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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 Faculty Position in Theatre Production and Design—Assistant Professor of Contemporary Scenography

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Theatre Production and Design, at the Assistant Professor level, starting July 1, 2021.

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.

Position Title and Rank: Assistant Professor of Contemporary Scenography

We encourage applications from individuals who identify as members of communities underrepresented in professional theatre and/or academia.

We seek an artist with demonstrated significant experience in expanded scenography and/or live performance design with an emphasis on one or more of the following areas: sound design and composition, animation, extended realities, spatial practices, expanded cinema, puppetry, object performance, lighting design, and/or projection design. The ideal candidate has a vibrant and recognized artistic research practice that at once engages with contemporary aesthetic developments in the field of theatre design and thrives in an interdisciplinary environment. Additionally, they will have a demonstrated interest in design-led creation, and expanded definitions of performance and installation.

Position Minimum Requirements

  • Strongly demonstrated commitment to justice, anti-racism, equity, diversity and inclusion. Commitment to advancing safe, sustainable, and humane working practices within communities, and in personal art and teaching practices.
  • Ability to work effectively, flexibly, collaboratively, and ethically with diverse communities of artists, educators and students in the School for the Contemporary Arts, SFU, and local communities.
  • A vibrant and continuing artistic practice in scenography that reflects the latest material and aesthetic developments with an emphasis on one or more of the following areas: sound design and composition, animation, extended realities, expanded cinema, puppetry, object performance, spatial practices, lighting design, and/or projection design.
  • Capacity for excellence in teaching and mentorship across areas of research, context, process, and technique.
  • Established interest and capability in self-sufficient production, hands-on making, experiential practice, and full life-cycle creation. Expected involvement in practical hands-on technical craft and production processes, and ability to work with modest resources and labour constraints.
  • Demonstrated ability to combine creative practice with academic enquiry into critical contemporary issues. Ability to clearly articulate the theoretical and historical contexts of their area of artistic research.
  • Robust commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration.
  • MA, MFA, PhD in a field or discipline of relevance or significant professional equivalent experience.

Position Assets

  • Advanced skills in communication, critical thinking, and discourse.
  • Facility for observing and resolving conflicting values and positions.
  • Problem-solving skills across a variety of environments, relations, and media.
  • A history of building effective teams and motivating and collaborating effectively in a complex environment.
  • Investment in collaboratively building new curricula and contributing to the articulation of the future of the program.
  • Interest in contributing to and/or leading initiatives that serve the mandate of the SCA and the University within the local and international communities.
  • Competency with current software communication tools relevant to the field of expertise (e.g., Vectorworks and other CAD Programs, DAWs, Adobe Suite, Lighting Pre-visualizers, Touchdesigner and other Video Media Servers, Game Engines, Computer programming).
  • Facility with sensory observation and cultivation techniques, (e.g., drawing, active listening, tactile sculpture, etc.).
  • A history of commitment to sustainable production practices and environmental focus.
  • The candidate would bring an anti-racist and decolonial framework to design and actively challenge Western design training conventions and hierarchies of knowledge.

Position Responsibilities

  • Teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students within and across programs at the SCA. The normal teaching load for a research faculty member is four courses (or their equivalent) annually.
  • Hands-on supervision of student production roles and creative projects at the SCA outside of class time.
  • Maintaining and developing robust artistic and research practices.
  • Under SFU policy, research responsibilities require faculty to maintain a program of research, scholarship, or artistic creativity through which they should aspire to a national or international reputation as scholars.
  • Contribute to the advancement and growth of the Production and Design area, assist in student recruitment, and academically mentor students.
  • The School is committed to an open, collegial, and inclusive style of governance. The position will contribute to this shared governance and advancement of the SCA mission through service and committee participation. Under SFU policy, service also refers to “the annual contributions that faculty make to university governance, to their profession, to the development of their discipline nationally, internationally or locally, and to the furthering of good relations between the University and the local community.”

Context of the Program

The Theatre Production and Design program has a significant emphasis on hands-on learning and contributes to the interdisciplinarity of the school through collaboration with all areas (Theatre Performance, Dance, Film, Music and Sound, Visual Art, Art Performance and Cinema Studies). Our alumni are adaptable and adventurous, often creating companies or collectives with collaborators they encounter in the program. The students have the ability to explore different disciplines and focus on their interests as they develop.

