Faculty Position in Strategic Communication
Ryerson University School of Professional Communication

Tenure Track Position in Strategic Communication

FCAD, Prof. Communication

Posted: October 23, 2020

Deadline to Apply: Thursday, November 26, 2020

Tenure Track Position in Strategic Communication

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Professional Communication [ProcCom] in the Faculty of Communications and Design [FCAD]  at welcomes applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Strategic Communication. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2021, subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will approach Strategic Communication (e.g., public relations, corporate communication, risk and crisis communication, health communication) with a focus on innovative methodologies for communication research in academic, industry and community contexts. Preference will be given to candidates with a background in both qualitative and quantitative methods who demonstrate a capacity to integrate innovative research methods into their teaching and SRC. The successful candidate will teach ProCom courses in strategic communication and research methods and would be expected to contribute to the development of new courses in these areas that will be available to students in multiple FCAD schools. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities will include: teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including core courses in communication theory, history and methodology, and supervising graduate students in the ProCom master’s program;  pursuing innovative and independent research or scholarly research-creation in the field of communication that is externally funded, cutting-edge, and of the highest quality; participating in administrative activities in ProCom and collaborating across university departments and partners and with the wider community. 

Candidates must hold a Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a closely related field by the appointed date.  In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of: 

  • strong emerging scholarly research or creative projects that are innovative and impactful as evidence by but not limited to, peer reviewed publications, working papers, book chapters, public policy contributions, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, strong endorsements/recommendations by referees of top international stature, studies, writings or creative productions disseminated by other suitable means and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline;
  • demonstrated potential for teaching excellence at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curricula,  demonstrated through a teaching dossier that outlines the teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, including experience with course/curriculum review/development, excellent pedagogical practice, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations. Teaching philosophy statements should address approaches that would be effective at the  undergraduate and graduate level teaching;
  • strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students. Previous experience supervising graduate students is an asset;
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the School, Faculty and the University through collegial service.

Our committee recognizes that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture. 

School of Professional Communication [ProCom]

ProCom consists of 19 tenure-stream faculty members and offers innovative Bachelor and Master’s programs that integrate theory and practice. As an interdisciplinary School, ProCom focuses on teaching and research that brings creative and critical communication approaches into industries, organizations, and communities. Our students and faculty investigate the intersections of text, sound, and image in an array of digital, discursive, and social contexts.  Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research and on the quality of its teaching. We are interested in candidates that will contribute to and build on our existing research and teaching strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences to the position. 

Working at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our department/school, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse. 

Visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and websites.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we strongly encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. Candidates who self-identify as members of these groups are especially welcome to apply and provide details of how their lived and diverse experiences inform their work.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by November 26th, 2020. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a portfolio which demonstrates the variety of media forms and creative practice with which the applicant works; 
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations; and
  • names of three individuals who may be contacted for references. 

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Departmental Hiring Committee [DHC] Chair, Dr. John Shiga at . 

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Nikki Waheed, Co-Chair, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at . 

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Alanna Neshevich, HR Advisor at . 

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