Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology

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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.

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