Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric

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Assistant Professor of Digital Rhetoric
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University of Maine
Orono, ME, USA
February 11, 2022



Position Title:

Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Maine

Communication & Journalism Department

The Department of Communication and Journalism at the University of Maine seeks an Assistant Professor of Communication, focused on Digital Rhetoric. The anticipated start date is August 29, 2022. This job opening is part of a multi-disciplinary faculty cluster entitled Rural Community Wellbeing. The candidate will collaborate with other cluster members who will be hired into various departments.

Scholars working from a wide range of specialties are welcomed, including digital storytelling, visual communication, critical media studies, posthumanism, science and technology studies, environmental justice, health advocacy, social activism, and coalition building and organizing. No matter the specialty, we expect candidates to demonstrate—in application materials and in scholarship—anti-oppressive research frameworks and methods. Preferred candidates will have expertise in intersections of difference such as among race and ethnicity, Native American and Indigenous peoples and cultures, gender and sexualities, rural poverty and mobilities, migrancy and border politics, and disability and neurological difference.

The successful candidate will be responsible for teaching a range of courses at the undergraduate level, developing courses in their specialty. They will be expected to teach one graduate course per academic year as well as advise graduate students. The ordinary teaching assignment is 2-2 and candidates are expected to engage in campus and professional service as appropriate.

About the University:

The University of Maine is a community of more than 11,700 undergraduate and graduate students, and 2,500 employees located on the Orono campus, the regional campus in Machias, and throughout the state. UMaine is the state land and sea grant university and maintains a leadership role as the System’s flagship university.  As a result, it is dedicated to providing excellent teaching, research, and service at the university, state, and national levels. Further information about UMaine can be found at

The University of Maine offers a wide range of benefits for employees including, but not limited to, tuition benefits (employee and dependent), comprehensive insurance coverage including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, and short and long term disability as well as retirement plan options. As a former NSF ADVANCE institution, the University of Maine is committed to diversity in our workforce and to dual-career couples.

UMaine is located in beautiful Central Maine. Many employees report that a primary reason for choosing to come to UMaine is quality of life. Numerous cultural activities, excellent public schools, safe neighborhoods, high quality medical care, little traffic, and a reasonable cost of living make the greater Bangor area a wonderful place to live. Learn more about what the Bangor region has to offer here.

The University of Maine System is considered a federal contractor and therefore required to comply with the directives of civil authorities regarding COVID vaccinations. As of January 4, 2022, new hires are required to be fully vaccinated or have submitted a request for a religious or medical exemption on or prior to their start date. Further information can be found here.



Completed PhD in Communication, English, Media Studies, or related field by the start date

Expertise in digital rhetoric, including areas such as digital storytelling, visual communication, critical media studies, posthumanism, science and technology studies, environmental justice, health advocacy, social activism, and coalition building and organizing

Commitment to anti-oppressive research and teaching methods

Ability to collaborate with diverse partners across disciplinary, institutional, and/or community contexts

Excellent research productivity or evidence of potential.

Demonstrated commitment to equitable pedagogies and interest or experience in mentoring diverse undergraduate and graduate students


Expertise in intersections of difference

Evidence of strong ethic of collegiality and community

Other Information:

The Department offers bachelor’s degrees in Communication, Media Studies, and Journalism; minors in Journalism and Media Studies; and an MA and a PhD degree in Communication. Further information about the Department can be found at The University affords many opportunities for collaborative work, including with the Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center, Margaret Chase Smith Policy Center, Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions, and McGillicuddy Humanities Center, among others.

The Department is committed to diversity in the workplace, and we encourage all interested, qualified individuals to apply.

To Apply: Materials must be submitted via "Apply For Position" at the bottom of this page: You will need to create a profile and application; upload:

1.) a cover letter which describes your experience, interests, and suitability for the position, with specific reference to the qualifications listed;
2.) a resume/curriculum vitae;
3.) a research sample; such as a published article or book chapter, conference paper, engaged scholarship, digital creative work, and/or dissertation chapter;
4.) evidence of high-quality teaching that supports diverse learners at the college level, including a teaching statement, syllabi and learning activities; examples of assignments and letters from teaching observations are welcome;
5) three names of academic professional references.

Candidates who are selected for a screening interview may be asked for additional materials, including letters of recommendation. Review of applications will begin February 11, 2022. Full consideration will be given to complete applications received by this date.

You will also need to submit the affirmative action survey, the self-identification of disability form, and the self-identification of veteran status forms. Incomplete application materials cannot be considered. Materials received after the initial review date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University.

Search Timeline is as follows:
Review of applications to begin: February 11, 2022
Zoom interviews to begin: February 18, 2022
On-campus interviews to begin: February 28, 2022
Tentative start date: August 29, 2022

Specific questions may be addressed to Dr. Nathan Stormer, Search Committee Chair,

Appropriate background checks are required.

The University of Maine is an EEO/AA employer, and does not discriminate on the grounds of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender expression, national origin, citizenship status, age, disability, genetic information or veteran’s status in employment, education, and all other programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies: Amie Parker, Director of Equal Opportunity, 101 North Stevens Hall, University of Maine, Orono, ME  04469-5754, 207.581.1226, TTY 711 (Maine Relay System).


Academic Year (Sept-May)

Required Documents:

Cover Letter, References, Research Sample, Resume/CV, Teaching Statement