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Posting number 2019.011
Position Assistant Professor, Communications
Group Faculty
Department Assistant Professor, Communications
Contract type Faculty; Permanent (tenure track); 100% full-time
Start date August 1, 2019
Review date February 22, 2019

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) is nationally recognized for its emphasis on teaching excellence, experiential and applied education, community engagement, and Indigenization. UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students. With six campuses and centres, UFV offers undergraduate and graduate programs in the arts, sciences, and professional studies, as well as trades and technology education, university preparation, and continuing education.

At UFV, we are dedicated to changing lives and building community. Our educational goals are to prioritize learning everywhere; be flexible and responsive; collaborate across boundaries; develop local and global citizenship; and integrate experiential learning. A British Columbia “Top Employer”, we are committed to providing a welcoming, inclusive and dynamic learning and working environment that is fair and respectful of everyone. Our culturally diverse employee and student populations reflect the local, national, international and Indigenous communities we serve. If you see yourself as a lifelong member of a community that values and nurtures innovation and creativity, cultivates leadership and citizenship, and where success builds on success, you belong at UFV.

Posting details

The Communications department at UFV 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 practices and technologies.

The Communications department invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in professional communications with a specialization in the field of social innovation (subject to budgetary approval).  

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 highly desirable. Demonstrable experience in technology-supported teaching (e.g. hybrid, on-line, and computer-assisted learning) and the ability to engage students in technology enhanced learning is 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 service.

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.


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 social innovation communication, defined as communicating professionally for advocacy and non-profit organizations, especially in Indigenous contexts; communicating for and within health organizations; or communicating for community and/or global engagement initiatives. The candidate also must have recent related workplace experience, preferably in more than one sector. The successful candidate will have a PhD in Communications or a closely-related field, from a recognized post-secondary institution. Candidates with a Masters in Communications or a closely-related field in combination with extensive applied work experience may be considered.

How to apply

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on February 22, 2019; 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 teaching applied communications related to social innovation or advocacy and non-profit writing, copies of student evaluations, and three letters of reference (to be sent separately and directly to UFV Human Resources). 

Direct your application referring to Posting #2019.011 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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