Assistant/Associate Professor in Social Media/Public Relations

York University Department of Communication and Media Studies


Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant/Associate Professor

Discipline/Field: Social Media/Public Relations

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Communication Studies

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Department of Communication and Media Studies

Social Media/Public Relations, 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 Social Media/Public Relations at the Assistant or Associate level, to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. The successful applicant will be based at York Universitys new Markham Campus when operational (expected in Fall 2023) and become a member of the first cohort of resident faculty members. Between July 1, 2022, and the opening of the new campus, the appointee will assume a combination of teaching responsibilities at Yorks Keele campus and contribute to the development of academic and research programming planned for the new Markham Campus.

York Universitys Markham Campus ( ) offers state-of-the-art facilities to provide innovative job-ready academic programming and research focussing on core themes of technology and entrepreneurship as applied in different contexts, disciplines and professional fields. Building on York Universitys academic presence in the City of Markham, the new campus will help fulfil future labour market and civic leadership needs by providing transferable 21st century skills that are at the core of future economic competitiveness and community development in Markham, York Region, and across Ontario. Collaboration with York Universitys existing research strengths in the core areas of the new campus, and dynamic engagement with the areas businesses and industries, will create an innovative, cross-disciplinary research culture for solving complex problems that transcend traditional disciplines.

A PhD in Communication Studies or a related discipline is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence (or promise of excellence for junior applicants) in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research (which can include research creation, professional practice, or community-based research) and specialize in one or more of the following areas: social media affordances & their impacts on public communication; critical digital methods; advocacy and social change through social media and/or public relations; social media and social justice oriented public relations campaigns; platform, infrastructure, and software studies; community-based research and social media; BIPOC, gender, and/or disability related biases in social media and public relations. Experience in Experiential Education, including placement programs, is an asset, as is social media and/or public relations experience (in community, NGO, activist, and/or industry contexts). Preference for candidates whose research and experience reflects and speaks to the diverse communities of Markham and surrounding areas.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence for junior appointment 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 position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence for junior appointment 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.

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 and Media Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email:

Posting End Date: December 15, 2021


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