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Assistant Professor–Media Culture and History

The Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in Media Culture and History, to begin 1 July 2016.

Applicants must hold a PhD or be close to completion, and will have a superior teaching and research/publication record relevant to the field. Applications are welcome from candidates working in or across any temporal period and within any theoretical paradigm. We seek candidates with expertise in media old or new—established, emerging, and/or in transition—all broadly conceived: print, audio, oral, visual, or digital.

Applications will be appraised according to their presentation of innovative research programs that build upon and beyond existing areas of pedagogical and scholarly strength.  Successful candidates will demonstrate excellent presentation skills and the ability to succeed in the undergraduate and graduate classrooms. The position also calls for a commitment to participation in administrative and committee work.

Responsibilities include: teaching and occasionally developing undergraduate/graduate courses in this field; building and maintaining an active and specialized research program and procuring funding to support research activities; scholarly publishing in appropriate venues; contributing to service within the Department, Faculty, and University; and supervising and mentoring graduate students.

The University of Alberta aims to be one of the world’s great universities, by transforming learning, leading ground-breaking research, and uplifting society through new knowledge, leadership, and service. The university plays a key role in the cultural, educational, and business life of the province and in Canada as a whole, through the impact of its integrated mandate of teaching, research, and community service. It serves over 39,000 students in close to 400 undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs, and boasts the country’s second-largest academic library system, with outstanding research and teaching facilities on five campuses ( The Faculty of Arts is the university’s oldest faculty and one of the largest research and teaching centres in western Canada ( The university’s main (North) campus is dramatically situated on the edge of the North Saskatchewan River, in the heart of Edmonton, Alberta’s vibrant, cosmopolitan capital, with a population of approximately one million and an outstanding quality of life (

Apply online ( by submitting:

  • a cover letter (include the names of three referees)
  • a curriculum vitae
  • a teaching dossier, if available: please attach under the “Statement of Teaching/Research Interests” option
  • a writing sample to a maximum of 20 pages: please attach under the “List of Publications” option
  • applicants are further expected to contact their referees and arrange to have them send their letters of reference to the attention of the Chair, Dr. Peter W. Sinnema; these  letters should be submitted via e-mail to the Executive Assistant, Roberta Zopf, Please enter “MCH” in the subject line.

Review of applications will start on 4 December 2015. Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.

Business Address:

Department of English and Film Studies
University of Alberta
3-5 Humanities Centre
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2E5