Assistant Professor (Film/Video Production and Digital Media)
University of the Fraser Valley
Position: Assistant Professor (Film/Video Production and Digital Media)
Department: Theatre/Media Arts, School of Creative Arts
Status: Faculty, Permanent (tenure-track); 100% full-time
Start Date: August 1, 2020
Review Date: February 14, 2020
The School of Creative Arts is a centre for creative practice and interdisciplinary study. Our community embraces diverse perspectives while nurturing critical, artistic, and personal expression. We engage students through an integration of theoretical and practical training—cultivating a breadth of learning, from historical contextualization to technical competencies.
The School of Creative Arts is seeking an interdisciplinary scholar to teach in the Media Arts and Visual Arts programs at the rank of Assistant Professor.
Candidates must have experience teaching video production at the post-secondary level and demonstrate the ability to teach technical skills such as camera techniques, video and sound editing, sound recording and design, lighting, and post-production skills at an introductory and intermediate level; as well as introduce students to professional practices and industry standards. The ability to teach cinematography, film direction, video art, or film studies is an asset. In addition, candidates should be able to contribute to the Bachelor of Media Arts program, for example, by teaching courses like introduction to media arts, professional practices, or portfolio development. The successful candidate will develop new curriculum and teach in their own specific areas of expertise; the School is particularly interested in candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: sound design or sound art, motion graphics, visual effects, animation, game design, applications of virtual reality, and concept art. The preferred candidate will have the ability to teach in highly interdisciplinary and innovative contexts, integrating practice and theory in the courses they teach.
The School values teaching excellence and seeks to provide an outstanding student experience. The successful candidate will be an energetic, dynamic, skilled faculty member with the ability to incorporate active and experiential learning and address the creative and academic needs of students with diverse professional goals and educational backgrounds. We are seeking an instructor 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 how to respond to technological change and think critically and ethically about the role of digital technologies; encourage students to think critically about digital media technologies through the integration of theory and practice; mentor students with wide range of career goals.
The successful candidate will develop and promote experiential learning opportunities that enhance students’ ability to gain meaningful employment; this may include generating 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, and 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 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 of Fine Arts (MFA) or equivalent terminal degree is required; PhD is preferred. The successful candidate will have substantial professional and technical experience in film/video production or a relevant area of digital media arts, with evidence of strong leadership skills, and will demonstrate the ability to develop a research program with a strong creative or applied component.
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 #2020.010 and be sent to email@example.com.
Please send all applications to firstname.lastname@example.org (https://www.ufv.ca/careers/job-postings/2020010.htm)
The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on February 14, 2020; however, the position will remain open until filled.