Media & Information Job Openings

Ph.D. Position in Building Cyberinfrastructure for Innovation

The department of Media and Information at Michigan State University invites applicants for one fully-funded Ph.D. position with a focus on designing smart cyberinfrastructures to support team innovation in organizational settings and a strong interest in recent enterprise technologies such as Enterprise Social Media funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. The position is intended to start August 16, 2018.

The selected candidate will join the world-renowned Ph.D. program offered jointly by the Department of Media and Information, Department of Advertising and Public Relations, and the School of Journalism at Michigan State University. The doctoral program is comprised more than 50 Ph.D. Faculty with research interests that span important current and emerging issues in media and information studies. Students complement theoretical coursework with hands-on experience as they are actively involved in research from the start of their studies. The 2017 QS World University rankings places our Ph.D. program 12th in the world and 10th in North America in communication and media studies. To learn more, see our web page, at:

The successful applicants will be supported by graduate research assistantships for up to 5 years (contingent on performance) with generous stipends of $2000+ per month, tuition remission, and health benefits. Additionally, university fellowships, dissertation completion fellowships, summer research fellowships, and substantial stipends for travel to academic conferences are available.

East Lansing and the greater Lansing area offer a vibrant cultural environment with easy access to a variety of outdoor activities and the scenic beauty of our state year-round. Blending urban and sub-urban living, it is one of the nation’s most affordable places to complete a doctoral program.


  • Completed university degree (Master's or exceptional BSc candidates) in field such as information systems, business analytics, mathematics, statistics, computer science, engineering or social sciences (with strong technical skills)
  • Very good command of the English language (TOEFL minimum of 100 IBT with no sub-scores below 22)
  • GRE highly recommended (Verbal and quant subscores > 160 and writing > 5 are desired)

Other highly recommended skills:

  • Data mining, processing and large-scale data management and transformation
  • Machine Learning knowledge and skills (especially clustering and classification algorithms for text data)
  • Basic knowledge of software engineering
  • Basic knowledge of statistics (experience with R and Python) • Front-end web application development and user experience design
  • High level self-motivation, and strong work ethics

Please email your application (including an academic CV, a motivation letter stating research interests and plans, and the names of two academic references) to, by March 31, 2018.

MSU is seeking to increase the proportion of women and minorities in STEM research and teaching, and specifically encourages qualified minorities and female scholars to apply.

Job Opening: Quello Chair in Media and Information Policy

The Department of Media and Information (MI) at Michigan State University invites applications for a tenure-system faculty position at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the area of media and information policy. We seek a visionary leader with an innovative research program and/or industry or policy-making experience who will develop the Quello Center to the next level of prominence, addressing critical issues of media and information policy in a digital economy. The successful candidate will have a strong record of obtaining grants, contracts, and/or other types of external funding in support of research and outreach. 

A terminal degree in a discipline related to media and information policy is required, including but not limited to many disciplines in the social sciences, engineering, and law. We value experience in public policy or industry and a willingness to engage with stakeholders outside the academy. Teaching will include undergraduate and graduate courses in a vibrant multi-disciplinary environment.

The successful candidate will hold the endowed chair associated with the Quello Center and provide strategic direction and leadership for the Center. The Quello Center was established in 1998 to be a world-wide focal point for excellence in research, teaching, and the development and application of expertise in telecommunication management and policy. It has since evolved to policy issues in the digital economy, more broadly focused. It is dedicated to original research and outreach on current issues of information and communication management, law, and policy. 

The Center is associated with the MI department, home to a world-class faculty known for its cutting-edge research on the design, uses, and implications of information and communication technologies (ICTs). Important MI research foci include communication economics and policy, social media, human computer interaction, digital games and meaningful play, ICT for development (ICT4D), and health and technology. MI faculty members also design media and develop socio-technical systems.

To apply, please visit the Michigan State University Employment Opportunities website (, refer to Posting #477204, and complete an electronic submission. Applicants should submit the following materials electronically: (1) a cover letter indicating the position you are interested in and summarizing your qualifications for it, (2) a current vita, (3) if appropriate, a URL to a website describing your current research/outreach activity, and (4) the names and contact information for three individuals willing to serve as your recommenders to the search committee. The search committee will begin considering applications on January 30, 2018. The search closes when a suitable candidate is hired.

Please direct any questions to Professor Charles Steinfield, Search Committee Chair, Department of Media and Information at Michigan State University, at

MSU is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The university actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.