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Posting number 2017.188
Position Assistant Professor, Communications
Department Communications, College of Arts
Contract type Faculty; Permanent (tenure track); 100% full-time
Start date August 1, 2018
Review date December 11, 2017

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 Communications Department at UFV invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in professional communications. UFV’s Communications is an applied program that emphasizes professional writing, speaking, and other communication practices. Our courses range from workplace communication to social media to virtual team communication and more, focusing on real-world applications and current workplace technologies. We have experienced growing demand for our offerings in recent years, especially among international students, but also among Arts and Science students generally.

The candidate must have a minimum of three years’ teaching experience in professional communications, which includes applied writing, public speaking, team communication, and social media. Teaching and/or industry experience is also required in public relations or a similar field. The candidate also must have recent related workplace experience, preferably in more than one sector. The successful candidate will have a Masters or PhD in Communications or a closely-related field, from a recognized/accredited post-secondary institution.

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. Strong experience with incorporating indigenous perspectives, teaching international students, and managing the needs of a diverse classroom environment is an asset. UFV Communications is strongly committed to Indigenizing our curriculum and our practice; successful candidates will be expected to bring Indigenous perspectives to teaching and/or seek mentoring from experienced faculty members to do the same. Likewise, we are committed to supporting and engaging international students and the diverse classroom population at UFV.

Experience and interest in developing additional experiential learning opportunities, including working with local community agencies, is required. Demonstrable experience in technology-supported teaching (e.g. hybrid, on-line, and computer-assisted learning) is also required. The successful candidate will show aptitude for working in team situations; demonstrated ability to participate in innovative inter-disciplinary teaching; a collaborative approach to engaging in department business; and an active commitment to academic leadership.

In addition to mentoring students from diverse backgrounds and to fostering a vibrant environment within our communications 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, is related to professional communications, and/or is community-linked.  As a faculty member, you will be expected to participate in an on-going process of professional development and to lead others to do so in your teaching and collegial service.

How to apply

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on December 11, 2017; 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, student evaluations, a short description (or examples) of successful workplace projects and materials, a short description of research interests and selected publications, and three letters of reference. All submitted materials should demonstrate current professional communication principles.  Applications, citing Posting 2017.188 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

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Please note:

  • We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In order to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.
  • Shortlisted applicants for staff positions will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

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

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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