Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Critical Algorithm Studies
Simon Fraser University
Critical Algorithm Studies
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.
We invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Critical Algorithm Studies. Areas of research and teaching may include, but are not limited to, critical data studies; social implications of data systems and infrastructures; algorithmic bias; politics of content moderation; science and technology studies; intersectional analyses of digital labour; and platform studies. 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 (e.g. creative interventions, data visceralization, community-led design), or a combination of approaches.
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 Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication, Media Studies, or a related discipline.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.
SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.
Candidates are asked to submit:
• Cover letter with indication of citizenship and/or residency status (2-3 pages)
• Curriculum vitae
• Research statement (2 page maximum)
• Description of teaching philosophy and experience (1 page maximum)
• One (1) sample of work (e.g. one article, chapter, policy report, creative work)
• Contact information for three referees. (Letters of reference may be requested at a later date.)
• 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
All documents should be combined into a single PDF file with bookmarks.
Please send applications to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at email@example.com , addressed to:
Dr. Zoë Druick, Director
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Canada V5A 1S6
Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the successful candidate is expected to be September 1, 2021
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