Job no: 532615
Position type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Location: East Lansing
Division/Equivalent: College Of Communication Arts Sciences
School/Unit: Media And Information 10010830
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Academic Management, Education/Training, Non-Union

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Position Summary

M&I is a top-five ranked, research and grant-active department. The department’s 31 faculty have core interests that focus on the study of technology and society, human-technology interaction, and technological systems. The M&I faculty was deliberately recruited from a range of disciplines, including communication, computer science, media human-computer interaction, management, psychology, sociology, political science, economics, STS, and design to complement each and to create a unique intellectual energy. This environment takes the best and most useful elements of various disciplines to create novel insights. The department strives to promote work that is cross-disciplinary and transdisciplinary. Such endeavors expand our knowledge in new and innovative ways.

Our top-ranked cross-department doctoral program has over 60 students. Our applied master’s program enrolls over 60 students from across the globe. We educate over 800 undergraduate majors in film and media production, games and interactive media, media and information management, and human-centered technology design.

The Department of Media and Information is a member of the iSchools consortium and is housed in MSU’s world-renowned College of Communication Arts and Sciences. Established in 1955, as the first of its kind in the country, “ComArtSci” is now one of the largest and most respected colleges of Communication in the world. ComArtSci combines a research-intensive faculty with a strong professional mission to prepare students for rewarding careers and to influence the professional practice of communication globally.  For additional information, visit

M&I is committed to achieving excellence by creating and sustaining an accessible and inclusive culture that values cultural and academic diversity. We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. The department is particularly interested in candidates of all backgrounds who are committed to the principles of diversity and proactive inclusion.

Michigan State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Discipline related to Media and Informat

Minimum Requirements

Our next chairperson will be a globally recognized scholar who brings dynamic and inclusive leadership experience to further our transdisciplinary vision and to balance the department’s research initiatives and creative activity with our teaching mission. A terminal degree in a discipline related to media and information is required. Candidates must have a track record of distinguished scholarship including grant activity, administrative and organizational skills, and intellectual curiosity.

Desired Qualifications

We value experience in public policy or industry and a willingness to engage with stakeholders outside the academy. Experience mentoring and supporting faculty, staff and students from marginalized groups is particularly valued. 

Required Application Materials

Candidates should submit 1) a cover letter that includes a statement of purpose and vision for the department, 2) a curriculum vitae, and 3) the names and contact information of three references. The search committee will begin its evaluation of applicants by October 15, 2018 and will continue until an exceptional candidate is selected.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and academic credentials. The position is a full-time, 12-month, tenured appointment.  The expected start date is August 2019 or sooner.

Special Instructions

For more information on this position, please contact the search committee chair:

Keith Hampton


Electronic submission of applications through MSU’s Careers site ( are required.

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