Open Rank Professor, Information Justice

Northeastern University

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.

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.

Applications received on or before 1/10/2022 will be guaranteed full review and consideration. 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:

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