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Communication – 3 Assistant Professors – Simon Fraser University

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications from outstanding candidates for 3 tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor:

Aboriginal Communication and Media Studies
Critical Media Analysis
Communication and Cultural Policy

Situated in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Communication is a national and global leader in the discipline. The School is a dynamic site of research and teaching in critical communication studies, and in a range of areas including media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, history of communication, and applied media production, among others.

Applicants should state clearly the position title for which they are applying and follow the specific instructions for applications for that position. Unfortunately, we are unable to process general applications at this time. We anticipate a start date of September 1, 2017 for these positions.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGTBQ-identified persons.

Please direct all materials to:
Director, School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6
c/o: bebaldwi@sfu.ca

These positions are subject to funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, please see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html

1. Aboriginal Communication and Media Studies

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop courses and advance indigenous perspectives in our undergraduate and graduate programs. We seek a collaborative colleague who will contribute to the School’s long-standing commitment to social change and justice through research and community engagement in local, national and/or global contexts.

Candidates should provide evidence of one or more areas of teaching and research focused on indigenous issues and perspectives, including but not limited to: media studies; cultural studies; media advocacy and community engagement; communication policy/communication law; media representation; global communication and media; political communication; media education; anti-colonial, intersectional, and indigenous epistemologies and methodologies.

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a cognate discipline with expertise in Indigenous studies, a record of teaching experience and excellence, a clear potential to contribute to the School’s research culture, and an emerging publication record appropriate to the position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach at all levels, supervise and mentor graduate students, engage with Aboriginal communities within and outside the university, and take on a leadership role for Aboriginal-related studies in the School of Communication. We particularly encourage applications from qualified Aboriginal Canadians.

Applications should include a cover letter; a curriculum vitae including the names and contact information of three referees; a concise statement of research established and projected; a teaching dossier; and two writing samples. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled, but priority will be given to applications received by October 31, 2016.

2. Critical Media Analysis

The successful candidate will build on the School’s history of critical engagement in the areas of audience and reception studies, while developing new directions in research and teaching to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of promotional culture, public advocacy, and social movement activism. We seek an innovative colleague who will challenge traditional distinctions between critical analysis and applied approaches.

Candidates should provide evidence of one or more areas of teaching and research focused on critical media analysis and public engagement, including but not limited to: studies of users, creators, and publics; critical analysis of promotional culture; public advocacy; activist and social movement communication; emergent technologies and methodologies in communication, including big data, analytics, and metrics; publicity and issues of privacy.

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a cognate discipline with expertise in media analysis, a record of teaching experience and excellence, a clear potential to contribute to the School’s research culture, and an emerging publication record appropriate to the position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all undergraduate and graduate levels and to work with partners inside and outside the university.

Applications should include a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a concise statement of research established and projected; a teaching dossier; and two writing samples. Please submit all documents in a single PDF file with bookmarks. In addition, three letters of reference should be sent under separate cover. Applications must be received by October 31, 2016 in order to be considered.

3. Communication and Cultural Policy

Since the School’s establishment more than 40 years ago, the intersection of communication and cultural policy has been one of our core competencies, expressed in the full range of research, graduate supervision, teaching, public policy advocacy and intervention at community, regional, national, and international levels. The School is seeking a colleague who will build on this tradition, addressing from a legal and policy perspective the issues of rights, participation, representation, and identities made pressing by a rapidly transforming policy environment.

Candidates should provide evidence of expertise in one or more areas of teaching and research including but not limited to: contemporary and historical Canadian communication and cultural policy; “diversity” in communication and cultural policy-making; multiculturalism in both governance frameworks and in grassroots practice; national and international communication law and regulation; and issues such as privacy, big data, censorship, copyright, and intellectual property rights. We highly value applications from candidates who can articulate the relationship between global, national, regional, and local levels of policy-making; interact with industry and policy communities and engage with the public; advance critical perspectives in policy research and advocacy (for example feminist, LGBTQ, postcolonial, anti-racist); and teach research methods.

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a cognate discipline with expertise in communication and cultural policy, a record of teaching excellence, a clear potential to contribute to the School’s research culture, and an emerging publication record appropriate to the position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all undergraduate and graduate levels and to work with partners inside and outside the university.

Applications should include a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a concise statement of research established and projected; a teaching dossier; and two writing samples. Please submit all documents in a single PDF file with bookmarks. In addition, three letters of reference should be sent under separate cover. Applications must be received by October 31, 2016 in order to be considered.

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