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Assistant Professor, Cultural Theory and Digital Media

Position Information

Position Information

Working Title: Assistant Professor, Cultural Theory and Digital Media
Faculty Rank: Assistant Professor
Posting Number: TR0170164
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

Virginia Tech invites applications for a tenure-track position in the ASPECT Ph.D. Program and the Dept. of Religion and Culture and at the rank of Assistant Professor in Cultural Theory and Digital Media. Appointment begins August 2018. Required areas of scholarly specialization include cultural theory, cultural representation in the public sphere, and digital media. Preferred specializations include a focus on historically underrepresented populations in the fields of visual studies, popular culture, or secularism/post-secularism. Regional and historical specialization is open, though successful candidates’ profiles will complement the interests of faculty in the Department of Religion and Culture and ASPECT.

The position will be a core faculty member in the interdisciplinary doctoral program ASPECT (Alliance for Social, Political, Ethical, and Cultural Thought). The qualified candidate must demonstrate an active research agenda, evidence of excellent teaching, interdisciplinary inclinations, and an ability to collaborate with colleagues in the department and the ASPECT Ph.D. program. The standard teaching load is 2 courses per semester, with at least one each year to be offered for the ASPECT PhD program. Other teaching responsibilities will include undergraduate courses in the Religion and Culture major, as well as courses contributing to the M.A. Program in Material Culture and Public Humanities (MCPH) (co-administered by the Department of Religion and Culture).

Required Qualifications:

Earned doctorate in a field of humanities or social scientific study focused on cultural theory (e.g. cultural studies, religious studies, history, anthropology, political theory, etc.) by the time of appointment. Demonstrated excellence in both research and teaching is required. Ability and desire to mentor/advise graduate students in interdisciplinary and theory-driven ASPECT doctoral program and the MA program in Material Culture and Public Humanities are essential, as is the ability to teach potentially high-enrolling courses in the Dept. of Religion and Culture. Please see for more information. A commitment to working effectively with a diverse campus population in support of Virginia Tech’s “Principles of Community” is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference will be given to theorists who can teach a wide array of courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the areas listed above. Additional desired areas of specialization include historically underrepresented populations in the fields of visual studies, popular culture, or secularism/post-secularism. Ability to collaborate in teaching and research with colleagues in the cross-university transdisciplinary Destination Areas is also preferred:

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How to Apply for this Job:

Interested persons must apply at posting #TR0170164 , where they will submit:
• a cover letter
• a current curriculum vitae
• a 1-2 page research statement
• a 1-page statement of teaching experience
• one recent writing sample representative of their research
• contact information for 3 to 4 academic references

Screening of applications will begin January 15, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. All inquiries can be sent to Co-chairs, Dr. Brian Britt ( or Dr. François Debrix (, Cultural Theory Search Committee, Department of Religion and Culture, Lane Hall, Room 112 (0227), 280 Alumni Mall, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Employee Category: Instructional/Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Regular
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year? Standard Academic Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Department: Religion and Culture
Work Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Job Posting Date: 10/23/2017
Review Begin Date: 01/15/2018
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Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

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If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  3. Research Statement
  4. Teaching Statement
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