Tenure-Track Position in Interaction Design, Design and Computation Arts

Job title: Tenure-Track Position in Interaction Design, Design and Computation Arts 
Position code: 21_T_DCART_O 
Date posted: October 7, 2022
Application deadline: December 15, 2022
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description  

The Department of Design and Computation Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Interaction Design to begin August 1, 2023. Duties include research, teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate levels, and service to the institution.

Interaction Design has an immeasurable and omnipresent impact on how we make sense of contemporary life, including but not limited to how we work, play, perceive, and respond to the world. The selected candidate will play a pivotal role in solidifying and strengthening the Department’s existing commitments to interaction design as a research endeavour and as a core perspective and skillset taught to students in our Design Major (DART), Computation Arts (CART), and Master of Design (MDes) programs. 

The ideal candidate is a creative practitioner (recent industry practice will be considered a significant asset), researcher, and maker whose agenda is driven by theoretical, social, political, and technical concerns. Applicants must be able to demonstrate an active profile in research communities directly engaged with interaction design. Diversity, inclusivity, sustainability, social justice, and systems thinking are especially important to the Department’s orientation towards design. Preference will be given to candidates addressing these issues through their work.  We are particularly interested in applicants whose research and creation involves one or more of the following areas:

  • Critical interaction design (e.g., critical design, speculative design, design fiction, adversarial design);
  • Interaction design and ethics, equity and social justice (e.g., decolonial pedagogies, participatory design, design for and with equity seeking groups);  
  • Interaction design and procedurality (e.g., designing around algorithms and agents);
  • Interaction design and space (e.g., physical and virtual interactions, XR/VR/AR); 
  • Interaction design and the built environment (e.g., architectural and urban installations, sensory engagement). 

Qualifications and assets 

Candidates must have a terminal degree (such as a PhD, MFA, or MDes) or the equivalent combination of education and professional experience. The main criteria for selection are scholarly and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly and creative output that demonstrates potential for independent research-creation leading to peer assessed publications, exhibitions, or other outputs and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The Department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French is an asset.

How to apply 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:  

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. 


No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada. 

Digital applications (.pdf and web formats) should be submitted to Michelina Sardella, Department Coordinator, Design and Computation Arts at michelina.sardella@concordia.ca on or before December 15, 2022 but, will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only shortlisted candidates will be notified and will be required to provide an attestation of their terminal degree(s). Submissions should consist of a single PDF file include the following items in the order specified below:  

  • cover letter clearly identifying the job title and position code (21_T_DCART);
  • curriculum vitae;  
  • statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness—e.g. teaching evaluations (if applicable), assignments and syllabi of courses taught; 
  • portfolio of research-creation work; 
  • statement of research achievements including funding and research supervision; 
  • links to any relevant research, including recent articles, publications, reviews, etc.; 
  • names and contact information of three referees. 

All inquiries regarding this position may be directed to pk langshaw, Professor and Chair, Department of Design and Computation Arts at pk.langshaw@concordia.ca or michelina.sardella@concordia.ca

Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next‐Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society. 

These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to: 

  • teaching about underrepresented populations 
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds 
  • committee work 
  • offering or organizing educational programming 
  • participation in training and workshops 

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Adaptive measures 

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: anna.barrafato@concordia.ca or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 3511.

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