Faculty Position in Media, Journalistic and Cultural Industries in a Changing Landscape

University of Ottawa Department of Communication


As part of a major expansion in its programs, the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in Media, Journalistic and Cultural Industries in a Changing Landscape. Building and expanding on our strengths in this area, this position explores the ways in which the media, journalistic and cultural industries are evolving to adapt to a global environment within which social and mobile media have become central. The successful candidate’s research profile will engage with the ways in which people access, produce and monetize content (news, information, entertainment) and the implications for policy and regulation in Canada. Position expected to start January 1, 2021.

Title of the position: Assistant Professor level, but higher ranks will be considered under exceptional circumstances. 

Duties: The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) teaching activities; b) scholarly activities revealed by research; c) academic service activities, d) supervision of graduate students.

  • The successful candidate will be expected to teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses in media communication, journalism and/or cultural industries. A critical aspect of these expectations will be the provision of teaching and mentoring to trainees at the University.
  • The candidate will be expected to implement a research program in communication that will lead to scholarly publications and which has the potential of attracting, developing, and retaining excellent trainees, students, and future researchers in addition to external funding, to supervise these trainees in writing theses and research papers.
  • A strong commitment to participate in the administrative activities of the department is required.

Terms: Tenure-track position

Wage:  Salary scale for an Assistant Professor will start at $ 86,986 (as of May 1, 2020).

Benefits package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of work:  Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier East Av., 11th floor Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact information: Dr. Jenepher Lennox Terrion, Chair, Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON.  cmndir@uottawa.ca

Skills requirements:

Education: Ph.D. in Communication or in a closely related field will be required by the start date. 

Work experience: 

  • Candidates must have an excellent record of research and peer-reviewed publications in the field of communication.
  • Relevant areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to: technological disruption from AI-driven automation, digital data, and new visual and voice-based interfaces; the role of news and media in Canadian culture, democracy, and identity; transnational media and cultural industries; issues around ethics, trust, monetization, regulation, information and disinformation in a high-choice media environment; Indigenous media; digital media and journalism entrepreneurship; political economy of the media and/or cultural industries.
  • Active knowledge of French and English will be required at time of hire in order to function in our bilingual environment.  
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching in communication or a related discipline is required.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are required.
  • Experience attracting and supervising graduate students is an asset.

Application deadline: Applications received by May 20, 2020, will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.

Applications should be submitted as a single PDF document electronically and be comprised of a two-page cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching interests and philosophy including student evaluations, and a one-page research statement with links to publications. In addition, three confidential letters of reference should be sent directly by the referees to:

Jenepher Lennox Terrion, Ph.D.
The Department of Communication
University of Ottawa
Ottawa, Ontario

Short-listed candidates will be invited to do a research presentation and a teaching demonstration in front of professors and students (likely using videoconference technology)

For more detail on our programs, please visit http://arts.uottawa.ca/communication/en

Posting no.: 20023-ARTS

The University of Ottawa is committed to ensuring equity, diversity and inclusion in the scholarly and leadership environments of our students, staff, and faculty. Accordingly, we strongly encourage applications from, Indigenous persons, racialized persons (visible minorities), persons with disabilities, women, as well as from all qualified candidates with the skills and knowledge to productively engage with equitable, diverse and inclusive communities. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application. Please take note of this posting number. This questionnaire can be found online.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs at 613-562-5958. Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.

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