Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program

Study AbroadGlobal Affairs Canada and the Chinese Ministry of Education are offering short-term scholarships to Canadians wishing to study abroad in China. Scholarships are awarded for studies, research, language studies or a combination of studies and language studies at participating Chinese institutions.

  • Program name: Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program
  • Funding organizations: Global Affairs Canada and the Ministry of Education of the People’s Republic of China
  • Target audiences: Canadian students (college, undergraduate and graduate levels in Canada); Canadian faculty members and research staff at a post-secondary institution in Canada; Canadian mid-career professionals
  • Number of scholarships: Over 20
  • Duration: 4 to 12 months for students; and 8 weeks to 12 months for faculty members and mid-career professionals
  • Inclusions: Airfare, tuition fees, monthly living stipend, on-campus accommodation and medical insurance
  • Deadline: March 6, 2018

Ryerson U Competition: The Global Challenge

Applied ICDRyerson University (Toronto, Canada) announces The Global Challenge. Your international stage to create social change. Deadline: 22 January 2018.

What is the Global Challenge? An opportunity to embody your passion and drive social change! Unlike your typical, solutions-driven business and pitch competition, Ryerson’s 2nd annual Global Challenge focuses on deeply understanding the context of a social problem. The Global Challenge is your chance to analyze and demonstrate your understanding of the local, national and international issues that you care about.

No solution? No problem. By working in teams or individually, you will dive into the ethos of a problem, map the landscape, identify opportunities and gaps before presenting your findings and solutions to others; with the hope of moving on to additional stages at a national and international level. Tackling social issues is no easy task, but understanding the broader context and complexity of an issue encourages mass participation, informs business ventures and long-term solutions.

Which social issue will you explore? #ChallengeAccepted

What kind of problems? Any local or global social issue you are passionate about! If you’re lost for ideas, we recommend taking a look at some of last year’s finalists, discussing topics with friends, family or reaching out to our coordination team.

Ryerson U 2 Job Ads: Communication (Canada)

Job adsRyerson University (Toronto, Canada) is currently advertising two tenure-track positions in Communication. Deadline for either position: January 15, 2018.

The School of Professional Communication in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the area of Politics and Communication, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2018 subject to final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will have a focus on one or more of the following: political communication, political discourse, public advocacy, governance, campaigns, political activism and non-profit communications. We are particularly interested in candidates whose research and teaching focus on the politics or political culture of racialized communities.

The School of Professional Communication in the Faculty of Communication and Design at Ryerson University also invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the area of Professional Writing, at the Assistant Professor level, beginning July 1, 2018 subject to final budgetary approval. The successful candidate will have a focus on Professional Writing, in the context of technical, science or health related institutions and practices.

Simon Fraser U Jobs: Communication (Canada)

Job adsThe School of Communication at Simon Fraser University has three faculty postings open at this time:

LECTURER
Review of applications will begin on January 3rd, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Details of Job Posting 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, News, Social Media and Public Communication
Review of applications will begin on November 30th, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Details of Job Posting 

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, Big Data
Review of applications will begin on November 30th, 2017, and continue until the position is filled. Details of Job Posting 

Royal Roads U Job: Communications Officer (Canada)

Job adsCommunications Officer, Royal Roads University, Victoria, BC, Canada.  Closing date: Sunday, November 26, 2017 – 18:00.

Under the strategic direction set by the vice-president, Communications and Advancement, you will contribute to the work of the department and university to strengthen its reputation and its relationships with key audiences locally, regionally and nationally. The communications department provides a centre for communications in five service areas: university communications; internal communications; news services; media relations; and editorial services.

Under the departmental direction of the senior communications manager and functional direction of the senior communications officer, you will create and deliver communications materials and communications activities in support of the university’s and department’s strategic goals and priorities. You will also collaborate with and offer intra- and cross-departmental communications support for schools, programs and units, including advancement, alumni relations, stakeholder and government relations, marketing and recruitment. You will also engage in social media functions, as well as media relations and issues management activities, and at times will provide communications services and counsel to the Royal Roads executive team.

