DH Position

Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences Joint Appointment

Tenure-Track Instructor:

Digital Media and Computer Science

The Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies and the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Sciences at the University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus invite applications for a tenure-track position jointly appointed within the Visual Arts and Computer Science programs. The appointment will be at the rank of Instructor I and will begin on January 1, 2015 or soon thereafter. The successful candidate will take an active part in the development of a new Digital Media program that will create interdisciplinary links among programs across the University.

Candidates should hold advanced graduate degrees in the Visual Arts, and in Computer Science or a related field (Ph.D. preferred) with expertise in Digital Media such as 3D Animation and Gaming.  Additional interest in Digital Humanities would be an asset. Candidates for this interdisciplinary position must have relevant teaching experience (preferably at the university level), evidence of ability and commitment to teaching excellence, and promise of educational leadership. Demonstrated competency in the teaching and application of Digital Media, using one or more computer programming languages such as HTML, CSS, Java, C++, PHP, Javascript, and Unity, is desirable. Leadership in establishing connections to the arts and technology industries would also be an important strength.

The successful candidate will contribute to the Digital Media program and will teach courses in Visual Arts and Computer Science that align with the program.  Along with the development of curricular innovations in undergraduate courses, the successful candidate will be expected to develop and maintain excellence in teaching and educational leadership. There is no expectation that the successful candidate will undertake research activities, but s/he will be required to keep abreast of current developments in the fields of Digital Media and pedagogy. The position also will include service responsibilities.

UBC is one of the world’s leading universities. The university has two distinct campuses, one in Vancouver and one in Kelowna. UBC’s Okanagan campus, located in the city of Kelowna, has over 8,000 students in seven faculties, with strong graduate programs. Situated in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, one of the most scenic regions in Canada, it offers an intimate learning environment, opportunities for region-centred research, international perspectives, and much more.  The collegial learning environment of UBC’s Okanagan campus focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness and we provide a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty and staff. To learn more about the campus, go to http://web.ubc.ca/okanagan/welcome.html.  For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, go to http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-staff-resources/.    To learn about the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies, go to http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/fccs  and to learn about the Irving K. Barber School of Arts and Science, go to http://www.ubc.ca/okanagan/ikbarberschool/welcome.html

How to apply
1) a letter of application;
2) curriculum vitae;
3) statement of teaching philosophy;
4) copies of teaching evaluations;
5) sample syllabi of introductory and intermediate courses; and
6) samples of creative work. 

Digital images/files (up to a maximum of 20) may be submitted electronically or be made available online. Time-based work should be edited to run no more than 15 minutes in total, with clearly identified titling. 

Candidates should also arrange to have three letters of reference addressed to Dr. Ashok Mathur and sent directly to recruitment.fccs@ubc.ca

Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Ashok Mathur, Head, Department of Creative Studies, Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (ashok.mathur@ubc.ca) or Dr. Patricia Lasserre, Associate Dean, Irving K. Barber School of Arts & Sciences (patricia.lasserre@ubc.ca).

The reviewing of applications will begin September 1, 2014 and continue until the position is filled. All appointments are subject to budgetary approval