This is a Permanent, Full-time position.Category: Education
The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Production and Design at the Assistant Professor level beginning September 1st, 2017. We seek an experienced designer/artist with a graduate degree interested in design-led processes of creation for live performance and other time-based practices in contemporary arts. This faculty member will directly collaborate with all areas in the School for the Contemporary Arts (Dance, Film, Music, Theatre and Visual Art), the Master of Fine Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies and the Master of Arts in Comparative Media Arts.
RESPONSIBILITIES: The Production and Design program utilizes an intensive, design-led approach to training and emphasizes a multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary approach to arts production. Applicants must have a vibrant and continuing artistic practice that reflects the latest technical and aesthetic developments, along with a commitment to developing artistic collaborations in an interdisciplinary environment.
Candidates should be qualified to teach throughout the Production and Design curriculum, which encompasses progressive, incremental training in stage technology; and culminates with practicums in design of staging, lighting, projection, costume, technical direction and stage management. The candidate will be expected to contribute to the advancement and growth of the Production and Design area, assist in student recruitment and academically mentor students.
Additionally, the position will include committee responsibilities and may include supervision of graduate students and occasional graduate level teaching. The successful candidate will maintain a robust artistic practice and work with the School to advance the concepts of performance design.
Requirements for the position include a graduate degree in an area of design for the performing arts or a related professional field. Experience teaching at the University or College level is an asset. The study of production and design in the School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University is distinctive in Canada for its focus on interdisciplinary training. A broad range of skills including a fluency in computer drafting programs such as Vectorworks and/or AutoCAD are beneficial.
Desirable qualifications include knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas; scenography, spatial practices, new media for performance, lighting design, stage and props design, performance technology, arts installations, interactive media, 3D modeling, video mapping and projection, performance architecture, stage management, production management and technical direction.
Applications must include
a letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background
a curriculum vitae
links to samples of technical paperwork and samples of creative work
a statement of teaching philosophy; and
contact information for three confidential referees.
Please note that materials submitted will not be returned.
Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director c/o Rachael Melanson, . The review of applications will begin February 13, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by this date.
The position is subject to availability of funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is committed to employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified women and men, including visible minorities, Aboriginal people, and persons with disabilities.
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THE SCHOOL: Located in a dynamic neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Vancouver, Simon Fraser University’s School for the Contemporary Arts has a national and award-winning reputation for its innovative approach to fostering contemporary art. At SCA, we’re not interested in producing interdisciplinary art, we’re interested in defining it. The School is an interdisciplinary fine and performing arts and scholarly program that offers a BA in Art, Performance and Cinema Studies and BFAs in Dance, Film, Music, Theatre and Visual Art, as well as an interdisciplinary MFA and an MA in Comparative Media Arts.
The Production and Design Area is deeply involved in all areas, whether it is through work on Dance or Theatre Main Stage Performances, student productions, Visual Art installations, site-specific work or production design for Film. The School’s work is strengthened through its relationship to various high-profile community partners such as the acclaimed international PUSH Festival or the Vancouver Film Festival.