Assistant Professor in Communications Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Communication Studies

Communications Studies Full-time position - 1yr LTA

Faculty/Academic Area : Faculty of Arts

Department : Communications Studies

Campus : Waterloo

Position Summary :

The Department of Communication Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a one-year Limited Term Appointment (LTA) faculty position at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2018, subject to budgetary approval.


Qualifications for the position include a PhD in Communication Studies or a cognate discipline and significant teaching experience. Applicants are expected to be active researchers with a record of publication in their subfield. Applicants should be able to position their research and teaching within one or both of the areas of global communication and/or communication history. A demonstrated understanding of the unique contexts of Canadian communication is an asset. Desirable teaching experience includes teaching classes of varying sizes, levels, and formats, e.g. large, introductory lecture-based courses, medium-sized classes, and small senior seminars. Ability to teach specialist courses in a subfield and also a generalist introduction to the discipline and core perspectives within it will be considered an asset. The workload for this position will consist of five courses and service in the department.


Applicants should send a letter of application, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, copies of no more than two recent publications, a 1–2 page statement of current and prospective research interests, and contact information (address, telephone, and email) for three referees to:


Dr. Peter Urquhart, Chair
Department of Communication Studies
Wilfrid Laurier University
75 University Avenue West
Waterloo, Ontario N2L 3C5


Note: Electronic submission of applications to is preferred.


Applications will be accepted until April 15, 2018.


Applicants can learn more about the Department and current faculty research interests at:


Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and a person of any sexual identities and gender identities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:


Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada


Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to Dr. Richard Nemesvari, Dean of Arts at Further information on the equity policy can be found at:


Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact the Dean of Arts Office at 519-884-0710 ext. 3361 or at


The Faculty of Arts wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

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