Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

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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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Tenure Track Position in Experimental Composition

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Experimental Composition at the Assistant Professor level. We are seeking an experimental composer with a hybrid practice in two or more of the following: instrumental music, live electronics, improvisation, interactivity, maker culture, sound art, popular music, within an established interdisciplinary and collaborative practice.

The faculty member will be directly involved in teaching within the Bachelor of Fine Arts Music Major program, which has an emphasis in composition within the context of a multidisciplinary environment of the School for the Contemporary Arts. Other majors include dance, film, theatre, visual art, and art, performance and cinema studies, as well as a Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts and a Master of Arts in Contemporary Arts. The faculty member will be expected to supervise graduate students and have the ability to teach in the graduate program. Advising and committee responsibilities are also required for the position.

The music area boasts an innovative program designed to foster a creative practice that is inclusive of electroacoustic, technological interaction, instrumental and vocal music, generative music and new media, cross-disciplinary collaboration, and hybrid combinations of the above. The study of music and sound in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University is distinctive in Canada for its focus on creative music making and sound art, and the role contemporary perspectives play in the development of a broad range of creative and technological skills in an integrated fine arts school.

Requirements for the position include a Doctoral degree in a relevant area, and a serious artistic practice. University-level teaching experience is an asset. An applicant’s artistic work should clearly reflect contemporary or experimental issues and a fluency in contemporary notation practices for both instruments and electronics. A background in interdisciplinary and collaborative art production is advantageous. Applications must include a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, links to at least three recordings and/or scores of the candidate’s compositions/creative works, a statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information (e-mail, telephone) for three confidential referees.

Submit all applications by email to Arne Eigenfeldt, Director, c/o Samantha Diamond,scasec@sfu.ca. The review of applications will begin September 20, 2019 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by September 20, 2019.

The position is subject to availability of funding and final approval by th e 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 people, 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.

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. For more information about our School and our University, please visit our website.

Please note that materials submitted will not be returned.

Tenure Track Position in Visual Art

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Visual Art at the Assistant Professor level starting July 1, 2020.

Our preference will be for candidates with Indigenous cultural knowledge, interested in the intersection of Indigenous knowledge and visual art/contemporary art and pedagogy.

A demonstrable history of community participation, experience working closely with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and organizations are attributes that strengthen the application.

The colleague we are looking for shall possess:

  • a material focus and knowledge; this expertise can be in any one, two or more areas including painting, drawing, sculpture, weaving, printmaking, as well as technological, lens based and other digital media;
  • a solid understanding of conceptual, theoretical, critical, cultural and historical foundations in visual art, in particular, contributions of Indigenous contemporary artists is an asset;
  • a strong research practice;
  • the ability to engage the students (and their research) in a range of practices at the forefront of contemporary aesthetics, critical thought and art making;
  • interest in non-dominant paths or constellations of subject and conceptual premises;
  • the capacity for teamwork and willingness to collaborate with the members of the school as well as in inter-and transdisciplinary collaborations;
  • a strong commitment to teaching studio and seminar courses in visual art, as well as graduate courses in the MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts;
  • a strong commitment to supervise students in our interdisciplinary MFA program, inclusive of all areas within the School;
  • a commitment to share engaging questions and challenge preconceptions of discipline, media, and theoretical investigations, and thereby also sharing research synergies with fellow faculty and students in other areas of the SCA;
  • interest to contribute to the intentionally open nexus of our teaching philosophy which vigorously insists on keeping challenging contemporary art practices at the centre of the conversation;
  • the ability to teach occasional undergraduate courses in the SCA, informed by current Indigenous issues would be an asset;
  • the ability to teach occasional interdisciplinary and collaborative undergraduate courses would be an asset.

Our studio based, four year program offers several opportunities for students to exhibit work as well as to work with visiting artists. In the studio we prepare students to be independent artists with agile, critically informed sense/abilities, skills in making, and in possession of a tool kit of models for cultural participation. Our pedagogy emphasizes cycles of production and critical feedback concerning the methods of making, doing, and contextualizing in contemporary art.

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 Contemporary Arts.

MINIMAL REQUIREMENTS:

MFA or Ph.D. in Visual Art or relevant field; evidence of teaching experience, preferably at the post-secondary level, is an asset.

Applications must include:

  • a letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy;
  • links to samples of artistic work (up to 20 documents/images including as many as 6 links to moving image works);
  • the names and contact information (email, telephone) for three confidential referees;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness. As applicable, please include evaluations, syllabi, and examples of student work.
  • We are collaborating to diversify our teaching and research environment and looking for a colleague who has a passion to join us in this. A short statement with a description of past or potential contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion through teaching, mentoring, research, or service would be appreciated.

Please note that materials submitted will not be returned. Submit all applications by email to Arne Eigenfeldt, Director c/o Samantha Diamond, scasec@sfu.ca.

The committee will begin reviewing applications on October 4, 2019. 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 people, 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 Indigenous candidates from the Americas.

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. For more information about our School and our university, please visit our website.

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Performance Creation

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Performance Creation, at the Assistant Professor level, for our Theatre Performance Area, starting July 1, 2020.

CONTEXT

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighbourhoods. A department within the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, SCA 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. Our context as an Art School within the top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada is a great strength: we pride ourselves on offering all of the advantages of an intimate, small art school--excellent student mentorship and faculty-student interaction, a knowable community, a sense of belonging and familiarity, and a shared sense of purpose- -and the advantages of a large university with the vibrancy and opportunities that come from an institution that spans dozens of academic programs.

FACULTY

In the SCA, 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 for research excellence in interdisciplinary art-making. All faculty are established working artists, artist-scholars, or scholars. In general, our artists are creators — choreographers, composers, filmmakers, lighting designers, visual artists — as well as performers, directors, and dramaturges.

