1-Year Limited Term Faculty Position in Professional Communication

FCAD, Prof. Communication

Posted: March 11, 2020
Deadline to Apply: Saturday, April 11, 2020

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.

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. To learn more about our work environment, please visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page. We invite you to explore employment at Ryerson. Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca OR Monica McKay, Director, Aboriginal Initiatives at mmckay@ryerson.ca]. 

The Opportunity

The School of Professional Communication in the Faculty of Communication and Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University invites applications for a  Limited Term Faculty (LTF) position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Professional Communication with a focus on digital and organizational communication. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2020 and end on June 30, 2021, subject to final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will approach theories and practices of professional communication in ways that are innovative, interdisciplinary and informed by critical perspectives. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from candidates who are experts in written and visual communication practices within digital enterprises and other organizations.

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 only in the teaching and service duties of faculty members in the School, while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across such activities. Responsibilities will include teaching and coordinating a variety of undergraduate courses, including multi-section courses such as CMN279 Introduction to Professional Communication, and lecture courses such as CMN325 Communication and the Digital Enterprise, CMN 413 Corporate Communications and CMN601 Visual Communication: A Critical Approach. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to supervise graduate students in the ProCom master’s program The successful candidate will also participate in administrative activities in ProCom and will collaborate with partners within and beyond Ryerson.


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

  • excellence in teaching 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; 
  • strong communication skills and a demonstrated ability to supervise undergraduate and graduate students; 
  • a 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
  • demonstrated ability to contribute to the life of the School and the University through collegial service.

Note: Limited Term Faculty appointments at Ryerson University may not exceed a combined total of four years. Applicants with prior Ryerson LTF appointments need to consider this limitation, as it may render them ineligible to apply. 

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 April 11, 2020. The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • 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 DHC Chair Dr. John Shiga at jshiga@ryerson.ca

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Sumentha D’Souza at sumentha@ryerson.ca.

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