Job Title: New Media Assistant Professor (Digital Culture)
Rank: Assistant Professor
Tenure Information: Tenure Track

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About the Position:
The Department of New Media, Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Digital Culture, at the rank of Assistant Professor commencing July 1, 2023, subject to budgetary and Board approval. Joining a dynamic team of artists and scholars, the successful candidate will build on existing strengths in New Media by contributing to the decolonization of curriculum through the lens of digital culture studies.

Qualifications and Responsibilities:
Qualified candidates will have a PhD in Digital Culture or cognate area. Ideally, the candidate’s research trajectory will intersect with issues of reconciliation, decolonization, equity, accessibility. Applicants will be well-versed in the historical contingencies and contemporary complexities of social and cultural phenomena surrounding current and emergent digital technologies (for example: social media, Artificial Intelligence, cryptocurrency, data collection and data-driven decision making, the attention economy) and their ramifications on cultures, the environment, economies, politics, art and design, and everyday life. While not a prerequisite, we are particularly interested in applicants who have a parallel creative practice. Evidence of successful teaching at the post-secondary level is preferred, though not essential.

The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced level courses, as well as develop future course offerings, in Digital Culture studies to students in New Media programs, as well as to students from other disciplines fulfilling the Liberal Education requirements of their degrees. Teaching responsibilities will be determined to align with the candidate’s areas of research expertise. The new faculty member will join a vibrant department which delivers a broad new media curriculum to students from diverse backgrounds. They will also contribute to graduate programs, student supervision, and mentorship.

In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will conduct research/creative work in their areas of expertise. Faculty are responsible for teaching, research, and service and play an integral role in the current and future curricular direction of programs. They are expected to participate in collegial governance at the department, faculty, and university levels and to actively engage with broader communities.

About the Academic Unit:
The Department of New Media offers a New Media major degree (BFA), combined BFA degrees in New Media / Education, New Media / Computer Science, and New Media / Management, as well as Minors in New Media, and New Media Studies.

A generalist program, New Media emphasizes experiential learning, technical and creative innovation, critical thought, cross-disciplinarity, and collaboration. Supported by three computer labs equipped with high-end work stations, three specialized video editing and finishing facilities, as well as the Cove Studio (contains a green screen cyclorama, photographic backdrops, and specialized lighting), the department offers core studio and studies courses in a range of areas including, new media history and theory, web design, programming, game design and development, interaction, animation, and video production, as well as a rotating selection of upper-level electives.

The Faculty of Fine Arts includes two Canada Research Chairs in Indigenous fields of study (one in Art and one in Music) and supports collaborative, community-oriented scholarship.

About the University:
The University of Lethbridge, a comprehensive university with approximately 8,000 students from 37 countries, aims to support the spirit of free inquiry and the critical interpretation of ideas. Our University’s work also focuses on fostering an inclusive, equitable, and diverse campus grounded in the principles of truth and reconciliation. Many world-class researchers, visual, sound, and performing artists have made their home here, contributing to a thriving arts community supported by numerous galleries, including the SAAG (Southern Alberta Art Galley Maansiksikaitsitapiitsinikssin), CASA Community Arts Centre, the Trianon Gallery, the University’s Dr. Margaret (Marmie) Perkins Hess Gallery, as well as theatre and music venues. The University is a vital part of Lethbridge, a community of over 100,000 people, located near the Oldman River, close to the Rocky Mountains, and within easy driving distance to Calgary’s International Airport. The many recreational and cultural amenities of the Lethbridge area offer a wonderful quality of life, reflected in its 2022 recognition as one of Canada’s best small cities.

Application Instructions:
Applications must be submitted through the ULethbridge Careers webpage. Applications should contain the following documents, each uploaded as a single PDF file:

  • Letter of Interest/Intent
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Research/Creative Practice
  • Portfolio of Research/Creative Practice. If applicable: 20 images, links to video/audio files and professional websites if relevant, description of works for context
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Portfolio of Teaching: two sample syllabi including assignments, documentation of student work, student evaluations, if available

You will also be required to provide contact information for three references. References will be contacted directly, with information on how to submit their reference letters. The application submission triggers this request to your references, so please ensure that they are prepared to submit their letters no later than May 19, 2023.

All application materials may be addressed to:

Dr. Shelley Scott, PhD
Interim Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive W, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 3M4

Faculty: Faculty of Fine Arts
Campus: Lethbridge
Open Date: 03/04/2023
Close Date: 05/12/2023
Open Until Filled
Desired Start Date: 07/01/2023
Position End Date (if temporary)

Special Instructions to Applicants
The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

The University of Lethbridge invites applications from all qualified candidates; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.

Employment Equity
The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, including through all aspects of the hiring process. If you require support during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at so that accommodations can be put in place to support you. All private information received in relation to your request for support will be kept confidential, only information required to facilitate the accommodation will be shared with the selection committee.

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Statement of Research/Creative Practice
  • Portfolio of Research/Creative Practice
  • Letter of Intent

Optional Documents

  • Additional Documents
  • Portfolio of Teaching

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