Assistant/Associate Professor in Foundation

Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for two (2) to three (3) full-time faculty positions at the rank of Assistant (tenure-track) or Associate Professor in Foundation within the Faculty of Culture and Community. Situated on the unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (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 Foundation Area, embedded within the Faculty of Culture and Community, provides the first-year, interdisciplinary curriculum for all the undergraduate majors by way of a holistic approach to making, learning, and community building. The Faculty of Culture and Community also offers a unique and academically-oriented BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices (CRCP), which enhances interdisciplinary artistic practices with a firm grounding in history, theory, and criticism; and a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement (SPACE), which combines community partnerships and project-based learning  to model, perform, and enact new and more relational ways to live in the world together.


The Foundation curriculum spans studio courses in art, design, and media practices alongside an introductory humanities lecture and seminar that ground students in a range of methodologies and approaches to visual culture and critical writing. By providing core academic and studio skills across a range of interdisciplinary requirements and practice-specific electives, the Foundation curriculum provides students with an introduction to technical perspectives, iterative processes of experimentation and failure, and a critical grounding in creative approaches and processes that shape their trajectories through future majors. Successful candidates will have teaching experience and expertise in first-year pedagogy.

Within this interdisciplinary framework, we are seeking artists, media practitioners, and designers with research and practices in one or more of the following areas:


  • Design, including interaction, communication or industrial design practices.
  • Animation practices, including traditional, experimental, and/or 3D.
  • Illustration practices.



This position is based in the Foundation area, and the selected candidates’ primary placement will be within the first-year studio-based curriculum. Responsibilities will include:


  • Teaching core and elective studio courses in the Foundation 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.



A successful candidate will have the following qualifications and/or related experience:


  • MFA 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.
  • The ability to teach a range of practice-based studio courses at the first year level, from both interdisciplinary and disciplinary perspectives.
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist 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.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and across disciplines.


Experience in the following areas will be considered an asset:


  • Teaching across both studio and critical studies curriculum.
  • Working with first-year students, including the ability to relate and connect across cultures and ages, and understanding the embodied complexities and experiences of this demographic.


Emily Carr University is designated by the University Act of BC as a Special Purpose Teaching University, with a focus on a practice-based pedagogy in art and design. Full-time Foundation faculty at ECUAD can expect to teach the equivalent of two six-credit and one three-credit courses per term.



Applications should include:


  • 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 personal statement on the candidate’s contributions to diversity, 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 portfolio of work (up to 20 images or a website) and / or a writing sample (up to 10 pages);
  • the names and contact information of three referees.


Electronic submissions are welcome at:


The review of applications will begin on February 1, 2023 and will continue until the position has been filled.


Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate commencement in August 2023.  Salary and rank will be commensurate with professional status and teaching experience.



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 beautiful and culturally diverse Vancouver, British Columbia, Emily Carr attracts more than 1800 students from 60 countries to our undergraduate and graduate programs.The Audain Faculty of Art is one of four university faculties (alongside, Faculty of Design and Dynamic Media, Faculty of Culture + Community, and Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies) which, together with the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Library + Learning Commons, Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, Libby Leshgold Gallery, READ Books, and the research centres and workshops 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. 



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 ( 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.

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