Assistant Professor in Virtual Production, Toronto Metropolitan University

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Virtual Production

Located in downtown Toronto, and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the RTA School of Media in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University [formerly Ryerson University] invites applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Salary is based on experience and subject to final budgetary approval.

The normal start date for this position is July 1, 2024. Candidates who need to be considered for a later start date may also be considered.

The School is particularly interested in candidates whose lived experiences can help advance and shape the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) culture. Applications from those belonging to one or more equity-deserving communities are encouraged to self-identify in our Applicant Diversity Self-ID at the time of application.

We are hiring a senior content creator and storyteller with a specialisation in virtual production techniques. This includes combining virtual and physical production to create immersive environments. This role is ideal for leaders who have experience producing scripted and factual film and television production. The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research or creative activities (SRC) focused on virtual production, and service duties.

The successful candidate will establish a research or creative practice program that will include externally funded projects related to virtual production. The successful candidate will work collaboratively within one of The Creative School’s labs.

This position will teach in the RTA School of Media and the School of Image Arts. Duties include teaching undergraduate and graduate courses, supervising students, and developing virtual production curriculum. The successful candidate must teach virtual production and traditional production courses. Teaching may include Exploring Virtual Environments I and Intro to Multicam (Virtual Production) in the RTA School of Media, and courses such as Film Production and Directing Screen Performance (Advanced) in the School of Image Arts. Graduate teaching and supervision in the Masters of Arts In Media Production is expected.

The service responsibilities of RTA faculty members include serving on committees (such as curriculum, hiring, admissions, or EDI) and participating in other administrative activities.

The successful candidate must present evidence of the following:

  • completion of a Master’s degree in Communications, Media or a related field;
  • a professional practice and publicly recognised professional creative work involving significant experience in both traditional and virtual production techniques in multi-camera live studio and film production;
  • The candidate should have significant experience with Unreal Engine, knowledge of other equivalent softwares and the ability to adapt to new technologies in media production;
  • a proven capacity to synthesise practices, issues, and trends in the field of virtual production;
  • potential to produce impactful research via peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences, recognition or honours, grants or research-related awards;
  • the potential for teaching excellence, including the ability to teach hands-on production courses, ensuring integration of virtual elements with traditional production methods and storytelling;
  • a commitment to EDI in service, teaching, and SRC activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive; and,
  • a willingness and an ability to contribute to the life of the RTA School of Media and the University through collegial service.

Our committee recognises that scholars have varying career paths and that career interruption can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience or career interruptions.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Metropolitan Faculty Association (TFA, previously RFA). The TFA collective agreement can be viewed here, and a summary of TFA benefits can be found here.

Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU)

Serving a diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, TMU is known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building.

Working at TMU

Toronto Metropolitan University is on a path to become Canada’s leading university. We believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current Academic Plan outlines each as core values.

We invite you to explore the benefits and supports available to faculty. Visit us on our LinkedIn page.

TMU is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the Accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Toronto Metropolitan University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin.

Applications must consist of the following:

  • a letter of application;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of research interests;
  • a teaching dossier and results of teaching evaluations;
  • an EDI statement; and
  • names of three individuals who may be contacted for references.

Applications must be received by March 29, 2024. The position will remain open until filled.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority, in accordance with Canadian immigration regulations.

Contacts

Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the Department Hiring Committee Chair, James Nadler, at jnadler@torontomu.ca.

Candidates who belong to one or more of the equity-deserving groups recognized at TMU are welcome to connect with Debbie Thompson, Executive Director, Office of the Vice-President, Equity and Community Inclusion.

For any confidential accommodation needs to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding the Recruitment Portal, please contact vpfa@torontomu.ca.