Political Communication or Media and Politics, with an Emphasis on Big Data

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The Department of Political Science at Simon Fraser University is inviting applications for a continuing full-time research faculty appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor starting as early as July 2020.

The successful candidate will have evidence of high-quality scholarly output and excellence in research in Political Communication or Media and Politics, with an emphasis on big data. They will be expected to carry out an independent research program yielding significant peer-reviewed publications, and to compete successfully for external funding to support this research program. Research that aligns with SFU’s Strategic Research plan will be a strength. This includes: rigorous data collection and analysis; interdisciplinary projects; and community-based policy research. Ideal candidates may also conduct research that aligns with SFU’s core research challenges to understand our origins and strengthen civil society by advancing justice, equality and social responsibility.

The successful candidate will also demonstrate strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. At the undergraduate level, the appointee would be expected to teach introductory courses in quantitative methods or computational social science as well as more advanced courses in media and politics and political communications. At the graduate level, the appointee will teach courses as part of the Masters in Political Science and the PhD program in Political Science, and be expected to supervise graduate students in their areas of research expertise. The person who fills this position is expected to contribute to the department’s supportive and collegial working environment, and to make substantive contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community.

For more information about the Department, please visit http://www.sfu.ca/politics.html

Equity, diversity, and inclusion are essential to SFU’s excellence as an engaged university. In keeping with SFU’s strategic vision which pledges to foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect and to celebrate diversity among faculty, SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. SFU is dedicated to building a diverse faculty by advancing the interests of underrepresented groups, specifically women, Indigenous people, persons with disability, visible minorities, and sexual and gender diverse communities. We strongly encourage individuals from these groups to apply. We are especially interested in candidates with a demonstrated history of advocating for
equity, diversity, and inclusion.

SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

PhD in political science, political communications or an aligned field in hand on the appointment start date or soon thereafter.

Complete applications will consist of:

  • Cover letter;
  • Curriculum Vitae;
  • Statement of research;
  • Statement of contributions and commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion – addressing past, ongoing, and/or potential contributions through teaching, research, professional activity, and/or service;
  • Evidence of teaching excellence;
  • Academic writing sample;
  • Three current letters of reference sent directly by the respective referees.

Applications will be reviewed starting November 9, 2019. Preference will be given to applications received by December 9, 2019
All materials should be sent electronically in one pdf document to: pol_apply@sfu.ca. Questions should be directed to polchair@sfu.ca

This is an entry level position. Only those holding or those eligible to be promoted to the rank will be considered. The position is subject to availability of funding.

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

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