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CDM Academic Director and Academic Governance and Strategic Planning (AGSP) Committee member

Job Open Date: December 2, 2019
Job Close Date: January 17, 2020 (open until filled)

POSITION SUMMARY

Position Title: CDM Academic Director and Academic Governance and Strategic Planning (AGSP) Committee member
Term: Hired by Great Northern Way Campus (GNW Trust) on secondment for a part-time (50%) 2-year term, with option for renewal based on performance review.
Anticipated Start Date: April 2020
Reports To: AGSP Committee Chair
Location: Centre for Digital Media, 685 Great Northern Way, Vancouver, BC

GENERAL BACKGROUND

Great Northern Way Campus (GNW Trust) has evolved from three major developments: a 2001 donation of land, a 2006 government grant to establish the Centre for Digital Media (CDM) and the 2013 decision to relocate the Emily Carr University of Art + Design (ECU) campus to the GNW lands.

The vision for GNW Trust is: to transform an underutilized industrial site into a vibrant urban campus community of creators, entrepreneurs and educators, include a world-class CDM, a new ECU campus, public spaces, university-oriented live–work residences, artist studios and work spaces for industry professionals. The site will be a hub for collaboration and innovation between creative sector industries and academia.

The vision for the CDM is: exceptional educational programs and excellent students make the CDM the launch pad of choice for emergence, innovative digital-media-powered firms, entrepreneurial talent, researchers, and world-changing community initiatives.

Currently, GNW Trust employs up to 20 staff, with employees focused on the CDM academic programs, real estate development, and corporate management of the Trust. The academic operations of the CDM, which offers a Masters of Digital Media graduate degree, jointly operated and accredited by all four partners, is currently done in collaboration with Simon Fraser University (SFU) through a Management Services Agreement.

For more information on the CDM, please visit www.thecdm.ca For more information on GNW Trust, please visit https://thecdm.ca/about/gnw-trust

REPORTING GNW

Trust is governed by a Board of Directors and four Committees (AGSP Committee, Audit and Finance Committee, Governance and Compensation Committee, and Real Estate Committee).

Reporting to the AGSP Committee Chair, the CDM Academic Director is responsible for the overall academic vision and leadership to the CDM and general oversight for the academic programs offered by the Trust. He or she will work closely with the AGSP Committee, the four partners’ institutions, industry and the community partners to ensure that the CDM is achieving its Shareholders’ vision. The CDM Academic Director will also sit as a voting member of the AGSP Committee.

POSITION SUMMARY

The CDM Academic Director will oversee the academic, business and operational affairs of the academic programs. The initial focus for this role will be to review and streamline effective management of academic services within the Trust and in partnership with one or more of the four partner institutions through a new Management Services Agreement. He or she will also provide direction in establishing and implementing new academic program(s) that align with the Trust vision.

The CDM Academic Director will also oversee and direct senior managers including Program Director(s), and provide input into the hiring and retention of CDM staff and faculty.

SPECIFIC DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The CDM Academic Director will have overall responsibility for oversight of the various academic programs with the assistance of a management team and staff and will work closely with the Directors of other business areas in the Trust. The following is a breakdown of specific duties and responsibilities:

General

  • Preparing and maintaining a business plan, budget and financial projections of the academic programs.
  • Review and streamline effective management of academic services within the Trust in partnership with one or more of the four partner institutions through a new Management Services Agreement (MSA). Recommend the terms and conditions of the new MSA. 

Strategic Planning

  • In collaboration with members of the AGSP Committee, the Board and the four partner institutions, the CDM Academic Director provides direction in establishing and implementing a near-term strategic plan for academic programs that align with the Trust vision. 
  • Strategic academic growth planning. 
  • Recommend new program approvals to the Shareholders. 
  • Recommend approval of major revisions to existing programs. 
  • Implement brand and marketing strategy and oversee communications for CDM community and academic programs. 

Academic Programming and Delivery

  • Oversee and manage academic content and curriculum design, development and delivery. 
  • Ensure protection of intellectual property. 
  • Implement strategic planning, revisions to existing programs and establishment of new programs. 
  • Oversee academic quality assurance and quality improvement. 
  • Oversee industry relations. 
  • Manage admissions targets, and oversee admissions reviews and administration services. 
  • Overseeing tuition and other student fees. 
  • Oversee student services and dispute resolution. 

