Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Digital Publics & Promotional Cultures
Simon Fraser University
We invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Publics & Promotional Cultures. Areas of research and teaching may include, but are not limited to, mediated/networked publics, affective publics, the attention economy, branding & influencer culture, microcelebrity, and the intersections of mass media and social media. We especially welcome scholars who engage with Indigenous studies, Black studies, intersectional feminisms, decolonization and postcolonial studies, queer theory, trans studies, disability studies, critical race/ethnic studies, and transcultural and global studies. We are open to a range of approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, digital methods, and/or applied practices.
The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University is a national and global leader in the discipline and a dynamic site of research and teaching. Founded on a tradition of critical approaches to media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, and applied media production, the School is home to several research groups, including the Digital Democracies Institute. We are a large and thriving unit with 1400 undergraduate majors and 100+ graduate students. We acknowledge the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ), Katzie, and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.
The successful candidate should demonstrate potential for publication and research funding, for collaborative initiatives, and for working with students from diverse backgrounds. The candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and to undertake service and work with partners inside and outside the University. Candidates are expected to have a completed PhD in Communication, Media Studies, or a cognate discipline. PhD candidates with solid indication of imminent completion may be hired at the rank of Instructor and will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor upon completion of the PhD.
Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
Candidates are asked to submit:
• Cover letter, with indication of Canadian citizenship/residency status (2-3 pages)
• Curriculum vitae
• One (1) sample of work (e.g. one journal article, policy report, creative work)
• Short statement with a description of past or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, mentoring,
research, or service to the profession and/or community (1 page maximum)
• Names of three references
Long-listed candidates may be asked to arrange for the provision of letters of recommendation and additional documents at a later date.
All documents should be combined into a single PDF file with bookmarks.
Please send applications to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at firstname.lastname@example.org, addressed to:
Dr. Zoë Druick, Search Committee Chair
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Canada V5A 1S6
Review of applications will begin on October 2, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the successful candidate is expected to be July 1, 2024.
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