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Wilfrid Laurier University (Laurier) is a multi-campus university renowned for its extraordinary learning environment and highly personalized educational experience. As a comprehensive university with more than 19,000 students, Laurier has grown rapidly in research intensity while at the same time preserving our well-earned reputation for excellent undergraduate teaching and learning. With a multi-campus and multi-community culture, Laurier offers students an exceptional range of more than 100 academic programs. As a leader in higher education for more than a century, Laurier has offered students a transformative experience, an ethos that is offered in Laurier’s intention to inspire lives of leadership and purpose.
Laurier’s campuses and locations are on the Haldimand Tract, within the traditional territories of the Neutral, Anishnaabe and Haudenosaunee peoples. A short 2.5-hour drive of 18 First Nations communities, including the Six Nations of the Grand River— the most populous First Nation in Canada — and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. Kitchener-Waterloo and Brantford both have large urban Indigenous populations. There are 12 Métis councils within a 3-hour radius. We recognize the unique heritages of Indigenous peoples and support their right to preserve and express their distinctive Indigenous cultures, histories, and knowledge through academic programming, research, and co-curricular activities. Laurier honours Indigenous knowledge through diverse ongoing initiatives, programs, funding events, and positions, including the university’s Indigenous Student Centres, its Centre for Indigegogy, the Indigenous Knowledge Fund, Indigenous Education Week and the annual Indigenous Research Symposium. Laurier welcomes a regular stream of Visiting Elders and has an Indigenous Curriculum Specialist, not to mention a growing number of Indigenous faculty, students, and staff.
The Brantford Campus is interwoven into Brantford’s downtown core with more than 3000 undergraduate and graduate students, over 80 full-time faculty, and 18 different programs across four different faculties. Laurier’s Brantford campus is home to numerous research centres such as the Tshepo Institute for the Study of Contemporary Africa. The City of Brantford is approximately a one-hour drive along the QEW and Hwy. 403 from Toronto and the Niagara region and boasts a healthy arts and culture scene, world-class trails system for walking and biking, and a strong slate of festivals and events.
Faculty and department/area: Faculty of Liberal Arts, User Experience Design Program
Position location: Brantford with courses offered in Brantford, Waterloo, and Online
Rank/s of the position: Assistant or Associate Professor
Type of position: Tenure track
Faculty/department/program description: The Faculty of Liberal Arts, located at the Brantford campus, offers a wide range of programs, from traditional arts disciplines such as English and History to innovative and cutting-edge fields of study such as User Experience Design and Digital Media and Journalism. In all the programs students get both knowledge and know-how; all programs offer experiential learning opportunities. Through several unique partnerships with Conestoga College and the University of Sussex, students have opportunities to include postgraduate certificates or an additional degree. The Master of Arts program in Social Justice and Community Engagement offered by the Faculty is unique in Canada. The Faculty currently has nearly 850 students and 33 full-time faculty, as well as many part-time instructors.
The User Experience Design Program, was launched in 2017 and is one of the fastest growing and innovative design degree programs in Canada. Students in the UX major take courses in UX Research, UX Strategy, Interaction Design, Design Thinking, UI and Web Design, 3-D and Critical Making, Design Ethics, Designing for EDI, Graphic Design, Information Architecture, and Immersive Design. Students work on projects throughout their degree program with partners from industry, community and non-profit organizations, and may participate in a 12-month co-op after their third year. Students work with clients from industry, government and community organizations to create user-centered solutions to complex business and societal challenges. Faculty research in the program has been funded by NSERC, SSHR, ORF, MITACS, and others.
The User Experience Design Program seeks qualified Black candidates who will bring their knowledge, training and lived experiences to teach and inform research that can advance the discipline and practice of UX Design. The motto of the UX Design Program is “Designing A Better World,” and the successful candidate will have an understanding of the ways in which diversity, equity and inclusion are fundamental to the future of design praxis. Because UX Design is interdisciplinary by nature, the successful candidate’s education, scholarship or practice may be situated within a wide array of cognate disciplines.
The successful candidate will also be capable of teaching in one or more of the current areas of broad need within the program:
Although the areas specified above represent broad areas of need within the program, other related areas of teaching expertise will also be considered. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate students in the UX Major, UX Minor, and UX Specialization across multiple year levels and will provide leadership in the development of new courses and contribute to program innovation.
Qualifications: The successful candidate will demonstrate an active research program, professional practice and/or scholarship and will have a terminal degree in one of the following areas: Design, Human Factors, Human-Computer Interaction, Information Science, Systems Engineering, Software Design, Anthropology, Sociology, Psychology, or related disciplines. Applicants without a terminal degree may be considered on the basis of outstanding leadership and career achievement in UX Design, UX Research, or UX Strategy.
The following is a list of the steps we anticipate in the recruitment process for this position. We would also like to bring to your attention several key issues we would recommend you consider as you navigate the search process.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply by including the following in their application. Please note that additional materials may be requested through the review process as required by the home department.
Applications can be addressed to Mike Young, Executive Search Associate and submitted electronically to firstname.lastname@example.org. Review of applications will begin on October 29th and will continue to be collected and evaluated until all of the Inclusive Excellence cohort positions are filled. Candidates are encouraged to apply once interested as applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.
Wilfrid Laurier University is committed to employment equity and values diversity. Laurier welcomes applications from qualified members of the equity-seeking groups. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, as per Canadian immigration laws, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obligated to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenships; however, all applicants must include one of the following statements in their cover letter:
Applicants are encouraged to address any career interruptions or special circumstances that may have affected their record of research and teaching, in accordance with Tri-Council definitions and guidelines.
Laurier strives to make our application process accessible and provides accommodations for both applicants and employees as outlined in Policy 8.7. https://www.wlu.ca/about/governance/assets/resources/8.7-employment-accommodation-policy.html. If you require assistance applying for this position, to obtain a copy of this job description in an accessible format, or would like to discuss accessibility and accommodations during the recruitment process please email email@example.com.
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