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Assistant Professor, Social, Cultural and Media Studies

Posting number 2017.203
Position Assistant Professor, Social, Cultural and Media Studies
Department Social, Cultural and Media Studies, College of Arts
Contract type Faculty; Permanent (tenure track); 100% full-time
Start date August 1, 2018
Review date January 31, 2018

About UFV
The University of the Fraser Valley is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching excellence, community relevance, and Indigenization. With over 100 programs, from graduate and undergraduate arts, science, and professional degrees, to trades and technical education, university preparation, and continuing education UFV is the school of choice for over 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 Sociology. The Department seeks a sociologist who is committed to teaching and will complement our current faculty strengths. We seek applications from candidates who demonstrate expertise in race and ethnicity in a Canadian context, recognizing the global dimensions of this area of study. Priority will be given to applicants who also have expertise in one or more of the following areas: community and/or public health, migration, and applied/public sociology. Candidates should have demonstrated excellence or potential for excellence in teaching, scholarly research, and professional and/or community service. The successful applicant will have interest and ability to engage with digital technologies. Applicants must demonstrate ability to effectively work with a diverse student population.

The candidate must have a minimum of three years’ teaching experience in sociology, which includes introductory sociology and research methods. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Sociology (or ABD with completion of all requirements by July 1, 2018) from a recognized/accredited post-secondary institution. The successful applicant will be expected to contribute to the Sociology major and the Concentration in Social Research, work closely with students to support their learning, contribute to department, college, and university committees, and maintain an active program of professional development.

As a primarily teaching-oriented institution and department, 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 undergraduate courses offered by the department; and can develop new and innovative courses. Experience with incorporating indigenous perspectives, teaching international students, and managing the needs of a diverse classroom environment is an asset. UFV is committed to Indigenizing our curriculum and our practice where appropriate. Likewise, we are committed to supporting and engaging international students and the diverse classroom population at UFV.

Experience and/or interest in developing innovative and experiential learning opportunities is required. Demonstrable experience in technology-supported teaching (e.g. hybrid, on-line, and computer-assisted learning) and experiential learning is desirable. The successful candidate will show aptitude for and/or experience for working in team situations; demonstrated ability to participate in innovative inter-disciplinary teaching; a commitment to actively engage in service work with the department, the College of Arts and the university as a whole; and, an active commitment to academic leadership.

In addition to mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and to 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, preferably one which involves students and is community-linked.

How to apply
The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on January 31, 2018; however the position will remain open until filled.
Candidates should submit electronically a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, an original sample course plan for one of the teaching areas identified above, student evaluations, a short description of research interests and selected publications, and three letters of reference.

Applications, citing Posting 2017.203 should be sent to:

Email application to:
Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Phone: (604) 854-4554
Fax: (604) 854-1538