Financial and Administrative Management

  • Manage annual budgets and oversee tuition and program fees, program funding and processing of program donations. 
  • Oversee compensation rates for academic staff within the PSEC mandate. 
  • Financial accountability for academic programming. 
  • Implements the annual budget and reports progress against the budget to the AGSP Committee and Board on a regular basis. 
  • Oversees the sound utilization of financial administrative systems and ensures the maximum utilization of the financial resources of the Trust are within the objectives, policies, plans and budgets established by the AGSP Committee. 

Operational Management

  • Recruit, oversee, retain and direct senior managers including Program Director(s) and provide input into the hiring and retention of academic staff. 
  • Oversee IT services. 
  • In collaboration with the Director of Real Estate and property manager, oversee and manage academic facilities. 
  • With the Director of Real Estate, provide input to the strategic planning and management of any new academic facilities and student apartments. 
  • Enforce policies, rules, regulations and procedures for academic staff and MSA employees. 

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS AND EXPERIENCE

The ideal candidate is an effective leader with a track record of success development and implementing sophisticated strategies, programs and resources to build capacity within an organization. He or she has a demonstrated commitment to innovation, excellence in digital media and possesses strong relationship building and interpersonal skills. He or she will possess maturity, experience and drive of a seasoned academic leader and administrator in the post-secondary sector. The CDM Academic Director will have outstanding relationships skills to work effectively and productively with government, a Board of Directors, Committees, academic and business leaders, and can balance conflicting priorities while moving initiatives forward.

Skills

The ideal candidate will have the following qualifications, skills and experience:

  • Comprehensive knowledge and relevant experience in technology and the digital media industry. 
  • Evidence of successful management of strategic planning, academic visioning, including recommending and implementing new initiatives. 
  • Adapts and respects different cultures and has a global perspective. 
  • Demonstrated senior leadership and management skills.
  • Demonstrated skills in academic quality assurance and enhancement. 
  • Knowledge of public and private education systems. 
  • Excellent budgetary and fiscal management skills. 
  • Experience with governance and reporting structures. 
  • Evidence of successful experience in working collaboratively with diverse stakeholders. 
  • Has the ability to exercise a high level of diplomacy and discretion in both internal and external interactions.
  • Experience with institutional, government, industry, media and public relations. 
  • Possesses strong interpersonal and listening skills. 
  • Able to express views, ideas and facts effectively, both orally and in writing. 
  • Creative, enthusiastic and imaginative. 

Credentials

  • Ph.D. or Terminal degree in a relevant discipline and eight to ten years of related experience. 
  • Specific experience in academic program development, evaluation and administration; strategic business planning; communications and marketing; stakeholder and community engagement, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience. 

HOW TO APPLY?

Interested candidates are invited to submit their (i) cover letter, (ii) curriculum vitae, and (iii) names of three references by January 17, 2020 to: Wade Parkhouse, Chair of Academic Governance and Strategic Planning Committee c/o: Elena Mitchell, Director of Planning and Strategic Development, GWN Trust elena@gnwtrust.ca

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School for the Contemporary Arts - Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Campus) | Date posted: December 1, 2020

Simon Fraser University (SFU), located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, the traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kwikwəƛ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, is actively building a diverse, inclusive community and invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Contemporary Arts in the School for the Contemporary Arts. This CRC appointment opportunity is intended for emerging artists or artist/scholars in Indigenous Contemporary Arts, at the rank of assistant or associate professor.

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA), situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighbourhoods, offers a unique curriculum in which studio classes in dance, film, music/sound, theatre performance and production, and visual art are integrated with the historical and theoretical study of the arts. This meeting of creative practice with academic enquiry is a core value of the school and is enhanced by our attention to critical contemporary issues as well as our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration both within the classroom and beyond. The SCA offers a BA in Art, Performance, and Cinema Studies, and BFAs in Dance, Film, Music/Sound, Theatre Performance, and Production and Design, and Visual Art, as well as an interdisciplinary MFA and an MA in Contemporary Arts.

