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Assistant Professor, Media Arts

Media Arts (Applied Interactive Media/Digital Art), School of Creative Arts


Posting number 2019.262
Job type Faculty
Contract Faculty (tenure track); 100% full-time; Permanent
Start date August 1, 2020
Review date December 20, 2019

Job summary

The School of Creative Arts is seeking an interdisciplinary scholar to teach in the Media Arts program at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The candidate will teach core courses in the Bachelor of Media Arts Program, at all levels of the program, including introduction to media arts, professional practices and portfolio development for media arts students, and capstone courses. The ability to teach courses in creativity, design thinking, project management, and branding and marketing are all assets. They will be an energetic, dynamic, skilled instructor with the ability to incorporate active and experiential learning and address the academic needs of students with diverse professional goals and educational backgrounds. The ideal candidate will design, revise, and teach core classes to meet the needs of students in all five program concentrations. The ability to develop and teach broadly across School of Creative Arts programs and to teach in highly interdisciplinary and innovative contexts is an asset, as is the ability to integrate practice and theory within courses at all levels of the Media Arts program.

The successful candidate will also be able to develop new curriculum and teach in their own areas of expertise. The School is particularly interested in candidates who can make contributions to the Media Arts program’s Applied Interactive Media or Digital Art concentrations, and with the ability to teach courses in one or more of the following areas: motion graphics, visual effects, animation, game design, applications of virtual reality, digital video production, integrated learning design, and concept art.

The School values teaching excellence and seeks to provide an outstanding student experience. We are seeking a faculty member who can: recognize and respond to complex student needs, especially those of international students; demonstrate a commitment to Indigenization and decolonization; teach students not only how to use technologies but also about the ethics concerning their use; integrate theory and practice and encourage students to become critical thinkers about digital media technologies through this integration; mentor students with wide range of career goals and help them identify what they need to do to reach their goals

The successful candidate will be expected to develop and promote experiential learning opportunities that enhance students’ ability to gain meaningful employment; this may include developing industry partnerships leading to co-op or internships, curating strong connections with industry partners, organizing opportunities to showcase students’ work to industry partners, leading field trips, bringing in guest speakers. They should be personable, organized, and a strong liaison between the School and industry and artistic partners. The ability to attract research or industry funding to support knowledge development, whether through infrastructure, research grants, capital purchase funding, is also an asset.

The successful candidate will contribute to a vibrant interdisciplinary arts community in the School of Creative Arts. The position requires outstanding conflict resolution and communication skills, project management skills, self-motivation and the ability to take initiative, and the ability to get others excited and involved in projects and events. The successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in service within the School, and the University.

The successful candidate is expected to develop a program of scholarly activity appropriate to a teaching-mandated university, including involving students in research activities, and disseminating knowledge in ways that enhance the communities at UFV and in the Fraser Valley. Evidence of scholarly activity, such as invited presentations at conferences and publication in appropriate, peer-reviewed journals, is an asset.


A Master’s degree in a relevant field is required, with a PhD, or evidence of plans to complete a PhD preferred. The successful candidate will have substantial experience (five years) in a leadership role in one or more areas of media arts; the ability to develop a scholarly research program addressing critical perspectives on media arts and/or digital media technology, preferably one with a strong applied component; and evidence of expertise in pedagogy, curriculum development, or the scholarship of teaching and learning, with an emphasis on the role of digital media technologies in learning.

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a teaching dossier (maximum 25 pages); a creative portfolio (maximum 25 pages or 10 items) or writing sample; and recent student evaluations. Three letters of reference should be submitted separately and directly to UFV HR. The application should refer to Posting #2019.262 and be sent to:

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