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Assistant Professor of Immersive Media Psychology

22.08.2019 13:06 | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Portland, Oregon

Deadline: October 1, 2019

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track

Location: Portland, OR

Categories: Instruction, Journalism/Communication

Department: School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC)

Rank: Assistant Professor

Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline: To ensure consideration, please submit application materials (or nominations) by October 1, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.

Required Application Materials

Interested candidates should submit a letter of interest, CV, and the names of four (4) academic references. Applicants are encouraged to highlight their experience and philosophy with regard to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

We invite applications from qualified candidates who share our commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive learning environment. We also welcome nominations.

We particularly welcome applications from scholars who are from populations historically underrepresented in the academy, and/or who have experience working with diverse populations.

For inquiries about the application process, please contact SOJC Operations at 541-346-3561. Specific inquiries about the position may also be directed to the search chair Regina Lawrence, Associate Dean, SOJC Portland at:

Position Announcement

The University of Oregon's School of Journalism and Communication invites applications for a tenure track position for an Assistant Professor in Immersive Media Psychology to begin in fall 2020.

We seek an individual whose research, expertise and skills in virtual/augmented/extended reality and media psychology will create innovative, interdisciplinary research exploring the cognitive implications of immersive technologies in the context of communication. This person's doctoral training may come from the fields of communications, psychology, information science, and/or human-computer interaction, with a research agenda focused on the uses, experiences, and the effects of immersive media. This person will be qualified to lead innovative, grant-funded research teams to advance theory and bridge knowledge and practice.

This individual will provide graduate students in our Media Studies PhD program with strong theoretical orientation on the role and impact of immersive media from a psychological perspective, and will also be prepared to offer courses that bridge academia and practice, teaching undergraduates and professional masters students techniques for immersive world-building and/or immersive story-telling grounded in an understanding of uses and psychological effects of the medium. We seek a scholar who can address enduring questions of human communication in the context of immersive media, who can help develop new curriculum that further positions the SOJC as a thought leader in immersive media, and whose expertise is also cognizant of emerging industry trends.

This position will be based at the University of Oregon's Portland campus and will take a leading role in supporting and shaping the Oregon Reality (OR) Lab. Faculty members at UO Portland gain unique research opportunities based on our "urban laboratory" environment and our proximity to a tremendous variety of technology and creative firms.

This person will teach up to three courses per year for graduate students in the Strategic Communication and Multimedia Journalism programs in Portland, along with at least one course per year in the undergraduate public relations sequence and/or graduate programs on the Eugene campus. Specific courses to be taught may include research methods for Strategic Communication and Public Relations; media theory; and special topics courses in immersive media for strategic communication and journalistic storytelling.

Candidates whose research programs focus on uses of immersive media with respect to marginalized communities and/or in multicultural contexts are especially encouraged to apply. We seek candidates who integrate technological skills with an ongoing program of research and who demonstrate excellence in teaching diverse students at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

Department or Program Summary

The School of Journalism and Communication is an ACEJMC-accredited program with a century-long history at the University of Oregon, which is a comprehensive research university and a member of the Association of American Universities (AAU). Our program thrives as a journalism and communication school known for innovation, ethics, and action. We offer four undergraduate concentrations (in Advertising, Journalism, Media Studies, and Public Relations), four professional and academic master’s programs, and a doctoral program in Media Studies

Minimum Requirements

PhD in Communication, Psychology, Information Science, human-computer interaction, or a related field in hand by time of appointment; demonstrated potential for teaching and research excellence; and a record of scholarly accomplishments that include publication in high quality academic journals in communication, psychology and/or related fields.

Preferred Qualifications

Competitive applicants will have an established research profile, peer reviewed publications, external funding experience, and a proven record of teaching experience, along with skills and experience that bridge research and practice in the field of immersive media (VR/AR/XR and/or 360 degree video).

About the University

The University of Oregon is one of only two Pacific Northwest members of the Association of American Universities and holds the distinction of a “very high research activity” ranking in the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. The UO enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students representing all 50 states and nearly 100 countries. The University of Oregon is guided by a diversity framework that involves a commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion or all students, faculty, staff, alumni, and community members. In recent years, the university has increased the diversity of its student body while raising average GPAs and test scores for incoming students. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 157,000 with a wide range of cultural and culinary offerings, a pleasant climate, and a community engaged in environmental and social concerns. The campus is within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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