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[Commlist] Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Communication Studies position

Sat Nov 07 13:11:45 GMT 2020

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University

Date: Oct 23, 2020

Location: Waterloo, CA

Company: Wilfrid Laurier University

Department: Faculty of Arts

Campus: Waterloo

Employee Group: WLUFA

Application Deadline: December 1, 2020

Requisition ID: 877

Wilfrid Laurier University is a leading multi-campus university that excels at educating with purpose. Through its exceptional employees, students, researchers, leaders, and educators, Laurier has built a reputation as a world-class institution known for its rich student experience, academic excellence, and global impact. With a commitment to Indigenization and commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, Laurier’s thriving community has a place for everyone.

Laurier has more than 19,000 students and 2,100 faculty and staff across campuses in Waterloo and Brantford, as well as locations in Kitchener and Toronto. The university is committed to providing an inclusive workplace and employing a workforce that is reflective of local and national demographics. Our locations are situated on the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnawbe, and Haudenosaunee peoples. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their intentions to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming and co-curricular activities. Laurier’s Centre for Indigegogy is one example of how Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge.

Wilfrid Laurier University—The Department of Communication Studies invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant Professor level commencing July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary approval. We seek to hire a critical communication studies scholar with demonstrated expertise in one or more of the following sub-fields: feminist media studies, health communication, environmental communication, decolonial media studies, social movements. Applicants must have a completed PhD in Communication Studies or a cognate discipline by the time of the appointment. The preferred candidate will have a strong research record, as evidenced by publication in peer-reviewed sources, and a record of excellence in teaching. Demonstrated knowledge of a range of research methodologies in Communication Studies and/or Cultural Studies would be considered an asset. The teaching workload norm at the University is four one-term courses at the undergraduate and Master’s level.

Communication Studies is a leading critical program in Canada. We study the intersection of language, media and culture from an interdisciplinary perspective and train students in the histories, theories and methodologies of Communication Studies. The department also offers a Combined BA in Cultural Studies. With an average of 1000 majors, Communication Studies is the largest program in the Faculty of Arts. In 2021, we will celebrate our 20th anniversary.

Applicants should submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, up to two selected publications and a teaching dossier. The teaching dossier should include copies of course evaluations, selected course outlines and a brief reflection on teaching and the applicant's teaching experience.

Candidates should also provide contact information (address, telephone and email) for at least three referees to:

Dr. Judith Nicholson, Chair,
Email: (commst /at/

Department of Communication Studies,
Wilfrid Laurier University,
75 University Avenue West,
Waterloo, Ontario, N2L 3C5.

Electronic applications will be accepted until December 1, 2020 at (commst /at/

Applicants can learn more about the Department and current faculty research interests at

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

    Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
    No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: Dr. Gavin Brockett, Acting Dean of Arts at (gbrockett /at/

Laurier strives to make our application process accessible and provides accommodations for both applicants and employees as outlined in Policy 8.7: If you require assistance applying for this position, to obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, or would like to discuss accessibility and accommodations during the recruitment process, please contact the Dean of Arts Office at 519-884-0710 ext. 3361 or at (artsinfo /at/

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines.

The Faculty of Arts wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

Wilfrid Laurier University endeavors to fill positions with qualified candidates who have a combination of education, experience, skills and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position while demonstrating Laurier's Employee Success Factors.

Equity, diversity and creating a culture of inclusion are part of Laurier’s core values and central to the Laurier Strategy. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and from persons of any minority sexual and gender identities. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives. Candidates from other equity seeking groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programing at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity & Accessibility. We have strived to make our application process accessible, however if you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources. Contact information can be found at

Should you be interested in learning more about this opportunity, please visit for additional information and the online application system. All applications must be submitted online. Please note, a CV and letter of introduction will be required in electronic form.

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