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Tenure Track Position in Digital Audiences

Ryerson University

Tenure Track Position in Digital Audiences

Located in downtown Toronto, Ryerson University is a distinctly urban, culturally diverse teaching and research institution offering more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs, distinguished by a strong commitment to excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, to over 45,000 students. Ryerson is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder, as it continues its growth through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus.

The Opportunity:

The School of Professional Communication (http://procom.ryerson.ca/) in the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Audiences. The appointment will be effective January 1, 2020 subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will be appointed to the School of Professional Communication (“ProCom”), and will have their service and teaching responsibilities shared with the Graduate Program in Communication & Culture (“ComCult”), our joint MA/PhD program with York University (https://www.ryerson.ca/graduate/programs/comcult/). This is an exciting and unique opportunity to contribute directly to graduate education.

The successful candidate will approach digital audience studies in ways that are innovative, interdisciplinary and informed by theoretical perspectives from critical data science, infrastructure and platform studies, game studies and related fields. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates whose work focuses on one or more of the following areas: big data and audience studies; artificial intelligence and machine learning in scholarly, policy and organizational contexts; audience and social network analysis in mobile, locative and emerging media contexts; data visualization, mapping and storytelling by and for marginalized populations; and/or computational methods in security, privacy and data regulation contexts. We are looking for candidates with strong and innovative methodological approaches. Knowledge of and ability to teach digital methods and/or quantitative analysis would be an asset.

The School of Professional Communication consists of 18 tenure-stream faculty members. ProCom offers innovative Bachelor and Master’s programs that integrate theory and practice. As an interdisciplinary School, ProCom focuses on teaching and research that bring creative and critical communication approaches into industries, organizations, and communities. Our students and faculty investigate the intersections of text, sound, and image in an array of digital, discursive, and social contexts. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research and on the quality of its teaching. We are interested in candidates that will contribute to our existing research and teaching strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences to the work.

Responsibilities:

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties. Half of the candidate’s teaching will be in ProCom and half will be in ComCult. The candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including core courses in communication theory, history and methodology, and will supervise graduate students in the ProCom master’s program as well as MA and PhD students in Communication and Culture. The candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research or scholarly research-creation in the field of communication that is externally funded, cutting-edge, and of the highest quality. The candidate will also participate in administrative activities in ProCom and ComCult. The candidate will engage in maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment in all areas.

Qualifications:

Candidates must hold an earned Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a closely related field by the appointment date.

The successful candidate must present strong emerging scholarly research or creative projects that are active, innovative and impactful, resulting in achievements such as peer reviewed publications, working papers, book chapters, public policy contributions, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, strong endorsements/recommendations by referees of top international stature, studies, writings or creative productions disseminated by other suitable means and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline.

Evidence of excellence in teaching must be provided through a teaching dossier that outlines the teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, including experience with course/curriculum review/development, excellent pedagogical practice, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations. Teaching philosophy statements should address approaches to both undergraduate and graduate level teaching. Evidence of strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students should also be highlighted. Previous experience supervising graduate students would be considered as an asset.

Candidates must have a demonstrated commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student

The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to contribute to the life of the School and the University through collegial service and would have a proven track record of collaborating across university departments, partners and with the wider community.

Equity at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

As an employer, we are working towards a people first culture and are proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer for 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018. To learn more about our work environment, colleagues, leaders, students and innovative educational environment, visit www.ryerson.ca, check out @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI on Twitter, and visit our LinkedIn company page.

How to Apply:

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by September 1, 2019

The application must contain a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, teaching dossier, results of teaching evaluations and names of three individuals who may be contacted for reference letters.

In order for the University to comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, candidates must indicate in their application if they are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident by including one of the following statements in reference to their status: “I am a permanent resident or citizen of Canada”OR “I am not a permanent resident or citizen of Canada”. Candidates are not required to specify their country of origin or citizenship in their application.

Applications and any confidential inquiries can be directed to the DHC Chair, Dr. John Shiga at jshiga@ryerson.ca.

Any inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal can be sent to Sumentha D’Souza at sumentha@ryerson.ca . Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at t26king@ryerson.ca.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) and relevant information can be found as follows:

RFA Website: www.rfanet.ca.

RFA Collective Agreement: https://www.ryerson.ca/faculty-affairs/collective-agreements/rfa-collective-agreement/

RFA Benefits: https://www.ryerson.ca/hr/employee-resources/rfa/full-time-LTF/benefits/