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Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Contemporary Dance, at the Assistant Professor level, starting July 15, 2023.

To reaffirm our commitment to increasing diversity and confronting institutional underrepresentation, we are limiting this opportunity to applicants who identify as Black, Indigenous, a person of colour, or as a member of a racialized group, as permitted by Section 42 of the B.C. Human Rights Code. Applicants are requested to self-identify in their application.

The Dance Area in the SCA is committed to a practice-based research approach, developing embodied knowledge and its translation in an interdisciplinary academic context.  Our preference will be for someone with an expanded practice in contemporary dance creation and performance, a strong studio practice, a deep understanding of the movement forms that emerge from their research and the cultures, traditions, and practices that support them, and an ability to rearticulate these within a contemporary interdisciplinary context. We are looking for a candidate who will help us educate and support the next generation of dance artists and launch individual voices in dance.

A continuous record of excellence in teaching and engaging in critical discourses related to contemporary art, and a record of established relationships with communities, organisations and institutions nationally and internationally is required. An interest in new technologies in teaching and research will be a bonus.

Responsibilities

With exciting new curricular developments in the Dance Area, we are looking for a versatile individual, someone who can integrate theory and practice in both their teaching and research, mentor graduate and undergraduate students, as well as stage choreographic and performance works for a varied student body.  Teaching will include classes in dance technique, composition, interdisciplinary collaboration and improvisation. We invite applications from artists who have experience incorporating historical, socio-cultural and decolonization approaches into their pedagogy. All faculty in the Dance Area share responsibilities in producing the mainstage productions.

Additionally, this position will include committee responsibilities, supervision of graduate students, and some graduate level teaching. The candidate will be expected to maintain a robust artistic practice and work with SCA to advance the concepts of contemporary performance.

Qualifications

A graduate degree is preferred in a field or discipline of demonstrated relevance and an established artistic practice in dance. He, she, or they will demonstrate excellence in creative research and post-secondary studio teaching. Prior activities demonstrating leadership, service, and commitment to diversity and dance as a research practice is required.

Candidates are asked to submit:

  • a cover letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background, with an indication of your legal status to work in Canada
  • an up-to-date, full curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching and mentorship philosophy
  • links to samples of creative work and writing.
  • the names and email addresses for three confidential referees. (Letters of reference may be requested at a later date.)

Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director, c/o Samantha Diamond, scasec@sfu.ca. Review of applications will begin on December 1, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by this date. Please note that materials submitted will not be returned.

Contexts  

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.

The School for the Contemporary Arts, situated in downtown Vancouver, offers a unique curriculum in which studio classes are integrated with the historical and theoretical study of the arts. This is rooted in attention to critical contemporary issues as well as our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration both within the classroom and beyond. The SCA offers BFAs in Dance; Film; Music and Sound; Theatre Performance; Production and Design; Visual Art; a BA in Art, Performance and Cinema Studies; as well as an interdisciplinary MFA, and a MA and PhD in Contemporary Arts.

Dance

The SCA Dance Area provides the unique opportunity to study, create and perform dance within a collaborative, interdisciplinary department. Our students are challenged in studio and lecture courses to be versatile and articulate, to interact with new technology, and to understand that the collaborative process is crucial to their development as contemporary artists. An engagement with contemporary issues is fundamental to their training. We also believe in a versatile approach to training and, to this end, offer a variety of dance techniques in addition to the standard modern, contemporary, and ballet courses.  Our creative set of courses in improvisation, composition and choreography are designed to encourage student-led research and creation.  Additionally, courses in experimental anatomy and body conditioning introduce students to the fundamental principles of movement. Our courses complement a wider set of studio and lecture courses offered by the Film, Music, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production and Design, Visual Art, and Art, Performance and Cinema Studies Areas.

Faculty

Faculty in the SCA value interdisciplinary art-making that is grounded in disciplinary training, an integration of creative and scholarly education, and we care deeply about where our students come from, as well as their continued success.  We therefore maintain a significant presence in the local, national, and international arts communities. Whether as choreographers, theoretical and applied practice scholars, performing artists, composers, filmmakers, production technology and design artists,, visual artists, directors or dramaturges, our faculty are internationally recognized for research excellence in their individual fields.

The position of Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance 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 an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity and inclusion. 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, faulty staff and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring 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, including 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.

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.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Film

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 Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Film at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 15, 2023.

We seek an innovative filmmaker working in non-fiction, narrative, experimental, and/or hybrid cinema with a vibrant and recognized artistic practice that engages with contemporary aesthetic developments in the field of film. We especially encourage applications from filmmakers who can collaborate in strengthening and refining our existing program, as well as envisioning the possibilities of its future form. We also welcome applicants with diverse teaching experience who are interested in developing pedagogies appropriate to the plurality of cinema arts that exist today.

We invite applicants to frame their creative practice in ways that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Experimental approaches to research or production
  • Artistic vision & independent filmmaking
  • Creative process & workflow
  • Critical engagement with systems of inequality and oppression
  • Collaboration & community-based work
  • Ethics of representation
  • Filmmaking as interdisciplinary practice

Film faculty teach comprehensive introductory and advanced film production courses and are expected to supervise and advise students making work in a variety of forms and styles. As our film production curriculum is grounded in project-based instruction, candidates should demonstrate experience in a broad range of technical and creative skills, as well as an in-depth understanding of the entire creative workflow from concept to exhibition. Applicants should also be conversant with contemporary discourses in the field as well as demonstrate a strong knowledge of world cinema and film history. The ability to teach occasional courses in cinema and media studies is an asset.

Faculty at the School are expected to maintain a professional artistic practice and/or scholarly activity. A normal academic year for tenure-track faculty in the School for the Contemporary Arts consists of two teaching terms and a research term. Faculty generally teach four courses (or the equivalent) per year. Advising, committee responsibilities, supervision of graduate students, and occasional graduate-level teaching are expected.

Requirements for the position include: an MA, MFA, or Ph.D. in a field or discipline of demonstrated relevance or equivalent experience; an active and sustained artistic practice and a significant record of exhibition. The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded creative practice or research. Experience teaching at the college or university level is an asset. We encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of communities underrepresented in the broad field of contemporary cinema.

The BFA in Film

The BFA in Film is a four-year film production program with a strong emphasis in film studies. The program is rooted in a set of core project-based production courses, built around a varied education that encompasses film production, technical and collaborative labs, and cinema studies courses in the history, aesthetics and theory of film. The program is supplemented by courses offered by other disciplines and enhanced by opportunities to create in close proximity with students in other SCA programs.

Our students are supported and challenged to develop their voices as artists, to be versatile and articulate, to engage with both theory and technology, and to understand that the collaborative process is crucial to their development as filmmakers. They are also encouraged to engage with film as an art form that is in constant dialogue with other contemporary art forms as well as with society and culture at large.

About the SCA

The SCA, situated in downtown Vancouver, offers a unique curriculum in which studio classes are integrated with historical and theoretical study of the arts. This is grounded in attention to critical contemporary issues as well as our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration both within the classroom and beyond. The SCA offers BFAs in Dance, Film, Music & Sound, Theatre & Performance, Production and Design, and Visual Art, a BA in Art, Performance and Cinema Studies as well as an interdisciplinary MFA, and a MA and PhD in Contemporary Arts.

At the SCA we pride ourselves on offering the benefits of an intimate, small art school—excellent student mentorship and faculty-student interaction, a sense of belonging and familiarity, and a shared sense of purpose—paired with all of the advantages of a large, top-ranked comprehensive university. We value interdisciplinary art-making that is grounded in disciplinary training, an integration of creative and scholarly education, and maintaining a significant presence in the local, national and international arts communities. Our faculty are internationally recognized working artists, artist-scholars, and scholars: choreographers, composers, filmmakers, production designers, visual artists, performers, directors, historians, and theorists. The Film program exists within this collaborative and interdisciplinary ecosystem.

How to Apply

The application must contain the following:

  • a letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background, with indication of your legal status to work in Canada
  • an up-to-date, full curriculum vitae (including details of research, teaching, and service, and record of film production and exhibition, including funding sources)
  • links to 3 samples of artistic work
  • a statement of creative research
  • a statement of pedagogical philosophy
  • the names and contact information (email, telephone) for three confidential referees.

Please note that all materials submitted in non-electronic form 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 November 15, 2022 and will 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.

Simon Fraser University’s 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.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.

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

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SESSIONAL INSTRUCTOR JOB POSTINGS

The School for the Contemporary Arts is now accepting applications for Spring 2023 Sessional Instructors. 

Appointment duration: Jan. 3 to Apr. 28, 2023

We are now accepting applications for Spring Semester (January 3 - April 28, 2023)    

POSTING 2 details & application instructions

DEADLINE TO APPLY: Monday, November 14, 2022

For course descriptions please visit: https://www.sfu.ca/students/calendar/2023/spring/courses/ca.html

For previous course outlines please visit: https://www.sfu.ca/outlines.html

For pay scales please visit: http://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/tssu.html

Application Instructions

  • Email your cover letter and CV to sca_manager@sfu.ca
  • Name your documents with your last name first (eg. Smith_CV, Smith_CoverLetter)
  • Clearly indicate the course(s) to which you are applying
  • For selected/special topics please indicate what you plan to teach
  • A course syllabus or other related documents are optional unless otherwise stated above

Policies

Equity The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)

Privacy The information submitted with your application is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)), applicable federal and provincial employment regulations and requirements, the University's non-academic employment policies and applicable collective agreements.

The information is related directly to and needed by the University to initiate the employment application process. The information will be used to contact references supplied by you, evaluate your qualifications and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the Teaching Support Staff Union in accordance with Article XIII F.3.1.b of the Collective Agreement.

If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact the Associate VP, Human Resources, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Telephone 778-782-3237.

The posting can also be found at: http://www.sfu.ca/human-resources/prospective-employees/tssu-postings/FCAT-postings/contemporary-arts-postings.html

To be added to the Sessional Instructor job posting email list, please email ca@sfu.ca with your request.

TEACHING ASSISTANT & TUTOR MARKER JOB POSTINGS

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To be added to the Teaching Assistant & Tutor Marker job posting email list, please email ca@sfu.ca with your request.

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Hiring Policies

Equity

The University is committed to the principle of equity in employment. (See Policy GP 19.)

Privacy

The information submitted with your application is collected under the authority of the University Act (R.S.B.C. 1996, c.468, s. 27(4)(a)), applicable federal and provincial employment regulations and requirements, the University's non-academic employment policies and applicable collective agreements.

The information is related directly to and needed by the University to initiate the employment application process. The information will be used to contact references supplied by you, evaluate your qualifications and complete the employment process by making a hiring decision. Applicant information may also be disclosed to the Teaching Support Staff Union in accordance with Article XIII F.3.1.b of the Collective Agreement.

If you have any questions about the collection, use and disclosure of this information please contact the Associate VP, Human Resources, Simon Fraser University, Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6. Telephone 778-782-3237.

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