Faculty Positions

Position Title / Rank: Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Programs, Culture and Technology Studies (2-year Contractually Limited)

College: College of Arts

Department: School of English and Theatre Studies

Date Posted: May 14, 2024
Deadline: June 11, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is found
Please reference AD #24-26

Position Description:

The College of Arts at the University of Guelph invites applications for a Contractually Limited Appointment (2-year term), in the School of English and Theatre Studies (SETS) at the rank of Assistant Professor (non-tenured). The appointment will begin on 1 August 2024. CLA faculty with a teaching-focus teach 6 courses per academic year (usually 3 – 3). The successful candidate will teach in the Culture & Technology Studies (CTS) program and the English (ENGL) program.

Applicants must possess a PhD in a related field, have university teaching experience in digital humanities and in some aspect of literary studies, broadly conceived, along with a program of research that incorporates an understanding of digital humanities methodologies, design, critical frameworks, or practices. The successful candidate will have a working knowledge of, and an ability to teach, an introductory programming language, preferably Python or R. Applications must include a record of publishing or teaching that incorporates considerations of race, gender, sexuality, ability, ethics, or the perspectives of equity-seeking groups in digital humanities contexts, and the capacity to teach a range of courses in the Culture and Technology Studies and English programs.

Preferred qualifications include experience teaching digital humanities, electronic literature, digital history, or digital approaches to culture at the undergraduate level and experience working as part of a cross-disciplinary teaching team, including experience with undergraduate mentorship and program coordination. The English area of expertise is open with preference for specializations in contemporary or Canadian literatures.

Based in the Interdisciplinary Programs Department of the College of Arts, the Culture and Technology Studies Program at the University of Guelph is an undergraduate program focused on digital humanities theories and methods. CTS combines a passion for arts and culture with curiosity about technology; students learn both hands-on digital methods and reflect on the implications of the relationship between culture and digital technologies. CTS students explore digital methods including storytelling, visualization, gaming, programming, podcasting, and publishing. They use digital tools to think ethically, creatively, and critically about topics from across the arts.

CTS is founded on principles of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion and applies principles of intersectionality and anti-racism throughout its teaching and curriculum. We welcome candidates who situate equity and intersectionality at the core of their teaching and encourage candidates from all equity-seeking groups to apply.

The English undergraduate and graduate programs are housed in the School of English & Theatre Studies, which is also home to the BA in Theatre Studies, as well as the BAH and MFA in Creative Writing. The program teaches across a broad range of global literatures, including Colonial, Postcolonial, and Diasporic Studies; Canadian Literature; Early Modern Studies; Media, Technology, and Literacy in the Humanities; Studies in Performance and Politics; Sexuality and Gender Studies; Transnational Nineteenth-Century Studies; and Environmental Writing.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on June 11, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a brief statement of teaching philosophy; (4) an IEDI statement (5) names and complete contact information for three references. These references will only be contacted if the candidate is shortlisted.

The School of English and Theatre Studies is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. Candidates are encouraged to identify accommodation needs during the application process.

Applications should be sent to the attention of Professor Sally Hickson, Director, SETS, via email to Marie Ann O'Neill at artsidp@uoguelph.ca.

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position (mail to: artsidp@uoguelph.ca).

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguelph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.