Skip to Main Content

Assistant/Associate Professor in Foundation

Posting Details

Position Information

Job Title Assistant/Associate Professor in Foundation
Rank Assistant or Associate Professor
Tenure Information Tenure Track
Job Summary
Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for two (2) to three (3) full-time tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions 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 at Emily Carr University provides the first-year, interdisciplinary curriculum for all the undergraduate majors, spanning studio courses in art, design and media practices alongside an introductory humanities lecture and seminar that ground students in a range of 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 introduction to technical perspectives, iterative processes of experimentation and failure, and a critical grounding in creative approaches and processes that shape their trajectories through their future majors through a holistic approach to making, learning, and community building. Within this interdisciplinary framework, we are seeking individuals with studio practice, research and teaching expertise.

Foundation is embedded in the Faculty of Culture and Community, which provides the academic core and first-year program for all undergraduate degrees at Emily Carr University. The Faculty also holds a unique and academically-oriented BFA in Critical and Cultural Practices, which enhances interdisciplinary artistic practices with a firm grounding in history, theory, and criticism; as well as a minor in Social Practice and Community Engagement, which combines community partnerships and project-based learning to model, perform, and enact new and more relational ways to live in the world together.

This position is based in the Foundation area, and the selected candidates will primarily be responsible for teaching within the first-year studio-based curriculum.

  • Teach and mentor foundation students;
  • Active participation in curriculum and program development and planning;
  • Provide service to the faculty and university-wide governance systems by participation in various committees and working groups, as well as be an active and engaged member of the University community;
  • Maintain an active research and scholarship profile.
Required Qualifications
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-level or post‐secondary 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 and evidence of teaching effectiveness in a multicultural and multilingual classroom;
  • 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.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in the following areas will be considered an asset:
  • Experience and expertise in first year pedagogy;
  • The ability to relate and connect across cultures, ages, and understand the embodied complexities and experiences of first year students;
  • Expertise in applying anti-racist and decolonized practices within pedagogy, curriculum development, and one’s research praxis.
About Emily Carr
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.
Additional Information
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 a writing sample (up to 20 pages) and, an additional portfolio of work (up to 20 images or link to a website);
  • the names and contact information of three referees.

Electronic submissions are welcome at:

The review of applications will begin on February 1, 2024 and will continue until the position has been filled. Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate commencement in August 2024. Salary and rank will be commensurate with professional status and teaching experience. Salary range $68,385 to $109,584 per annum.

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.
Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F012-2023
Open Date 11/01/2023
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Special Instructions to Applicants

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Did you submit all requirements including samples of syllabi, assignments, and evidence of teaching effectiveness?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed To Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Portfolio
  4. Supporting Materials
  5. Research Statement
  6. References
  7. Diversity Statement
  8. Statement of Pedagogy
Optional Documents