[Air-L] tt-position, Intermedia, Dept of Comm Studies, Concordia, Mtl

lshade at alcor.concordia.ca lshade at alcor.concordia.ca
Fri Aug 8 17:48:40 PDT 2008

CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, MONTREAL  Concordia University's Department of
Communication Studies invites applications for a tenure-track position at
the rank of Assistant Professor in INTERMEDIA.

The Department has recently launched Intermedia as a fourth production
stream in its highly selective undergraduate program, to complement
established offerings in Film, Video, and Sound. This innovation has been
broadly conceived to take account of the massive changes wrought by “the
computerization of culture” in the arts, in professional practice, and in
the academy. Our adoption of the term ‘intermedia’ is intended to address
a confluence of media practices – diverse, hybrid, liminal, analog and
digital – that cannot be easily captured in any one, established medium.
The stream currently draws on the principles and practices of graphic
design and typography, motion graphics, stopmotion animation,
interactivity and database documentary.

In order to strengthen and advance this innovative curricular development
in the field of communication studies we seek a highly qualified,
conceptually oriented theorist-practitioner with an MFA, PhD, or
equivalent in a related field, and a professional-level portfolio of
creative work, who will collaborate in enriching and expanding this novel
area of teaching, research and creative activity. Candidates will be
expected to be active researchers and creators, teach and supervise
students both at the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The ideal
candidate might, for example, be especially active in research/creation in
one or more of the following areas (and, ideally, conversant in at least a
few of the others): analog/digital photography in any genre; minorities
and social networking; digital archiving; performance; hacking and
residual media; mobile technologies; free and open source software; data
visualization and information graphics; physical computing. We especially
welcome critical feminist approaches. The ideal candidate should have
experience teaching in an undergraduate studio environment, and be capable
of providing instruction in a coherent range of digital media authoring
and computing tools, eg Illustrator, Photoshop, Flash, Processing, iMovie,
Motion, HTML/CSS, Content Management Systems (Drupal, Wordpress). An
ability to work across and between some of these media tools and
platforms, and an active awareness of open source alternatives, would be
especially desirable.

Founded in 1965, the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia
University is Canada's oldest degree-granting department in the
discipline. The Department offers programs leading to the BA, Graduate
Diploma, MA, and PhD degrees. The undergraduate Degree in Communication
Studies is well known for its integration of media production and critical
theoretical perspectives; we offer the only undergraduate program in
Communication and Cultural Studies and the only graduate diploma in
Communication in Canada; our MA in Media Studies is unique in its
structure and focus; the bilingual and inter-university PhD program offers
access to a wide range of resources and expertise. In keeping with
Concordia's mission, the Department fosters inclusivity in its research,
curriculum, and teaching practices, and is committed to serving the needs
of a diverse student population. Montreal, where both campuses are
located, is a world class city of over 3 million people, offering a rich
and diverse cultural life, and the intellectual stimulation of four major
universities. In addition, the city is a major new site of innovation and
excellence in emerging digital media technologies, with significant
government and private industry support. Candidates are encouraged to
visit our departmental website for additional information concerning our
programs and priorities: http://artsandscience.concordia.ca/comm/  Subject
to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position for July 1,
2009. Review of complete applications begins November 1, 2008; final
deadline November 17.

Applications should consist of: a letter of intent and statement of
teaching and research/creation interests; curriculum vitae; documentation
of recent work; samples of students' work, course syllabi and teaching
evaluations (if applicable); and, three letters of reference.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian
citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.
Concordia University is committed to employment equity.  Please note that
only shortlisted candidates will be contacted; portfolios will only be
returned with the inclusion of a SASE.  No electronic applications will be
Address all inquiries and applications to:  Professor Rae Staseson, Chair
Department of Communication Studies (CJ 3.230)  Concordia University  7141
Sherbrooke Street West Montreal, Quebec  H4B 1R6

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