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Posting number 2017.164
Position Instructor, Graphic & Digital Design
Department Graphic & Digital Design, College of Arts
Contract type Faculty; Temporary (Limited Term)
Contract timeline One year term
Start date January 1, 2018
End date December 31, 2018
Review date October 23, 2017

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching excellence, community relevance, and Indigenization. With over 100 programs, from graduate and undergraduate arts, science, and professional degrees, to trades and technical education, university preparation, and continuing education UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students.

Posting details

About the Department

UFV offers a two-year Graphic + Digital Design diploma and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Extended Minor in Graphic Design. The diploma introduces the creative industry and the fields of visual identity, graphic/communication design, dynamic media, and interactive design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts Extended Minor pairs Graphic Design with Art History, Creative Writing, Media & Communications Studies, or Theatre. With a focus on problem solving, graphic design students are immersed in real world projects, issues and contexts.

The department is currently developing a proposal for a Major in Graphic and Digital Design in the BFA, building on the two-year diploma. The Major will focus on designed experiences and cross-disciplinary design contexts where students may develop as disciplined generalists working across the entire scope of graphic design; or, pursue a passion within a specific context, field, and/or media format. Both directions emphasize discovery, adaptability, and resilience.

Posting Details

The Graphic and Digital Design Department invites applicants for a one-year limited term faculty appointment to begin January 1, 2018 and end December 31, 2018, to teach 7 courses from the following list of courses. Course outlines can be accessed here:

Core skill development

GD 154           Typography     

GD 157           Digital Design Media I

GD 159           Digital Design Media II

GD 281           Applied Photography and Video

History and Communications

GD102            History of Graphic Design

Communication Design: Publishing, promotion, and information design; emphasis on problem solving and human-centered solutions in print and digital media

GD 101           Fundamentals of Design           

GD 260           Graphic and Digital Design I

GD 317           Graphic and Digital Design II

Visual Identity: The field of branding including logo design, packaging design, and sustainability principles

GD 374           Brand Identity

GD 375           Packaging

Dynamic Media: Image based motion graphics, video, kinetic typography, and character design for design projects and storytelling

GD 203           Dynamic Media I: Motion Graphics

GD 216           Drawing and Illustration II          

GD 303           Dynamic Media II: Storytelling

Interactive Design: Design for digital screens including websites, tablets, and mobile devices; includes interface design, development, UX, and content management

GD 202           Interactive Design I       

GD 204           Interactive Design II

GD 358           Interactive Design for Portfolio

Professional Development and Further Study

GD 361           Portfolio Development for Graphic and Digital Design

GD 369           Professional Practices I

MEDA222       Design Ethos for the Creative Practitioner

MEDA469       Design Thinking for Creative Leadership

GD498/GD499 Directed Studies 

Service responsibilities may include department meetings, student mentoring for digital portfolio development, project management for departmental and student led initiatives (grad show and fundraising), industry liaison and consultation, and admissions related support.


The successful applicant must be active in professional design practice with expertise in at least two fields (communication design, brand identity, interactive design, and/or dynamic media). Special consideration will be given to candidates who possess a strong current practice portfolio; established industry networks; professional association membership and service (RGD, GDC, IXDA, SEGD, and/or AIGA); exceptional teaching ability; proficiency in Adobe CC and a variety of media platforms (screen, print, social, environmental, experiential, video); applied knowledge and expertise in design thinking, art direction, industry best practices, and graphic design theory; skills in academic leadership and administration; and, excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills.

Educational requirements include a Masters’ degree and experience in teaching at the post-secondary levels, professional certification (RGD and/or GDC), and professional graphic and digital design experience spanning 5 years or more. A combination of professional, educational, and instructional equivalencies may be considered.

Duties of Limited Term faculty fall within Article 18.2 (Teaching Faculty Duties) of the Collective Agreement, specifically the Teaching and Service components.

How to apply

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on October 23, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Candidates should submit pdfs and links of the following materials:

  1. a letter of application
  2. a statement of teaching philosophy
  3. a detailed curriculum vitae including three references
  4. current teaching evaluations and sample syllabi
  5. three case studies of your current professional practice (URLs)

 Two letters of reference will be required at the time of interview.  Please refer to Posting #2017.164 in your application and submit to:


Email application to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Phone: (604) 854-4554
Fax: (604) 854-1538

Find out how to prepare your application

Please note:

  • We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In order to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.
  • Shortlisted applicants for staff positions will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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