Tenure Track Position in Digital Creation and Communication
  • Toronto

Website Ryerson University

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University, is on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples and is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarly research and creative activities. Ryerson is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder, as it continues its growth through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus.

The Opportunity

The School of Professional Communication [ProcCom] in the Faculty of Communications and Design [FCAD] at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Digital Creation and Communication. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2020, subject to final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will approach Digital Creation and Communication in ways that are innovative, interdisciplinary and informed by theoretical and practical perspectives. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who are experts in multimodal communication, design thinking and creativity with a focus on digital processes.

ProCom consists of 18 tenure-stream faculty members and offers innovative Bachelor and Master’s programs that integrate theory and practice. As an interdisciplinary School, ProCom focuses on teaching and research that brings creative and critical communication approaches into industries, organizations, and communities. Our students and faculty investigate the intersections of text, sound, and image in an array of digital, discursive, and social contexts. Our faculty prides itself on the excellence of its research and on the quality of its teaching. We are interested in candidates that will contribute to and build on our existing research and teaching strengths by bringing innovative and diverse perspectives and experiences to the position.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca).

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.


The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Responsibilities will include: teaching a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses, including core courses in communication theory, history and methodology, and supervising graduate students in the ProCom master’s program; pursuing innovative and independent research or scholarly research-creation in the field of communication that is externally funded, cutting-edge, and of the highest quality; and participating in administrative activities in ProCom and collaborating across university departments and partners and with the wider community.


Candidates must hold an earned Ph.D. in Communication Studies or a closely related field by the appointed date. In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of:

  • strong emerging scholarly research or creative projects that are innovative and impactful, resulting in achievements such as peer reviewed publications, working papers, book chapters, public policy contributions, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, strong endorsements/recommendations by referees of top international stature, studies, writings or creative productions disseminated by other suitable means and other noteworthy activities that contribute to the visibility and prominence of the discipline;
  • excellence in teaching demonstrated through a teaching dossier that outlines the teaching philosophy, teaching accomplishments, including experience with course/curriculum review/development, excellent pedagogical practice, sample syllabi and teaching evaluations. Teaching philosophy statements should address approaches to both undergraduate and graduate level teaching;
  • strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students. Previous experience supervising graduate students is an asset;
  • capacity to engage in a variety of media and forms of creative practice as theorists and practitioners and knowledge of and ability to teach the theoretical and technical aspects of visual design, sound production, and emerging forms of digital creation including, but not limited to: immersive environments, visual, audio, 3D printing, emerging media, as digital methods, would be central to this position.
  • commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
  • an ability to contribute to the life of the School, Faculty and the University through collegial service.

Equity at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by December 16, 2019. The application must contain the following:

a letter of application;
a curriculum vitae;
a portfolio which demonstrates the variety of media forms and creative practice with which the applicant works,
a statement of research interests;
a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations; and
names of three individuals who may be contacted for references.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Any confidential inquiries can be directed to the Departmental Hiring Committee [DHC] Chair, Dr. John Shiga at jshiga@ryerson.ca.

To apply for this job please visit hr.cf.ryerson.ca.