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Assistant/Associate Professor in Interaction Design

Emily Carr University of Art & Design


Thursday, March 5, 2020


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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. Situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (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.

The Interaction Design major 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, the materiality of interactions, and class, race, and gender issues in design for emerging technology. Interaction Design plays an active and strategic role in shaping a sustainable future. It is one of three design majors in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media (DDM). The majors in the DDM Faculty share values and goals in areas of collaboration, sustainability, interdisciplinarity, technological engagement, new research methods, new approaches to design and to imaginative and provocative work.

Candidates should possess the ability 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 candidate will join a dynamic team of cross-disciplinary design faculty comprising industrial design, interaction design, and communication design. Candidates should be equally fluent in design discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Additionally, faculty are expected to participate in portfolio reviews, upper-level design critiques, provide undergraduate and graduate student supervision, serve on administrative committees, and to be an active and engaged member of the Emily Carr community.

The ideal candidate will have:
• Master’s in Design (or terminal degree in related discipline);
• strong evidence of exceptional work within interaction design;
• a minimum of three years of professional experience alongside post-secondary teaching, design practice and research;
• intercultural competence; the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of various cultures is expected.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in at least one of the following areas:
• Interaction design for big data and complex information architectures, including agentive technologies;
• Gameful design principles; interaction design for 2D and 3D Augmented/Mixed Reality environments;
• Service design for digital governments, healthcare and public sector service design.

• must work effectively in interdisciplinary design teams on curriculum focusing on ethical design practices addressing cultural, socio/political, and sustainability issues.
• should have documented UX design experience leading iterative human-centered and post-human centered research activities and understand the role of iterative prototyping and collaboration at different scales.
• should demonstrate fluency in hybrid prototyping methods including programming, scripting, coding, screen-based as well as 3D prototyping materials.
• a commitment toward operating system agnosticism and open source tools is required;
• basic proficiency with spatial computing and 3D modelling tools, mobile app prototyping tools, HTML, CSS, JS, Arduino, Rpi, Tableau, Processing and D3, among others preferred.

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 explore continuously 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, Ron Burnett 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 and robust 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.
Applications should include:
• a cover letter;
• a current curriculum vitae;
• a statement of pedagogy and up to 3 samples of syllabi, assignments, and evidence of teaching effectiveness;
• a statement of research;
• a personal 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;
• a portfolio of recent work and any other relevant supporting materials (e.g. publications); and
• the names and contact information of three referees.

Electronic submissions are welcome at
The review of applications will begin on March 5, 2020 and will continue until the position has been filled.
Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate commencement in August 2020. Salary and rank will be commensurate with professional status and teaching experience.

Emily Carr University especially invites those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

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 ( All requests for accommodation will be treated confidentially.

All qualified people 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.