Mizzou Comm is Hiring - PFFIE Position Announcement

The Department of Communication is pleased to announce we are participating in the 2024 University of Missouri Preparing Future Faculty for Inclusive Excellence (PFFIE) Program. Applications are due November 1, 2023. 

The PFFIE Postdoctoral Program is designed to develop scholars for tenure-track faculty positions at the University of Missouri or elsewhere, and support their contributions for promoting inclusive research and teaching environments. Applicants should articulate how their experiences and skills prepare them to contribute to the inclusive excellence of research and teaching environments at Mizzou.

Postdoctoral positions are typically for two years and provide research, teaching, and professional development opportunities. The stipend is a minimum of $60,000 per year plus University benefits and a minimum $2,000 in professional development funds. To be eligible for this program, applicants must have completed their doctoral degree or expect to complete their degree no later than July 1, 2024.

We seek a candidate whose research program addresses one or more of the following topic areas:

  • Media processing and effects in the context of democracy, stereotyping, or dis/misinformation
  • Equity and social justice in the context of political and media effects
  • Emerging technologies (e.g., VR, AI) in the context of information processing, democracy, or social identity



The deadline for applications is 11:59 PM (Central time), November 1, 2023. (The deadline for recommenders to submit letters of reference is November 4, 2023.) Click here to visit the 2024 PFFIE application page where you can create an account and start the application process. We are using the University of Missouri Graduate School’s application system and you will see the name of the graduate school and its logo. Please rest assured that you are applying for the PFFIE postdoctoral program. A completed application includes:

  • CV
  • Cover letter expressing interest in the position
  • Statement of goals for postdoctoral position
  • Statement of experience & expertise
  • One-page abstract of doctoral dissertation
  • Writing sample (up to 40 pages in length)
  • 3 letters of reference

Click here to read more about the University of Missouri’s PFFIE program and here to check out the PFFIE FAQ page. Questions about the program and application process may be directed to Dr. Valli Sarveswaran (Director of Postdoctoral Education) at postdoc@missouri.edu.

Applicants may contact Dr. Benjamin Warner (warnerbe@missouri.edu), with any questions about a PFFIE position in the Department of Communication.

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, paid time off, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits  

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research, and engagement.