THEATRE PERFORMANCE PROGRAM

The SCA Theatre BFA Performance program offers a rigorous, dynamic approach to contemporary theatre practice. We are respected nationally and internationally for our unique emphasis on devised theatre, physical practice, and collaborative ensemble techniques. Our studio cohort approach emphasizes thorough artist training in both individual work and in collaborative creation. Performance students take studio courses in acting, movement, voice, playmaking, directing, and dramaturgy; academic courses in theatre history, performance theory, and dramatic literature; and courses outside the discipline, including the School’s core courses, with a special emphasis on production and design. Many alumni of the Theatre Performance Program have gone on to launch independent theatre companies known nationally and internationally for innovative productions and ensemble approaches. The School’s work is strengthened through its relationship to various community partners, such as the acclaimed PuSh International Performing Arts Festival.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

We seek a Theatre Director with demonstrated expertise in contemporary performance practices in one or more of the following areas: devised theatre, non-traditional performance creation, Indigenous Performance, or intercultural performance. The successful candidate should have significant experience working collaboratively in performance creation. Preference will be given to applicants who embrace expanded notions of performance, such as: devised theatre, immersive or site-specific performance, land-based practices, post-internet creative strategies, post-dramatic theatre, transmedia storytelling, or design-led creation. Applicants must have a vibrant and continuing artistic practice that reflects the latest contemporary performance developments, along with a commitment to developing artistic collaborations in an interdisciplinary environment. We actively seek candidates who will complement and diversify the Theatre Performance Area’s cultural, pedagogical and artistic strengths.

RESPONSIBILITIES

The successful candidate will be required to teach within the Theatre Performance program, which encompasses progressive training in performance and devising practices; and includes live performance opportunities. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the advancement and growth of the Theatre Performance area, teach acting, devising and directing, assist in student recruitment, direct occasional Main Stage productions and mentor students in creative and academic endeavors. Additionally, the position will include committee responsibilities, supervision of graduate students, and occasional 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

Applicants should have a completed terminal degree (PhD or MFA) in a field or discipline of demonstrated relevance and a serious artistic practice. The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or the clear promise for excellence in creative research and post-secondary studio teaching. Prior activities demonstrating leadership, service, and commitment to diversity is strongly sought after.

APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS AND DEADLINE

All applications must include:

  • A letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Links to samples of creative work and reviews
  • A statement of teaching philosophy
  • 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 August 30th, 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 people, 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.

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. For more information about our School and our University, please visit our website.

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Critical Algorithm Studies

The School of Communication at Simon Fraser University invites applications from candidates 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; machine learning; socio-cultural informatics; social implications of data systems and infrastructures; algorithmic bias; content moderation; and/or platform studies. The successful candidate will foreground critical approaches, such as critical race studies; intersectional feminism; queer theory; trans studies; disability studies; post/colonial studies; Indigenous studies; science and technology studies; critical information studies; and/or socio-legal studies. We welcome candidates who use qualitative, quantitative, computational, digital methods, applied practices or a combination of approaches. 

Situated in the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology, the School of Communication's research and teaching is internationally recognized. Grounded in a critical tradition of the study of communication we are developing new and diverse research and teaching strengths to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of media and communication. For further details, see the School of Communications website.

The successful candidate will demonstrate potential for research funding and publication, for collaborative initiatives, and for working with students from diverse backgrounds. The candidate will be expected to teach and supervise students at all levels. Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or 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 should submit:

  • A cover letter with indication of citizenship and/or residency status
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Teaching dossier (examples of applied pedagogy are welcome)
  • One (1) sample of published work
  • Contact information for three 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 directly to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at cmnsdsec@sfu.ca, addressed to:
Dr. J. Marontate, Director
School of Communication

Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the successful candidate is expected to be July 1, 2020. 

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 - Media, Communication & Public Engagement

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 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 public opinion; advocacy; civic engagement; environmental and risk communication; global communication and social change; theories and philosophies of publics; visual communication; popular music; media storytelling; documentary and community media production and research. 

We welcome approaches that include but are not limited to intersectional feminisms, transcultural studies, decolonization and postcolonial studies, critical race, governance and policy, and indigenous studies. We are searching for candidates who address these or other issues using qualitative, quantitative, computational, digital methods as well as applied practices, 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. 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. This position will build on the School's history of critical engagement while developing new directions to reflect contemporary and emergent issues of media and communication. We seek an innovative colleague who will challenge traditional distinctions between critical analysis and applied 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. The 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. Candidates are expected to have a completed Ph.D. (or Ph.D. near completion) in Communication, Media Studies, or a cognate 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 should submit:

  • A cover letter with indication of citizenship and/or residency status
  • A curriculum vitae
  • Research statement
  • Teaching dossier (examples of applied pedagogy are welcome)
  • One (1) sample of published work
  • Contact information for three 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 directly to Brenda Baldwin, Director's Assistant, at cmnsdsec@sfu.ca, addressed to:
Dr. J. Marontate, Director
School of Communication

Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6 

Review of applications will begin on January 29, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. The start date for the successful candidate is expected to be July 1, 2020.

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 - Interactive Media

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 (kʷikʷəƛ ̓ əm), Qayqayt, Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓ əm), Tsawassen, and numerous Stó:lō Nations.

We welcome applicants for the tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Interactive Media with 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 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 is required, and preference will be given to a candidate with a research program in any of the following areas: research-creation; immersive art experience; artificial intelligence; game design; digital video; animation; interactive narrative; or, digital storytelling.

SIAT supports new ways of focusing on interactive digital media. 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 December 1, 2019 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 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 our website.