Tenure Track Position in Interactive Experience, Ryerson University

FCAD, RTA School of Media

Posted: December 9, 2020
Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 15, 2021


Tenure Track Position in Interactive Experience

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the RTA School of Media in the Faculty of Communication and Design [FCAD] at Ryerson University welcomes applications for a tenure track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in the area of Creative Technology with a focus on interaction design or immersive/virtual experience. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2021, subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties and will: pursue an innovative and independent research or creative practice program that is externally funded and produces high-quality research and creative activity in the field; contribute to our undergraduate and graduate programs through teaching, mentoring and supervision of students; participate in the administrative activities of the school; and participate in maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial environment.

The applicant shall have a PhD or an MFA and must present evidence of the following:

  • background as a Creative Technologist whose work bridges the worlds of art and design;
  • a making-oriented practice as demonstrated by a portfolio of projects in areas such as (but not limited to): interaction design, game development, virtual and augmented reality, virtual production, experiential marketing or immersive experiences;
  • a demonstrated understanding of design processes and thinking and a record of practice-based, design-based, or research-creation work;
  • experience working in or collaborating with industry, and creating within client-driven relationships;
  • involvement in the interactive art and design sector at a local, national, and international level;
  • a record of (or clear potential for) contributing to the field in a leadership capacity through Scholarly, Research, & Creative (SRC) outputs as evidenced by, but not limited to, peer-reviewed publications, working papers, public policy contributions, presentations at academic conferences, community and professional work, grants, research related awards and other writing or creative production that contributes to the visibility and prominence of the discipline;
  • a demonstrated commitment to and potential for teaching excellence including the ability to develop curriculum in their respective area of practice; teaching potential evidenced by but not limited to: a teaching philosophy statement, experience with course and curriculum review and development, examples of best practices in pedagogy, including effective use of classroom technology and any experience with experiential learning, sample syllabi, strong teaching evaluations, teaching awards, and other relevant achievements in teaching; and
  • an understanding of and commitment to student well-being, making learning accessible, collegial decision-making, civility, equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) and consent culture.

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 that they feel are relevant.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Ryerson University
Serving a highly 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 focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

RTA School of Media
RTA School of Media is a creative innovation hub of television and audio production, transmedia, gaming, and interactive design. It offers three undergraduate programs in Media Production, New Media and Sport Media. Its graduate programs include a Master’s in Media Production, the FCAD Master’s in Digital Media, and the FCAD PhD in Media Design and Innovation. The school attracts and nurtures innovative, creative, and entrepreneurial students. Its faculty is a diverse mix of highly regarded creative practitioners, innovators, and researchers; all committed to the education of tomorrow’s industry leaders, thinkers, artists, storytellers and scholars. The faculty prides itself on the excellence of its production practice, research and on the quality of its teaching.

Working at Ryerson
At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our department/school, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks.

Visit us on Twitter: @RyersonU, @RyersonHR, @RyersonVPFA and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson 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.

Ryerson 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, MĂ©tis 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 (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by January 15, 2021. The application must contain the following:

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

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. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the DHC Chair, Dr Kathleen Pirrie Adams at kpirrie@ryerson.ca.

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Indigenous Human Resources Lead at t26king@ryerson.ca.

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at bfscn@ryerson.ca.

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Alanna Neshevich, HR Advisor at alanna.neshevich@ryerson.ca.