5 Oct 2016
- 1 Jul 2017

Assistant Professor - Visual Communication Design | University of Alberta Department of Art and Design


University of Alberta
Department of Art and Design

Assistant Professor - Visual Communication Design

Competition No.  -   A110030099
Closing Date  -   Dec 05, 2016



The Department of Art and Design in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Alberta invites applications for a full-time tenure track position of Assistant Professor, Visual Communication Design, to commence 1 July 2017.

Qualified candidates will hold a graduate degree (MDes, PhD, or equivalent) in Design Studies, with a specialization in Visual Communication Design, and have at least three years of post-secondary teaching experience.

Faculty in Design Studies take an integrative and interdisciplinary approach to practice and research and focus on social and environmental health and wellbeing, information design, product design, environmental and service design, and the development of media for educational, cultural, and social contexts. Faculty in Visual Communication Design carry out research and practice in the areas of design thinking, information design, data visualization, interactive new media, typography and publication design, internationalization of design, pedagogy of design, and community-based design—all with a human-centred approach that is aimed at the development of socially and culturally relevant communications addressing the needs of contemporary society. Ideal candidates would augment or complement these areas of expertise and work across disciplines, using collaborative methods, to further enrich design studies.

In addition to maintaining an active research program, candidates will demonstrate expertise in related technical/digital skills and in traditional, formal design principles. They will integrate design discourse, research and studio practice addressing the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical demands of the discipline.  Expertise in some of the following areas would be an asset: design for digital media, interaction design, systems design, human-centred design and research methods, environmental design and/or service design.  In addition to teaching, curriculum development, and planning, candidates will provide undergraduate and graduate student supervision as well as serve on administrative and other committees, and be active, engaged members of the University and broader community.  

Successful candidates will join the Design Studies team, which includes Canada's first Canada Research Chair in Design.  We are known for a strong and rigorous graduate program (the first in Canada) and for talented and able undergraduate students. We are also known for our innovative Bachelor of Design (BDes) with Pathways program that allows students to focus on specific areas of interest to them.


The Department of Art and Design offers degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels in Fine Arts, Design Studies (Industrial Design and Visual Communication Design), and the History of Art, Design and Visual Culture, and encompasses the FAB Gallery and a university centre of research excellence in printmaking. For more information on the department, please consult the departmental website at http://www.artdesign.ualberta.ca/

The University of Alberta is one of Canada's largest and most-respected research universities. With a metropolitan area population of approximately one million people, Edmonton is home to numerous arts and music festivals and boasts the largest system of urban parkland in North America. Edmonton and the University of Alberta are situated on Treaty 6 territory, a traditional meeting ground and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Métis, and Nakota Sioux.


For more information on the University of Alberta and Edmonton, please visit http://www.ualberta.ca and http://www.infoedmonton.com.

Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications in accordance with the Faculty Agreement as per the negotiated salary scales

To have your application considered, please Apply Online and submit the following:

  • a cover letter (include the names of three referees)
  • a curriculum vitae (CV)
  • a teaching dossier that includes a brief teaching philosophy, evidence of teaching effectiveness, and course outline(s) (Attach under "Statement of Teaching/Research Interests")
  • a portfolio of examples, in electronic format, of recent pieces of work (practice and research), (Attach as one document under the “List of Publications”)
  • a proposed program of research (Attach under the "Research Plan")

To assist the University in complying with mandatory reporting requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (R203(3)(e), please include the first digit of your Canadian Social Insurance Number in your application (within your cover letter). If you do not have a Canadian Social Insurance Number, please indicate this in your application (within the cover letter).

Applicants are expected to contact their referees and arrange to have them submit their letters of reference via e-mail to the Executive Assistant, Kathleen Berto at kathleen.berto@ualberta.ca , referees should enter "A110030099-REFERENCE"  in the subject line.

All applications and letters of reference can be addressed to the attention of Steven Harris, Acting Chair, Department of Art & Design.

Please note, the application submission must not exceed a total size of 80 MB of data.

Business Address:

Department of Art & Design
University of Alberta
3-98 Fine Arts Building
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
T6G 2C9

Interested applicants may apply to:


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Alberta hires on the basis of merit. We are committed to the principle of equity in employment. We welcome diversity and encourage applications from all qualified women and men, including persons with disabilities, members of visible minorities, and Aboriginal persons.