Assistant/Associate Professor in Interaction Design
Competition #F008‐2021

Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for a full‐time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Interaction 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 end and 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 racializedpersons 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 Interaction Design, situated in the Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media (DDM), focuses on design that facilitates experiences between people and environments through emerging technologies. The program places particular emphasis on open source and shared value economies, digital citizenship, and the materiality of interactions, focusing on ethical design practices addressing cultural and socio/political issues in relation to emerging technology. Interaction Design plays an active and strategic role in shaping a sustainable future. 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 and 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 possess the ability to teach students at multiple levels, from Foundation to Graduate Studies, and will be expected to contribute to the development of new 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;
  • professional experience in Interaction Design;
  • experience in post‐secondary teaching in a collaborative teaching environment;
  • strong portfolio with exceptional interaction design work, demonstrating UX design experience leading iterative human‐centered and/or more‐than‐human centered research activities;
  • a critical and practical engagement with and/or interest in open source software frameworks and web technologies;
  • experience with a wide range of prototyping techniques;
  • intercultural competence: the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of various cultures is expected.

Areas of focus may include:
  • service design (including digital service design)—e.g. for wellness, healthcare, communities, NGOs, and governments;
  • design for social justice, digital citizenship and digital literacy;
  • interaction design for big and small data, and agentive technologies;
  • user experience design.

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 include:
  •  a cover letter demonstrating the candidate’s interests in relation to teaching in the Interaction Design program, 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.