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Tenured Associate Professor: User Experience Design

Wilfrid Laurier University

Position Summary
The User Experience Design Program in the Faculty of Liberal Arts at Wilfrid Laurier University invites applications for a tenured faculty position at the rank of Associate Professor beginning July 1, 2024, subject to budgetary approval.

The successful candidate for this role will have a demonstrated record of academic leadership with experience in the development of new curricula and program innovation at the undergraduate and/or graduate levels, as well as strong connections to the industry. Prior experience as a program director or a department chair is preferred.
Because User Experience Design is interdisciplinary by nature, the successful candidate’s education, scholarship, and professional practice may be situated within a wide array of cognate disciplines. A doctoral degree (PhD) in Computer Science, Psychology, Information Science, Systems Engineering, or a related discipline with a research focus on interaction design, human-centred design, or systems design, is preferred.
The successful candidate will have a demonstrated record of research excellence with a focus on some aspect of interaction design using qualitative and/or quantitative research methods. Evidence of research excellence can be demonstrated by publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals and conferences, as well as research grant applications and awards. Along with a recent sample publication, applicants should submit a research statement that clearly describes the current focus of their research and their future research interests.

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 UX Strategy. Responsibilities will include undergraduate and graduate teaching, development of course and laboratory exercises, supporting experiential learning opportunities, curriculum development, and supervising undergraduate and graduate 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 statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, 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 leadership and administration of the program’s degree programs.

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 Laurier’s innovative Brantford campus that is integrated into the downtown core, and the minor in User Experience is offered on both the Waterloo and the Brantford campuses.

Applicants should submit:

• a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position and fit with User Experience Design at Laurier,
• a curriculum vitae,
• a teaching dossier including, statement of teaching philosophy and pedagogical approach, sample syllabi and course materials, teaching evaluations or evidence of teaching excellence,
• a research statement outlining current and future research interests and one recent publication,
• 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 Nicole Morgan, Academic Program Administrator (

Electronic submission of applications will be accepted until January 15th, 2024 at 11:59p.m.

If you require any assistance applying for a position or would like this job posting in an alternative format, please contact Nicole Morgan,

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 shortlist of candidates shall be interviewed. Only those applicants selected for the shortlist will be contacted.

Diversity and creating a culture of inclusion is a key pillar of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Strategic Academic Plan and is one of Laurier’s core values. Laurier is committed to increasing the diversity of faculty and staff and welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-deserving groups. Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcome to contact the Office of Indigenous Initiatives at Candidates from other equity-deserving groups who would like to learn more about equity and inclusive programming at Laurier are welcomed to contact Equity and Accessibility at

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, 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, or
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. Janny Leung, 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.