Lecturer in Media Studies
University of California Berkeley
United States

Lecturer - Media Studies - College of Letters & Science

Job #JPF02773
  • College of Letters & Science - Undergraduate Division - Undergrad Interdisc Studies

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 21st, 2020

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 4, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Oct 25, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


The Media Studies Program at the University of California, Berkeley, invites applications for a pool of qualified temporary instructors to teach Media Studies courses should an opening arise during the academic year or summer session. Screening of applicants is ongoing and will continue as needed. The number of positions varies from semester to semester, depending on the needs of the department. Positions may range from 33% to 100% during the academic year, while summer appointments start at 8.5%.

Originating from a liberal arts tradition, the Media Studies major focuses on mass media's historical and theoretical components. Instructors are primarily concerned with promoting an understanding of the origins of contemporary media and helping students assess the roles and impact of the mass media on modern life, rather than developing specific media production skills. Temporary lecturers will teach or co-teach one or more Media Studies courses, including:

  1. the prerequisite Introduction to Media Studies,
  2. a Research Methods course,
  3. a core course (Media History, Media Theories and Processes, or Media and Democracy),
  4. or an upper-division elective (Special Topics in Media Studies, History, Specialization in a Medium like film or digital media, or Theory and Application like Media and Politics)

For in-depth descriptions of these courses, please visit https://mediastudies.ugis.berkeley.edu/ms-course-descriptions/.

Teaching a Media Studies course includes holding office hours, assigning grades, advising students, preparing course materials, and maintaining a course website.

Due to COVID 19, UC Berkeley began the academic year with fully remote instruction. Depending on public health conditions, the need for remote education and virtual classrooms may continue. Instructors must have internet access and be prepared to adjust pedagogical approaches to develop asynchronous instructional materials, foster student-to-student interaction, and reimagine assignments and exams for a remote format.

Basic qualifications (at time of application): must have an advanced degree or be enrolled in an advanced degree program at the time of application.

Additional qualifications (by start date): Completion of advanced degree or an equivalent international degree. Candidates must already be authorized to work in the United States.

Preferred Qualifications: A Ph.D. or equivalent international degree in Communications/Media Studies, or a related field. Expertise and college level teaching experience in ethnicity/race, gender/sexuality, international media, Internet/social media, research methods, television, advertising, or film is desirable.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

UC lecturers are academic appointees and are represented by an exclusive bargaining agent, University Council – American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT). This position is covered by the collective bargaining agreement of the UC-AFT.

The Media Studies program is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their teaching.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family.

To apply, please go to the following link: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/JPF02773

Letters of recommendation may be solicited for finalists.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality (http://apo.berkeley.edu/evalltr.html) prior to submitting their letters.

Applications will be accepted and reviewed for department needs through October 25, 2021. Applications are typically considered in April and May for fall course needs, in September and October for spring course needs, and February and March for summer course needs. The pool will close October 25, 2021; applicants wishing to remain in the pool after that time will need to submit a new application.

Please note: The use of a lecturer pool does not guarantee that an open position exists. See the review date specified in AP Recruit to learn whether the department is currently reviewing applications for a specific position. If there is no future review date specified, your application may not be considered at this time.

Please email questions to the Assistant Director of HR, Kalford Mills at kmills@berkeley.edu.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: http://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/NondiscrimAffirmAct.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover Letter
  • A Description or Syllabus of a Proposed Course in Media Studies
  • Applicants who have received evaluations from previous teaching positions are encouraged to submit their most recent course feedback for consideration - (may include up to three years)
  • (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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