Assistant Professor, Media Studies in Global Sound, Audio, and Storytelling

  • Governors State University
  • 1 University Pkwy, University Park, IL 60484
  • Dec 18, 2020
Full time   Computer Science/Info Tech/Systems

Job Description

Governors State University (University Park, IL) is a minority-majority institution inviting applications for a tenure track position as an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in Global Sound, Audio, and Storytelling to begin in the Fall Semester 2021. We seek a hybrid practitioner-scholar who will build on the Media Studies program by developing our global sound practices and sound studies, broadly construed. Serving as the Assistant Professor of Media Studies in Global Sound, Audio, and Storytelling, the ideal candidate will have a professional emphasis on sound and audio, including production and associated pre-production and production workflows that challenge traditional borders between creative and critical practice. This position will include recruiting, onboarding, and coaching student documentarians/sound /audio storytellers in creative and scholarly approaches to global social change, and leveraging the social, economic, and ecological concerns of marginalized cultures into mainstream spaces through sound and voice. Depending on the candidate, there is the potential to shape a campus-community internet radio station's start-up. In this capacity, the successful candidate will develop, lead, and manage the planning, production, and presentation of live/taped radio programming, implement radio station policies and procedures, and supervise student producers and creatives. We seek a colleague whose experience, teaching, and research interests complement our curriculum. Candidates will be expected to teach courses in the Global Media and Information Flow concentration, including but not limited to International Media Flow, Western Media Systems, Media Globalization, Latin America Media Systems, Audio Production, Advanced Audio Design and Production, and Media Storytelling. We are especially interested in candidates who contribute to our department and the academic community's diversity through excellence in teaching, service, and research. The candidate will also remain active in a professional capacity by contributing to our community engagement efforts through the Center for Community Media. The Center is a unique emerging community media collaborative combining GSU's Media Studies program, professional production expertise, and community storytellers to serve the information needs of our campus and community.
 The position requires mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, ongoing committee and service assignments, and actively engaging in ongoing creative work and scholarship in one's specialty area. Additional teaching responsibilities in the major or affiliated Communication, Media, and Performance graduate program will vary based on the area(s) of expertise. We also expect our new Assistant Professor of Media Studies to develop new courses to enhance our B.A. and M.A. curriculums. The Program Launched in 2014, the Media Studies program at Governors State University offers an undergraduate (B.A.) degree with concentrations in Media Industry and Production, Global Media and Information Flow, and Social Networking and Participatory Culture. The program prepares students to plan, manage, and produce media in a global, multicultural environment. It includes instruction in television and transmedia production, studio and independent field production, social media and emerging media cultures, regional media industry including public media, global and non-western media systems, all informed by a substantive study in the liberal arts. Students gain hands-on experience in state-of-the-art studios, work with professional production equipment, emerging technologies, and industry-standard software. The Media Studies program is an inclusive learning environment that promotes creativity and scholarship in multiple media forms, mirroring the wide range of cultural, artistic, and scholarly interests in the south Chicago and Southland regions. Students enjoy training and education in media theory, criticism, writing, content creation, and production. We pride ourselves in offering a curriculum that balances theory and practice. We also provide a range of in-house and industry internship opportunities.
 Governors State University is the only regional public comprehensive university in Chicago's south suburban area, serving more than 5,500 students annually. Since its founding in 1969, GSU has offered accessible, high-value educational opportunities to a culturally diverse student body of first-generation students, returning adults, and veterans. With the lowest undergraduate tuition in Illinois, GSU offers accredited programs that have earned high praise from national accrediting agencies. In 2014, GSU accepted its inaugural class of first-year students as it transitioned from an upper-division and graduate institution into a regional comprehensive university with a state-of-the-art general education program. New faculty at GSU must demonstrate enthusiasm and ability to work with students at all levels, from first-year to graduate.   Through its strategic planning, GSU emphasizes excellence, access, and innovation. Students benefit from the university's academic quality, range of convenient class times, increasingly numerous hybrid and online offerings, and outstanding educational value. Our innovative lower-division program uses high-impact practices to foster student engagement with ethics, citizenship, and innovative thinking. Every first-year class is taught by a full-time faculty member to ensure that students have a strong foundation for their studies. GSU is a national leader in the successful transfer of community college students to universities and is leading through the Kresge-supported Dual Degree Program, with features such as tuition lock-in at GSU for academically eligible community college students who commit to earn an Associate Degree and attend college full-time. GSU offers a wide variety of master's programs and several applied doctoral degrees in health, counseling fields, and Interdisciplinary Leadership.   GSU's 750-acre campus encompasses the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park yet is conveniently located within easy reach of Chicago and surrounding communities with a wealth of cultural and natural attractions. The highly diverse region GSU serves has a number of high-performing schools and engaged communities as well as struggling urban, suburban, and rural communities. GSU serves as a public square, working to foster educational opportunities for all populations. It is the policy of Governors State University, in its role as educator, employer, and purchaser of goods and services, to provide equal opportunity and affirmative action. Discrimination based on race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or veteran status is strictly prohibited. Salary and benefits package are commensurate with education and experience.

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