New Position: Univ. of Rhode Island Sport Media and Communication, Tenure-Track Assistant Professor Position






Assistant Professor, Sports Media and Communication

The Harrington School of Communication and Media at the University of Rhode Island invites applicants for a tenure-line faculty position at the rank of assistant professor in sports media and communication to begin fall 2019.

We seek candidates whose teaching and research interests focus on one or more of the following: sports communication/media, sociology of sport, physical cultural studies, sports public relations, and/or sports journalism. Responsibilities include conducting research, teaching existing courses, and developing new courses in the candidate’s area(s) of expertise.

We seek candidates who demonstrate the ability to develop a sustained research agenda, provide evidence of successful teaching, and demonstrate the ability to work effectively with students, faculty, staff and administrators.  Opportunities also exist for collaborations with URI’s Center for Career and Experiential Learning, URI Athletics, and campus media outlets.

The Harrington School of Communication and Media is a leader in communication and media research and education. Administratively housed within the College of Arts and Sciences, the largest college in the University of Rhode Island, the Harrington School is home to programs in communication studies, digital media, film/media, journalism, library and information studies, public relations, sports media and communication, and writing and rhetoric.

The ideal candidate for this position will be joining an engaging community of 65 full-time faculty, 100 part-time instructors, and 1350 undergraduate and graduate students, and will teach and work with students in our new $6.8 million communication and media hub and newly renovated broadcast center.

The University of Rhode Island is conveniently located near the state’s famous beaches, one mile from an Amtrak station connecting to Boston and New York City, 20 miles from T.F. Green International Airport, and 30 miles from Providence, Rhode Island.


Develop and deliver new courses in sports media and communication at the undergraduate level and possibly at the graduate level. Teach and enhance existing or new course offerings. Standard workload includes 18 credit-hours of teaching per year (normally 3 courses per semester), advising students, developing a scholarly or creative agenda, and performing service at the department/program, school, college and/or university level(s) as appropriate.


  1. Ph.D. or M.F.A (or other terminal degree) in sports media or communication or a related field. ABD candidates will be considered; if hired, the degree must be completed no later than September 1, 2019.
  2. Demonstrated ability to develop and deliver courses at the undergraduate level in sports communication/media, sports public relations, or sports journalism.
  3. Demonstrated ability to develop a scholarly or creative agenda in an area related to sports communication/media, sociology of sport, physical cultural studies, sports public relations, or sports journalism.
  4. Demonstrated proficiency in oral communication.
  5. Demonstrated proficiency in written communication.
  6. Demonstrated proficiency in electronic media.
  7. Demonstrated knowledge of digital media as it relates to sports media.
  8. Demonstrated ability to work with diverse groups/populations.




  1. Professional experience in sports journalism or other media and communication field.
  2. Demonstrated evidence of seeking and/or securing funding for research or creative work.
  3. Experience teaching sports media and communication at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  4. Demonstrated knowledge of data analysis as it relates to sports media.
  5. Demonstrated experience utilizing project- and experienced-based assignments in the classroom.



Required Documents: Please attach 4 (PDF) documents to your online Faculty Profile Application:

  • Cover letter including a description of how your qualifications match the requirements for the position.
  • Curriculum Vitae should include the names and contact information for three professional references.
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, including your approach to teaching a diverse student body and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • “Other Document,” a sample of written work and/or a link to an example of a creative production.


Consideration will be given to applications received by November 15, 2018. Applications received subsequent to this date may not be given full consideration.

To be considered an applicant, you must apply on-line at