Job Posting -Assistant Professor of Digital Media Studies

Friday, November 18, 2011

Applications are invited for a tenure-track position in Digital Media Studies at the Assistant Professor level. We are looking for a colleague with expertise in digital media theory and practice who will contribute to our research and teaching in this area, including new degree options and our digital research centre, the Critical Media Lab, where the successful candidate will have access to extensive resources for digital design. Applicants for this position should have outstanding research potential and achievement commensurate with their experience; it will also be considered an asset to have a strong record of external funding. The successful candidate will be offered a wide range of teaching experiences, from first-year undergraduate courses through to graduate teaching and supervision of doctoral students. In addition to undergraduate programs in Literature and in Rhetoric and Professional Writing, the Department offers new undergraduate specializations in Digital Media Studies and in English Literature in a Global Context. We also offer a new MA in Experimental Digital Media (XDM), in addition to our innovative MA programs in Literary Studies and Rhetoric and Communication Design. Our unique Ph.D. program integrates literary studies with fields of media theory and design, rhetoric, and discourse and text analysis. Since the Department promotes an integrated research culture, secondary expertise in critical theory, creative arts, computer programming, rhetoric, semiotics, composition theory, linguistics, or a field of literary study, is also welcome. The current teaching load is 2 + 2, which normally includes one graduate course. Please visit our website for more information. An appointment date of July 1st, 2012 is preferred. 

The successful candidate will have the opportunity to participate in the growth of Graduate Studies and the Humanities in the University of Waterloo’s Faculty of Arts, as well as to be part of a burgeoning interdisciplinary community in digital studies that is situated on UW’s main campus, at the Digital Media “Hub” in downtown Kitchener, and at UW’s Stratford campus. The University of Waterloo is a research-intensive public institution, with the largest and most successful Co-operative education program in North America. In the Maclean’s Magazine national reputational survey, the University of Waterloo has ranked as the “Best Overall” university in Canada for 17 out of the last 19 years; while in the QS World University Rankings for 2011, Waterloo English is ranked in the top 150 English departments in the world.

Consideration of applications will begin on November 7th, 2011. Please send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a writing sample and/or electronic portfolio, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to: Dr. Fraser Easton, Chair, Department of English Language and Literature, University of Waterloo, Waterloo ON N2L 3G1 Canada. Email: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. The University of Waterloo encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Native peoples and persons with disabilities. This appointment is subject to the availability of funds.

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