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Limited-Term Appointments in Communication Studies

Last updated: April 7, 2020, 5:04 p.m.

Date posted: March 16, 2020
Application deadline:
April 17, 2020
Advertised until:
April 30, 2020

The Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University, invites applications for 5 limited-term appointments (LTAs) in the following areas to begin August 1, 2020: Media History and Policy; Media Production (Sound); Communication Theory and Criticism; Public Discourse; and Visual Cultural Studies.

Position Descriptions

Media History and Policy
We seek an individual to teach the following courses in our undergraduate and graduate programs: History of Communication and Media (2 sections), Media Institutions and Policy, Approaches to Communication Research, Media Policy in Canada, and Social Media Platforms and Policy. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Communication Studies or a cognate field, evidence of an active research profile in one of the above areas, and prior university teaching experience within a Humanities context.

Media Production (Sound)
We seek an individual to teach Communication Media: Sound I (2 sections); Communication Media: Sound II (6-credit course spanning the Fall and Winter terms), Communication Media: Sound III at the undergraduate levels, and Media Production: Sound, at the graduate level. The successful candidate will have an appropriate advanced degree (e.g. Master’s or PhD), an active research-creation practice and portfolio, and prior post-secondary teaching experience in a Humanities context.

Public Discourse
We seek an individual to teach the following courses in our undergraduate programs:  Propaganda (on-line, 2 sections), Media Genres, Theories of Public Discourse, Communicative Performances and Interventions, and Discourses of Dissent.  The successful candidate must have a PhD in Communication Studies or a cognate field, evidence of an active research profile in one of the above areas, and prior university teaching experience within a Humanities context.

Communication Theory and Criticism
We seek an individual to teach the following courses in our undergraduate and graduate programs:  Effective Communication Skills (2 sections); Media Criticism; Topics in Media and Cultural History (2 sections); News, Media and Power, and Introduction to Communication Theory and History. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Communication Studies or a cognate field, evidence of an active research profile in media theory and criticism, and prior university teaching experience within a Humanities context.

Visual Cultural Studies
We seek an individual to teach the following courses in our undergraduate and graduate program:  Visual Communication and Culture, Cultures of Globalization, Television Studies, International Communication, and Semiotics. The successful candidate must have a PhD in Communication Studies or a cognate field, evidence of an active research profile in one of the above areas, and prior university teaching experience within a Humanities context.

Responsibilities

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the undergraduate and possibly graduate levels.

Qualifications

Outlined in the individual position descriptions. Successful candidates for this position must also demonstrate a willingness and ability to adapt course offerings to online formats as needed.

About the Faculty and Department

The Faculty of Arts and Science was created in July 1977 through the merger of the former Loyola Faculty of Arts and Science, the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Arts, and the former Sir George Williams Faculty of Science.

The Faculty consists of 27 academic departments, colleges, institutes, and schools as well as more than 20 research centres. The Faculty is committed to responsible and innovative leadership in developing and disseminating knowledge and values and encouraging constructive social criticism. We achieve these objectives through inclusive and accessible academic programs which stress a broad-based, interdisciplinary approach to learning. We are dedicated to superior teaching and research supported by excellence in scholarship and creative activity, and a tradition of service to the community. The Faculty serves many interdependent academic communities in an urban environment where students and faculty can pursue their shared commitment to lifelong learning.

About the Department

Just over fifty years ago, we launched our department as an experiment in higher education. It was a cutting-edge communication arts undergraduate degree that integrated media-making, communication theory, and media history. What was, at the time, an unusual interdisciplinary idea has grown to be a renowned forward-looking teaching and research unit, a bellwether for the future of communication studies and media training. We are proud of our graduates, some 5200 strong, who have taken their training to positions in cultural organizations, media industries, and governmental policy contexts. Our alumni have established themselves as influential media practitioners, cultural researchers, and scholars. And we continue to build our top-tier reputation with innovative courses and with a faculty of leading international scholars.

As part of our department, students experience a vibrant atmosphere of creative and critical activity. The strength, accessibility, and collegiality of our faculty, and the excellent team of administrative, technical and teaching staff, make the Department of Communication Studies an inspiring platform for both undergraduate and graduate pursuits. Our undergraduate and graduate programs explore a diverse range of approaches to media analysis, critique, and creation. Our undergraduate media-making courses train students in moving image, intermedia, and sound production. Our special expertise includes cultural theory, critical race studies, feminist media studies, media and cultural history, and game studies. Several research groups – among which are the Feminist Media Studio, Mobile Media Lab, Technology–Art–Games, Media History Research Centre, Fluxmedia, and Ageing–Communication–Technologies – maintain our status as a major hub of knowledge creation.

How to Apply

Applications must be received in the Department by no later than April 17, 2020.

Applications are to be sent (as a single PDF or Word document) to Donna Stewart at donna.stewart@concordia.ca

Applications include a cover letter, a current curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy/interests, and evidence of teaching effectiveness. Candidates must include the names of three references.

Renewals of returning limited-term appointments are considered first. For inquiries, please contact:

Charles Acland
Chair, Department of Communication Studies
Concordia University, L-CJ 3.239
7141 Sherbrooke Street West
Montreal, Quebec H4B 1R6

c.acland@concordia.ca   

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree.

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult the following webpages

Concordia Human Resources – Jobs:  http://www.concordia.ca/artsci.html

Faculty of Arts and Science: http://www.concordia.ca/artsci/coms.html

Department of Communication Studies:  https://www.concordia.ca/artsci/coms/about/jobs.html  

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