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Posting number 2017.044
Position Instructor, Graphic & Digital Design
Department Graphic & Digital Design, College of Arts
Contract type Faculty; Temporary (Limited Term)
Contract timeline One year term
Start date August 16, 2017
End date August 15, 2018
Review date June 1, 2017

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley is nationally recognized for its commitment to teaching excellence, community relevance, and Indigenization. With over 100 programs, from graduate and undergraduate arts, science, and professional degrees, to trades and technical education, university preparation, and continuing education UFV is the school of choice for over 15,000 students.

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About the Department

UFV offers a two-year Graphic + Digital Design diploma and a Bachelor of Fine Arts Extended Minor in Graphic Design. The diploma introduces the creative industry and the fields of visual identity, graphic/communication design, dynamic media, and interactive design. The Bachelor of Fine Arts Extended Minor pairs Graphic Design with Art History, Creative Writing, Media & Communications Studies, or Theatre. With a focus on problem solving, graphic design students are immersed in real world projects, issues and contexts.

The department is currently developing a proposal for a Major in Graphic and Digital Design in the BFA, building on the two-year diploma. The Major will focus on designed experiences and cross-disciplinary design contexts where students may develop as disciplined generalists working across the entire scope of graphic design; or, pursue a passion within a specific context, field, and/or media format. Both directions emphasize discovery, adaptability, and resilience.

The Graphic and Digital Design Department invites applicants for a one-year limited term faculty appointment to begin August 16, 2017 and end August 15, 2018, to teach in the areas of interactive design (web and interaction) and one or more other areas in the field of graphic and digital design (total of 7 courses).

Workload will include 3 sections of interactive design courses:

  • GD202 Interactive Design I (UX and UI)
  • GD204 Interactive Design II (coding)
  • GD358 Interactive Design for Portfolio (Wordpress)

Plus four sections of other design related courses from this list (course outlines can be accessed here):


  • GD157 Digital Design Media I (Illustrator and Photoshop)
  • GD159 Digital Design Media II (InDesign, Digital and Print Publishing)
  • GD281 Applied Photography and Video (DSLR Camera)

Graphic Design

  • GD101 Fundamentals of Design
  • GD102 History of Graphic Design
  • GD369 Professional Practices I

Service responsibilities include department meetings, student support for digital portfolio development, and digital project management for student led initiatives (grad show and fundraising).


The successful applicant must be active in professional interactive design practice with expertise in web and app design, coding, user experience, digital narratives, wordpress, responsive design, and design thinking. Special consideration will be given to candidates who possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills, strong current practice portfolio, established industry networks, exceptional teaching ability, proficiency in Adobe CC, video, digital photography, art direction, applied knowledge of industry best practices and graphic design theory, and experience in academic leadership.

Educational requirements include a Masters’ degree and experience in teaching at the post-secondary levels, professional certification, and professional graphic and digital design experience spanning 5 years or more.

Duties of Limited Term faculty fall within Article 18.2 (Teaching Faculty Duties) of the Collective Agreement, specifically the Teaching and Service components.

How to apply

The Selection Advisory Committee will begin reviewing applications on June 1, 2017; however, the position will remain open until filled.

Candidates should submit pdfs and links of the following materials:

  1. a letter of application
  2. a statement of teaching philosophy
  3. a detailed curriculum vitae including three references
  4. current teaching evaluations and sample syllabi
  5. three case studies of your current interactive design professional practice (URLs)

Two letters of reference will be required at the time of interview.

Please refer to Posting #2017.044 in your application and submit to:


Email application to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Phone: (604) 854-4554
Fax: (604) 854-1538

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Please note:

  • We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.
  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.
  • In order to be environmentally and fiscally responsible, only short-listed candidates will be contacted for interviews.
  • Short-listed candidates may undergo a criminal record check and/or a verification of their education credentials, as required.
  • Shortlisted applicants for staff positions will be required to provide copies of their most recent evaluation summary.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.

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