The Faculty of Arts at the University of Prince Edward Island welcomes applications for the inaugural Chair in L.M. Montgomery Studies and Communication, Leadership, and Culture. This competition consists of two appointments.
The appointment of Chair is a renewable five-year term appointment that is renewable upon the recommendation of the Dean of Arts and with the approval of the Vice-President Academic and Research. In addition, the successful applicant will be appointed to a tenure-stream position in the Communication, Leadership, and Culture Program, Faculty of Arts. The appointment will be made at the rank and salary commensurate with credentials and experience. The Chair of the LM Montgomery Studies and Communication, Leadership and Culture will report to the Director of Communication, Leadership, and Culture and to the Dean of Arts.
The search committee seeks applicants who wish to combine an established record of Montgomery scholarship and interest in Montgomery outreach, with development and delivery of the new program in Communication, Leadership, and Culture in the Faculty of Arts at UPEI.
The Communication, Leadership, and Culture (CLC) bachelor’s degree is a new interdisciplinary program in the Faculty of Arts at UPEI designed explicitly to connect the communication skills and leadership training of a Liberal Arts education to successful post-graduation employment. The CLC program is defined by its focus on the transferability of written, oral and visual communication skills, critical thinking, and cultural awareness acquired during a Liberal Arts education to the world beyond academia. Technical skills, work-integrated learning, and career-related mentoring are key components of the program’s design (see attached CLC brochure below).
L.M. Montgomery achieved international fame through fiction, largely set on Prince Edward Island. She was an accomplished communicator in multiple genres and media: a newspaper woman, photographer, diarist, poet, correspondent, creator of multi-media collage, public speaker, amateur theatre director, and successful litigant for authors’ rights. The L.M. Montgomery Institute (LMMI) was founded in 1993 at UPEI, Montgomery’s alma mater. It has hosted twelve international biennial conferences and has supported numerous interdisciplinary publications, including scholarly essay collections and research tools. The LMMI (see www.lmmontgomery.ca), housed in the Robertson Library of UPEI, owns the world’s largest public collection of rare and foreign language editions of Montgomery’s novels, Montgomery memorabilia, and a newly created digital archive of hundreds of the period magazines in which Montgomery originally published many of her stories and poems (see KindredSpaces in lmmontgomery.ca).
• Course instruction duties, primarily associated with the CLC program, determined in consultation with the Director of the CLC and the Dean of Arts, in accordance with UPEI’s collective agreement
• Student advising and mentoring within the CLC program, including CLC practicums associated with the work of the LMMI
• Montgomery research and dissemination, and leadership in promoting Montgomery research in multiple disciplines
• Collaboration with local, national, and global individuals, sites, projects, and organizations associated with Montgomery
• In concert with the LMMI, and with the assistance of CLC students, enrichment of the biennial international Montgomery conferences, and creation of non-credit courses, certificate programs, and digital/curatorial projects associated with Montgomery
The successful candidate will have a completed doctoral degree; a strong record of success in teaching; evidence of research achievement, as appropriate for level of appointment; and a demonstrated expertise in Montgomery scholarship. A candidate’s ability to make a meaningful contribution to the CLC program is also essential. Areas of specialty in the digital humanities, digital literacies, and material cultures would be especially welcome. Additional areas of contribution might include pattern recognition, media theory, professional writing, cultural studies, public speaking, visual studies, metaphor, leadership theory and studies, and communication and rhetoric.
Interested candidates should provide a covering letter outlining relevant experience in Montgomery studies and what they would bring to the CLC program, a portfolio including curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching success), and if relevant, a media portfolio, and a research program with links or copies of key publications. Candidates should arrange for three letters of reference to be forwarded as part of their application under a separate cover.
Applications should be addressed to:
Dr. Neb Kujundzic
Dean of Arts
University of Prince Edward Island
550 University Avenue
Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org
In accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. UPEI is committed to the principle of equity in employment.
Application deadline: January 30, 2017