We are seeking an emerging artist or artist/scholar with an art practice and/or scholarly record in performance (theatre, dance, interdisciplinary performance), music/sound (creative music practice), film/video, or visual art. An interdisciplinary approach to research and practice is encouraged. Appointment to a continuing faculty position in the School for the Contemporary Arts requires an MFA or PhD completed by the time of appointment in a field or discipline of demonstrated relevance.

The successful applicant is expected to significantly enhance the School for the Contemporary Arts’ research strengths and to help sustain the collegial atmosphere within the School. The research program will support SFU’s Strategic Research Plan, the goals of which include: strengthening civil society by advancing justice, equity and social responsibility; addressing environmental concerns and creating a sustainable future; and engaging in community-based research. The Chairholder will be expected to maintain an outstanding program of research and a strong record of grants funding. Knowledge mobilization to the scholarly community, professional groups, the general public, and other stakeholders, as appropriate, is expected. Demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in the candidate’s current institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset.

Experience mentoring equity-seeking students is expected, and experience mentoring equity-seeking faculty is an asset. Although 50 % teaching relief relative to regular faculty members will be provided to the Chairholder, the successful candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to the teaching mission of the School for the Contemporary Arts, including supervising and securing financial support for graduate students.

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging artists and scholars (i.e., the candidate must be within 10 years of their highest degree at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 process; please see CRC website for eligibility details.

The Tier 2 Canada Research Chair is tenable for five years. The CRC appointment is renewable once, which is subject to the Chairholder demonstrating that they have achieved their objectives from their first term. Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and Chair renewal details of the CRC Program. https://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/renew-renouvellement-eng.aspx

To apply, applicants should provide:

  • a cover letter explaining their interest in the position;
  • an up-to-date, full curriculum vitae (include details of research, teaching, and service, scholarly record, funding, and list of collaborations/partnerships);
  • a portfolio of creative work (if applicable);
  • the proposed program of research practice, clarifying its alignment with the CRC position (include an outline of the proposed CRC research, an explanation of how the research aligns with and advances SFU’s Strategic Research Plan, and a discussion of how this Chair would strengthen graduate training at SFU 2-6 pages);
  • a statement of teaching and mentorship philosophy (1 page); 
  • a statement outlining the applicant’s experiences in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (1 page); and 
  • the names and email addresses of 4-5 referees, ranked in order of preference (long-listed candidates will be contacted before referees are contacted).

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them in their application. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and non-traditional areas of research and/or research outputs.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, Indigenization, and reconciliation.

Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty; please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Review of applications will begin on February 8, 2021. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Elspeth Pratt, Chair of the Search Committee, epratt@sfu.ca. To ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by this date. Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director, c/o Samantha Diamond, scasec@sfu.ca.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University Academic Appointment Competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Critical Risk and Crisis Communication | Date posted: December 2, 2020

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University is a national and global leader in the discipline and a dynamic site of research and teaching. Founded on a tradition of critical approaches to media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, and applied media production, the School is home to several research groups, including the Digital Democracies Institute. We are a large and thriving unit with 1300 undergraduate majors and 100+ graduate students. We respectfully acknowledge xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓íc̓əy̓ (Katzie), kʷikʷəƛ̓əm (Kwikwetlem), Qayqayt, Kwantlen, Semiahmoo and Tsawwassen peoples on whose traditional territories our three campuses reside. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories we aspire to engage meaningfully in decolonization at all levels of the School, including in its community relations, operations, research, and curriculum.

We invite applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Critical Risk and Crisis Communication to begin on or before January 1, 2022. We seek a researcher with a proven track record in Critical Risk and Crisis Communication in relation to one or more of the following areas: environment, sustainability and climate change; public health and health communication; Indigenous epistemologies, knowledge, and communities; and disaster management and resilience. We especially welcome candidates whose work critically interrogates the frameworks of risk, crisis and emergency communication in relation to areas such as Indigeneity, gender and sexuality, dis/ability studies, race, ethnicity and/or class. The position is open to experts in qualitative, quantitative, or mixed methods, and those with an interest in innovative forms of interdisciplinary research, knowledge translation and public engagement.

