University of the Fraser Valley: Asst. Professor, Latin American Studies and Sociology/Media/Communication

Faculty Opening

 Posting:                 2020.014

Position:            Assistant Professor (Latin American Studies, and Sociology or Media and Communication Studies)

Department:       Social, Cultural and Media Studies

Status:               Faculty, Permanent (tenure-track); 100% full-time

Start Date:           August 1, 2020

Review Date:      February 14, 2020

About UFV    The University of the Fraser Valley has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC’s top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

Posting Details    The department of Social, Cultural and Media Studies at UFV invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in Latin American Studies, and Sociology or Media and Communications Studies (MACS). The successful candidate will demonstrate expertise in one or more of the following areas, and be able to teach to these areas in both LAS and either Sociology or MACS: gender and sexualities; class, race/racialization, ethnicity and nationality; Indigenous issues; sociology of communities; public sociology; globalization and development; comparative societies; media in social protests and political uprisings; the politics of art and media representation; social and alternative media; popular culture. Candidates with current or past experience in community organizing and/or engagement are particularly welcomed.  The ideal candidate will be committed to teaching. Fluency in Spanish or Portuguese is a definite asset, as is the ability to communicate in languages that are indigenous to Latin America.

We are seeking a collegial, energetic and innovative individual who has successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level and who communicates effectively with students both in and out of the classroom; is qualified to instruct across a range of the existing undergraduate courses; and can develop new and innovative courses related to both LAS (particularly reflecting new situations as they emerge within Latin America) and Sociology or MACS.  Our department has a strong record of supporting students as they engage in coursework, research projects, participation in academic conferences, and other experiential learning opportunities.  This position requires an enthusiastic commitment to these types of student skill-development efforts; the successful candidate will be able to contribute in one or more of the following ways: developing and leading study tours; developing and supervising practicums; teaching how to use media in data collection, analysis, and the presentation of findings; community organizing; etc.

An ability to teach international students and manage the needs of a diverse classroom environment is required. UFV is committed to supporting and engaging international students and an increasingly diverse classroom population, and indigenizing our curriculum and our practice where appropriate. Ability to incorporate or reflect Indigenous or marginalized perspectives into the curriculum is required.

An ability to contribute to one or more of UFV’s other interdisciplinary programs, such as Indigenous Studies, Global Development Studies, Peace and Conflict Studies, or Migration and Citizenship is an asset. The ideal candidate will show demonstrated experience in technology-supported teaching (e.g. hybrid, online, and computer-assisted learning) and experiential learning.

The successful applicant will have an aptitude for and, preferably, experience working in team situations; demonstrated ability to participate in innovative interdisciplinary teaching and learning opportunities. The successful applicant will be expected to actively engage in service work with the department, the College of Arts and the university as a whole; and will show an active commitment to academic leadership. A commitment to an ongoing program of professional development is required.

In addition to mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and fostering a vibrant environment within our SCMS programs and our broader community, the successful candidate will also be expected to maintain a program of scholarly activity or research related to Latin America or Latin Americans, preferably one that involves students and is community-linked.

The successful applicant will have a demonstrable ability to collaborate/interact effectively with external bodies or agencies. We particularly encourage applications from Indigenous scholars or teachers or researchers with experience of racialization, colonization, and/or other forms of marginalization.

Qualifications    The successful candidate will have a PhD in Latin American Studies, Media and Communications Studies, Sociology, or a cognate discipline from a recognized/accredited postsecondary institution, or solid indication of imminent completion. The candidate must have demonstrated successful teaching experience at the postsecondary level. Demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in scholarly research and professional and/or community service is required.

 How to Apply    Candidates should submit, as a single electronic file, a cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, student evaluations, writing sample, and original sample course plan for one of the teaching areas identified. In addition, please provide a list of three referees and their contact information.

University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554                 Fax: (604) 854-1538

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The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on February 14, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.