Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Design

Posted on January 13, 2021

Position overview

Position role: Faculty

Employment Type: Full-time, ongoing

Departmental contact

For questions or concerns about this position, please contact:

Dr. Chris Shaw, Acting Director
Chair of the Search Committee

The School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SlAT) is a vibrant, multidisciplinary and internationally recognized school connecting design, computing and media. SlAT's teaching and research draw upon fields ranging from design and interactive technology to cognitive science and media arts. SlAT offers degrees at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduates and 110 PhD and Masters graduate students. SlAT's infrastructure includes state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus.

We are seeking applicants for a tenure-track Design faculty position at SIAT. Applicants should have a research and teaching focus in human-computer interaction, visual communication, information design, user experience, or that encompasses both theory and practice. Successful candidates will have an established design practice. The successful applicant will contribute to and expand one or more of these areas: user interface/user experience design, interaction design, computational design, embodied interaction, wearable computing, e-health, games design, immersive environments, mobile and ubiquitous computing or other emerging areas of design.

Applicants should have a PhD and are expected to develop research programmes that attract external funding. SlAT expects that applicants will also successfully collaborate with other faculty in our highly interdisciplinary environment. Applicants should have teaching experience at the undergraduate level and a strong potential for instructional innovation. All SIAT faculty must have a high degree of technological literacy regardless of their disciplinary background. 

Simon Fraser University (SFU) at Surrey is the University's newest campus located in the greater Vancouver region of British Columbia. The area is home to Canada's cultural and entertainment industry and much of its digital media production. The region's rich cultural, natural and intellectual resources make it one of the world's most desirable places to live and work. SlAT works as a unit of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), which additionally includes the School of Communication, the School of Contemporary Arts, the Master of Publishing Program and the Master's in Digital Media Program (MDM).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, including Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. The successful applicant will begin work on September 1, 2021. Screening of applicants will commence on March 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. All appointments are subject to the availability of funding and the Board of Governors' final approval.

Applicants should seek additional information about the School at to better understand the character of SIAT and their possible contributions to it. To apply, candidates should send a recent curriculum vitae, a concise description of their research area and program, a description of their teaching philosophy and experience, three exemplar research articles and the complete names, addresses (including email), institutional affiliation and telephone numbers of three academic referees to:

Dr. Chris Shaw, Director (Acting)
School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC CANADA V3T 0A3


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