Assistant Teaching Professor in Visual Art, Digital Art and Design, Thompson Rivers University

Assistant Teaching Professor
Visual Arts, Digital Art and Design

Thompson Rivers University, Kamloops, British Columbia

The Faculty of Arts invites applications for a bipartite (teaching/service) position in Visual Art, Digital Art and Design. Bipartite faculty usually teach four courses per semester. This is a tenure-track position.

The appointment is scheduled to commence on 1 August 2022, pending budgetary approval.

Thompson Rivers University (TRU) is a comprehensive, student-focused institution, its main campus located on the lands of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, the traditional and unceded territory of the Secwépemc people in Kamloops, B.C., in the heart of the southern B.C. interior, a four-hour drive from Vancouver. Kamloops offers world class tourism and recreation, excellent cultural, social, and economic opportunities, as well as over 2,000 hours of sunshine annually.

Community engagement is a primary objective of the university, demonstrated through partnerships with community organizations such as the Kamloops Art Gallery and local media companies; students are encouraged to engage in the creative and research culture at TRU, a member of the Research Universities Council of British Columbia.

This position will support students to bridge the areas of visual arts practice and digital art and design. The successful candidate will contribute to both traditional and digital art areas, augmenting the growing design capacity in Visual Arts, Journalism and Communication. Candidates will have the versatility to teach in traditional studio-based visual art practices and in digital media design and production, with proficiency in related software. The candidate will teach in practice-based disciplines and should have the versatility to teach related theoretical material.

The successful applicant will also have a strong record of commitment to teaching and engagement with a diverse student population. They will teach undergraduate courses, and be given opportunities to develop unique courses related to their areas of expertise, linking traditional visual arts studio practices with digital media and design; they will also potentially contribute courses to the pending interdisciplinary Faculty of Arts M.A. in Human Rights and Social Justice.

The successful candidate will work collaboratively with faculty to contribute to the innovative goals of Visual Arts, Digital Art and Design through service and leadership responsibilities at the departmental level as well as at the divisional and institutional levels in support of program, interdisciplinary, and diversity objectives. As well, they will develop professional relationships with cultural, community and service organizations in the community at large, with an interest in fostering opportunities for students and alumni of the program.


Academic qualifications for this position will be considered in a holistic context. MFA, MVA or MDes or equivalent credentials or qualifications will be considered. Records of teaching experience and professional activities such as public exhibitions, industry experience, publications, and professional digital design experience will be considered important assets.

To apply for this position, applicants should submit a current CV, a teaching dossier that includes a statement of the candidate’s teaching philosophy and relevant experience, and a visual portfolio that represents the candidate’s creative works as well as examples of student work that includes an image list and either 15-20 digital images or video (maximum 10′).

Applications will be reviewed commencing May 1, 2022 and may continue until the position is filled.

Thompson Rivers University is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of our staff, our faculty and its scholarship including, but not limited to, women, Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour, persons with disabilities and persons of any sexual orientation or gender identity. This hire is part of the Faculty of Arts’ commitment to increasing representation by Indigenous, Black, and People of Colour faculty in the department, in recognition of historic underrepresentation of non-White faculty in higher education in Canada. Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.



For further information:
Rachael MacLeod,