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Assistant/Associate Professor in Communication Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design - Vancouver, BC

  • Full Time
  • Intermediate

Emily Carr University of Art + Design 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 iterate and explore, 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 Audain Faculty of Art is one of four university faculties (alongside, Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media, Faculty of Culture + Community, and Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies) which, together with the Aboriginal Gathering Place, 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 conditions for the development of practice-based and practice‐led research and education.

Job summary:

Candidates should be able to teach students at multiple levels, from Foundation to Graduate Studies, and will be expected to contribute to developing curriculum in an institution that is committed to the interrelation of theory and practice. Candidates should be equally fluent in current design discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Faculty responsibilities include:

  • Teaching core and elective studio courses in the Communication Design curriculum.
  • Teaching and mentoring students across multiple year levels at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  • Active participation in curriculum and program development and planning.
  • Providing service to the Faculty and university-wide governance systems by participation in various committees and working groups, as well as being an active and engaged member of the University community.
  • An active research, scholarly, and/or creative practice.

Required qualifications:

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications and/or related experience:

  • MDes or equivalent graduate degree in a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Teaching experience at university or post‐secondary level in a related subject area.
  • A strong portfolio of work in communication design.
  • The ability to teach a range of practice-based studio courses at the intersection between design research, practice and theory.
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist decolonial pedagogies, including evidence of teaching effectiveness in multicultural and multilingual classrooms, and the ability to apply anti-racist and decolonized methodologies within studio pedagogy, curriculum development, and one’s research praxis.
  • Evidence of work in advancing decolonization, Indigenization, and equity in institutional settings.
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and across disciplines.

Areas of focus may include:

  • Design for social and/or ecological justice, equity, diversity and inclusion.
  • Collaborative and decolonial approaches to practice and pedagogy.
  • Emergent technology, digital media, motion, spatial and/or experiential design practice.
  • Design for accessibility, healthcare and/or public sectors.
  • Participatory design, co-creation, community engagement and grass-roots approaches to practice.
  • Alternative, hybrid, and/or narrative approaches to communication design and media.

Application procedures:

Applications should address the candidate’s expertise in the areas of teaching, research, and professional practice; and 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 statement on the candidate’s contributions to EDI, 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;
  • supporting materials including an online portfolio of recent work; and
  • the names and contact information of three referees.

Additional information:

  • Job Location: Vancouver, BC
  • Application review starts on February 1st, 2024, and will continue until the position is filled.
  • Commencement is anticipated in August 2024, pending budgetary approval.
  • Salary and rank will be based on professional status and teaching experience.
  • The salary range is $68,385 to $109,584 per annum.

Documents needed to apply

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Portfolio
  • Supporting Materials
  • Research Statement
  • References
  • Diversity Statement
  • Statement of Pedagogy

How to apply:

Electronic submissions are welcome at: 

Equity statement:

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.