This CRC appointment opportunity is intended for exceptional early and mid-career scholars who have demonstrated the potential to achieve international recognition in their field in the next five to ten years, including a successful track record of external research funding. By exceptional, we recognise diverse forms of scholarly contribution, including but not limited to: peer-reviewed publications; public-facing forms of knowledge; the creation of open access resources; different forms of community engaged research including Indigenous gatherings and communal gatherings of minoritized groups; artworks and performances; sound works; film or video production. 

The Tier 2 Canada Research Chair is tenable for five years and may be renewed for a second five-year term. To be eligible, applicants must have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication or a related field. They must be an active researcher in their field and have completed their Ph.D. within 10 years of appointment to the position. For applicants who are more than 10 years removed from their highest degree, where career breaks exist, including parental leave, extended sick leave, and clinical training, applicants may have their eligibility assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process; please see the CRC website for eligibility details.

This position is contingent upon the applicant being successfully awarded a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the CRC Secretariat.

Application Process

Candidates are asked to submit:  

●       A cover letter outlining research, teaching, and service achievements, including            indication of citizenship and/or residency status (2-3 pages);

●       A full curriculum vitae;

●       The proposed program of research, including an outline of the proposed CRC research program over five years, an explanation of how the proposed research aligns with and advances SFU’s 2016-2022 Strategic Research Plan, and a discussion of how this Chair would strengthen graduate training at SFU (2-6 pages);

●       Teaching philosophy with a focus on graduate training (1-2 pages);

●       Short statement with a description of past or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, mentoring, research, or service to the profession and/or community (1 page maximum);

●       Two examples of refereed published scholarly work, or related forms of knowledge production (e.g. documentary film, artist’s catalogue);

●       Contact information for 4-6 potential referees. (Letters of reference may be requested at a later date).

All documents should be combined into a single PDF file with bookmarks.

 

Please send applications to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant (cmns_dsec@sfu.ca) addressed to:

 

Dr. Zoë Druick, Director (she/her) School of Communication

Simon Fraser University

8888 University Drive

Burnaby, BC

Canada             V5A 1S6

The search committee will begin to review submitted applications February 1, 2021. The position will remain open until filled. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to cmns_dir@sfu.ca. 

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Diversity is an underlying principle of SFU’s Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the workforce, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, racialized persons, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply. SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty. Please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Specialist in Faculty Relations.

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.

Assistant Professor — Critical Algorithm Studies

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University is a national and global leader in the discipline and a dynamic site of research and teaching. Founded on a tradition of critical approaches to media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, and applied media production, the School is home to several research groups, including the Digital Democracies Institute. We are a large and thriving unit with 1400 undergraduate majors and 100+ graduate students. We acknowledge the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Waututh (səlil̓ w̓ətaʔɬ), Katzie, and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

We invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Critical Algorithm Studies. Areas of research and teaching may include, but are not limited to, critical data studies; social implications of data systems and infrastructures; algorithmic bias; politics of content moderation; science and technology studies; intersectional analyses of digital labour; and platform studies. We especially welcome scholars who engage with Indigenous studies, Black studies, intersectional feminisms, decolonization and postcolonial studies, queer theory, trans studies, disability studies, critical race/ethnic studies, and transcultural and global studies. We are open to a range of approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, digital methods, and/or applied practices (e.g. creative interventions, data visceralization, community-led design), or a combination of approaches.

The successful candidate should demonstrate potential for publication and research funding, for collaborative initiatives, and for working with students from diverse backgrounds. The candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and to undertake service and work with partners inside and outside the University. Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication, Media Studies, or a related discipline.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens 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.

Candidates are asked to submit:

  • Cover letter with indication of citizenship and/or residency status (2-3 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement (2 page maximum)
  •  Description of teaching philosophy and experience (1 page maximum)
  • One (1) sample of work (e.g. one article, chapter, policy report, creative work)
  • Contact information for three referees. (Letters of reference may be requested at a later date.)
  • Short statement with a description of past or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, mentoring, research, or service to the profession and/or community (1 page maximum) 

All documents should be combined into a single PDF file with bookmarks.

Please send applications to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at cmnsdsec@sfu.ca, addressed to:

Dr. Zoë Druick
Director School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC Canada
V5A 1S6

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the successful candidate is expected to be September 1, 2021

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 —  Media, Communication, and Public Engagement

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University is a national and global leader in the discipline and a dynamic site of research and teaching. Founded on a tradition of critical approaches to media and culture, technology studies, global communication, culture industries and policy, and applied media production, the School is home to several research groups, including the Digital Democracies Institute. We are a large and thriving unit with 1400 undergraduate majors and 100+ graduate students. We acknowledge the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Waututh (səlil̓ w̓ətaʔɬ), Katzie, and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

We invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Media, Communication, and Public Engagement. Specific areas may include, but are not limited to, social media, activism and social movements, popular culture, political communication, and theories of media publics. We especially welcome scholars who engage with Indigenous studies, Black studies, intersectional feminisms, decolonization and postcolonial studies, queer theory, trans studies, disability studies, critical race/ethnic studies, and transcultural and global studies. We are open to a range of approaches, including qualitative, quantitative, digital methods, and/or applied practices (e.g. media storytelling; documentary and community media production and research), or a combination of approaches.

The successful candidate should demonstrate potential for publication and research funding, for collaborative initiatives, and for working with students from diverse backgrounds. The candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all levels of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum and to undertake service and work with partners inside and outside the University. Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication, Media Studies, or a related discipline.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens 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.

Candidates are asked to submit:

  • Cover letter with indication of citizenship and/or residency status (2-3 pages)
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Research statement (2 page maximum)
  • Description of teaching philosophy and experience (1 page maximum)
  • One (1) sample of work (e.g. one article, chapter, policy report, creative work)
  • Contact information for three referees. (Letters of reference may be requested at a later date.)
  • Short statement with a description of past or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, mentoring, research, or service to the profession and/or community (1 page maximum) 

All documents should be combined into a single PDF file with bookmarks.

Please send applications to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at cmnsdsec@sfu.ca, addressed to:

Dr. Zoë Druick
Director School of Communication
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC Canada
V5A 1S6

Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the successful candidate is expected to be September 1, 2021. 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) in Interactive Arts & Technology

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. 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. At Simon Fraser University Surrey, we live and work on the unceded traditional territories of the Coast Salish peoples of the Katzie, Kwantlen, Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm), Qayqayt, Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsawassen, and numerous Stó:lō Nations.

We welcome applicants for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor with demonstrated expertise in research, art practice, or media arts production within the broad areas of design, media, or interactive computing. This could include a research program in any of the following areas: research-creation (e.g., film creation as knowledge production); Indigenous media; immersive art experience; artificial intelligence; game design; digital video; animation; interactive narrative; digital storytelling; visual analytics; or interaction design. Candidates will have a demonstrated knowledge of and accomplishment in Indigenous research methodologies, interdisciplinary innovation, and community engagement. Ideally, they will have a demonstrable history of community involvement, and an Indigenous lived experience including working with First Nations, Inuit or Métis communities and organizations in North America/Turtle Island. A PhD, MFA or equivalent experience is required.

The successful applicant will join a school of diverse and 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, collaborative and decolonizing methodologies, computational creativity, embodied interaction, and computational design. Applicants 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 members in our highly interdisciplinary environment, across SFU, and nationally and/or internationally. 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 July 1, 2020 or later. Reviewing of applicants will commence on March 30, 2020 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 submit:

  • a cover letter that describes their relationship to Indigenous communities
  • a recent curriculum vitae
  • a concise description of their research area and program (2 pages maximum)
  • a portfolio of creative work (if applicable)
  • a description of their teaching philosophy and experience (1-page maximum)
  • three research articles OR documented community-based relationship building research;
  • a short statement with a description of past or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, mentoring, research, or service (1-page maximum)
  • addresses (including email), institutional affiliation and telephone numbers of three academic referees

Please send all materials 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 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.

For more information about our School and our university, please visit http://siat.sfu.ca