By increasing awareness and profile of Royal Roads and its value proposition, (evidenced by faculty, student and alumni successes, its distinct learning and teaching model, market-responsive programs, applied research, initiatives, and events), you will support the work of the department to protect and strengthen Royal Roads’ reputation and build positive third-party support for enrolment growth and fundraising potential. Your role therefore supports the university’s six goals – in particular the goal of achieving strong partnerships, supportive to its alumni and the communities it serves.

 

 

Carleton U Job Ad: Communication, Politics & Policy (Canada)

Job adsThe School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University invites applications from qualified candidates for a preliminary (tenure track) appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2018. Deadline for the receipt of applications is Friday, October 27, 2017.

Candidates should demonstrate strong potential to become leading researchers in the area of communication, politics, and policy. Candidates may work in a variety of sub-fields, draw on a range of theoretical and methodological approaches, and focus on Canadian or global/international issues. We are particularly interested in applications from scholars whose research activity and teaching interests engages critically with one or more of the following:

  • Media technologies and election campaigns
  • Communication and public/civic engagement
  • Media, gender and politics
  • Communications policy
  • Cultural policy
  • Political rhetoric
  • Propaganda and populism
  • Political activism/advocacy
  • Digital diplomacy
  • Media and development

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Akari Takenishi Researcher Profile

Researcher ProfilesAkari Takenishi has recently completed a Master’s degree in International and Intercultural Communication at Royal Roads University in Canada. She earned her Bachelor’s degree in Geography, focusing on the cultural and social aspects of Geography at the University of Victoria. She is interested in studying multiculturalism in Canada. Examining her personal experiences as an international student from Japan, she wrote about the influences of multiculturalism on self-representation of identity in society. While completing her Master’s, she also served as research assistant for a study examining the impacts of social media on higher education.

Akari Takanishi photoAkari has served as an interpreter and translator, believing that the power of knowledge is limitless and translation is one of the most influential ways to make knowledge reach a greater audience. She has translated several TED talks into Japanese, including:

  • “You don’t need an app for that” By Toby Shapshak
  • “Don’t insist on English” By Patricia Ryan
  • “How to air-condition outdoor spaces” By Wolfgang Kessling
  • “Learning from Sherman the shark” by Jim Toomey
  • “The economic injustice of plastic” by Van Jones

Having grown up in a small village in Japan, she appreciates nature and enjoys growing plants. She became involved in her family tea farm as a distributor dealing with a local tea shop in Canada. Her life has brought her unexpected opportunities and excitement and she feels fortunate to be surrounded by friends, family and mentors who support her personal life as well as academic pursuits. Her academic interests include:

  • Designing a platform where small farmers around the world can share their knowledge and experience with sustainable farming methods, resource management, and reliable market building.
  • Investigating the role of eco-politics in international relations and how it challenges international relations theory in global environmental conflicts.
  • Investigating the academic language proficiency of international graduate students studying in North America and the accuracy of scores of English proficiency tests in portraying academic language skills.

Akari is currently increasing her translation skills, focusing on articles and journals related to intercultural communication and competence. She would like to connect with any individuals or groups who share similar academic interests to discuss future projects and opportunities. As a recent graduate, she is excited to share her knowledge and skills, and learn more from others, hoping that she can be a part of a positive change for a socially and environmentally sustainable future.

Suzanne Majhanovich Researcher Profile

Suzanne MajhanovichSuzanne Majhanovich is Professor Emerita/Adjunct Research Professor at the Faculty of Education, Western University in London, Ontario, Canada. She is the past Chair of the WCCES Standing Committee for Publications and the former editor of the journal Canadian and International Education. With Allan Pitman, she is the co-editor of the Series A Diversity of Voices published by Sense. She has served as guest editor of four special issues of the International Review of Education related to presentations from the World Congresses of Education held in Havana, Cuba; Sarajevo, Bosnia; Istanbul, Turkey and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Her research interests include first and second language acquisition, the teaching of English as a Foreign Language in international contexts, globalization, education restructuring, decentralization and privatization of education. She is the author of numerous articles and books, and most recently has co-edited with Régis Malet Building Democracy through Education on Diversity (Sense, 2015), and with Susana Gonçalves Art and Intercultural Dialogue (Sense, 2016).

