Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

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Assistant/ Associate Professor in Theatre: Production and Design

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Production and Design at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, starting July 2019.  We seek an artist specializing in spatial and material design for live performance and other time-based practices, with a breadth of experience in one or more of the following areas: scenography,
spatial practices including installation, immersive performance, site-responsive/specific performance, eco-scenography, sustainable design, and expanded approaches to costume design. The successful candidate should have significant experience working collaboratively within new work creation.

The Production and Design program utilizes an intensive, design-led approach to training and emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to arts production. Applicants must have a vibrant and continuing artistic practice that reflects the latest material and aesthetic developments, along with a commitment to developing artistic collaborations in an interdisciplinary environment.

The successful candidate will be required to teach within the Production and Design program which encompasses progressive training in design and production processes; and culminates with practicums in scenography, lighting, projection, costume, sound, technical direction and stage management. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the advancement and growth of the Production and Design area, assist in student recruitment and academically mentor students.

Additionally, the position will include committee responsibilities, supervision of graduate students and occasional graduate level teaching. The successful candidate will maintain a robust artistic practice and work with the School to advance the concepts of performance creation and design.

Requirements for the position include a graduate degree (or one close to completion) in an area of production or design for the performing arts or a related professional field; and a serious artistic practice.  The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or the clear promise for excellence in research and post secondary teaching.  The study of production and design in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University is distinctive in Canada for its focus on interdisciplinary training and new work creation through devised processes.

Located in a dynamic neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts has a national reputation for its innovative approach to fostering contemporary art. The School is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts and scholarly program that offers a BA in Art, Performance and Cinema Studies and BFAs in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre and Visual Art, as well as an interdisciplinary MFA and an MA in Comparative Media Arts.

The Production and Design Area is deeply involved in all areas, whether it is through work on Dance or Theatre Main Stage Performances, student productions, Visual Art installations, site-specific work or production and design for Film. The School’s work is strengthened through its relationship to various community partners such as the acclaimed international PuSH Festival.


Applications must include:

  • a letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background
  • a curriculum vitae
  • links to samples of creative work and technical paperwork
  • a statement of teaching philosophy; and
  • the contact information for three confidential referees.

Please note that materials submitted will not be returned.

Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director c/o Samantha Diamond, scasec@sfu.ca. The review of applications will begin January 28, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by this date.

The position is subject to availability of funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of Indigenous heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ2S+identified persons.

As it is an ongoing commitment of SFU to reflect the diversity of our student body in our faculty complement, preference will be given to an Indigenous person from the Americas.

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Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) -  Mediated Sexualities

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Mediated Sexualities in relation to theories and methodologies in the field of communication. Specific areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • pornography studies
  • digital intimacies
  • AI/robotics and sexuality
  • intimate media cultues
  • sexting and anti-pornography laws
  • body ideologies
  • sexual health
  • mobile sexualities
  • youth and mediated sexualities.

We welcome approaches that include but are not limited to queer theory, gender and sexuality, intersectinal feminisms, postcolonial studies, critical race, governance and policy,  Indigenous feminisms, queer Indigenous media studies, health communication, and knowledge translation. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative, quantitative, computational, digital methods, or a combination of approaches.

The successful candidate will have interdisciplinary and transnational/global links in their research program, demonstrated potential for research funding and publication, a track record for collaborative initiatives, and experience working with students from diverse backgrounds.

Situated in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Communication is a national and global leader in the discipline. The School is a dynamic site of research and teaching with a strategic focus on digital media and communication. Our critical tradition to the study of communication includes approaches such as media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, history of communication, and applied media production, among others. The successful candidate will build on the School's history of critical engagement while developing new directions in research and teaching to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of digital media and communication. We seek an innovative colleague who will challenge traditional distinctions between critical analysis and applied approaches.

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a cognate discipline with a record of teaching experience and excellence, a clear potential to contribute to the School's research culture, and an emerging publication record appropriate to the position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all undergraduate and graduate levels and to work with partners inside and outside the University.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is commtted to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ-identified persons.

