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Founded in 1925, Emily Carr University of Art + Design is a centre for innovation in art and design research and education, and is one of four Canadian institutions dedicated to the education of artists, designers, and media practitioners. Over the past decade, Emily Carr has grown its undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and has developed research facilities and programs across a broad range of fields, including Social and Environmental Sustainability, Stereoscopic/3-D Film, Digital and Social Media, Wearable Computing, Health Design, and Materials and Fabrication Research. This spring, the University announced plans for the construction of a new campus on the Great Northern Way site in Vancouver. The new Emily Carr campus (, set to be completed in 2016, will further support our vision of a multidisciplinary research and teaching environment where students, faculty, community members and industry partners work within a project-based curriculum that addresses the changing landscape of education and of the cultural and creative industries.


In this context, Emily Carr University is inviting applications for three Canada Research Chairs (Tier 2) in the following areas of expertise:

1. Aboriginal Studies/Social and Cultural Practice: The values of citizenship and community are central to our teaching and research practice at Emily Carr. We believe in the importance of promoting critical cultural awareness, engagement with our wider communities, social and environmental sustainability, and social justice as core elements of our teaching and research practice. We are particularly interested in how valuing and respecting Indigenous perspectives and methodologies can translate into innovative pedagogy across our curriculum and programs. The ideal candidate for this position will hold a PhD in aboriginal studies or a related field within art, media and/or design. They will value a generalized, transdisciplinary approach to indigenous studies and pedagogy, and will be equally fluent in academic discourse and studio practice and in balancing conceptual, aesthetic and research demands. Candidates should have a proven and established research practice, and should remain open to engaging with a range of new and existing community and industry-partnered projects. Preference will be given to qualified applicants of Aboriginal ancestry.

2. Digital Media/Moving Image: Dynamic Media at Emily Carr includes programs in Interactive + Social Media, Animation, and Film, Video + Integrated Media, and active research initiatives in a wide range of interdisciplinary media fields, including robotics, mobile apps, social media platforms, interactive sound and video, interactive wearables, and documentary and 3-D stereoscopic film. All of these programs and initiatives are engaged in exploring the social, economic, political, and cultural context of emerging media. The ideal candidate for this position will hold a PhD in a media related field with core interests in speculative design, culture, and emerging media forms. The candidate should have a hands-on, critical engagement with technology and culture across a range of fields that may include but aren’t limited to film, data visualization, animation, interactive and performance art, social media, or public art, and interests in participatory practice in its many forms. Candidates should have a proven and established research practice, and should remain open to engaging with a range of new and existing community and industry-partnered projects.

3. Transdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Design Research: Design at Emily Carr includes programs in Interaction Design, Industrial Design, and Communication Design. These programs have shared values and goals in areas of collaboration, sustainability, interdisciplinarity, technological engagement, the development of new research methods and approaches to design, and the creation of imaginative and provocative work within – and with attention to – a broader cultural context. The ideal candidate for this position will hold a PhD in a design or design-related field, and will value a generalized, transdisciplinary approach to design with a broad understanding of human-centered, participatory design methodologies. Candidates should be comfortable researching and conceptualizing in all three program areas in Design, and they should be equally fluent in design discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Candidates should have a proven and established research practice, and should remain open to engaging with a range of new and existing industry partnered projects, including health design, social and interactive media, and community-based design for social change.

Successful candidates for these positions will be exceptional emerging scholars with demonstrated potential for becoming national and world leaders in their area(s) of research. Candidates should have a strong interest in working in a multi-disciplinary art and design environment, experience with industry/community-engaged research practice, and demonstrated excellence in teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates should hold a PhD in their area of expertise, and should have obtained their degree in the last 10 years.

Applicants should send a curriculum vitae, a cover letter expressing your interest in the position and providing a brief overview of your (3-5 year) research plan, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and the names and contact information of three references to:

Please send applications (quoting the specific CRC Competition)

Human Resources Department
Emily Carr University of Art + Design
1399 Johnston Street
Vancouver BC V6H 3R9

Phone (604) 844-3824
Fax (604) 844-3885

Appointment is subject to approval by the Canada Research Chair program. Consideration of candidates will begin on April 29 2013 and continue until the positions are filled.

As equal opportunity employer, we encourage applications from women, individuals of Aboriginal ancestry, visible minorities and people with disabilities. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply.