[spectre] Tenure-track post in AR/VR/AI media production/praxis - Queen's University

Gabriel Menotti gabriel.menotti at gmail.com
Thu Oct 21 20:20:07 CEST 2021

Joint Tenure Track Position:  DAN School of Drama and Music and the
Department of Film and Media

The DAN School of Drama and Music and the Department of Film and Media at
Queen’s University invite applications for a jointly-appointed Tenure-track
faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Media and
Performance Production with a focus on emerging AI (artificial
intelligence), AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality)
technologies, with a preferred starting date of July 1, 2022. The
successful applicant will have an emerging or established artistic/creative
practice, whose work intersects with cultural, political, and sociological
aspects of the contemporary world. Applicants with an interest in the
intersection of practice and theory are particularly urged to apply. The
successful candidate will teach in the DAN School and the Department of
Film and Media, with a concentration in the jointly run Media and
Performance Production (MAPP) Specialization. The candidate’s research
profile should be strong enough to attract graduate students in the
Department of Film and Media’s MA/PhD program in Screen Cultures and
Curatorial Studies and the DAN School’s Arts Leadership Graduate Program.

The Department of Film and Media at Queen’s has an outstanding reputation
of strong teaching and scholarship with a 50-year history based in a
commitment to the intersection of theory and practice. The Department is
also home to the Vulnerable Media Lab, which engages in remediation of
obsolete moving image platforms with the understanding that audio-visual
cultural heritage has been unequally cared for and that the cultural
practices of women, Queer, BIPOC, and Indigenous peoples are in particular
need of a dedicated archival focus.

The DAN School offers a comprehensive and cutting-edge education in drama,
music and music theatre and a certificate program in entrepreneurship,
innovation and creativity. The graduate program in Arts Leadership is
thriving in its fifth year, with a curriculum that combines coursework
taught by industry leaders and paid work placements at major cultural
institutions. The School is also home to The Sonic Arts Studio, founded in
1971 for sound-based research, extending to electroacoustic composition,
improvisational performance and intermedia installation projects.

Both the Department of Film and Media and the DAN School are housed in the
Isabel Bader Centre for the Performing Arts, a state-of-the-art facility
with teaching and learning environments including a production studio, film
screening theatre, sound recording studio, a digital lab, a magnificent
concert hall, a black box studio, a rehearsal hall, a recital hall, as well
as range of studios, practice rooms, and classrooms. Film and Media and the
DAN School have a collaborative program with Computing: Computing and the
Creative Arts.

Candidates must have an MFA or PhD in hand at time of application, and at
least two years teaching experience. The main criteria for selection are
academic and teaching excellence, as well as high-quality creative practice
and the possibility of securing of external research funding, as well as
strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels, and an ongoing commitment to academic
and pedagogical excellence in support of the departments’ programs. In
addition, demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an
interdisciplinary and student-centred environment is a crucial
qualification. The successful candidate will also be expected to make
contributions through service to the department, the Faculty, the
University, and/or the broader community. Salary will be commensurate with
qualifications and experience.

People from across Canada and around the world come to learn, teach and
carry out research at Queen’s University. Faculty and their dependents are
eligible for an extensive benefits package including prescription drug
coverage, vision care, dental care, long term disability insurance, life
insurance and access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program. Queen’s
faculty members also participate in a pension plan. Tuition assistance is
available for qualifying employees, their spouses and dependent children.
Queen’s University supplements government parental leave benefits for
eligible employees on maternity/parental leave, and provides partial
reimbursement for eligible daycare expenses for employees with dependent
children in daycare. Details are set out in the Queen’s-QUFA Collective
Agreement. For more information on employee benefits, see Queen’s Human
Resources <http://www.queensu.ca/humanresources/>.

Additional information about Queen’s University can be found on the Faculty
Recruitment and Support <http://www.queensu.ca/facultyrecruitment> website.
The University is situated on the traditional territories of the
Haudenosaunee and Anishinaabe, in historic Kingston on the shores of Lake
Ontario. Kingston’s residents enjoy an outstanding quality of life with a
wide range of cultural, recreational, and creative opportunities.
Visit Inclusive
Queen’s <https://www.queensu.ca/inclusive/> for information on equity,
diversity and inclusion resources and initiatives.

The University invites applications from all qualified individuals. Queen’s
is strongly committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion in the
workplace and encourages applications from Black, racialized/visible
minority and Indigenous/Aboriginal people, women, persons with
disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ persons.  All qualified candidates are
encouraged to apply, however, in accordance with Canadian immigration
requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be
given priority.

To comply with federal laws, the University is obliged to gather
statistical information as to how many applicants for each job vacancy are
Canadian citizens / permanent residents of Canada.  Applicants need not
identify their country of origin or citizenship; however, all applications
must include one of the following statements: “I am a Canadian citizen /
permanent resident of Canada”; OR, “I am not a Canadian citizen / permanent
resident of Canada”. Applications that do not include this information will
be deemed incomplete.

In addition, the impact of certain circumstances that may legitimately
affect a nominee’s record of research achievement will be given careful
consideration when assessing the nominee’s research productivity.
Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their
experience and/or career interruptions.

Applications should include a cover letter (including one of the two
statements regarding Canadian citizenship / permanent resident status
specified in the previous paragraph); a complete and current curriculum
vitae, names and contact information for three (3) referees who can speak
to their creative practice and/or academic qualifications, an artist
statement and dossier (an artist statement of 300-400 words in length that
addresses their practice in relation to their submitted works, which should
be provided via links), a teaching dossier with at least two outlines for
courses previously taught, and any other relevant materials the candidate
wishes to submit for consideration, including refereed publications,
criticism, and/or curatorial programs.

*The deadline for applications is December 8, 2021. *

*Applicants are encouraged to send all documents in their application
packages electronically as PDFs to Professor Scott
MacKenzie at filmhead at queensu.ca <filmhead at queensu.ca>.*

*The University will provide support in its recruitment processes to
applicants with disabilities, including accommodation that takes into
account an applicant’s accessibility needs.  If you require accommodation
during the interview process, please contact Denise Arsenault in
the Department of Film and Media, at arsenaud at queens.ca
<arsenaud at queens.ca>.*

*Academic staff at Queen’s University are governed by a Collective
the University and the Queen’s University Faculty Association (QUFA)
<http://www.qufa.ca/>, which is posted
at http://queensu.ca/facultyrelations/faculty-librarians-and-archivists/collective-agreement
at http://www.qufa.ca <http://www.qufa.ca/>.  *
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