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Royal Roads U Job Ad: Interdisciplinary Studies (Canada)

Royal Roads University (Victoria, BC, Canada) is seeking applications for a full-time faculty member in the College of Interdisciplinary Studies.  The successful candidate will join the Doctor of Social Sciences program and bring applied and theoretical expertise in quantitative social science methods to the program.  The successful candidate may also teach social science methods courses in other university programs.

The Doctor of Social Sciences program is the first degree of its kind in North America.  It approaches the study of complex problems within an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary framework.  The program design brings the research intensity of a traditional doctorate to an applied, professional focus. It responds to the growing demand nationally and internationally for scholar-practitioners who can provide intellectual leadership in the workplace and help build sustainable organizations, communities, and societies in an age of global interdependence.

The doctoral program immerses students in two years of coursework, consisting of on-campus residencies and online courses, followed by typically two years of individual work on the dissertation.  The program currently admits about 12 students each in two intakes per year.  The program received highly positive evaluations during its first five-year external review in 2015.

Candidates should have a strong applied interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary focus in their own work and fit well into a faculty and student body of scholar-practitioners.  Royal Roads University is committed to providing a student-focused environment and places great value on interpersonal and intercultural communication skills.

Applicants are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the Doctor of Social Sciences program and its structure prior to applying.

Qualifications:
Doctorate in social science field(s) of inquiry thematically relevant to Royal Roads University
Primary expertise in applied quantitative research methods
Active scholarly record, including peer-reviewed publications, within last 5 years
Experience in designing and teaching quantitative methods courses
Experience in supervising graduate students
Experience in designing and teaching online courses
Philosophically supportive of interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and cross-disciplinary work focused on the social sciences
Experience in teaching students who are working professionals/practitioners (preferred)
Applied research experience as a social science practitioner (preferred)

Application submission information:
In addition to a collegial learning community, RRU offers a comprehensive compensation package, with a starting salary and academic rank based on qualifications and experience. This is an initial five-year appointment with the possibility of conversion into a continuing appointment, subject to performance and program needs.

The competition will begin on January 31, 2017 and the review of materials received will commence on February 28, 2017; however, the competition will remain open until a successful candidate is found.  The anticipated start date is October 1, 2017.

South Asian Film Festival (Montreal)

An eclectic mix of award-winning films from the Indian subcontinent and its diaspora
Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture
The South Asian Film Festival of Montréal, 6th edition
Friday, November 4 – Sunday, November 6
Click HERE for all film descriptions and trailers

Kabir Centre for Arts & Culture is pleased to announce the 6th edition of the South Asian Film Festival of Montréal (SAFFMontréal), organized in collaboration with the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema of Concordia University, on November 4, 5 and 6. This innovative festival presents an eclectic choice of inspiring and thought-provoking films made in the countries of the Indian subcontinent (India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan and Maldives) and its diaspora. These engaging and entertaining films have their focus on South Asia; while at the same time compel audiences to realize how much there is in common among cultures throughout the world, identifying both shared life-struggles and joys. Admission is free, with donations gratefully appreciated. Discussions are held after each screening.

The South Asian Film Festival will be presenting 17 films this year; short and long, documentaries and feature films, including comedy, drama and music. All films are subtitled in English and explained in French, with various original languages such as Urdu, Hindi, Tamil, Marathi, Malayalam, Bengali and English, as well as silent films, making them accessible to as many people as possible. The films have been carefully chosen from more than 1000 entries and all screenings will be followed by a talkback between spectators and a panel of experts. Directors for some of the films will be present, other times the directors will interact with the audience via Skype. Most of the films are recent and have won awards at international festivals. As in previous years, the films are drawn from different parts of the Indian subcontinent; recognized as the largest producers of films on the planet.