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Sessional Instructor, Department of Art, Spring and Summer 2019

Job ID: 17507

Updated: February 8, 2019

Location: Main Campus

Position Description

Applications are invited for sessional instructors to teach the following courses during the Spring and Summer 2019 sessions. 

A terminal degree in Art or Art History is required (MA or MFA, but a studio-based PhD is preferred for Art courses and a PhD in Art History is preferred for Art History courses).  These sessional hiring positions are for Spring 2019 session May 6 - June 17, 2019 and for Summer 2019 session July 2 - August 13, 2019.

Applications are invited for sessional instructors to teach the following courses in the Spring 2019 session.

Art History (ARHI) 201.01 Introduction to Art History I
(Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 - 2:50)

Course Description: An examination of art and architecture before 1400 in relation to significant historical and cultural events.

Successful applicants should have a PhD in art history or related discipline with demonstrated research experience related to the art and architecture of this period. Demonstrated teaching excellence, particularly with large lecture classes, is an asset.

ART  311.02  Topic 14 Art of Interactive Storytelling
(Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 - 2:50)

Course Description: This course explores narrative in new platforms like video games and transmedia, mobile apps and locative media, augmented reality and VR. Students will learn fundamentals of interactive storytelling, reflect on interactive stories from multiple genres, and complete practical storytelling assignments using accessible tools and techniques.

Applicants should have an understanding of interactive digital media as a vehicle for fiction and non-fiction storytelling. This includes knowledge of interactive storytelling fundamentals (e.g., structure, arc, character, dialogue, point of view, tools and platforms, narrative design); essential concepts (e.g., gaming and transmedia models, convergence, remediation, branching narrative, gamification, progression vs. emergence, worldbuilding); the history of new media as a storytelling vehicle; experience with writing, designing and/or directing narrative-based experiences across multiple genres; and opportunities and challenges associated with digital storytelling platforms including the internet, video games, social media, interactive cinema, documentary and television, mobile apps, locative media, immersive media (VR, augmented reality, etc.), alternate reality games (ARGs), smart toys/robotics.

Applications are invited for sessional instructors to teach the following courses in the Summer 2019 session.

Art History (ARHI) 203.01 Introduction to Art History II
(Monday, Wednesday, 12:00 - 2:50)

Course Description: An examination of art and architecture after 1400 in relation to significant historical and cultural events.

Applicants must possess experience teaching undergraduate university courses; prior experience teaching large classes will be considered an asset.

ART  311.01  Topic 2 Survey of New Media Art
(Tuesday, Thursday, 12:00 - 2:50)

Course Description: An examination of trends in art practice throughout the 20th and 21st centuries in relation to developments in media technologies.

Applicants for this position should have a working knowledge of art historical practices from Futurism, Dadism and Fluxus, in addition to new music traditions (Cage, Reich, Oliveros) related to new media. Applicants should be prepared to contextualize performance art, video art, sound art, digital and interactive art in relation to these art historical traditions. A familiarity with issues of mechanical and digital reproduction (Benjamin, Barthes, Baudrillard and Manovich) would be an asset. A creative practice grounded in new media and familiarity with contemporary new media practices would also be relevant. 

To apply for these teaching opportunities, please submit a letter of application to Nicole Ethier (
In support of your application, please provide the following:

  • a current, up-to-date CV 
  • three letters of reference, written within the past five years 
  • a cover letter that explains your ability and qualifications to teach the specific course
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness

**The application deadline is 4:30pm, Friday, February 22, 2019. 

If you have further questions, please contact Brian Rusted, Head, Department of Art.

If you would like to see sample outlines of these courses, please contact the Department of Art at 220-5251.

NOTE: These course offerings are subject to budget allocation, resources and minimum enrolments.

The amount of remuneration is calculated according to the Collective Agreement, Schedule B. Please see the Faculty Association's website at for further information regarding conditions of employment and remuneration.
Instructors are required to administer the course for the entire duration of their contract, irrespective of the course dates.

Thank you for your application.  Please check this website frequently as new teaching opportunities will be posted as they are approved.

The University of Calgary recognizes that a diverse staff/faculty benefits and enriches the work, learning and research experiences of the entire campus and greater community. We are committed to removing barriers that have been historically encountered by some people in our society. We strive to recruit individuals who will further enhance our diversity and will support their academic and professional success while they are here. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In this connection, at the time of your application, please answer the following question: Are you a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada? (Yes/No)

Additional Information

To learn more about academic opportunities at the University of Calgary and all we have to offer, view our Academic Careers website. For more information about the Faculty of Arts visit Careers in the Faculty of Arts.

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