We are looking for a dynamic and visionary colleague who will join us in developing a contemporary curriculum for live performance and installation design / contemporary scenography. We seek to increase focus on consensual creative process and design across the embodied, ephemeral and spatial paradigms, engaging the full sensory imagination. We hope to inspire and empower our students to pursue their own artistic practice, creation, and collaborations beyond that of traditional hierarchical frameworks. The program will be responsive to the research of its practicing artist-instructors, maintaining a porousness to the contemporary arts ecology of the School for the Contemporary Arts and the changing political present. We seek to disrupt systems of oppression within academia and the arts and aim to develop a curriculum that promotes relational and sustainable approaches to making.

About the School for the Contemporary Arts

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods and is one of five separate departments within the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology. The SCA offers a unique curriculum with classes in Dance, Film, Music/Sound, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production and Design, Visual Art and Art, Performance and Cinema Studies that integrates the practical, historical and theoretical studies 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 universities in Canada is a great strength. We pride ourselves in offering 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. We also have the advantages of a large university, with the vibrancy and opportunities that come from an institution with dozens of academic programs. 

Application Instructions

Candidates are asked to submit:

  • a cover letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background, with indication of citizenship and/or residency status
  • a current full curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching and mentorship philosophy
  • links to samples of creative works
  • 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 April 12, 2021 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.

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 workforce, 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 the Collection Notice.

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

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Film

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a filmmaker or filmmaker/scholar at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021.

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 and inclusive community.

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is situated in downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighborhood. A unit within the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, SCA offers a unique curriculum in which studio classes are integrated with the historical and theoretical study of the arts. The SCA currently offers a BA in Art, Performance, and Cinema Studies and BFAs in Dance, Film, Music/Sound, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production & Design, and Visual Art, as well as an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and an MA in Contemporary 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. 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.

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 working artists, artist-scholars, and scholars: choreographers, composers, filmmakers, production designers, visual artists, performers, directors, dramaturges, historians, and theorists. The Film program exists within this collaborative and interdisciplinary ecosystem.

The BFA in Film is a four-year, student-centered, cohort-based production program with a strong emphasis on 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 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 diverse student body is exposed to the breadth of film styles and modes, and works intensively every year to produce a number of films. Students are challenged in production and lecture courses to be versatile and articulate, to interact with new and old 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 at large. We believe in an multiskilled approach to filmmaking and, to this end, offer a well-rounded education in film that prepares students to be successful independent film artists while also allowing them to specialize in areas of their particular interest. Our students go on to become directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, screenwriters, as well as curators, programmers, and artists working in a variety of media and forms.

We seek a collaborative colleague working in non-fiction, narrative, experimental, animation, expanded and/or hybrid cinema with a substantial record of creative distinction or promise of exceptional creative output in an international context. We especially encourage applications from film artists interested in collaborating in the development of pedagogies appropriate to the plurality of cinema arts that exist today as we work to transform our curriculum in the coming years.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong knowledge of world cinema and film history, and is expected to supervise and advise students on projects at all levels of our program and in a variety of forms and styles. Film faculty teach comprehensive introductory and advanced film production courses with an in-depth understanding of the entire creative workflow from concept to exhibition. As our film production curriculum is grounded in project-based instruction, candidates should demonstrate experience in a broad range of technical and creative skills. These include screenwriting, production planning, directing, editing, cinematography, and sound design as well as a solid grasp of current digital production workflows. We particularly value innovative and experimental approaches to creative practice as well as pedagogy.

Faculty at the School are expected to maintain a professional art 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. As our film program is situated within an interdisciplinary fine arts department, an interest in collaborating with fellow faculty in theatre, visual art, music/sound, dance, and art studies is an asset. In addition to teaching in the undergraduate BFA, the successful candidate will supervise students in our MFA program who are working in a variety of forms of moving image art. The ability to teach occasional courses in cinema and media studies is also an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded creative practice or research. We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit this mold and challenge traditional notions of scholarship and research.

