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Assistant Professor, Critical Media Practice

University of Calgary

The Faculty of Arts, Department of Communication, Media and Film at the University of Calgary invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the area of Critical Media Practice. The anticipated start date is 1 July 2022.

The successful candidate will establish an active research program that leads to peer-reviewed scholarly publications and external grant funding, teach graduate and undergraduate courses in their area of specialization in addition to a wide range of courses in the programs of Communication and Media Studies and/or Film Studies, contribute to the graduate program, participate in the affairs of the department and faculty, and engage with the wider community.

A PhD in Communications, Media Studies, Visual Culture, Digital Media, Cinema and Media Arts or a related field is required by the time of appointment.

We seek a colleague who is a media maker-scholar, whose work falls into the area of critical media practice, exploring the intersections between theory, history, and media/film making. Primary responsibilities include teaching courses in media and/or film studies and media production. Applications are invited across a range of specializations in digital media practice and research, including (but not limited to) emerging media; critical race and/or postcolonial perspectives on film and media; documentary media; queer media; interactive narratives; maker culture; podcasting; activist media, software and platform studies; game studies and design; creative coding; disability and media. The successful candidate will help create new opportunities for students to learn about media making as part of their critical studies degree by developing courses in their areas of interest.

The successful candidate must display evidence of excellence in research, creative activity, and teaching. Candidates may demonstrate excellence in research through peer-reviewed publications and/or exhibitions. The successful candidate will have a strong track record of creative activity as demonstrated through exhibition or publication of digital media, which may include community presentations, festival presentations, awards and accolades, peer-reviewed performances, and/or web-based or professional production. Applicants should demonstrate potential for establishing a strong record of research productivity and successfully securing external grants. Experience with community engagement in research and teaching is an asset. The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellence in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to equity, diversity and inclusion through their teaching, research, creative activity, and service.

The Department of Communication, Media and Film is a research-intensive department with high standards in teaching. We value interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary approaches to research and training, and strongly encourage collaboration. For more information about the Department of Communication, Media and Film please visit

Interested individuals are encouraged to submit an application online via the UCalgary Careers page:

Please be aware that the application process allows for only four attachments. Your four application attachments should be organized to contain the following (which may require you to merge documents, such as publications):
 Cover letter and curriculum vitae, including the name and contact information of three referees
 A research/creative work dossier that includes two samples of scholarly work and links to recent media works with accompanying maker statements
 A teaching dossier that includes a statement of teaching philosophy, a record of teaching experience, and evidence of teaching effectiveness
 An equity, diversity, inclusion (EDI) statement identifying the applicant’s contributions or potential contributions to advancing a culture of equity and inclusion on the basis of lived experience and understanding of racialized groups.

Review of applications will begin on Feb. 15, 2022 and continue until the position is filled.

Questions may be addressed to:
Dr. Charles Tepperman, Department Head
Department of Communication, Media and Film

The University of Calgary has launched an institution-wide Indigenous Strategy in line with the foundational goals of Eyes High, committing to creating a rich, vibrant, and culturally competent campus that welcomes and supports Indigenous Peoples, encourages Indigenous community partnerships, is inclusive of Indigenous perspectives in all that we do.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information
To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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About the University of Calgary

The University of Calgary is Canada’s leading next-generation university – a living, growing and youthful institution that embraces change and opportunity with a can-do attitude. Located in the nation’s most enterprising city, the university is making tremendous progress on its Eyes High journey to be recognized as one of Canada’s top five research universities, grounded in innovative learning and teaching and fully integrated with the community it both serves and leads. The University of Calgary inspires and supports discovery, creativity and innovation across all disciplines. For more information, visit

About Calgary, Alberta
Calgary is one of the world's cleanest cities and has been named one of the world's most livable cities for years. Calgary is a city of leaders - in business, community, philanthropy and volunteerism. Calgarians benefit from a growing number of world-class dining and cultural events and enjoy more days of sunshine per year than any other major Canadian city. Calgary is less than an hour's drive from the majestic Rocky Mountains and boasts the most extensive urban pathway and bikeway network in North America.