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JOB: Simon Fraser University Search in Gaming, Media and Communication

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Gaming, Media and Communication.


We welcome candidates from various game studies who are engaged with critical theories and methodologies of media and communication. Specific areas may include, but are not limited to: games history, gamification, esports, gaming culture, gaming industries, and game ethics. Approaches to these areas include, but are not limited to: media representation, queer and trans studies, STS, digital ethnography, intersectional feminism, material culture, transcultural studies, critical race theory, critical making, political economy, and indigenous studies. The successful candidate will have interdisciplinary and critical research experience, demonstrated potential for research funding and publication, a track record for collaborative initiatives, demonstrated pedagogical excellence teaching in game studies, and experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.


Situated in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Communication is a national and global leader in the discipline and a dynamic site of research and teaching. Over five decades, the School has contributed to critical traditions in the study of communication in the areas of media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, history of communication, and applied media production, among others. This position will build on the School’s history of critical engagement while developing new directions to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of media and communication.


The candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all undergraduate and graduate levels and to work with partners inside and outside the University. Candidates are expected to have a completed PhD in Communication, Media Studies, or a cognate discipline. PhD candidates with solid indication of imminent completion may be hired at the rank of Instructor and will be promoted to the rank of Assistant Professor upon completion of the PhD.


Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, including Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates should submit: • A cover letter with indication of citizenship and/or residency status

  • A curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Teaching dossier (examples of applied pedagogy are welcome)
  • One (1) sample of published work
  • Contact information for three referees (Letters of reference may be requested at a later date)
  • Short statement with a description of past or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, mentoring, research, or service to the profession and/or community (1 page maximum)


All documents should be combined into a single PDF file with bookmarks.


Please send applications directly to Brenda Baldwin, Director’s Assistant, at, addressed to:

Dr. Stuart Poyntz, Director

School of Communication Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6


Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2023 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the successful candidate is expected to be November 15, 2023.


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