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How to Apply

How to Apply:  For full consideration, applicant should submit one PDF file via email to no later than 11:59pm 3/3/21 containing:

  1. Cover letter outlining qualifications, specifically listing teaching experience
  2. Current CV indicating PhD completion date
  3. *Two faculty recommendation letters (preferably from supervising the applicant’s teaching) submitted by the faculty member to  
  4. A teaching statement including a short description (250-300 words) of at least two undergraduate courses that you could teach
  5. A research statement
  6. A writing sample equivalent to a single journal article, book chapter, or a chapter from the applicant’s dissertation. The writing sample may be published or unpublished, but it must be in English.

*Faculty can submit recommendation letters via email to and indicate “Marsh Postdoctoral Research Fellow” in the subject line.

Job Summary

The Department of Communication and Media seeks applicants for the Howard R. Marsh Postdoctoral Research Fellow.  This is a term-limited position for the period August 30, 2021 - August 29, 2022, composed of both research and instructional components.  This is a 100% effort position during the academic year (8/30/21 - 4/30/22), and 50% effort during the spring/summer half-terms (5/1/22 to 8/29/22).  It is expected there will be a combination of research (33.33%) and teaching (66.67%) effort during the academic year, and research only effort (50%) during spring/summer.  The position is expected to begin no later than August 30, 2021.


The annual compensation for the position is $ 53,000. In addition, the Fellow is eligible to apply for up to $2,000 per year to fund research and conference travel. This is a benefits-eligible position.

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.


Fall 2021 – Winter 2022

Research Fellow Appointment - The selected candidate is expected to conduct research for a project led by Professor Susan Douglas about the history and evolution of the study of Communication and Media in particular documenting how issues of race, gender, class, and sexuality became salient in media studies. The selected candidate will assist in building an extensive media archive, tracking establishment of new journals in the field, developing a timeline of significant publications, debates, and media tracing the establishment and evolution of the field.  

Instructional Appointment - As part of this position, the selected candidate will be expected to teach two courses during both Fall 2021 and Winter 2022 terms. Courses will be assigned in consultation with the Associate Chair of Undergraduate Studies, and formal communication of each teaching appointment will be provided to you at a future date. In the College of LSA, teaching assignments generally require appointments in instructional titles. We expect that each teaching appointment under this Postdoctoral Fellow offer will be made as a LEO Lecturer I, and set at 66.67% effort. 

Spring 2022 - Summer 2022

The 50% effort Research Fellow position in spring and summer terms is expected to conduct research on a project led by Professor Susan Douglas.

The Marsh Postdoctoral Research Fellow will have access to department research resources and is encouraged to participate in the intellectual life of the department. Selected candidate is expected to attend course meetings, hold office hours, and handle routine matters related to instruction.

Required Qualifications*

To be considered, applicants must have:

  • Earned a Communication and Media PhD by the start date of the appointment (8/29/21) with interests in one or more of the following fields of study: media studies and media history
  • Extensive experience as graduate student instructor (GSI) or teaching assistant (TA) in communication and media
  • Area(s) of research interest in media studies and media history.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Breadth of teaching experience at the undergraduate level, including writing intensive courses
  • A doctoral degree in Communication and Media from the University of Michigan within the past two years from the start date and have a record of balancing teaching and research.
  • Area(s) of research interest in media studies and media history.

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.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

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