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[JOB] Assistant Professor Digital/Interactive Media Production at York University (Toronto)

Toronto is bursting with academic gigs these days – a new position at York University:
Position Information
Position Rank: Full Time Tenure Stream – Assistant Professor
Discipline/Field: Digital/Interactive Media Production
Home Faculty: Fine Arts
Home Department/Area/Division: Fine Arts Cultural Studies
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2011
The Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time tenure track position in Digital/Interactive Media Production at the Assistant Professor level to commence July 1, 2011. All positions at York University are subject to budgetary approval.
This position calls for research excellence that complements and builds on existing strengths in Fine Arts in interactive sound and image content for a range of media, predominantly screen-based. The position will attract a strong junior researcher whose creative practice and theoretical interests address embodied interaction, that is, the physical movement of individuals and groups in relation with interactive media (sculptural, screen-based, installation format, etc.). The candidate must demonstrate specific strength in at least two of the following areas: platform-adaptable content, which can include 3D content and mobile computing; tangible/physical computing; interactive or responsive image and sound environments; visualization. The position also complements strengths in human computer interface (HCI) research and novel interface development in the Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Science and Engineering. The position meets immediate teaching needs for courses at the core of the Digital Media BA program that is jointly offered by three York Faculties (Fine Arts, Science and Engineering, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies;
The profile of the successful candidate will incorporate interdisciplinary approaches to art and science with a capacity to teach studio-based courses, with parallel theoretical strength, in the Digital Media BA Program, as well as ability to contribute to development of pan-Faculty digital arts curriculum in the Faculty of Fine Arts. The determination of the successful candidate’s home department within Fine Arts will depend upon the candidate’s core scholarly/creative strengths.
This appointment will build on Fine Arts research and programming initiatives already established in collaboration with the Faculties of Science & Engineering, Liberal Arts and Professional Studies, Education and Osgoode Hall Law School. It will contribute to the development of a cluster of research activity in Digital Media across the university, thereby supporting York’s leadership role in defining and advancing this important field ( The addition of the successful candidate’s research strengths to the Digital Media group at York will bolster the ability to pursue major research grants and collaborative projects with academic and industry partners.
Requirements: MFA in digital media or equivalent subject area; PhD in digital media or equivalent subject area preferred; three years of post-secondary teaching; practicing professional artist with an active exhibition record; high competency in programming; strong commitment to graduate supervision and administrative responsibilities, including departmental, faculty and university committees. Candidates will show excellence or promise of excellence in teaching and in scholarly/creative research. The individual must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Salary: Commensurate with qualifications.
York University is an Affirmative Action Employer. The Affirmative Action Program can be found on York’s website at or a copy can be obtained by calling the affirmative action office at 416-736-5713. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and Permanent Residents will be given priority.
A letter of application with current, detailed curriculum vitae, appropriate documentation of current work (DVD, website, digital photography, etc.), statements of creative research interests and teaching philosophy, one or two recent publications/catalogues, the names, emails and addresses of three referees, course outlines and teaching evaluations should be sent to:
Michael Longford, Associate Dean Research
Faculty of Fine Arts, Room 201U, GCFA
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3
Fax: 416 736-5136, E-mail:
Deadline for receipt of completed applications is October 31, 2010.