Tenure-Track Position in Industrial Design, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for one full‐time tenure-track position of Assistant or Associate Professor in Industrial Design within the Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media.

Situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səḻ ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil‐Waututh) territories in Vancouver, Canada, Emily Carr University is a world‐renowned learning and research community dedicated to the education of artists and designers.

The Bachelor of Design in Industrial Design, situated in the Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media, focuses on developing critically engaged and contextually aware design work. Industrial Design practices are multi-layered and interwoven to create complex ways and means of being and interacting with our world; they can include: modes of material practices and production and critical, ecological and political practices. Design at Emily Carr University has evolved as a practice that responds to and engages the world around us, focusing on creating compelling interactions, narratives and experiences grounded in the ecological, political and socio-technical contexts of contemporary societies. All majors in the DDM Faculty share values and goals in areas of collaboration, sustainability, interdisciplinarity, critical engagement with technology, new research methods, new approaches to design and the making of imaginative and provocative work.

Summary of Responsibilities

Candidates should be able to teach students at multiple levels, from Foundation to Graduate Studies, and will be expected to contribute to developing curriculum in an institution that is committed to the interrelation of theory and practice. Candidates should be equally fluent in current design discourse and studio practices and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Faculty responsibilities include:

  • Teaching core and elective studio courses in the Industrial Design curriculum.
  • Teaching and mentoring students across multiple year levels at the undergraduate and/or graduate level.
  • Active participation in curriculum and program development and planning.
  • Providing service to the Faculty and university-wide governance systems by participation in various committees and working groups, as well as being an active and engaged member of the University community.
  • An active research, scholarly, and/or creative practice.

Required Qualifications

  • MDes or equivalent graduate degree in a related field, or the equivalent combination of education and professional experience.
  • Teaching experience at university or post‐secondary level in a related subject area.
  • A strong portfolio of work within industrial design.
  • The ability to teach a range of practice-based studio courses at the intersection between design research, practice and theory.
  • Demonstrated ability and openness to team-teaching.
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist decolonial pedagogies, including evidence of teaching effectiveness in multicultural and multilingual classrooms, and the ability to apply anti-racist and decolonized methodologies within studio pedagogy, curriculum development, and one’s research praxis.
  • Evidence of work in advancing decolonization, Indigenization, and equity in institutional settings.
  • Strong communication and facilitation skills.
  • Possess the ability to work effectively in interdisciplinary design teams on curriculum focusing on ethical design practices addressing cultural, socio/political, and sustainability issues.
  • Be fluent in participatory and practice‐led design research methods and understand the importance of iterative modeling as a part of the design process.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and across disciplines.

Areas of focus may include:

  • Community and social practice.
  • Local relevant practices.
  • Health design.
  • Ecological literacy and focus on sustainable design.
  • Decolonizing design content and methods.
  • More-than-human futures.
  • Product‐service‐systems.
  • Material practice and research.
  • Systems thinking.
  • New paradigms of making and sharing.
  • Localism.

About Emily Carr University

Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our teaching and learning community merges studio practice, research creation, and critical scholarship in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award‐winning creators and thought leaders who have significant impact in 21st‐century cultural production and cultural sustainability. We engage students, industry, and society to iterate and explore, and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Located in Vancouver, British Columbia, Emily Carr attracts more than 1800 students from 60 countries to our undergraduate and graduate programs. The Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media is one of four university faculties which, together with the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Library + Learning Commons, Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, DESIS Lab, Material Matters Research Lab, Health Design Lab, Libby Leshgold Gallery, READ Books, and a wide range of workshop facilities in our new state‐of‐the‐art, custom‐built campus, offer vibrant conditions for the development of practice-based and practice‐led research and education.

Application Procedures

  • a cover letter;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of pedagogy and up to 3 samples of syllabi, assignments, and evidence of teaching effectiveness.
  • a statement of research;
  • a statement on the candidate’s contributions to EDI, regardless of personal characteristics, describing any professional skills, community experience, or willingness to engage in activities that advance institutional diversity and equity in teaching, research, and service;
  • supporting materials including an online portfolio of recent work; and
  • the names and contact information of three referees.

Electronic submissions are welcome at: ecuad.peopleadmin.ca

The review of applications will begin on February 1, 2024 and continues until the position has been filled. Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate commencement in August 2024. Salary and rank will be commensurate with professional status and teaching experience. Salary range $68,385 to $109,584 per annum.

Equity Statement

Emily Carr University especially invites 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, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+

We acknowledge the potential impact that career interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, leave due to illness, etc.) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. Applicants are encouraged to identify in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of practice and research achievement; this will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

Emily Carr University is committed to creating an inclusive, accessible and barrier free workplace. We want to ensure that all participants are able to engage fully in interviews and other activities that are part of the hiring process. If you have any accommodation requests please contact Human Resources (hr@ecuad.ca). All requests for accommodation will be treated confidentially.

All qualified people are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short‐listed will be contacted.


Emily Carr University of Art + Design
520 East 1st Avenue
Vancouver BC V5T 0H2
(604) 844-3824

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