by BK Munn
The Creative Writing Department at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver is hiring a tenure-track position for a cartoonist/graphic novelist. According to a job posting at the university, UBC is seeking applicants for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position that starts July 2020. Dubbed “Assistant Professor: Graphic Forms”, the position requires a teaching experience and a degree, meaning “graduate degree (MFA in Creative Writing preferred, but a combination of a post-graduate degree and appropriate writing and publishing experience would be acceptable); demonstrated excellence in graphic forms; experience in a second genre an asset; evidence of or demonstrated potential for excellent teaching ability of university-level creative writing courses; one major publication or equivalent required.”
There may be other cartoonists teaching at the university level in Canada, but I’m not aware of any.
Here’s the full posting:
Assistant Professor: Graphic Forms
The Creative Writing Program at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor position to begin July 1, 2020.
Requirements include: graduate degree (MFA in Creative Writing preferred, but a combination of a post-graduate degree and appropriate writing and publishing experience would be acceptable); demonstrated excellence in graphic forms; experience in a second genre an asset; evidence of or demonstrated potential for excellent teaching ability of university-level creative writing courses; one major publication or equivalent required.
The ideal candidate will have an international profile and experience teaching at both the graduate and undergraduate level, including workshops as well as large lecture classes; experience in teaching online classes an asset. The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to high quality undergraduate and graduate education; will be expected to teach a total of 4 courses (12 credits) per year, to participate in Creative Writing program administration, to supervise graduate theses, and to maintain an excellent record of teaching, service, and scholarly activity, which includes a distinguished record of professional publication.
The Creative Writing Program is known for its strong undergraduate and graduate degrees and has an international reputation for excellence. For information about the program, please visit https://creativewriting.ubc.ca/.
UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at: http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/.
Applications are to be submitted via this online form (see below). Applicants should be prepared to upload the following documents (PDFs): a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, one writing sample (20-30 pages), and a teaching portfolio (to include a statement of teaching philosophy and some or all of the following: student evaluations, peer assessments, 1-2 sample course syllabi); and a one-page statement about your experience working with a diverse student body and your contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion.
In addition, applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of recommendation to be sent directly via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will begin October 15, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.
This position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Equity and diversity and essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.