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Extended Term Appointment in Technical Communications

Date posted: January 17, 2020
Application deadline
: February 15, 2020
Position code
: 18_E_CES_M_R

The Centre for Engineering in Society (CES) in the Gina Cody School of Engineering and Computer Science, Concordia University, Montreal, invites applications for an Extended Term Appointment (ETA) in the area of Technical Communications at the rank of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer dependent upon the candidate’s degree, qualifications and experience. Applicants must possess a Ph.D. degree in technical communication, science and technology studies, or another discipline that will contribute to CES's mission. A demonstrated ability in teaching engineering students, preferably in large classes, will be an asset.

Under the provisions of the current CUFA Collective Agreement, the primary responsibility of an ETA is course delivery with an expectation to teach up to seven courses in an academic year during the period of the initial appointment.  Once reappointed, the teaching load will not exceed six courses per academic year.  ETAs may also be asked to supervise students’ project work and contribute to Department and program administration, including the implementation of CEAB Graduate Attributes.  Knowledge of French is an asset. 

This is a full-time position with an initial appointment for three years. CES teaches courses in technical communication, engineering ethics and social implications of technology that contribute to the development of critical thinking among undergraduate engineering students. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses, primarily in technical communication and administer the faculty's diagnostic writing test. The candidate will be expected to be able, in addition, to teach other core undergraduate courses such as engineering ethics and social aspects of technology and graduate courses in research writing, and composition and argumentation.

How to Apply

Applications must include a letter of application clearly identifying the title and position code (18_E_CES_M_R), a detailed curriculum vitae, a statement the applicant’s understanding of the substantive contribution technical communication can make to engineering content and culture, a statement of the applicant’s philosophy of teaching and evidence of teaching effectiveness.  The complete dossier will contain the names and contact information of three referees. 

Electronic applications should be submitted by February 15, 2020, but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence in July 2020 or shortly thereafter.

Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio‐cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.

As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society. 

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
  • committee work
  • offering or organizing educational programming
  • participation in training and workshops

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of teaching excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

Kindly forward your electronic applications to:

Dr. Govind Gopakumar, Associate Professor and Chair,
Centre for Engineering in Society
via e-mail at govind.gopakumar

Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 4323

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