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Job Number:
J0821-1546
Job Type:
Regular
Job Category:
Academic
Faculty:
Faculty of Arts
Department:
Communication

As part of a major expansion in its programs, the Department of Communication at the University of Ottawa invites applications for a tenure-stream position at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in Communication & Artificial Intelligence (AI). Building and expanding on our strengths in this area, this position is focused on the use of AI and machine learning (ML) in media and organizations with a particular emphasis on AI/communication studies.  The department is looking for potential candidates interested by the social, cultural, political and ethical aspects of artificial intelligence or an understanding of humans/AI interactions in different organizational contexts (e.g. interactions with chatbots, social robots, algorithmic platforms, recommender systems, etc.). The department is looking for candidates leading empirical studies and favoring a critical approach (e.g. responsibility of algorithms, AI in the workplace, governance and regulation of AI) or/and interactional (e.g. analysis of human/AI interactions, human collaboration/AI). Position expected to start July 1, 2022.

Title of the Position: Assistant professor, but higher ranks may be considered under exceptional circumstances. 

Duties: The functions of a member of the academic staff include, in varying proportions: a) teaching activities; b) scholarly activities revealed by research; c) academic service activities, d) supervision of undergraduate and graduate students.

  • The successful candidate will be expected to teach at both the undergraduate and graduate level, in media studies, journalism or organizational communication, in French and in English. A critical aspect of these expectations will be the provision of teaching and mentoring to trainees at the University.
  • The candidate will be expected to implement a research program at the intersection of AI and communication resulting in peer reviewed scholarly publications and with the ability to attract, develop, supervise, train and retain excellent trainees, students, and future researchers, including the ability to attract funding to support student research.
  • A strong commitment to participate in the administrative activities of the department is required.
  • The successful candidate will be expected to exercise leadership in forging research collaborations and in contributing to creating new courses in collaboration with members of the Department focusing on AI-related issues.

Terms: Tenure-track position

Wage: Salary scale for an Assistant Professor starts at $87,856 (as of May 1, 2021).

Benefits Package: The University of Ottawa provides a complete benefits package which includes long-term disability, basic group life insurance, supplementary health insurance, University of Ottawa Pension Plan and optional life insurance, as well as relocation expenses.

Location of Work:  Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, 55 Laurier Avenue East, Ottawa, ON K1N 6N5

Contact Information:

Dr. Luc Bonneville, Director, Department of Communication, University of Ottawa, Ottawa ON, K1N 6N5. E-mail: Dir.Communication.Dir@uOttawa.ca. Telephone: 613-562-5238  FAX: 613-562-5240

Required Skills:

The successful candidate will be a scholar in Communication & Artificial Intelligence (AI) and will have the following qualifications:

  • A doctorate (Ph.D.) in Communication studies or related fields in the humanities and social sciences, by July 1st 2022;
  • Evidence of excellence in teaching at a post-secondary institution;
  • Evidence of an established and innovative research program and a record of refereed publications and scholarly conferences;
  • An ability to attract external funding;
  • Active knowledge of French and English will be required at time of tenure (Individual tutoring available for professors), preference will be given to those who can teach in both languages immediately upon hiring;
  • The candidate's relevant areas of expertise should include either social, cultural, political and ethical aspects of artificial intelligence or an understanding of human/AI interactions in different organizational contexts (e.g. interactions with chatbots, social robots, algorithmic platforms, recommender systems, etc.). Candidates conducting empirical studies and favoring a critical approach (e.g. responsibility for algorithms, AI in the workplace) or/and interactional (e.g. analysis of human/AI interactions, AI/human collaboration of AI) to AI will be privileged;
  • Evidence of a commitment to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion within research and teaching

Application Deadline: Applications received by October 15, 2021 will receive full consideration but the position will remain open until filled.

Please submit online the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae, copies of two (2) recent peer reviewed publications, a statement of teaching philosophy, a statement of research interests.

Additionally, applicants must request that three (3) confidential letters of recommendation are sent under separate cover, and addressed to:

Prof. Luc Bonneville, Ph.D.
Director
Department of Communication
University of Ottawa
Dir.Communication.Dir@uottawa.ca

Short-listed candidates will be invited to do a research presentation in front of professors and students (likely using videoconference technology).

For more detail on our unit, please visit: https://arts.uottawa.ca/communication/en

The University of Ottawa is a dynamic community of students, researchers, professionals, and academics in pursuit of great things. Our vision for the university of tomorrow is one that reflects the diversity of its people, their ideas, and their identities. We believe in the power of representation, and that increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff supports this objective.

 One way in which we are starting to affect change, is by promoting more inclusive practices for staff and faculty recruitment. This includes more diversified and cross-functional selection committees, the use of self-representation surveys and equity data, guarding against biases through education, policies and procedures, as well as broadening our candidate searches through agencies and community partners. 

 Our goal is to provide the best student experience, sustained by a campus community they can identify with. To achieve this, we are seeking academic candidates that can best represent a broad intersection of equity-deserving communities, as well as their lived experiences.

Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups are asked to complete the confidential Self-Identification Questionnaire, to be completed at the time of application.

According to government policy, all qualified candidates are invited to apply; however, preference will be given to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. The University of Ottawa is an equal opportunity employer. If you are invited to continue the selection process, please notify us of any particular adaptive measures you might require by contacting the Office of the Associate Vice-President, Faculty Affairs at vra.affairesprofessorales@uottawa.ca . Any information you send us will be handled respectfully and in complete confidence.

The University of Ottawa is proud of its 160-year tradition of bilingualism. Through its Official Languages and Bilingualism Institute, the University provides training to staff members and to their spouses in their second official language.