Job Summary: The Communications Department at UFV invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position in professional communications with a specialization in Indigenous Communication. Our department emphasizes professional writing, speaking, and other communication practices. Our courses range from workplace communication to science communication to virtual team communication and more, focusing on real-world applications and current workplace practices and technologies. The successful candidate will teach core applied communication courses, as well as specialized courses in Indigenous communication.
As a primarily teaching-oriented institution and department, we are seeking a collegial and energetic individual who has successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level and who communicates effectively with students; is strongly committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion in and out of the classroom; is qualified to instruct across a range of the undergraduate courses offered by the department; and can develop innovative courses. The candidate should expect to contribute to the department's strong commitment to Indigenization, decolonization, and reconciliation by taking a guiding role in curriculum discussion and design and participating in related institutional and department service. Experience teaching international students is an asset; we are committed to supporting and engaging international students and the diverse classroom population at UFV.
Knowledge and interest in developing experiential learning opportunities for students, including working with local community agencies, are 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 and 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 which involves students, is related to professional communications, and/or is community-linked. The connection between the candidate's active or projected scholarly activity (or professional practice) and Indigenous communications and/or pedagogy must be evident. As a faculty member, the candidate will be expected to participate in an on-going process of professional development and to lead others to do so in their teaching and collegial service.
The ideal candidate is a highly skilled communications practitioner and/or academic with experience covering Indigenous communication including Indigenous storytelling and communicating with and about Indigenous communities.
- A Master’s degree in Communications or a closely related field. Extensive applied work experience that includes building and maintaining relations with Indigenous communities. A minimum of two years’ postsecondary teaching experience. Experience teaching professional communications, which includes the fundamentals of applied writing, public speaking, and group and team communication is preferred.
Candidates with professional experience or interest in Indigenous environmental and social advocacy through media technologies will be preferred.
As the course load for this position entails content that is primarily Indigenous, fosters Indigenous worldviews, and will create local Indigenous content for the program, this position falls under the UFV Indigenous Hiring program (granted approval by the BC Human Rights Commissioner). Preference will be given to candidates who are Indigenous applicants, and further preference will be granted to those applicants who are members of the Stó:lo community.
Qualified candidates should submit the following through the UFV Employment Portal:
- Cover letter CV (please indicate eligibility to work legally in Canada) Evidence of qualifications where appropriate Statement of teaching philosophy Recent student evaluations
Applicants should arrange for three (3) letters of reference to be submitted on their behalf to firstname.lastname@example.org citing the applicant’s name and job posting ID in the subject line.
The University of the Fraser Valley is located on the traditional territory of the Halq'eméylem-speaking peoples. We express our gratitude and respect for the honour of living and working in Stó:lō Tém:éxw (Stó:lō Land; Stó:lō World). In all that we do, UFV strives to support and honour the Stó:lō peoples goals of self-determination and well-being on these lands. A commitment to Indigenization and Reconciliation is core to our institutional Vision and Integrated Strategic Plan: IYAQAWTXW — which means House of Transformation. This commitment includes the goal of centering Indigenous ways of knowing throughout our organization, recognizing our responsibilities to community, and a multi-year plan to increase the number of Indigenous faculty, staff, and administrators working at UFV.
UFV 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.
Indigenization, equity, and diversity are essential to our work as a university. A diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been historically underrepresented and marginalized. At UFV, we are committed to recruiting a diverse workforce that represents the community we proudly serve. We encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, members of groups that experience discrimination due to race, colour, place of origin, ancestry, and/or religion, persons who identify as women and 2SLGBTQ+, and persons with disabilities. We invite applicants to complete a confidential self-identification survey as part of the application process. All questions are voluntary, with an option to decline to answer. Information will be used to support efforts to broaden the diversity of the recruitment process, and results are not shared with the selection committee. Inquiries about the survey may be directed to email@example.com. Learn more about our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
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. Shortlisted applicants may be required to undergo a criminal record check and/ or a verification of their education credentials.
UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.