Shana MacDonald

Associate Chair, Undergraduate Advisor for Speech Communication - Assistant Professor
(519) 888-4567 x. 35157
Location: ML 234

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Shana MacDonald holds a PhD in Communication and Culture (2013) and an MA in Cinema and Media Studies (2005) from York University, and a BFA in Image Arts (2001) from Ryerson University. Her scholarship focuses on intersectional feminist politics, social and digital media, cinema, performance, and public art. She has published broadly across the fields of film, performance, media and communication studies. Dr. MacDonald is also an internationally curated artist who explores the community-building potential of practice-based, site-specific art interventions in public space. She is founder of the Mobile Art Studio (MAS), a transitory creative lab space that brings art out of the gallery and into public participatory spaces. Her research-creation projects are committed to finding new aesthetic forms and platforms to publicly circulate women’s intersectional lived experiences and histories. Recent MAS events include the HeforShe funded “Let Us Speak” social media research campaign (Fall 2018), the recent “Intersectional Feminist Placemaking” workshop in Montreal (2018) and “Reconstruction,” a participatory performance at Night\Shift: placehacking festival (2016). 

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Recent Work

“New Materialist Research Methods in Public Participatory Art: “Mobilizing the ‘Multi-Mangle’” with Brianna I Wiens, Leisure Sciences Special issue on ‘Posthumanism,’ (in press).

“Reimaging Public Space in Expanded Cinema Exhibition,” Canadian Journal of Film Studies Special issue on ‘Expanded Cinema in Canada,’ 27.1 (Fall 2018).

“The Psychogeographies of Site-Specific Art,” Media Theory Journal 1.2 (June 2018).

“Modes of Inter-subjective Address in The Central Character (1977) and Our Marilyn (1987)” Canadian Journal of Film Studies 25 1 (Summer 2016)

“Shary Boyle Engaged Artistry” in Sculpting Cinema. Eds. Solomon Nagler et al. (Toronto: Pleasure Dome/Canada Council, 2018).

“The City (as) Place: Performative Re-mappings of Urban Space Through Artistic Research” in Performance As Research: Knowledge, Methodology, Impact.  Eds. Melanie Dyer et al. (New York: Routledge, 2016). 


Courses taught

  • SPCOM 101 – Theories of Communication

  • SPCOM 220 – Performance Studies

  • SPCOM 339 - Media, Images, and Communication

  • SPCOM 440 – Performative Inquiry and Practice

University of Waterloo

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Employment Opportunity for Sessional Instructors

The Speech Communication program at the University of Waterloo is searching for several new sessional instructors to teach core communication courses.  Based in a liberal arts faculty with high national and international standards, the Speech Communication program currently serves approximately 150 majors, 50 minors, and delivers many sections of communication courses to four Faculties from across the University.

Sessional instructors could teach up to three sections per academic term of the following courses: Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Science Communication, or Communication in the Engineering Professions. Each of these courses include emphases on foundational communication competencies and are designed to align with the Speech Communication program objectives. More information on the Speech Communication program can be found here:

Interested instructors should have a PhD or be working toward completing a PhD, and should send a CV and a brief letter of interest that addresses qualifications and teaching philosophy to:

Dr. Robert Danisch

Chair, Department of Drama and Speech Communication

University of Waterloo

200 University Avenue West

Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3G1