Assistant/Associate Professor, Transmedia Studies | ACAD | Jan 31

ACAD invites applications for the following full-time faculty position starting August 2016:

Assistant/Associate Professor, Transmedia Studies

The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), founded in 1926, is one of Canada’s most distinguished training grounds in art, craft, and design. ACAD offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its 14 academic departments offer courses in diverse disciplines including art history, theory, and criticism; ceramics; fibre; glass; jewellery and metals; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; media arts; graphic design; advertising; character design and illustration. In addition to studio-based education and training, a strong program in liberal studies emphasizes the critical role that the humanities and social sciences can play in students’ development.

ACAD offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Innovation and renewal in our curriculum is an ongoing process that responds to cultural and technological shifts in arts, crafts and design practice on students’ curricular needs. Our faculty is comprised of renowned professionals who are first-class instructors as well as active practitioners. As leaders in their fields, they are committed to building a diverse, stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas and the acquisition of technical skills and crafts.

ACAD is located in Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Calgary is a cosmopolitan urban centre, with a diverse population of over 1.2 million people. This vibrant city has outstanding post-secondary and cultural institutions as well many varied recreational opportunities.

About the School of Critical + Creative Studies at ACAD

Faculty members in SCCS represent a broad range of academic specializations. SCCS faculty members thrive on the creative environment at ACAD and are actively engaged in creative practice and academic research.

Students in the School of Critical and Creative Studies examine historical, critical, and methodological perspectives on the study of art and design. Students gain context for creative work in contemporary society, and are supported in becoming confident art and design practitioners.

SCCS programs offer courses in the following areas: Art History and Visual Culture, English Literature and Creative Writing, Humanities and Cultural Studies, Material Culture and Cultural Anthropology, Natural Sciences, and Professional Practices.

>>Click here to find out more about SCCS

The Position

(Competition #1516-NO-FP-08)

The School of Critical and Creative Studies invites applications for a permanent position with a specialization in the History and Theory of Narrative in and across multiple media, in fields including Design Theory, Visual Culture, Film and Media Studies, Gaming Studies, Cultural Anthropology, and Literature. Familiarity with the history and theory of narrative analysis and criticism across a range of media, (whether visual, material, digital, ludic, spatial, transmedia, hypertext, haptic, social media storytelling, etc.) is essential, and the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the applicability of transmedia studies to the fields of Fine Arts and / or Communications Design.

Responsibilities include:

Teaching introductory and advanced courses at the undergraduate and, if applicable, graduate levels, developing undergraduate and graduate curriculum, an active research practice, mentoring students, School and College committee work, and participating in academic governance.

The successful candidate will have:

A PhD or equivalent in a relevant field. Advanced PhD students (ABD) with a relevant specialization may also be considered. All applicants must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching and have at least three years of significant teaching experience at the post-secondary level, along with evidence of an active research practice. Applicants must possess an interest in working in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment with faculty from studio-based programs, and have the desire and ability to engage with students in the context of studio-based art and design programs.

Assignment of rank will be commensurate with educational credentials, teaching and professional experience, as well as the candidate’s record of research, and creative activities.

How to Apply

>>>Please submit applications via our careers page. The application must include a current cover letter, a current CV, a recent course syllabus, and a short writing sample (maximum 10 pages).

Applications must be submitted in a single PDF document.

Review of applications will begin on January 15th, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed.

The preferred method to submit your application is the “Upload Resume” option. When uploading your file, combine all required material into a single PDF document. Include all required support material in your PDF document – incomplete submissions may not be considered. Please visit ACAD’s How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

Further information about the College is available on our website at

ACAD is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the College. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your information, please contact Human Resources at or (403)284-7683.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.



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