Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication, Race & Technology

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Posting Number:2020763F
Position Title:Postdoctoral Fellow in Communication, Race & Technology
Position Type:Faculty
Location:Villanova, PA
Recruitment Type:Internal/External Applicants
Work Schedule:full-time/9-months
Position Summary:The Department of Communication at Villanova University seeks applicants for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow, to begin fall 2021. This is a one-year fellowship renewable for up to three years.This new initiative in our Department is designed to foster the professional development of recent PhDs on their journey to faculty positions. Successful candidates will gain formal teaching experience, as well as support and mentorship from Communication faculty. We are particularly interested in expanding studies at the juncture of communication, technology and race which may include intersections with gender, sexuality, ability, transnationalism, and/or other components of identity.With one of the largest undergraduate majors in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the Communication Department offers course work leading to the B.A. in Communication with opportunities to specialize in eight different areas of the discipline. In addition, the Department supports a thriving M.A. program in Communication. Our faculty prides itself on excellence in teaching and research and seeks to cultivate a supportive, collegial work environment. Diversity and inclusion are hallmarks of our Department as well as an integral component of Villanova University’s mission.Villanova is a Catholic university sponsored by the Augustinian order. Diversity and inclusion have been and will continue to be an integral component of Villanova University’s mission. The University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and seeks candidates who understand, respect and can contribute to the University’s mission and values.
Duties and Responsibilities:Our new colleague will teach core undergraduate courses such as communication theory and/or research methods, in addition to elective courses (existing or new) that complement their area(s) of research specialization. The position involves a 3-3 teaching load and limited service responsibilities that benefit the candidate’s professional development. Candidates must be willing to support the University’s strategic plan of Inclusive Community. For more information visit:
Minimum Qualifications:Ph.D. in Communication (ABD considered, with degree in hand by August 2021).We seek candidates whose teaching, scholarship, and/or service has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion as demonstrated in our Departmental focus on social justice, dialogue, and storytelling. For more information visit:
Preferred Qualifications:College-level teaching experience preferred, but not required.
Physical Requirements and/or Unusual Work Hours: 
Special Message to Applicants:All application materials will be collected online, at application should include:Cover letter (Please indicate in your cover letter if teaching evaluations are not available e.g., if you don’t have teaching experience or have not been an instructor of record)Curriculum vitaeStatement of teaching philosophyTranscriptsStatement of contribution to the University’s misson and how you would contribute to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) in the departmentSummary of teaching evaluationsWriting sample/publicationsStatement of research interestsContact information for 3 references who will be contacted via email to submit confidential letters of recommendation when the application is submitted.Review of applications will begin as soon as the job is posted at The deadline for application review is March 8, 2021.For more detailed description of the Department, please consult our website at Please direct all questions regarding the position to Dr. Raka Shome, [email protected] or Dr. Bryan Crable, [email protected], Search Committee co-chairs.
Posting Date:01/27/2021
Closing Date (11:59pm ET):03/08/2021
Salary Posting Information: Competitive
Salary Band:
Job Classification:faculty

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Required Documents

  1. Cover Letter / Letter of Interest
  2. Resume / Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Transcripts
  5. Statement of Contribution to Mission
  6. Writing Sample/Publications
  7. Statement of Research Interests

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Doctoral studentships at The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG)

Diary id: PAR 2020/764Employment level: Fixed termLocation: Department of Journalism, Media and CommunicationApply by: 2020-08-28

The Department of Journalism, Media and Communication (JMG) provides up to two doctoral studentships. JMG is a nationally leading and internationally renowned centre for research on journalism, media and communication. The department’s researchers are divided into five groups doing research on Crisis communication, Journalism, Media institutions and audiences; Organizations and communication as well as Political communication. For more information about the department’s research please see

The aim of the doctoral studentship is for the doctoral student to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to be able to conduct research independently and to contribute to the development of knowledge within the discipline through the production of a thesis. The doctoral student is also expected to develop capacities to pursue continuing scholarly work or other types of qualified professional tasks when the studies are finalized.

The positions are limited to 4 years and carried out on a full-time basis. Exceptions from the latter can granted but the pace of study must never be less than 50 %. The positions may include departmental duties, including teaching, corresponding to up to 20% of full-time over the course of study. If such tasks are required, the duration of the appointment will be extended accordingly.


To be eligible for the position, the applicant must meet the entry requirements for third-cycle studies (Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, Sec.40). This is done if (s)he has obtained a master’s degree in journalism or in media and communication studies. The degree must be worth 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits), of which at least 60 credits must be at master’s level. Eligible are also applicants with a master’s degree in other subjects worth at least 240 higher education credits (240 ECTS credits), of which at least 60 credits are at master’s level with a master thesis clearly and primarily linked to the area of journalism, media and/or communication. An applicant who has acquired substantially equivalent knowledge in some other way in Sweden or abroad can also be assessed to meet the specific entry requirements.

The applicant must be proficient in English at a level that will enable her/him to fully benefit from scientific literature and courses at doctoral level and to actively participate in the doctoral seminars, and international conferences.


To begin the application process for the doctoral program, the candidate must register an account in the university’s recruitment system. The documents are thereafter uploaded in the system. The application must include

  • A CV and copies of academic transcripts verifying that the entry requirements stated above have been met. Evidence of other relevant qualifications.
  • A personal letter in which the applicant outlines his/her interest in research and what s(he) want to accomplish throughout her studies and afterwards
  • A copy of the applicant’s master’s thesis
  • A research outline where the applicant presents the research problem s(he) want to deal with. The outline must include research questions, a theoretical framework and a suggestion for the most suitable method(s) to answer the questions. The text must not exceed 3 000 words including references.
  • If available, academic papers and other relevant works.
  • Two letters of recommendation or contact details to two references who can vouch for the applicant’s merits.

The texts must be submitted in Swedish or English. Any translated versions must be accompanied by the original text.

It is incumbent on the applicant that the application is complete. Additions after the deadline will not be considered.


According to the Higher Education Ordinance Ch.7, applicants will be assessed based on their estimated ability to benefit from the doctoral program. The assessment will particularly focus on the applicant’s master thesis and her/his research proposal. To what extent the applicants will pursue research in any of the department’s research groups (see above), the department’s supervisory resources and other scientific outputs produced by the applicant will also be considered.

All applicants will be assessed by a committee headed by the Director of graduate studies and the selection process takes place in two stages. First, the admissions committee reviews the submitted applications and the most prominent candidates are shortlisted. The shortlisted candidates are called to an interview. The final decision is made by the Head of Department. The decision cannot be appealed.

The application period for the doctoral program in Journalism, Media and Communication commences in June 2020 and the final date for submitting an application is 28th of August, 2020. Shortlisted applicants will be called for interviews in the later part of September, the final decision on admissions is made in October, and the new doctoral candidates typically start the program in January 2021. PAR 2020/764

For more information about the program or the admission requirements, please contact the Director of doctoral studies:

Magnus Fredriksson
+46 – 31 – 786 1196
[email protected]

Closing date 2020-08-28

Entry 2021-01-01


Regulations for employment as doctoral student are given in the Higher Education Ordinance, Chapter 5. Only applicants who are admitted to doctoral studies can be employed as doctoral student. A new employment as a PhD student applies for a maximum of one year. The Appointment may be prolonged for up to two years at a time. The total employment period may not be longer than the equivalent of four years of full time doctoral studies.

The University applies the current local agreement on the salaries of graduate students.