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Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty - Assistant Professor - Communication and Digital Media Studies

University of Ontario Institute of Technology

Faculty of Social Science and Humanities
Appointment Type: Continuing Full Time
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Communication and Digital Media Studies
Posting Date: June 3, 2021
Application Review Date: September 3, 2021

The Faculty of Social Science and Humanities (FSSH) at Ontario Tech University (OTU) invites applications for an Assistant Professor in the area of Critical Approaches to Communication and Digital Media Studies for its Bachelor of Communication and Digital Media Studies (CDMS) program. Exceptional candidates at the Associate level will also be considered. This position is subject to budgetary approval.
The position start date is July 1, 2022.

Ontario Tech University (University of Ontario Institute of Technology), located in Oshawa, Ontario, advances the discovery and application of knowledge through a technology-enriched learning environment and innovative programs responsive to the needs of students, and the evolving 21st-century workplace. Ontario Tech promotes social engagement, fosters critical thinking, and integrates outcomes-based learning experiences inside and outside the classroom. It emphasizes the following priorities: technology with a conscience, re-imaging learning, developing strong partnerships, and promoting positive social change within an accessible, equitable, diverse and inclusive culture. We invite you to consider joining Ontario Tech's globally trained faculty as we further our reputation for providing a leading-edge learning environment and delivering innovative research.

The FSSH believes that an interdisciplinary approach to research, teaching, and community outreach are essential to developing the leaders of tomorrow, and embraces a social justice mandate. CDMS provides learners with a strong foundation in scholarly, civic, and professional knowledge and skills pertaining to the roles, practices, and impacts of myriad media in society. Students learn how to critically analyze the fast-changing communication environment in which we live, contextualize the social drivers and impacts of many media and technologies, and hone professionally relevant communication skills.

The CDMS program seeks applications from candidates who are prepared to make a lasting commitment to strengthening the program’s excellent research and teaching profile. The successful candidate will be expected to conduct outstanding and, as appropriate, externally funded research in communication and digital media studies, contribute to the university’s hybrid teaching and learning environment by instructing in both face-to-face and online environments, and will engage in service within the faculty, university, and the broader community. The successful candidate will follow a 40% teaching, 40% research and 20% service workload each year.

Review of applications will begin on September 3, 2021 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. Applicants must provide evidence of emerging and/or established national and/or international research excellence as demonstrated by: a research statement and CV detailing a record of publications with significant venues in the field, presentations at major conferences, symposia and/or community contexts, grants, awards and accolades, and referees of high standing

Applicants must provide evidence of teaching excellence in communication and digital media studies as demonstrated in: a teaching statement, teaching experience at the undergraduate level in both face-to-face and online formats, two sample course syllabi, a summary of teaching evaluations/assessments from students and/or peers, and any pedagogical innovations related to technology-enhanced learning and/or experiential and community education initiatives, and the names of three referees through the Ontario Tech website.

This position falls within the bargaining unit represented by the UOIT Faculty Association and will be subject to the terms and conditions of the collective agreement between the University and the UOIT Faculty Association. The collective agreement may be found on the Human Resources section of our website. Starting salary will be commensurate with experience and annual salary increases are administered as per the terms outlined in the collective agreement.

Ontario Tech University is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from all qualified candidates, while especially encouraging applications from women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous Peoples in Canada will be given priority.

Ontario Tech University respects people's different needs and therefore will take all reasonable steps to ensure accommodation for applicants where appropriate. The University is also committed to ensuring that confidentiality is maintained throughout all aspects of the recruitment cycle.

If you require an accommodation to participate in the recruitment process, please notify the hiring manager or Julie Day, Health and Disability Management Specialist. For more information about the universities policies for accommodating employees with disabilities please review the university’s Accessibility Policy
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