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[JOB / TEACHING] Professor of Communication, Queens University of Charlotte

Knight-Crane Professor of Communication (Open Rank)

(Ref Code: KSC-KCC)


Queens University of Charlotte invites applications for its endowed Knight-Crane Professor of

Communication (open rank) specializing in Civic Media, with a focus on emerging media and

culture. This is a full-time, nine month tenure track position beginning August 2015 reporting to

the Dean of the James L. Knight School of Communication. The Knight School at Queens operates

with an endowment from the Knight Foundation, and shares the Foundation’s investment in

creating informed and engaged communities. The School’s undergraduate and graduate

programs offer students a critical lens on how digital technologies are transforming society and

culture, producing new forms of interaction, and modeling new information ecosystems.


The endowed professorship will provide leadership in the Knight School’s strategic initiatives, and

have research and teaching interests aligned with the School’s particular focus on bridging

community engagement, digital literacy, and new media innovation. Ideal candidates will have critical

expertise in digital technologies and emerging media-based community forms, a demonstrated

capacity for research in their areas, teaching experience, a willingness to help build curriculum, and

an investment in community engagement. The endowed chair will be encouraged to further the

School’s innovative research program, and develop collaborative grant supported projects.

A PhD in communication, media, culture, technology studies or a related field is required. A

background in such areas as digital citizenship, news and information literacy, media analysis, and/or

data-driven storytelling is highly desirable. Applicants must possess a high degree of critical

competency to participate in partnerships with a broad range of media industries and civic agencies,

have a well-defined research agenda, and a demonstrated publication record. Prior teaching

experience and a commitment to teaching excellence are required.


• Teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in digital media studies

• Research/creative work is required for tenure

• Service to the school, university and community


Qualified candidates should submit via email to all of the following in

(.doc) or (.pdf) format:

1. letter of interest,

2. curriculum vitae,

3. list of five academic references,

4. and one writing sample.

Be sure to include “REF: KSC-KCC” and YOUR NAME in your email Subject Line.

(Example: REF: KSC-KCC, Sean Smith)

The deadline for applications is January 16, 2015.


Queens University of Charlotte is a private, co-educational, Presbyterian affiliated comprehensive

university located in the heart of Charlotte, North Carolina, and is consistently ranked in the top tier

of Southern Regional Masters Universities. The university has over 2,300 undergraduate and

graduate students in programs offered by the College of Arts and Sciences, the McColl School of

Business, the James L. Knight School of Communication, the Wayland H. Cato Jr. School of Education,

the Andrew Blair College of Health and the Presbyterian School of Nursing. Additional information

about Queens University of Charlotte may be found at

Queens University of Charlotte values campus diversity and demonstrates this in campus initiatives;

we particularly encourage members of historically under-represented groups to apply. Queens is an

equal opportunity employer, completely and firmly committed to supporting and celebrating all

forms of diversity. Queens does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, sexual

orientation, sexual identity, religion, age, national origin, disability, political beliefs, veteran status,

genetic information or any characteristic protected by law in the administration of its educational

and admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, employment and hiring

policies, or other University-administered programs. Any applicant for employment who needs any

reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act should contact the Director of

Human Resources (704—337—2297 or


Queens offers medical (PPO or a high deductible option with Health Savings Account) and dental

insurance, domestic partner benefits, defined contribution retirement plan & supplemental

retirement plan, paid holidays, tuition remission, Queens-paid life insurance, supplemental life

insurance, dependent life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, flexible

spending accounts (medical, dependent care, qualified transportation expense), long-term

disability leave, FMLA leave, reduced cost meals at Morrison Dining Hall, and employee assistance

program (EAP).