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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your CV. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.   Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Job Summary

The Digital Studies Institute at the University of Michigan is a new interdisciplinary initiative for scholars of the humanities and qualitative social sciences who are experts on digital studies and supports their research and teaching.  We are the nation's first one-stop shop for all things digital, including digital media studies, digital humanities, digital pedagogy, digital art, aesthetic practice and design, and critical thinking about our digital future. Digital Studies is a big tent that has always included practitioners, critics, theorists, and artists. We are also a national leader in the study of digital media and race, gender, and identity.  Please look at our website – - to learn more.

The Digital Studies Institute is searching for a full-time lecturer beginning in the Winter 2020 semester (January 1) to teach courses that will substantially add to our undergraduate curriculum.  In particular, we are looking for classes in any of the following areas: Race/Gender/Class & Digital Access, Video Games, Game Culture & Industries, Apps and Mobile Media, Social Media, Digital Humanities, and/or Digital Rhetoric.  The lecturer should be prepared to contribute to our introductory curriculum by regularly teaching a large course (150-200 students).

The lecturer will teach five courses per year (3:2 load) and serve as the primary academic advisor for students pursuing the minor in Digital Studies.   This is not a tenure-track position.  The initial appointment will be for two and a half years (five academic year semesters, through Winter 2022).  Criteria for renewal are classroom teaching, participation in curriculum development and program activities, and advising quality; with classroom teaching receiving the greatest weight.

Mission Statement

The mission of the University of Michigan is to serve the people of Michigan and the world through preeminence in creating, communicating, preserving and applying knowledge, art, and academic values, and in developing leaders and citizens who will challenge the present and enrich the future.  The University of Michigan is committed to foster learning, creativity and productivity, and to support the vigorous exchange of ideas and information, not only in the classroom but in the workplace by: 

  • Creating a work environment in which people treat each other with respect and dignity, regardless of roles, responsibilities or differences. 
  • Providing support, direction and resources enabling us to accomplish the responsibilities of our jobs and to reach the goals that are set for professional and personal growth.


The person in this position will teach five courses per year, developed in consultation with the Associate Director of the Digital Studies Institute.   Other instructional responsibilities include overseeing any course Graduate Student Instructor(s), if applicable; hold office hours for students; do course planning and grading; and provide appropriate syllabus and course materials electronically.

This lecturer will serve as the primary departmental advisor for the 100 undergraduate students minoring in digital studies; assisting them with course planning, progress checks, study abroad credit exceptions and other petitions, career/graduate school counseling, misconduct issues, and senior audits.  They will work with the curriculum committee to identify needs for the digital studies program and make recommendations for curricular/program innovation.

The lecturer will also work with the staff in the Digital Studies Institute to plan events (guest speakers, alumni panels, discussions about applying to graduate programs, etc.) geared towards our undergraduate students minoring in Digital Studies and collaborate with the LSA Opportunity Hub in helping Digital Studies students connect with internship opportunities.  This may involve bringing guest speakers to come to campus (who might also speak in classes, if appropriate), alumni panels, discussions about applying to health programs, etc.

Required Qualifications*

  • Ph.D. in the humanities or social science with a focus on digital culture
  • Experience teaching courses on digital culture
  • The successful candidate must have cutting edge and contemporary knowledge and experience in research and teaching in the field.

Additional Information

Salary is expected to be $51,500 reflecting 100% effort for 9 months (paid occording to a University Year 12 month schedule).  

Union Affiliation

This position is covered under the collective bargaining agreement between the U-M and the Lecturers Employee Organization, AFL-CIO, which contains and settles all matters with respect to wages, benefits, hours and other terms and conditions of employment.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks.  Background checks are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Selection Process

Review of candidates will continue until the position is filled.  Only complete application packets will be reviewed.  The hiring decision will be announced within fourteen (14) days after opening has been filled.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.