Instructor in Communication Studies
York University Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies

Contractually Limited Appointment

Discipline/Field: Communication and Media Policy

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Communication Studies

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

Position End Date: June 30, 2022

The Department of Communication Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University, invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a one-year contractually limited appointment at the level of Sessional Assistant Professor in Communication and Media Policy to commence July 1, 2021.

The successful candidate will have a strong background in Communication and Media Policy. They will have a PhD (or near completion by the start date) in Communication Studies or a cognate field and demonstrable excellence, or promise of excellence, in teaching and scholarly research. The candidate must be able to teach undergraduate courses in a variety of policy-related fields, especially but not limited to one or more of: media and creative/cultural industries; sport media; digital media/ICTs; labour. The appointment will carry a teaching load of three full courses or the equivalent.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement (including an outline of pedagogical innovations such as experiential education, opportunities and engagement with students outside the classroom, or the use of technology to enhance learning); teaching accomplishments; teaching experience; sample syllabi; and strong letters of reference.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. If you require accommodation at any time during the hiring process, please contact Prof. Robert Heynen, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at  or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713.  Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York Universitys Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or citizens of Chile may apply per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is January 15, 2021.

Applications, including a signed cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests (including an outline of teaching innovations), sample syllabi, teaching evaluations, and three confidential letters of reference, must be uploaded to beginning on November 1, 2020.

Questions may be directed to Professor Rob Heynen, Chair of the Department of Communication Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies. Email:

Posting End Date: January 15, 2021


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