Candidates, please submit a single pdf including a cover letter (with indication of citizenshp and/or residency status), a curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier (including examples of applied pedagogy), and a sample of published work, or work prepared for publication, if applicable. In addition, please provide the names of three references and their email contact information. Please send applications directly to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at bebaldwi@sfu.ca addressed to:

Dr. Peter Chow-White, Director
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, please see the Collection Notice.

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) - Gamification & Gaming Cultures

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of digital gaming in relation to theories and methodologies in the field of communication. Specific areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • eSports and streaming
  • gamifiction
  • culture and identity
  • indie developers
  • ethics
  • serious/persuasive games
  • Indigenous design and development
  • Indigenous digital storytelling
  • current and emerging technologies (eg. mobile, social media, big data, AR/VR, blockchain).

We welcome approaches that include but are not limited to feminist and queer studies, critical race, media archaeology, political economy, comparative/global cultural production. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues, using qualitative, quantitative, computational, digital methods or a combination of approaches.

Situated in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Communication is a national and global leader in the discipline. The School is a dynamic site of research and teaching with a strategic focus on digital media and communication. Our critical tradition to the study of communication includes approaches such as media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, history of communication, and applied media production, among others. The successful candidate will build on the School's history of critical engagement while developing new directions in research and teaching to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of digital media and communication. We seek an innovative colleague who will challenge traditional distinctions between critical analysis and applied approaches.

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a cognate discipline with a record of teaching experience and excellence, a clear potential to contribute to the School's research culture, and an emerging publication record appropriate to the position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all undergraduate and graduate levels and to work with partners inside and outside the University.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is commtted to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ-identified persons.

Candidates, please submit a single pdf including a cover letter (with indication of citizenship and/or residency status), a curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier (including examples of applied pedagogy), and a sample of published work, or work prepared for publication, if applicable. In addition, please provide the names of three references and their email contact information. Please send applications directly to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at bebaldwi@sfu.ca addressed to:

Dr. Peter Chow-White, Director
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, please see the Collection Notice.

Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) - Migration and Communication

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications from outstanding candidates for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Migration in relation to theories and methodologies in the field of communication.

Specific areas may include, but are not limited to:

  • Trans-and intranational displacement and migration
  • diasporic communities
  • refugees and asylum seekers
  • colonialism
  • Indigeneity and resistance
  • migrant labour and virtual migration
  • populist anti-immigrant discourses
  • social movements
  • surveillance and data
  • borderlands
  • ICT4D and mobile technologies
  • global networks.

We welcome approaches that include but are not limited to intersectional feminist and queer studies, critical race, political economy, cultural and media studies, policy studies, Indigenous studies, and activism. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitation, quantitative, computational, digital methods or a combination of approaches.

Situated in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Communication is a national and global leader in the discipline. The School is a dynamic site of research and teaching with a strategic focus on digital media and communication. Our critical tradition to the study of communication includes approaches such as media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, history of communication, and applied media production, among others. The successful candidate will build on the School's history of critical engagement while developing new directions in research and teaching to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of digital media and communication. We seek an innovative colleague who will challenge traditional distinctions between critical analysis and applied approaches.

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a cognate discipline with a record of teaching experience and excellence, a clear potential to contribute to the School's research culture, and an emerging publication record appropriate to the position. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all undergraduate and graduate levels and to work with partners inside and outside the University.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is commtted to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of aboriginal heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ-identified persons.

Candidates, please submit a single pdf including a cover letter (with indication of citizenship and/or residency status), a curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier (including examples of applied pedagogy), and a sample of published work, or work prepared for publication, if applicable. In addition, please provide the names of three references and their email contact information. Please send applications directly to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at bebaldwi@sfu.ca addressed to:

Dr. Peter Chow-White, Director
School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC, V5A 1S6

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, please see the Collection Notice.

Lecturer - Continuing Appointment (Repost)

The School of Communication, at Simon Fraser University, invites new applications from outstanding candidates for a continuing appointment at the rank of Lecturer, beginning in early 2019. This advertisement is extending the continuing Lecturer search in the School (previous advertisement dated December 15, 2017).

Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in a relevant subject area, with substantial experience, and a record of achievement in undergraduate teaching. We are looking for a scholar with expertise in curriculum development and pedagogy in the field of communication, and a research publication record.

Candidates are expected to demonstrate a clear potential to contribute to the School’s teaching culture with a strong interest in providing leadership and support for undergraduate core courses, in particular for engagement with labs and tutorial designs and mentorships of TAs. The successful candidate will be a leader and innovator in teaching and learning and demonstrate a range and versatility in undergraduate teaching, in particular in foundational courses in the lower level courses.

We seek someone who demonstrates enthusiasm for teaching foundational undergraduate courses and core courses in theory and methods. Subfields may include media and culture, technology and society, political economy and policy, globalization. Candidates should have the ability to teach theoretical concepts and empirical and applied research.

Situated in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Communication is a national and global leader in the discipline. The School is a dynamic site of research and teaching in critical communication studies, and in a range of areas, established and emergent, including:

  • media and culture
  • technology and society
  • political economy of global communication
  • research design and communication research methods
  • cultural industries and policy
  • communication policy and industry
  • digital media and culture
  • visual culture
  • history of communication
  • media production
  • media literacy
  • popular culture
  • applied communication, and more.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ-identified persons. The position is subject to funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

Candidates should submit a single pdf including a cover letter (with indication of citizenship and/or residency status), a curriculum vitae, and a teaching dossier (including examples of applied pedagogy), and a sample of published work, or work prepared for publication, if applicable. In addition, please provide the names of three references and their email contact information. Please send applications directly to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at bebaldwi@sfu.ca, addressed to:

Dr. Peter Chow-White
Director, School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Review of applications will begin on August 15 and continue until the position is filled. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details, please see the Collection Notice.  

Associate or Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) - Interactive Media and Innovation

The School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT) is an internationally recognized interdisciplinary school with a focus on technology and human experience. Our research is characterized by the four major themes of Computing, Media, Design, and People. We do Computing as if People, Design, and Media matter, and value interdisciplinarity. SIAT offers degrees at bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral levels. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduates and 110 PhD and Masters graduate students. SIAT’s infrastructure includes state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at Simon Fraser University’s Surrey campus.

We seek an expert in interactive digital media, engaged with external communities. The successful candidate will have demonstrated research expertise in the structure, practice and interpretation of interactive digital media. They will have deep knowledge of and experience in using interactive digital media in collaboration with external communities.  They will have demonstrated knowledge of and accomplishment in research practice, interdisciplinary innovation, and community engagement. Ideally, they will have demonstrated knowledge and practical experience in integrating psychological, physiological, or behavioural science with interactive digital media.

SIAT is open to new ways of focusing on interactive digital media. You would join a school of engaged faculty and be a key member of its interactive digital media focus. Current SIAT research in interactive digital media includes e-health, participatory media production, virtual and augmented reality, mediation of cultural heritage, computational creativity, embodied interaction, and computational design. SIAT encourages new focus areas that engage with external communities.

Applicants must have a PhD and are expected to articulate or demonstrate how their research program has attracted and can attract significant external funding. SIAT expects that applicants will also develop successful collaborations with other faculty in our highly interdisciplinary environment, across SFU, and nationally and/or internationally, as well as engaging industry, non-profits or other networks. 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. SIAT works as a unit of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), which includes the School of Communication, the School for the Contemporary Arts, the Publishing Program and the Master of Digital Media Program (MDM).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. SFU is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university. The successful applicant will begin work on March 1, 2019 or later. Reviewing of applicants will commence on December 1, 2018 and will continue until the position is filled. All appointments are subject to the availability of funding and the Board of Governors’ final approval.

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. Carman Neustaedter, Director
Chair, Search Committee
School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC CANADA V3T 0A3

Email: carman@sfu.ca
CC: dseciat@sfu.ca

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the university for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

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