Canada Research Chair on Digital Media, Civic Culture and Global Change

Canada Research Chair on Digital Media, Civic Culture and Global Change
Monday, January 7, 2013 - 12:00am

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 enrollment 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

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 here.

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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