Assistant Professor, Media Arts
Department of Cinema and Media Arts, The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD), York University
The Department of Cinema and Media Arts, The School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD), York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in Media Arts at the Assistant Professor level, to commence July 1, 2021. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.
This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as Aboriginal (Indigenous), and/or as Black peoples of African Descent (for example Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe), and/or as members of other visible minorities (racialized groups). Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and other faculty of colour in the arts, this opportunity is to support the University’s Affirmative Action program and has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The position is part of a cohort hire of fourteen new colleagues at York University, including hires across a number of faculties and a wide range of areas and fields. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant scholarly community at York, where we aspire to achieve equity and diversity in all areas, including race equity.
The Media Arts BFA combines critical thinking with hands-on experience in innovative studio courses that focus on digital technologies (from social media to diverse screen technologies). The overriding philosophy of the degree emphasizes critical practice, collaboration, flexibility, resourcefulness and problem-solving across various media platforms. The ideal candidate will have an established artistic and critical practice that engages issues faced by racialized and marginalized communities along with relevant professional and academic experience that addresses these issues.
A PhD or a PhD near completion by the start of the appointment in Media Studies, Visual Culture, Communications, Digital Media, Cinema and Media Arts or a related field is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research/research-creation and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research, research-creation, or professional practice and specialize in one or more of the following areas: media arts, immersive media, expanded cinema, media installation, interface design, interactive storytelling. The applicant’s experience in working with racialized and marginalized communities in the creation of media, storytelling, archives, narrative experiences, community-led research, and other forms of advancing social justice and equity will be considered a significant asset. The applicant will also have expertise in a range of technologies and platforms used in creating interactive media.
Candidates must provide evidence of research and creative excellence or promise of research and creative excellence of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research/research-creation statement; a record of exhibition or publication (or forthcoming exhibitions and publications) in significant venues or with significant journals in the field; presentations at major media events conferences or; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.
The successful candidate will have the capacity to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research/research-creation at the highest level. We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways in research can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit this mold and challenge traditional notions of scholarship and research.
The position involves graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be eligible for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.
Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the submitted teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.
York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that create an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.
York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Caitlin Fisher, Chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Arts, in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Aboriginal (Indigenous), Black or members of other visible minorities (racialized groups). York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. York University encourages Aboriginal (Indigenous), Black peoples or members of other visible minorities (racialized groups) to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities. The Affirmative Action program can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form.
The deadline for receipt of completed applications is December 1, 2020. A letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research/research-creation and teaching portfolio (including teaching philosophy, syllabi, and sample assignments) and three letters of reference should be sent to: Professor Caitlin Fisher, Chair of the Department of Cinema and Media Arts, in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University, at email@example.com.