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Humanist Archives: Sept. 10, 2021, 7:02 a.m. Humanist 35.223 - open position in digital platforms and ethics

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 223.
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        Date: 2021-09-10 05:44:28+00:00
        From: Bryce Newell <>
        Subject: Tenure-Track Faculty Job: Digital Platforms and Ethics at University of Oregon

Dear colleagues,

I just wanted to send a reminder of this open TT faculty position in
Digital Platforms and Ethics here at the University of Oregon. The
deadline for applications is Sept. 24th.


The School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of
Oregon is looking to hire a tenure-track Assistant Professor Digital
Platforms and Ethics within our Media Studies program. The job ad is at

Dr. Nicole Dahmen and I are co-chairing this search, and we welcome
questions as well as recommendations or virtual introductions to strong
candidates who may be interested in this job. A portion of the position
description from the job posting is copied below:

"The University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication seeks
a tenure-track Assistant Professor with a research and teaching emphasis
in the area of Digital Platforms and Ethics. We seek to hire a colleague
who will conduct research on and teach ethics in the context of mass
media, communication, and digital media technologies-including internet
platforms, software, algorithms, and technical infrastructure. Apps,
algorithms, and digital platforms dominate much of our economy,
politics, culture, and everyday lives, with consequences for
communication, mass media, democracy, and public life. For example, the
ascendancy of Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft requires
assessment of issues ranging from bias built into software to
monopolization of online markets and even their role in the rise and
spread of misinformation around COVID-19, climate change, and recent

The hire would bring the following key contributions to our faculty:

1) Expertise in theories and concepts pertinent to media ethics
generally and digital media ethics specifically, including issues of
free speech, privacy, surveillance, transparency, content moderation,
platform power, trust, misinformation, and/or human rights;
2) A related specialty, such as the study of algorithms, software,
platforms and infrastructures, and/or critical approaches to
programming; and
3) A capacity to teach our required Media Ethics course, other core
courses (such as Media and Society and courses within our four
undergraduate and graduate sequences as related to their area(s) of
expertise), as well as develop innovative courses across the SOJC.

This person must have a Ph.D. in communication, media studies,
journalism, information science/studies, philosophy, or another related
field in hand by time of appointment; demonstrated potential for
teaching excellence; ability to execute independent and/or collaborative
research that advances theory and bridges knowledge and practice; and a
record or promise of scholarly accomplishment that includes publication
of peer-reviewed articles and publication in academic journals in
communication, media studies, journalism, information studies,
surveillance studies, and/or related fields.

This faculty hire will join our Media Studies area, which focuses on
three key areas: Media Technologies and Public Life, Media Structures
and Regulation, and Culture and Power in the Media. Further, they should
contribute to making the SOJC a destination for graduate and
undergraduate students to engage with and understand the ethical,
social, and cultural implications of digital technologies. This hire
would ideally strengthen SOJC's ties to other units on campus, including
existing collaborations with CAS (e.g., the annual Data|Media|Digital
Graduate Symposium), the campus-wide New Media and Culture Certificate
program for graduate students, the ethics minor in philosophy, and UO's
Data Sciences Initiative, through a practical orientation to ethical
issues in society. Finally, the ideal candidate will have strong
potential to mentor undergraduate and graduate students as well as
strong potential for and commitment to contributing to a culture of
inclusive teaching and evidence of  valuing diversity, equity, and

This position is based in Eugene."

Best wishes,

Bryce C. Newell, Ph.D., J.D.
Assistant Professor of Media Law and Policy
School of Journalism and Communication
University of Oregon

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