Assistant/Associate Professor in Critical and Social Justice Approaches to Social Media and/or Public Relations

York University Department of Communication Studies

Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant/Associate Professor

Discipline/Field: Critical and Social Justice Approaches to Social Media and/or Public Relations

Home Faculty: Liberal Arts & Professional Studies

Home Department/Area/Division: Communication Studies

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2021

The Department of Communication Studies, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Professional Studies, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Critical and Social Justice Approaches to Social Media and/or Public Relations at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval. The successful applicant will be based at the new York Markham Centre Campus when operational (expected in Fall 2023) and become a member of the first cohort of resident faculty members. Between July 1, 2021 and the opening of the campus, the appointee will assume a combination of teaching responsibilities at Yorks Keele campus and contribute to the development of academic and research programming planned for the new Markham Centre Campus.

York Universitys Markham Centre Campus ( ) offers state-of-the-art facilities to provide innovative job-ready academic programming and research focussing on core themes of technology and entrepreneurship as applied in different contexts, disciplines and professional fields. Building on York Universitys academic presence in the City of Markham, the new campus will help fulfil future labour market and civic leadership needs by providing transferable 21st century skills that are at the core of future economic competitiveness and community development in Markham, York Region and across Ontario. Collaboration with York Universitys existing research strengths in the core areas of the new campus and dynamic engagement with the areas businesses, industries, and communities will create an innovative, cross-disciplinary, and social justice-oriented research culture for solving complex problems that transcend traditional disciplines.

A PhD in Communication Studies or a related discipline is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence (or promise of excellence for junior applicants) in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research (which can include research creation, professional practice, or community-based research) and specialize in one or more of the following areas: social media affordances & their impacts on public communication; critical digital methods; advocacy and social change through social media and/or public relations; social media and social justice oriented public relations campaigns; platform, infrastructure, and software studies; community-based research and social media; BIPOC, gender, and/or disability related biases in social media and public relations. Experience in Experiential Education, including placement programs, is an asset, as is social media and/or public relations experience (in community, NGO, activist, and/or industry contexts).

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research at the highest level.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence (or promise of 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; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision as well as undergraduate teaching, and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

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. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Chair of the Search Committee 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), 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. 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 March 8, 2021.

Application, including a cover letter, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, teaching evaluations and three confidential letters of reference, may be uploaded to beginning on January 22, 2021.

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

Posting End Date: March 8, 2021