Requirements for the position include: an MA, MFA, or Ph.D. in a field or discipline of demonstrated relevance or equivalent experience; a record of analog and/or digital film production with a significant record of exhibition; and a vibrant and continuing artistic practice. Experience teaching at the college or university level is an asset.

How to Apply

The application must contain the following:

  • a letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background, with indication of citizenship(s) and/or Canadian residency status
  • 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 February 15, 2021 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 the Collection Notice.

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

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in 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 1, 2021.

Position Title and Rank: Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance Forms within AfroDiasporic, Indigenous or Asian Contexts.

We invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Contemporary Dance with an established artistic practice and expertise based within AfroDiasporic, Indigenous or Asian dance forms. These can include but are not limited to Hip Hop, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Brazilian, Coast Salish, Métis, Inuit, Asian and South-East Asian techniques. Our preference will be for someone with a deep understanding of the movement forms that emerge from these cultures, the languages, traditions and practices that support them, and an ability to rearticulate these within a contemporary interdisciplinary context. A demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and a background in establishing and maintaining trusting relationships with these communities, their organizations and institutions nationally and internationally is required. An interest in new technologies in teaching and research will be a bonus.

Responsibilities

With the shifting dynamic of the Dance Area within the SCA, we are looking for a versatile individual, someone who is able to integrate theory and practice in both their teaching and research, to 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. Lecture courses could include the historical and socio-cultural contexts of the above-mentioned dance forms and some of the decolonizing principles associated with them. All faculty in the Dance Area share responsibilities in staging the Main Stage 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

Applicants should have a graduate degree (MFA or PhD) 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 indication of citizenship and/or residency status
  • an up to-date, full curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching and mentorship philosophy
  • links to samples of creative work and reviews
  • 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 February 1, 2021 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

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods and is one of five separate departments within the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology. The SCA offers a unique curriculum with studio classes in Dance, Film, Music/Sound, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production and Design, Visual Art and Art, Performance and Cinema Studies that integrates the practical, 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 universities in Canada is a great strength. We pride ourselves in offering 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. We also have the advantages of a large university, with the vibrancy and opportunities that come from an institution with dozens of academic programs. We acknowledge the Squamish (Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam ̱ (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Waututh (səlil �w̓ətaʔɬ), Katzie, and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓ əm) 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.

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. 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

SCA faculty are extremely diverse as far as culture, race, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation and ableness are concerned. We value interdisciplinary art-making that is grounded in disciplinary training, an integration of creative and scholarly education, and care deeply about where our students come from as well as well as where they plan to go after their training. We therefore maintain a significant presence in the local, national and international arts communities. Whether as choreographers, scholars, composers, filmmakers, production and design technologists, 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 Forms within Afro-Diasporic, Indigenous or Asian Contexts 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 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.

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: www.sfu.ca/sca

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.

Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) - Technological Change for Inclusion | Date posted: March 9, 2021

The School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SlAT) is a vibrant, multidisciplinary and internationally recognized school connecting Interactive Computing, Media, Design, People, and Science. SlAT's teaching and research draw upon fields ranging from design and interactive technology to cognitive science and media arts. SlAT offers degrees at bachelor' s, master's and doctoral levels. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduates and 110 PhD and Masters graduate students. SlAT's infrastructure includes state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus in the greater Vancouver area.

Simon Fraser University (SFU), located on unceded Coast Salish Territory - the traditional territories of the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Waututh, Katzie, and Kwikwetlem peoples, is actively building a diverse, inclusive community and invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Technological Change for Inclusion at the School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT) with an effective start date of May 1, 2022. This CRC appointment opportunity is intended for emerging scholars in Interactive Arts and Technology, at the rank of assistant or associate professor (or those who possess the necessary qualifications to be appointed to these levels).

Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging scholars (i.e., the candidate must have been an active researcher in their field for fewer than 10 years at the time of nomination). Applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, clinical training, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 CRC assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process; please see the CRC website for eligibility details.

The successful applicant will be a scholar who will significantly enhance our research focus to enable the political, cultural, and social mobilization of information technologies and practices to reduce and redress harms, build networks of resilience among groups who experience marginalization, and/or otherwise examine how information and technology create opportunities that engender greater justice, equality, equity, and wellbeing.

