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Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor in Science Communication

McMaster University

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations, and within the lands protected by the Dish with One Spoon wampum agreement.

Position Description

The School of Interdisciplinary Science (SIS) at McMaster University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Science Communication at the Assistant or Associate Professor level to begin on July 1, 2021 or soon thereafter.

We wish to recruit a scholar whose research program addresses questions on the impact of science literacy on society, public engagement, news and media discourse and/or policy development with a focus on science communication. Applicants are invited from science and technology studies, communication and media studies, digital humanities, biomedical knowledge translation and related fields. The candidate must have demonstrated research and teaching expertise in relevant fields, be capable of establishing a vibrant extramurally funded research program to illuminate and inform the work of the School, hold a PhD at the time of appointment and have relevant professional experience in science communication.

The successful applicant is expected to engage undergraduate and graduate students in the classroom and research to develop novel pedagogical approaches that integrate science communication with the course content. In addition, they are also expected to contribute to administrative and teaching duties associated with a planned Master of Science Communication program.

Established in 2016, SIS is the youngest academic unit in the Faculty of Science and is home to three interdisciplinary undergraduate programs in Integrated Science, Life Sciences, and Medical Radiation Sciences. The School was created with the mandate to foster exploration and discovery while emphasizing experiential, collaborative, and student-centred learning. SIS forms a hub for pedagogical innovation, science literacy, and STEM-based community engagement in the Faculty of Science.

SIS is a collaborative environment and interaction with members of the School will support the development of a dynamic research program and an innovative teaching portfolio consistent with the interdisciplinary mandate of the School. The School has close ties with the Thode Science and Engineering Library and the MacPherson Institute for Leadership, Innovation and Excellence in Teaching. Associate membership in another department within the Faculty of Humanities and or the Faculty of Health Sciences, may be considered at the time of the appointment.

McMaster University is a globally renowned institution of higher learning and a research community committed to advancing human and societal health and well-being. Our focus on collaboratively exchanging ideas and approaches makes us uniquely positioned to pioneer ground-breaking solutions to real-world problems leading to a Brighter World. The Faculty of Science works to create global impact by advancing scientific discovery and knowledge, and promoting greater understanding. Our innovative, interdisciplinary approach generates new methods and insights, results, and lasting change.

Commitment to Inclusive Excellence

The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity.

The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, members of racialized communities (“visible minorities”), persons with disabilities, women, persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+.

We invite all applicants to complete a brief Diversity Survey, which takes approximately two minutes to complete, through McMaster’s application submission portal. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. All information collected is confidential and will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the applicant pool and to promote a fair, equitable and inclusive talent acquisition process.

Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact the Office of the Dean, Faculty of Science at to communicate accommodation needs.

How To Apply

Applications must be made online at (Faculty Positions, Job ID 30030) to the attention of Dr. Ana Campos, Director, School of Interdisciplinary Science, 1280 Main Street West, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, L8S 4K1.

A complete application consists of:
• a cover letter (including a statement regarding whether the applicant has Canadian citizenship/permanent resident status (see below))
• a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of relevant works related to science communication)
• a statement of research interests (2-page maximum)
• a statement of teaching philosophy and interests (2-page maximum)
• a demonstration of professional experience in the appropriate field
• a statement of experience and plans for advancing equity, diversity and inclusion in post-secondary education, community-based or other professional settings (2-page maximum)
• the names and full contact information of at least three referees.
o Letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Review of complete applications will begin March 15, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. All applicants will receive an on-line, system-generated confirmation of receipt of their application; however, only short-listed applicants will be contacted for interviews. Please be advised that any full-time, permanent faculty member of the School can request confidential access to the application materials, including the reference letters. Progressive policies are in place to assist faculty members achieve a work-life balance. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications, as stated above, MUST include one of the following statements in their application package: “I am/am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.” Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.