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Assistant Professor - Media Studies

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Requisition Title: Assistant Professor - Media Studies - 1804974


The Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in Media Studies. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and will commence on July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Media Studies, Communication or another related field by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. We are seeking candidates with demonstrated research excellence at the intersection of cultural studies, social change, and digital culture. The candidate must bring to the position a transnational and interdisciplinary approach to critical cultural theories and practices of social change and digital media in Canada and beyond. This position will address the importance of social change as a motivator for techno-cultural development and will meet current needs of the Media, Journalism, and Digital Cultures program in the Department of Arts, Culture & Media. Candidates must have demonstrable expertise in one or more of the following areas: affect studies, histories of social change and digital culture or media, or feminist, critical race, activist, decolonial, queer and/or other networks and social movements.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence as demonstrated by: a record of publications in top-ranked and field relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards; the submitted research statement; presentations at significant conferences; awards and accolades; and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. The successful candidate will be expected to undertake independent research and/or creative professional activity at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded program of research.

Candidates must demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, the teaching evaluations submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference, and documentation indicating innovation in any other teaching related activities, such as leading workshops or seminars.

The successful candidate should also have the demonstrated ability to work within our interdisciplinary arts department where horizontal connections among faculty of different fields are encouraged: see http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/acm-research-themes. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths. The successful candidate will be expected to articulate and implement a vision for developing new research initiatives and relationships within this diverse context.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities of the world. The appointment is at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The Department of Arts, Culture and Media at UTSC is a unique multi-disciplinary research and teaching environment, with programs in Art History and Visual Culture; Arts Management; Curatorial Studies; Journalism (Joint Program); Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures; New Media Studies (Joint Program); Music and Culture; Studio; and Theatre and Performance Studies: see http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/. In addition to being a full member of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, the successful candidate will hold a graduate appointment at the Faculty of Information (iSchool) at the University of Toronto St. George Campus.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a complete and current curriculum vita, 3) a research statement outlining current and future research interests, 4) a substantial, article-length writing sample, 5) a teaching dossier (to include a teaching statement, course syllabi, and excellent student evaluations and evidence of innovation in any other teaching related activities). [Optionally, candidates may choose to submit a 1-page statement identifying how their research, teaching, service or professional practice demonstrates a commitment to equity and diversity. The statement might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups.] For more context about the University of Toronto's commitment to diversity, see http://www.president.utoronto.ca/presidents-statement-on-diversity-and-inclusion. Note as well the Department of Arts, Culture & Media's own Equity and Diversity in the Arts Initiative: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/equity-and-diversity-arts.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead and signed) to [email protected] by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Please combine attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact at [email protected]. All applications must be submitted online.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by January 31, 2019.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


Job Field: Tenure Stream
Faculty / Division: University of Toronto Scarborough
Department: UTSC: Arts, Culture and Media
Campus: Scarborough
Job Posting: Dec 5, 2018
Job Closing: Jan 31, 2019, 11:59pm EST

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