[Air-L] job Tier 2 Canada Research Chair – Communication Studies (Digital Media, Civic Culture and Global Change))

Gabriella Coleman gabriella.coleman at mcgill.ca
Tue Nov 6 15:57:34 PST 2012

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair – Communication Studies (Digital Media, 
Civic Culture and Global Change))

The Communication Studies Program of the School of Journalism and 
Communication at Carleton University invites applications for nomination 
for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair on Digital Media, Civic Culture and 
Global Change.

The nominee for the CRC will be an emerging scholar with teaching 
experience and research expertise on the role of digital media in 
transforming global politics and the affordances of digital media for 
new social movements. The successful applicant will have a stellar 
research record on the use of digital media by civil society actors and 
the transformation of global movements for change as a consequence of 
new media strategies. Candidates will possess a Ph.D. in Communication 
or a cognate discipline and be able to participate effectively in 
teaching and graduate supervision in the field of digital media, civic 
culture and global change.

Academic rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and 
experience. The successful applicant will work with faculty and staff to 
submit a CRC application for the April 2013 competition, with an 
anticipated start date of January 1, 2014. Tier 2 CRCs are typically 
awarded to excellent emerging researchers who have demonstrated 
particular research creativity and the potential to achieve 
international recognition in their fields in the next five to 10 years.

Digital and social media lie at the intersection of many areas of 
academic study, research and production at Carleton University. As 
articulated in the university’s strategic plan, Defining Dreams, there 
are both teaching and research initiatives on new digital media underway 
in an impressive range of disciplines, from exploring the nature and 
potential of the ‘Digital Humanities’, to computer animation and design 
through the Interactive Multimedia and Design program, to industrial and 
technical drawing, to the effect of computer design for user interface. 
The CRC in Digital Media, Civic Culture and Global Change would add an 
important component to this mix with its focus on the link between 
digital media and changing citizen expectations and civic practices. The 
incumbent of the Chair will be in a unique position to forge a 
collaborative research network and facilitate cross-disciplinary 
research across the Faculty of Public Affairs and outside the university 
with organizations in the civic sector. Taking advantage of the 
facilities in the Communication Research Centre in the new River 
Building, the Chair will be a catalyzing focus of a high public profile 
in digital and social media research around questions of civic culture 
and global change. The Communication Studies Program offers degrees at 
undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels, and has a combined 
enrolment of over 1,000 students. It is a leader in the study of 
communication theory, research and policy, having offered undergraduate 
degrees since 1979, and is seeking individuals of exceptional abilities 
to augment its strengths in research and teaching. Further information 
on the program is available at http://www1.carleton.ca/communication

Please send complete applications to Professor Eileen Saunders, 
Associate Director, School of Journalism and Communication, Carleton 
University, 1125 Colonel By Drive, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1S 5B6. 
Application packages should be sent in hard copy and will consist of a 
curriculum vitae, copies of sample publications, a statement of teaching 
and research interests, and a one-page description of the applicant’s 
expected fit to Carleton University’s Strategic Research Priorities. 
Further information on these is available at 

Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent 
directly to the Associate Director. The closing date for applications is 
January 7, 2013.

Located in Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University is a dynamic research 
and teaching institution with a tradition of leading change. Its 
internationally recognized faculty, staff, and researchers provide more 
than 26,000 full- and part-time students from every province and more 
than 100 countries around the world with academic opportunities in more 
than 80 programs of study. Carleton’s creative, interdisciplinary, and 
international approach to research has led to many significant 
discoveries and creative work in science and technology, business, 
public policy and administration, and the arts.

Minutes from downtown, Carleton University is located on a beautiful 
campus in the central portion of Ottawa, bordered by the Rideau River on 
one side, and the Rideau Canal on the other. With over 12 national 
museums and the spectacular Gatineau Park close by, there are many 
excellent recreational opportunities for individuals and families to 
enjoy. The City of Ottawa itself, with a population of almost one 
million, is Canada’s capital city and reflects the country’s bilingual 
and multicultural character. Carleton’s location in the nation’s capital 
provides many opportunities for research with groups and institutions 
that reflect the diversity of the country.

Carleton University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within 
its community as a source of excellence, cultural enrichment, and social 
strength. We welcome those who would contribute to the further 
diversification of our faculty and its scholarship including, but not 
limited to, women, visible minorities, Aboriginal peoples, persons with 
disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Canadians and 
permanent residents will be given priority.

All positions are subject to budgetary approval.

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