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Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track Appointment) - User Experience Design

Wilfrid Laurier University

The User Experience Design Program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a Tenure Track faculty position at the Assistant Professor level beginning July 1, 2020, subject to budgetary approval.

To be considered, applicants must have completed, or be close to completing, a doctoral degree (PhD) in computer science, psychology, information science, systems engineering, or a related discipline preferably with a focus on interaction design, mobile/wearable/tangible computing, augmented/virtual/mixed reality. The PhD must be completed by March 1, 2020.

The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of research experience with a focus on some aspect of interaction design using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. Evidence of excellence in research can be demonstrated by publications in top-ranked journals, and conferences, as well as research grant applications. Along with sample publications, applicants should submit a Research Dossier including a research statement that clearly describes the focus of the research and plan for furthering that research agenda over the next five years.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach core courses, across a range of subjects within User Experience Design. These may include: UX Research Methods, Interaction Design, Information Architecture, and Mobile Design. Responsibilities will include undergraduate teaching, development of course and laboratory exercises, supporting experiential learning opportunities, curriculum development, and supervising undergraduate research projects.

Evidence of excellence in experiential teaching and pedagogical inquiry can be demonstrated through the Teaching Dossier submitted as part of the application. The teaching dossier should include a strong statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogical approach, sample syllabi and course materials (lecture slides, lab manuals), and teaching evaluations or other evidence of teaching excellence.

The successful candidate will also be committed to collaboration or engagement with the broader community, and contributing to the administration of the UX degree program.

The User Experience Design program at Wilfrid Laurier University is multidisciplinary in its focus and provides an innovative approach to the design of experiences including services, products, digital applications and spaces. The undergraduate major is offered at WLU’s innovative Brantford campus that is integrated into the downtown core, and the minor in UX is offered on both the Waterloo and the Brantford campuses.

Applicants should submit:
• Cover letter outlining qualifications for the position and fit with User Experience Design at Laurier,
• Curriculum vitae,
• Teaching dossier including, statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogical approach, sample syllabi and course materials, teaching evaluations or evidence of teaching excellence.
• Research dossier including statement of research, research plan and 3 sample publications,
• Contact information (address, telephone, and email) for at least three referees.
Application packages should be submitted electronically to:

Dr. Abby Goodrum,
Program Coordinator, User Experience Design,
Wilfrid Laurier University
c/o, Administrative Assistant (

Electronic applications quoting Position Number FF0451 are encouraged.

Applications will be accepted until November 30, 2019.

If you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Human Resources at 519-884-1970 ext. 2007 or

The Faculty of Liberal Arts wishes to thank all applicants for their interest. All nominations and applications shall be reviewed and considered under a set of criteria established by the Search Committee and a short list of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the short list will be contacted.

Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from candidates who identify as Indigenous, racialized, having disabilities, and a person of any sexual identities and gender identities. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships, however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:

Yes, I am a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada;
No, I am not a current citizen or permanent resident of Canada

Members of designated groups must self-identify to be considered for employment equity. Candidates may self-identify, in confidence, to: (Dr. Kathryn Carter, Acting Dean, Faculty of Liberal Arts). Further information on the equity policy can be found at

Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with SSHRC and NSERC definitions and guidelines. To obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, please contact