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Open Rank Postion in Indigenous Communication, Identity & Community

Simon Fraser University

Call for applicants with Lived Indigenous Experience in Indigenous Communication, Identity & Community

Simon Fraser University’s School of Communication respectfully and with gratitude acknowledges that we work on the shared Unceded Traditional Territories of the Squamish

(Sḵwx̱ wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm), Tsleil-Waututh (səl̓ ilw̓ ətaʔɬ),

Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓ əm), Katzie (q̓ íc̓ əy̓ ), Kwantlen (qʼʷa:n̓ ƛʼən̓ ), Qayqayt and numerous Stó:lō Nations in Vancouver, Burnaby, and Surrey. We acknowledge and support the sovereignty and rights of Indigenous nations over their ancestral and traditional lands.

The School of Communication invites applicants for the position of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor in the area of Indigenous Communication, Identity and Community as a part of our commitment to decolonizing our programs in recognition of and in accord with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the National Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the Simon Fraser University Aboriginal Reconciliation Council’s “Walk This Path With Us” Report.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate lived Indigenous experience, including connections to and engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations, and/or institutions, particularly and with emphasis in Canada and/or the United States. We especially welcome candidates whose work is grounded in Indigenous studies, Black studies, intersectional feminisms, decolonization and postcolonial studies, queer theory, trans studies, disability studies, critical race/ethnic studies, or transcultural and global studies.

Areas of interest for this position are broadly conceived to invite the widest scope of applicants; but we are particularly interested in applicants whose theoretical, technical, and/or artistic approaches address an interdisciplinary area of research and teaching which could include:

Visual & Media Arts – the theory, study, and/or production of video, film, sound, animation, game design, storytelling, performance, history, virtual reality, augmented reality, and immersive environments;

Activism and Social Movements – Social organizing and mobilization, publics and counterpublics, surveillance, and carceral cultures;

Communicating Health & Healing – health and justice, Indigenous community health healing and well-being;

Indigenous Ecologies – Traditional ecological knowledge, climate issues, resource governance;

Technology Studies – Mobile technologies, artificial intelligence, algorithm studies, computational creativity, social media, critical media making, and critical design studies; Culture Industries/Policies – media governance, decolonization of regulatory policies, and analyses of cultural industries and productions.

We are open to a range of methods and approaches: Indigenous research methods, decolonizing methodologies, collaborative and community-based methodologies, comparative and transnational approaches, research-creation, other qualitative methods, and/or quantitative, digital methods, applied practices, or a combination of such 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.

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, political economy, 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, the Sonic Research Studio, and the Disinformation Project, among others. We are a large and thriving unit with 1400 undergraduate majors across a flexible program that offers unique opportunities for specialization and public engagement. Our graduate programs include more than 100 students, largely pursuing thesis-based research. The current call reflects efforts by the School to meet recommendations of the 2019 External Review Report, and the work of the School’s IBPOC Faculty Working Group, to revise undergraduate and graduate teaching, curriculum, and research to prioritize decolonization and Indigenization.

As part of SFU’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion across the institution, the university 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. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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)

· Contact information for three referees. (Letters of reference may be requested a later date.)

· A statement of lived Indigenous experience and community connections, with a description of past and/or potential contributions to decolonization and Indigenization through teaching, mentoring, research, and service to the profession and/or community (2 page maximum)

Writing samples and a teaching portfolio (a teaching statement and proposed or current course syllabus) will be requested from candidates who are shortlisted for this position.

Please send applications to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at, addressed to:

Dr. Stuart Poyntz, Director School of Communication Simon Fraser University 8888 University Drive Burnaby, BC

Canada V5A 1S6

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The start date for the successful candidate is anticipated to be November 15, 2023.

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