Sessional Assistant Professor in Cinema and Media Studies, York University

Cinema and Media Studies, Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University

The Department of Cinema & Media Arts, School of Arts, Media, Performance & Design, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a two year Contractually Limited Appointment (CLA) in Cinema and Media Studies at the rank of Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2023. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

The Department of Cinema & Media Arts seeks a candidate who can teach a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in histories and theories of film and media from a global perspective, including CMA 1400, a large enrollment introductory class. The successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. The candidate will also provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation.

The Department is particularly interested in applications from individuals with expertise in areas such as: history and theories of mid-twentieth century cinema and media; approaches to film criticism, including videographic criticism; documentary; contemporary world cinema; Asian cinemas; and/or contemporary media platforms, including games and social media. Candidates should demonstrate capacity to apply principles of decolonizing, equity, diversity, and inclusion (DEDI) in their pedagogy. CLAs are also expected to contribute to service through membership on some committees.

A PhD in Cinema and Media Studies or related field is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence in teaching. ABD students may be considered, with evidence that degree completion will occur prior to June 30, 2023.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet, and our future.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Anya Morea (

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of racialized groups, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, and those who self-identify as 2SLGBTQ+, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing, and submitting this voluntary self-identification form.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is March 31, 2023. Applicants should submit a letter of application, an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a teaching dossier that includes a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, and a short reflection on how commitments to equity, diversity, and decolonization inform classroom teaching, and the names and positions of three references with contact details to: Caitlin Fisher, Chair, Cinema and Media Arts, at Reference letters and sample syllabi will be requested for short-listed candidates.