Job: Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position in the field of Creative Industries in the Global City

The Department of Film and Media, Faculty of Arts and Science at Queen’s University invites applications for a Queen’s National Scholar (QNS) position in the field of Creative Industries in the Global City. This is a tenure-track or tenured appointment at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2015, subject to budgetary approval. Further information on the Queen’s National Scholar Program can be found on the website of the Office of the Provost and Vice-Principal (Academic).


Position Overview


Candidates must possess a PhD in a relevant field. The main criterion for selection in the field of Creative Industries in the Global City is demonstrated academic and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high quality scholarly output that demonstrates independent research, peer assessed publications and the potential of external research funding. In addition, the candidate will display 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. The successful candidate will also be expected to make substantive contributions through service to the department, to the Faculty, to the University, and/or the broader community. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience.


Creative Industries are understood to comprise the dominant economic sector in the global cities of the 21st century, a new economic reality of precarious and entrepreneurial labour associated with cultural production. The successful candidate will have an ongoing multi-city research project on Creative Industries, undertaken through the lenses of media and performance and with particular attention to social diversity and vulnerable populations. Teaching, researching, and mentoring diverse groups of students at the intersections of the creative fields, the QNS will work to deepen awareness of the historical and contemporary practices of cultural industries and their impact on creative labour, human rights, and cultural citizenship in cities. In doing so they will contribute to our understanding of the complex and shifting relationships among creative practices and politics, new technologies, creative institutions, economies, and individuals in global cities.


Consistent with the interdisciplinary and global initiatives of both the Strategic Research Plan and the Academic Plan of Queen’s University, the proposed QNS will be located within an international research network bridging academic communities, public institutions, and creative industries associated with urban mega-events. To that end, this QNS would participate in inaugurating an international and multidisciplinary centre at Queen’s for the study of Creative Industries, Global Cities and Cultural Innovation.


The QNS will also teach and co-teach courses that combine creativity and experiential learning, theory with practice, and local and global perspectives on producing, promoting, consuming and critiquing creative cultural productions. In the process, this QNS will enable active, engaged, applied research and learning opportunities for Queen’s students in Film and Media, Drama and the Stage and Screen Program, Geography, and the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies.


The Department of Film and Media at Queen’s has an outstanding reputation for strong teaching and scholarship, with a 45-year history based on a commitment to the intersection of theory and practice.  The Department is housed in the new 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 of Film and Media has collaborations with Computing (the program in Computing and the Creative Arts), Music, Drama (the Stage and Screen program), and the BFA in Visual Arts, as well as the Graduate Program in Cultural Studies. For more information about the Department please see the website:


Application Process


The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s is committed to employment equity and diversity in the workplace and welcomes applications from women, visible minorities, Aboriginal people, persons with disabilities, and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. All 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 about 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.


A complete application consists of: a cover letter (including one of the two statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status specified in the previous paragraph), a current Curriculum Vitae (including a list of publications, awards and grants received), a writing sample, a statement of research interests, a statement of teaching interests and experience (including teaching outlines and evaluations if available), and a minimum of three letters of reference. At least one of the letter of references must be at arm’s length, and the letters should preferably be from more than one university or other appropriate institutions. Reference letters should be dated, and include the referee’s name, position, department, institution, email address and telephone number, the name of the nominee, and the period of time and the capacity in which the referee has known the nominee.


Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application package electronically (either as PDFs or MS Word files), although hard copy applications may be submitted to Susan Lord, Head, Department of Film and Media, Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada K7L 3N6.


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 Linda Graham in the Department of Film and Media, at


Academic staff at Queen’s are governed by a Collective Agreement between Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA) and the University, which is posted at:


Appointments are subject to review and final approval by the Principal. Only nominees external to Queen’s University will be considered.(Please note that, for the purposes of this competition, Queen’s Term Adjuncts and Adjunct-1’s will be considered as external nominees.) The deadline for applications is January 30, 2015.



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