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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).
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 http://liberalarts.vt.edu/RLCL for more information. A commitment to working effectively with a diverse campus population in support of Virginia Tech's
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