Assistant Professor in Communication Design
Competition #F006‐2021

Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for a full‐time tenure track Assistant Professor position in Communication Design within the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media (DDM). Situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and ̱ səlilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil‐Waututh) territories in Vancouver, Canada, Emily Carr University is a world‐renowned learning and research community dedicated to the education of artists and designers.

From our 2019 Indigenous faculty member cluster hire to our commitment to Indigeneity and diversification as seen in our 2017 ‐ 2021 Strategic Plan, Emily Carr University continues to be focused on building a workplace environment reflective of the student community that it serves. To that endand with special permission granted by BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, this opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self‐identify as Indigenous or racialized. To ensure the University further encourages Indigenous and racialized persons to apply, and generates interest from historically disadvantaged and marginalized groups, Emily Carr University is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search. Individuals from BIPOC communities seeking more information and support during the application process can email Candice Frederick at cfrederick@bipocsearch.com.

The BDes in Communication Design, situated in the Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media (DDM), focuses on developing critically engaged and contextually aware design work. Communication Design practices are multi‐layered and interwoven to create complex ways and means of communicating; they can include: modes of communication and discourse, production and material practices, and critical and political practices. Design at Emily Carr University has evolved as a practice that responds to and engages the world around us, focusing on creating compelling messaging, narratives and experiences grounded in the ecological, political and socio‐technical contexts of contemporary societies. All majors in the DDM Faculty share values and goals in areas of collaboration, sustainability, interdisciplinarity, critical engagement with technology, new research methods, new approaches to design and the making of imaginative and provocative work.

Candidates should be able to teach students at multiple levels, from Foundation to Masters of Design programs, and will be expected to contribute to developing curriculum in an institution that is committed to the interrelation of theory and
practice. The successful candidates will join a dynamic team of cross‐disciplinary Design faculty from across the Communication Design, Industrial Design and Interaction Design majors. Candidates should be equally fluent in current
design discourse and studio practices and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Faculty are expected to participate in portfolio reviews, upper‐level design critiques, provide undergraduate and graduate student supervision, serve on administrative committees, engage in research, and to be an active member of the Emily Carr community.

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications and/or related experience:
  • terminal degree or the equivalent combination of education and professional experience;
  • experience in post‐secondary teaching in a collaborative teaching environment;
  • a strong portfolio of exceptional communication design work;
  • ability to work at the intersection between design research, practice, and theory;
  • intercultural competence: the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of various cultures.

Areas of focus may include:
  • communication Design with non‐traditional media;
  • participatory/co‐design and collaborative approaches to practice/research;
  • service design, interactive/digital media and spatial practices within the context of Communication Design;
  • design for healthcare and/or public sectors;
  • design for social and ecological justice, inclusive design, decolonial approaches to Communication Design practice.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our teaching and learning community merges studio practice, research creation, and critical scholarship in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award‐winning creators and thought leaders who have significant impact in 21st‐century cultural production and cultural sustainability. We engage students, industry, and society to iterate and explore, and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Located in beautiful and culturally diverse Vancouver, British Columbia, Emily Carr attracts more than 1800 students from 60 countries to our undergraduate and graduate programs. The Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media is one of four university faculties (alongside Audain
Faculty of Art, Faculty of Culture + Community, and Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies) which, together with the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Library + Learning Commons, Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, Libby Leshgold Gallery, READ Books, and the research centres and workshops in our new state‐of‐the‐art, custom‐built campus, offer vibrant conditions for the development of practice‐based and practice‐led research and education.

Applications should address the candidate’s expertise in the areas of teaching, research, and professional practice; and
  • a cover letter demonstrating the candidate’s interests in relation to teaching, their research/professional practice, and service/participation in institutional governance;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of teaching philosophy;
  • a statement of research;
  • a statement on the candidate’s contributions to diversity, regardless of personal characteristics, describing any professional skills, community experience, or willingness to engage in activities that advance institutional diversity and equity in teaching, research, and service;
  • any relevant supporting materials (e.g. PDFs of publications, an online portfolio of recent work, evidence of teaching effectiveness —samples of syllabi, assignments, course evaluations, etc.);
  • the names and contact information of three referees.

Submissions are welcome at: https://ecuad.peopleadmin.ca
The review of applications will begin on March 31, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate commencement in August 2021. Salary and rank will be commensurate with professional status and teaching experience.

Our Equity Statement
We acknowledge the potential impact that career interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, leave due to illness, etc.) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. Applicants are encouraged to identify in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of practice and research achievement; this will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

Emily Carr University is committed to creating an inclusive, accessible and barrier free workplace. We want to ensure that all participants are able to engage fully in interviews and other activities that are part of the hiring process. If you have
any accommodation requests please contact Human Resources (hr@ecuad.ca). All requests for accommodation will be treated confidentially.

All qualified candidates who identify as Indigenous or as a member of a racialized group are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short‐listed will be contacted.