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Assistant/Associate Professor, Industrial Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Industrial Design within the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media. Situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral x?m?θk??y??m (Musqueam), S?wx?wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and s?l?ilw??ta?? (Tsleil-Waututh) territories in Vancouver, Canada, Emily Carr University is a world-renowned learning and research community dedicated to the education of artists and designers.

The Industrial Design major focuses on developing designs for current, future and rapidly changing ecological contexts. The program places particular emphasis on sustainable design, healthy living, and interactive products and environments. It is one of three design majors in the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media (DDM). The majors in the DDM Faculty share values and goals in areas of collaboration, sustainability, interdisciplinarity, technological engagement, new research methods, new approaches to design and to imaginative and provocative work.


Candidates should possess the ability to teach students at multiple levels, from Foundation to Masters of Design programs, and will be expected to contribute to developing curriculum in an institution that is committed to the interrelation of theory and practice. The successful candidate will join a dynamic team of cross-disciplinary design faculty comprising industrial design, interaction design, and communication design. Candidates should be equally fluent in design discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Additionally, faculty are expected to participate in portfolio reviews, upper-level design critiques, provide undergraduate and graduate student supervision, serve on administrative committees, engage in research and be an active member of the Emily Carr community.


The ideal candidate will have:

• Master’s in Design (or terminal degree in related discipline);
• strong evidence of exceptional work within industrial design;
• a minimum of two years of experience alongside post-secondary teaching, design practice and research,
• intercultural competence, the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of various cultures.

Preference will be given to candidates with expertise in:

• community and social innovation;
• knowledge of and focus on sustainable design;
• ecological literacy;
• product-service-systems;
• systems thinking; and
• new paradigms of making and sharing.

Candidates must:
• Possess the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary design teams on curriculum focusing on ethical design practices addressing cultural, socio/political, and sustainability issues.
• be fluent in participatory and practice-led design research methods, and understand the importance of full-scale iterative modeling as a part of the design process.


Applications should address the candidate's expertise in the areas of teaching, research, and professional practice.

Applications should 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 personal statement on the candidate’s contributions to diversity, 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;
• any relevant supporting materials e.g., PDFs or publications, an online portfolio of recent work); and
• the names and contact information of three referees

Electronic submissions are welcome at

Salary and rank will be commensurate with professional status and teaching experience. Salary range is $58,043 - $93,269 based on a 35 hour work week. Benefits include: medical, dental, vision care, life insurance, pension plan. Must have ability to communicate in English.

Emily Carr University
520 East 1st Ave
Vancouver, BC V5T 0H2