The Department of Film and Media at Queen’s University invites applications for a Tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Media Studies with a geographical focus in the Global South with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2023.

Successful applicants will employ theoretical, artistic, humanistic, and/or qualitative methods. We seek a candidate with primary commitments to one or more of the following geographic areas: Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Caribbean, and Oceania. We welcome transnational, diasporic and transcultural approaches that open representational practices, histories, and theoretical frameworks to unsettle rigid hemispheric binaries. Areas of media studies may include but are not limited to media arts, political economies of media, cultural practices around technology, television studies, popular culture, data justice, social media activism, and curated screen cultures. We are especially interested in candidates who engage with decolonial and/or post-colonial studies, Indigenous studies, intersectional feminisms, critical race or ethnic studies, queer theory, trans studies, and/or disability studies. The successful candidate will teach a variety of courses, including but not limited to their area of specialization and to the areas of media studies outlined above. The candidate’s research profile should be strong enough to attract graduate students to the MA/PhD program in Screen Cultures and Curatorial Studies.

The Department of Film and Media at Queen’s has an outstanding reputation of strong teaching and scholarship, with a 50-year history based in a commitment to the intersection of theory and practice.  The Department is housed in the Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art facility with teaching and learning environments including a production studio, film screening theatre, sound recording studio, and a digital lab. The Department is also home to the Vulnerable Media Lab (https://www.queensu.ca/filmandmedia/vml). The Department has collaborative programs with Computing (Computing and the Creative Arts) and the Dan School of Music and Drama (Media and Performance Production).

Candidates must have a PhD in hand at time of application and have been the instructor of record on at least three distinct courses, with preference for candidates with course development experience with a geographical focus in the Global South. The main criteria for selection are academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate is required to provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic and pedagogical excellence in support of the department’s programs. Candidates must provide evidence of an ability to work collaboratively in an interdisciplinary and student-centred environment. The successful candidate will also be expected to make contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


People from across Canada and around the world come to learn, teach and carry out research at Queen’s University. Faculty and their dependents are eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug coverage, vision care, dental care, long term disability insurance, life insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. You will also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is available for qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children. Queen’s values families and is pleased to provide a ‘top up’ to government parental leave benefits for eligible employees on maternity/parental leave.  In addition, Queen’s provides partial reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human Resources.


Additional information about Queen’s University can be found on the Faculty Recruitment and Support website. The University is situated on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities. Visit Inclusive Queen’s for information on equity, diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.

Prior to May 1, 2022, the University required all students, faculty, staff, and visitors (including contractors) to declare their COVID-19 vaccination status and provide proof that they were fully vaccinated or had an approved accommodation to engage in in-person University activities. These requirements were suspended effective May 1, 2022, but the University may reinstate them at any point.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.


To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will be deemed incomplete.


In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.


Applications should include:

  •  a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph);
  • a complete and current curriculum vitae, names and contact information for three (3) referees;
  • a research dossier (including two writing samples of no more than 25 pp. each);
  • a teaching dossier with at least two outlines for courses previously taught, and
  • any other relevant materials the candidate wishes to submit for consideration, from public facing academic, activist and artistic engagement to artistic and/or research-creation material, to other relevant supplementary materials.


The deadline for applications is December 9, 2022. 

Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application packages electronically in PDF format to Professor Scott MacKenzie at filmhead@queensu.ca


The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation during the interview process, please contact Denise Arsenault in the Department of Film and Media, at arsenaud@queens.ca


Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective Agreement between the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA), which is posted at https://www.queensu.ca/facultyrelations/sites/frowww/files/uploaded_files/QUFA/Collective%20Agreement/QUFA%20CA%202019-22%20clean%20June%209%202022%20for%20web.pdf and at http://www.qufa.ca.   


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