Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

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Tenure-Track Associate Professor in Film Production

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in film production at the Associate Professor level, starting Fall 2018. Outstanding candidates at the Assistant Professor level may also be considered. We seek a collaborative colleague working in non-fiction, narrative, experimental or hybrid cinema whose work addresses issues germane to Indigenous communities in Canada and the world.

Our preference will be for candidates with strong Indigenous cultural knowledge, experience working with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, and a background in establishing and maintaining trusting relationships with Indigenous communities and organizations.

The successful candidate should be able to teach comprehensive introductory and advanced film production courses from a holistic perspective with an understanding of the entire film workflow from conception to completion. As our production curriculum is grounded in project-based instruction, candidates should be able to demonstrate experience in a broad range of technical and creative skills that can include screenwriting, production planning, directing, editing, cinematography, and sound design as well as a familiarity with current digital production workflows.

In addition to teaching in the undergraduate BFA, the successful candidate will supervise students in our MFA program who are working in a variety of forms of moving image art. The ability to teach occasional undergraduate courses in cinema and media studies, particularly informed by current Indigenous issues, is also an asset.

The BFA in Film is a four-year, cohort-based production program that includes a very strong component of instruction in film studies. Students are exposed to the breadth of film styles and modes. They work intensively together over four years, each producing a number of their own films. Our goal is to provide a well-rounded film production and studies education that prepares students to become successful independent filmmakers and allows them as well to specialize in areas of their particular interest.

Our students go on to be directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, screenwriters, and artists working in a variety of media and forms.  We particularly value innovative and experimental approaches to creative work as well as pedagogy. As our film program is situated within an interdisciplinary fine arts department, an interest in collaborating with fellow faculty in theatre, visual art, music and dance is an asset.

Located in a dynamic neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts has a national and award-winning 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.

Minimal Requirements: MFA, MA, or Ph.D. in film production or a relevant field; experience in teaching at the post-secondary level is a requirement.

Applications must include:

  • a letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background
  • a curriculum vitae
  • links to 3 samples of artistic work
  • a statement of teaching philosophy; and,
  • the names and contact information (email, telephone) 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 committee will begin reviewing applications on January 29, 2018. 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 welcomes applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, persons of Indigenous heritage, persons with disabilities, and LGBTQ-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 applicants with Canadian Indigenous heritage.

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

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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) in Interactive Media and Innovation

The School of Interactive Arts and 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 mattered, and value interdisciplinarity. SIAT offers degrees at bachelors, masters and doctoral levels. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduate 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. (S)he will have deep knowledge of and experience in using, interactive digital media in collaboration with external communities. (S)he will have demonstrated knowledge of and accomplishment in innovation and entrepreneurship. Ideally, (s)he will have demonstrated knowledge and practical experience in relating cognition and/or neuroscience 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 the 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 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 intellectural 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 of Comtemporary 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, 2018. Screening of applicants will commence on March 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 thier 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. Thecla Schiphorst, Director
Chair, Search Committee
School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC Canada V3T 0A3
Email: thecla@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, please see the Collection Notice.  

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