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2 tenure-track Assistant Professor positions in Communication, Simon Fraser University

Deadline: November 30 2017

Updated: November 04 2017

1. News, Social Media, and Public Communication

Intersection of news, social media and public communication. Specific areas of focus may include but are not limited to political economy and governance of news production and distribution; the impact of social media on journalism and public communication; news, democracy and the public sphere; critical analysis of news discourse; independent media, ethnic media and alternative journalism; the influence of public relations and marketing on news media; data journalism; communication rights and access to information; media activism; studies of users, creators, and publics. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative, quantitative, media and news analysis that might include discourse and frame analysis, content analysis, ethnography, and computational or digital methods or a combination of approaches.

2. Big data
Area of big data in relation to theories and methodologies in the field of communication. Specific areas of focus may include but are not limited to social media, algorithmic culture, critical data studies, digital humanities, surveillance, critical artificial intelligence, platform studies, blockchain and crypto technologies, data visualization, infrastructure studies, quantified self, data politics, data ethics, privacy, and health. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative, quantitative, computational, digital methods or a combination of approaches.

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 with a strategic focus on digital media and communication. Our critical tradition to the study of communication includes approaches such as media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, history of communication, and applied media production, among others. The successful candidate will build on the School’s history of critical engagement while developing new directions in research and teaching to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of digital media and communication. We seek an innovative colleague who will challenge traditional distinctions between critical analysis and applied approaches.

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a cognate discipline, 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.

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 LGBTQ-identified persons.

Applications should include a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a concise statement of research established and projected, a statement of teaching experience, performance and philosophy, 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. Please direct all materials to:

Director, School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, Canada V5A 1S6

Review of applications will begin on November 30th, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

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: