Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Interactive Arts & Technology

Posted on February 24, 2020

Position overview

Position role: Faculty

Employment Type: Full-time, ongoing

Departmental contact

For questions or concerns about this position, please contact:

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

The School of Interactive Arts & Technology (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.

If the successful applicant does not hold a PhD, but is interested in obtaining one, the school will work with and support a successful applicant throughout the process of obtaining the higher degree. SFU offers PhDs in Individualized Interdisciplinary Studies that provide special arrangements for self-directed PhD studies that may be applicable in this case.  SFU provides tuition waivers for all continuing faculty members.

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. Ideally, applicants should have teaching experience at the undergraduate level or commensurate experience in industry or community. We seek a candidate with a strong potential for instructional innovation, including Indigenous pedagogical approaches. 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. Chris Shaw, Director (Acting)
School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC CANADA V3T 0A3


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