The Assistant/Associate Professor will be expected to either work on technological change for inclusion or on the intersection of their research domain with markers of identity including but not limited to race, ethnicity, age, gender, sex, sexuality, ability, or other categories of difference that can and have been used to exclude, marginalize, privilege, or harm individuals  or groups of people.

Examples include but are not limited to racially-biased training data or algorithms, misleading digital representations and data visualizations, critical making practices, inaccessible user interfaces, dark design patterns, intersectional technology studies, exclusionary data schemas, selective  data collection practices, unobtainable technologies for learning, inadequate Internet access in racialized, Indigenous, and rural communities, inscrutable face and image classifiers, or deep fakes.

We welcome applicants who engage in active collaboration among SIAT, SFU faculty, and other communities. Candidates are expected to make significant contributions to research, teaching, graduate student supervision and knowledge mobilization to diverse audiences. These could include the scholarly community, the general public, and other stakeholders as appropriate, including any of industry, governmental, non-governmental and not-for-profit organizations, hospitals and health authorities, advocacy groups, and creative communities.

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 CRC Secretariat. The 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:

  • an up-to-date, full curriculum vitae (include details of research and teaching, scholarly record, funding, and list of collaborations/partnerships);
  • two examples of refereed published scholarly work;
  • the proposed program of research (include 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 single spaced);
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness or potential; 
  • statement outlining your commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and
  • the names and email addresses of 4-5 referees (ranked in order of preference). 

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 in their application how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and nontraditional areas of research and/or research outputs; demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in the previous institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset. All applications should be submitted to:

Dr. Chris Shaw, Professor and Acting Director
School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC CANADA V3T OA3
Email: siat_dir@sfu.ca
CC: dseciat@sfu.ca

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. SFU 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, 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, ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University, and treat all employees equitably. Candidates who belong to equity-deserving 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 Specialist, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

The competition will remain open until the position is filled. Screening of applications will commence on April 30, 2021. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Dr. Chris Shaw (he/him), Professor and Acting Director of SIAT siat_dir@sfu.ca.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html.

Assistant Professor (Tenure-track) in Design

The School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SlAT) is a vibrant, multidisciplinary and internationally recognized school connecting design, computing and media. SlAT's teaching and research draw upon fields ranging from design and interactive technology to cognitive science and media arts. SlAT offers degrees at bachelor's, master's and doctoral levels. The School currently enrolls about 800 undergraduates and 110 PhD and Masters graduate students. SlAT's infrastructure includes state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities at Simon Fraser University's Surrey campus.

We are seeking applicants for a tenure-track Design faculty position at SIAT. Applicants should have a research and teaching focus in Human-Computer Interaction, Visual Communication, Information Design, User Experience, or that encompasses both theory and practice. Successful candidates will have an established design practice. The successful applicant will contribute to and expand one or more of these areas: user interface/user experience design, interaction design, computational design, embodied interaction, wearable computing, e-health, games design, immersive environments, mobile and ubiquitous computing or other emerging areas of design.

Applicants should have a PhD and are expected to develop research programmes that attract external funding. SlAT expects that applicants will also successfully collaborate with other faculty in our highly interdisciplinary environment. 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. SlAT works as a unit of the Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT), which additionally includes the School of Communication, the School of Contemporary Arts, the Master of Publishing Program and the Master's in Digital Media Program (MDM).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified men and women, including Aboriginal peoples, visible minorities, and persons with disabilities. The successful applicant will begin work on September 1, 2021. Screening of applicants will commence on February 16, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. All appointments are subject to the availability of funding and the Board of Governors' final approval.

Applicants should seek additional information about the School at http://www.siat.sfu.ca/ to better understand the character of SIAT and their possible contributions to it. To apply, candidates should send a recent curriculum vitae, a concise description of their research area and program, a description of their teaching philosophy and experience, three exemplar research articles and the complete names, addresses (including email), institutional affiliation and telephone numbers of three academic referees to:
Dr. Chris Shaw
Director (Acting) School of Interactive Arts & Technology
Simon Fraser University
250-13450 102nd Avenue
Surrey, BC CANADA V3T OA3
Email: siat_dir@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.