Assistant Professor in Digital Media, University of Manitoba

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The University of Manitoba
School of Art

Position start date: 1 July 2020
Closing date for applications: 21 February 2020
Position Number: 28164
Title: Assistant Professor (Tenure-track)
Salary range: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

The School of Art at the University of Manitoba invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, in the area of Digital Media, commencing July 1, 2020, or as soon thereafter as possible.

We welcome candidates working in Digital Media, whose practices display a commitment to experimental time-based digital art and which may include video, web-art, virtual and/or augmented reality, computational, algorithmic or software art, sound art, games and playable art, or other generative, interactive, adaptive media. The position includes responsibilities in teaching (undergraduate and graduate), research and service. We seek candidates with a strong contemporary research program and studio practice, teaching experience, and an emerging record of professional achievement in the field of digital media practice. Candidates must possess a thorough understanding of the contemporary theory and practice of digital media, have significant expertise in digital media technologies, such as emergent, adaptive, generative, interactive and social media technologies, as well as an ability to integrate this expertise into their teaching and research. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to visual culture and teaching, student achievement, community engagement, diversity, and inclusion. The successful applicant must hold an MFA or an equivalent terminal degree in a closely related discipline. Applicants must demonstrate a commitment to contemporary media art, their ability to establish an active research program, and their ability to promote collaboration within the School, across campus, and in the wider community.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and innovative educational community located on the Fort Garry campus of the University of Manitoba, with opportunities for collaborative work with colleagues in the School of Art as well as in performing arts (Music and Theatre), robotics and virtual reality (Engineering), and others across this large U15 institution. The School of Art has 16 full-time faculty, and over 300 students. The School of Art is located in ARTlab, an award-winning, state-of-the-art structure, which houses classrooms and studios for drawing, painting, video, print media, photography, graphic design, and digital media, as well as the School of Art Gallery and a Soundstage, an experimental multi-media space. Faculty are also provided office and studio space in the adjoining Taché Hall building. The School of Art offers excellent opportunities for research, collaboration, and teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. The School of Art offers an MFA in studio practice as well as BFA and BFA honours programs in studio practice and art history. For further information, please visit the School of Art website: http://www.umanitoba.ca/schools/art.

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and on the homeland of the MĂ©tis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Taking Our Place. Home to a vibrant Indigenous community, with more than 2,400 First Nations, MĂ©tis, and Inuit students, the U of M has one of the largest Indigenous student populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as the host of the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship, and to becoming a centre of excellence for this work.

The University is located in Winnipeg, the largest city in the province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment. The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plug In ICA, Urban Shaman, aceartinc., and Platform Gallery are among its many exciting gallery venues. The Winnipeg Art Gallery has rich collections of historical and Canadian international art, and a rapidly expanding collection of contemporary Indigenous art; the new Inuit Art Centre at the Gallery has the largest collection of modern Inuit art of any public institution in the world. Border Crossings, the Manitoba Museum, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre are some of its other cultural institutions. A varied and innovative calendar of cultural festivals with a strong emphasis on the performing arts complements Winnipeg’s rich “brick and mortar” cultural institutions. Winnipeg is also a centre for numerous winter festivals and activities.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All candidates must be legally entitled to work in Canada.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact UM.Accommodation@umanitoba.ca or 204-474-8371. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Applications must include the following materials collated into a single PDF document, via email (noted below):

  1. A cover letter describing what you would bring to the position and how you would contribute to the educational community at the School of Art, (one page);
  2. Curriculum vitae detailing education, professional background, exhibition history, and teaching record;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy, highlighting areas of technical expertise (one page maximum);
  4. Statement of research interests (one page maximum);
  5. Statement of personal understanding of diversity and inclusion, specifically in your pedagogy and artistic practice (one page maximum);
  6. Up to 20 images of your work and/or up to 20 minutes of time-based work, up to 10 images of your students’ work, and an image checklist with media description. Images should be presented as a single print-ready PDF file; time-based works should be in a .mov/mp4 file format (or provide link and password to a selection of work viewable online—vimeo, youtube, or any other platform), or on a USB flash drive;
  7. Names and contact information for three referees (references will be requested for short-listed candidates);
  8. Sample outlines for any courses or workshops taught; and
  9. Copies of degrees.

Send application materials to:

Dr. Jeff Taylor
Chair, Search Committee
School of Art, 313 ARTlab
University of Manitoba
180 Dafoe Rd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada, R3T 2N2
soa.executiveassistant@umanitoba.ca