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Open Rank Professor, Information Justice

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Position Type: Faculty Full-time (Tenure/Tenure Track)
Location: Boston Main Campus
Categories: College of Arts, Media and Design

About Northeastern:

Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global research university and the recognized leader in experience-driven lifelong learning. Our world-renowned experiential approach empowers our students, faculty, alumni, and partners to create impact far beyond the confines of discipline, degree, and campus.

Our locations—in Boston; Charlotte, North Carolina; London; Portland, Maine; San Francisco; Seattle; Silicon Valley; Toronto; Vancouver; and the Massachusetts communities of Burlington and Nahant—are nodes in our growing global university system. Through this network, we expand opportunities for flexible, student-centered learning and collaborative, solutions-focused research.

Northeastern’s comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs— in a variety of on-campus and online formats—lead to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools. Among these, we offer more than 195 multi-discipline majors and degrees designed to prepare students for purposeful lives and careers.


About the Opportunity:

Northeastern University’s College of Arts, Media and Design invites applications for an open-rank cluster search in the nascent field of Information Justice. Building on recent developments in algorithmic accountability, new newsroom technologies and journalism tools, critical information studies, critical data studies, and universal design, this multidisciplinary area of inquiry addresses issues of bias, diversity, equity, and exclusion in information and global media systems. We welcome a diverse range of applicants whose scholarship, newsroom experiences, design and visual communication practice, journalistic work, and/or public impact work in Information Justice would contribute to our programs in Information Justice in Journalism, Art + Design, or Communication Studies. 



We are particularly interested in candidates who bring an interdisciplinary perspective and whose research/creative practice and teaching align with one of the following high-priority areas related to Information Justice:

In Communication Studies, public and community health communication, health information access and equity, and/or health (dis)information campaigns;

In Design: visual communication in the public sphere focused on influence, advocacy, and social engagement in civic, health, and environmental issues;

In Journalism: justice-oriented data investigations, data-driven media ecosystems analyses, impactful data-driven & digital storytelling, community-grounded partnerships.

Successful candidates will be primarily appointed in the School of Journalism, Department of Art + Design, or Department of Communication Studies. Split appointments between these units, with other units in the College of Arts, Media and Design (Architecture, Music, Theatre), or elsewhere at Northeastern University are possible, including the Khoury College of Computer Sciences, the Institute for Experiential AI, the Ethics Institute, and the Institute for Race, Technology, and Social Justice. 



Candidates must have a PhD, MFA, or other relevant terminal degree by the appointment start date.


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Additional Information:

The College of Arts, Media and Design is a collaborative, diverse community, acting as a catalyst for research, inspiration, and discovery across the University. It brings together a unique combination of disciplines, including Architecture, Art+Design, Communication Studies, Journalism, Media and Screen Studies, Music, and Theatre, and is home to three interdisciplinary research centers: the Center for the Arts, the Center for Design, and the Center for Communication, Media Innovation, and Social Change. (See:


All applicants have the right to accessibility support and accommodations. To request accessibility support and accommodations, please contact Julie Newmeyer,, Personnel Administration Manager for the College of Arts Media and Design.

All applications must be submitted electronically at Please include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a research statement that includes a link to a portfolio of research and professional outcomes, teaching effectiveness, and contact information for at least three references who may be contacted at a later date.

These positions will remain open until filled. Preferred start date is for the 2022-2023 academic year.

Inquiries may be directed to:

Communication Studies:
Joseph Reagle, Associate Professor, Department of Communications Studies:

Ann McDonald, Associate Professor, Department of Art+Design, search committee chair:

John Wihbey, Associate Professor, School of Journalism:

Northeastern University is an equal opportunity employer, seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff.  Northeastern values and celebrates diversity in all its forms and strives to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. 

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, age, sex, sexual orientation, disability status, or any other  characteristic protected by applicable law.

To learn more about Northeastern University’s commitment and support of diversity and inclusion, please see

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