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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

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Visual Analytics 101: Tools, Techniques and Theory

VIVA is having another round of the student VA 101 workshop (Visual Analytics 101: Tools, Techniques and Theory) at UBC starting September! If you were planning to come last summer but couldn’t because of class/work/travel/etc., or if you heard of the workshops after it ended… here’s your chance!

If you’re interested, please look here for more details & to register:

Workshop sessions are 1 hour long, and there will be a classroom component and a lab component. For the lab component, we’ll decide on the day/time once people register, and make sure we have open lab hours where people can come in and do hands-on exercises.

These workshops will prepare you for taking on a VA project, which is part of the Junior Visual Analyst Certification process. For more information about VIVA’s Junior Visual Analyst Certification click here.

Seats are limited, so secure your spot now! Please feel free to forward this invite to students who may be interested.

For people who already took the workshop during the summer–we’re planning to have an advanced VA workshop in January, so you can either 1) wait, or 2) join the fun! Plan with us!

Graduate Training in the 21st Century

MediaCommons and #Alt-Academy have just launched a new project, Graduate Training in the 21st Century, which focuses on the challenges, the potential, and the pragmatics of the graduate school years that precede the move into one of many academies. 

Its editors, Melissa Dalgleish (York University) and Daniel Powell (King’s College London and University of Victoria), are especially interested in the changes to graduate education that are already taking place, or that should take place, in response to the proliferation of post-PhD pathways. 


We are seeking contributors to our first cluster of essays, entitled “Beyond the Proto-Monograph: New Models for the Dissertation.” This cluster seeks to explore how the prototypical graduate project in the humanities—the dissertation—is changing in the face of the digital turn, shifting job markets, and new visions for the academy. The call for papers can be found here: http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/alt-ac/pieces/call-papers-beyond-proto-monograph-new-models-dissertation 

We also welcome proposals or contributions on any aspect of graduate training, higher education reform, and post-degree careers, especially from current graduate students. We can be reached at gradtraining21c@gmail.com

We look forward to hearing what you have to say! 

Melissa and Daniel