Assistant Professor in Artificial Intelligence and Critical Data Studies

York University Department of Communication and Media Studies


Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant Professor

Discipline/Field: Artificial Intelligence and Critical Data Studies

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Department of Communication and Media Studies

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Artificial Intelligence and Critical Data Studies, Department of Communication and Media Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University

The Department of Communication and Media Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Artificial Intelligence and Critical Data Studies at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in Communication and Media Studies or related discipline is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching, scholarly research and publication, and service. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research (which can include research creation, professional practice, or community-based research) that engages critically with the interconnected fields of Artificial Intelligence, Algorithms, Machine Learning, Automation, and/or Critical Data Studies. We are especially interested in candidates whose work addresses the inequities, biases, and other social issues arising from the expansion of automated data-based practices from a policy, political economy or governance perspective. Specialization in one or more of the following areas is especially welcome: AI and community-building; inclusive AI; data justice; Data Sovereignty (including Indigenous data sovereignty); Indigenous/BIPOC approaches to algorithms and big data; disability and data; AI, data, and platform politics.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research (including research creation and community-based research) at the highest level.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from field-specific referees.

The successful candidate is expected to teach introductory courses in communication and media policy, political economy and/or communication technology and society as well as specialized courses. Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, in the Graduate Programme in Communication and Culture as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact the Professor Ganaele Langlois, Chair of the Department of Communication and Media Studies at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York Universitys Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 15, 2021.

Application, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, and teaching evaluations , may be uploaded to beginning on October 22, 2021. Letters of reference will be requested of long-listed applicants.

Questions may be directed to Professor Ganaele Langlois, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email:

Posting End Date: December 15, 2021

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