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Assistant Professor in Sports Media & Analytics

Virginia Tech
Job Location:
Blacksburg, 24061

Job Description

The Virginia Tech School of Communication invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor whose research and teaching focus on sports media, media analytics, or sports data journalism. Ideal candidates will have academic and professional backgrounds relevant to application of analytic techniques to sports media and sports journalism practice. The candidate should be prepared to teach courses related to sports media analytics or sports journalism. An ability to teach courses in sports and gender or sports and diverse populations will be strongly considered. Candidates should be prepared to contribute to curriculum development, emphasizing integration of analytic techniques with sports journalism and other forms of sports media. Typical teaching expectations are two courses per semester.

Applicants must have a PhD in communication or a closely related discipline. Preference will be given to applicants with college teaching experience, professional sports media experience, sports analytics, and/or sports data journalism experience.  

The School of Communication serves more than 1,000 undergraduate students across five majors (sports media and analytics, public relations, multimedia journalism, communication, and advertising) and 30 graduate students in its MA in communication and MA in reputation management degrees. Virginia Tech ranked 5th in the 2022 Sportscasters Talent Association of America ranking of sports broadcasting schools. Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world., Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT - serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world. The School of Communication fully embraces Virginia Tech's commitment to increase faculty, staff and student diversity, to ensure a welcoming, affirming, safe, and accessible campus climate, and to advance our research, teaching, and service mission through inclusive diversity.

Screening of applications will begin January 5, 2024. Complete applications include the online application form and the following supplemental materials: 1) a cover letter briefly detailing the applicant's research and fit with the job description and school, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a teaching statement that demonstrates knowledge and experience in providing an equitable and inclusive educational environment that supports the learning of a diverse student body and that is consistent with the Virginia Tech Principles of Community, and 4) a list of three references (names, address, phone numbers, and email contacts). Applications must be submitted electronically at ABD applicants will be considered, but the doctoral degree must be awarded by the appointment date of August 10, 2024.

Please direct questions about the position to Mike Horning, School of Communication, Shanks Hall (0311), Blacksburg, VA 24061, 540-231-7162,

Required Qualifications

* PhD in communication or related field.
* Demonstrated potential for scholarly publication and successful teaching.
* Potential for the development and maintenance of a nationally or internationally recognized research program

Preferred Qualifications

* Professional experience working in the sports media or related fields
* Background and research expertise related to sports media, sports analytics, and/or sports data journalism.
* Potential to secure external funding.
* Ability to teach students concepts and skills related to sports media and sports data journalism.
* College-level teaching experience.
* Interest in working with graduate students on sports-related projects and theses

Appointment Type


Review Date

January 5, 2024

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

Occasional travel to national conferences is required.

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges, a school of medicine, a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School, and Honors College. The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers. A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, or military status, or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected by law.

If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, please contact Mike Horning at during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event.

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