journalism, information studies, surveillance studies, and/or related fields.

This faculty hire will join our Media Studies area, which focuses on three key areas: Media Technologies and Public Life, Media Structures and Regulation, and Culture and Power in the Media. Further, they should contribute to making the SOJC a destination for graduate and undergraduate students to engage with and understand the ethical, social, and cultural implications of digital technologies. This hire would ideally strengthen SOJC’s ties to other units on campus, including existing collaborations with CAS (e.g., the annual Data|Media|Digital Graduate Symposium), the campus-wide New Media and Culture Certificate program for graduate students, the ethics minor in philosophy, and UO’s Data Sciences Initiative, through a practical orientation to ethical issues in society. Finally, the ideal candidate will have strong potential to mentor undergraduate and graduate students as well as strong potential for and commitment to contributing to a culture of inclusive teaching and evidence of valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

This position is based in Eugene.

Department or Program Summary
The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) is an accredited research and professional school serving approximately 2,450 undergraduates and 150 graduate students both on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene and at the George S. Turnbull Center in Portland. Degrees offered are the BA, BS, MA, MS, and Ph.D., as well as a minor in Media Studies. The school also supports the interdisciplinary major in Cinema Studies and interdisciplinary minors in Multimedia and Native Studies. The SOJC employs approximately 125 individuals as faculty and staff, over 50 graduate employees as well as roughly 50 student employees. The School is one of the oldest journalism programs in the nation, founded in 1916.

Opening this academic year is our Experience HUB, which will provide new production facilities for social media, VR/AR, podcasting, and broadcasting.

Minimum Requirements
Ph.D. in communication, media studies, journalism, information science/studies, philosophy or another related field or Juris Doctorate by time of appointment 

Preferred Qualifications
• A record of scholarly accomplishment, or promise that includes publication of peer-reviewed articles and/or publications in academic journals in communication, media studies, journalism. information studies and/or related fields.
• Demonstrated potential for teaching excellence
• Strong potential for and commitment to contributing to a culture of inclusive teaching and evidence of valuing diversity, equity, and inclusion
• Strong potential to mentor undergraduate and graduate students
• Interest in and the potential to obtain external grants
• Professional experience in the industry and/or a technical or programming background (and the ability to teach hands-on course work in computational methods, data-driven techniques, basic coding, etc.)

About the University
The University of Oregon enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The UO is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion of all students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members. In recent years the university has increased the diversity of it's student body, while raising GPA's and test scores for incoming students. We are working diligently to ensure our faculty has the cultural competency to meet our students needs. The UO's 295-acre campus features state of the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people.

About the City of Eugene, OR: Located a two hour drive from Oregon’s most populous city, Portland, Eugene is home to a unique and engaging cultural atmosphere within a beautiful natural environment. The University of Oregon is the state’s premier public university and is located within walking distance of downtown Eugene. Oregon State University and other universities are also located nearby. Eugene has a diverse arts and culture scene with an active, outdoorsy vibe. It is a bike-friendly city with countless hiking, climbing, rafting/kayaking, and swimming opportunities within city limits or in close biking/driving distance. The climate is moderate year-round, and in some neighborhoods deer and wild turkeys are frequently part of the scenery. Eugene is close to the beautiful Oregon coast, with it's breath-taking vistas and lookouts, and to the Cascades mountains for all types of winter fun. The University boasts two world-class museums, and the Hult Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Eugene has a wide variety of arts and entertainment venues to chose from. Eugene has a thriving restaurant and brewery scene, with numerous restaurants, food trucks, bars, and breweries. The city attracts all kinds of people, is family-friendly, calm, and easy to navigate. For more information about Eugene, visit and to read more about the region, visit

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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