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ACAD is hiring Sessional Faculty to teach in one or more of the following program areas starting in September 2018:

Sessional Faculty

  • design history + theory, visual arts history + theory, visual and material culture + theory, English, Indigenous studies, Indigenous contemporary art practices, craft history + theory
  • ceramics, glass, jewellery + metals, animation, object design + fabrication
  • drawing, painting, photography, print media, sculpture
  • business fundamentals


Why ACAD?

The Alberta College of Art + Design (ACAD), founded in 1926, is one of Canada’s most distinguished training grounds in art, craft, and design. ACAD offers a broad and dynamic spectrum of study at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Its 14 academic departments offer courses in diverse disciplines including art history, theory, and criticism; ceramics; fibre; glass; jewellery and metals; painting and drawing; performance; photography; printmaking; sculpture; sound; media arts; graphic design; advertising; character design and illustration. In addition to studio-based education and training, a strong program in liberal studies emphasizes the critical role that the humanities and social sciences can play in students’ development.

ACAD offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Innovation and renewal in our curriculum is an ongoing process that responds to cultural and technological shifts in arts, crafts and design practice on students’ curricular needs. Our faculty is comprised of renowned professionals who are first-class instructors as well as active practitioners. As leaders in their fields, they are committed to building a diverse, stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas and the acquisition of technical skills and crafts.

ACAD is located in Calgary, Alberta in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Calgary is a cosmopolitan urban centre, with a diverse population of over 1.2 million people. This vibrant city has outstanding post-secondary and cultural institutions as well many varied recreational opportunities.


Position Description:

Sessional Faculty will demonstrate a passion for creativity, innovation and continued commitment to the art and design industry. There is an expectation to assist students with their work in and out of the classroom and to work both individually and as part of an instructional team.

Applications are solicited annually and/or as needed to build a pool of qualified instructors from which the annual complement of sessional instructors may be drawn. While acceptance to the Sessional pool is not an offer of employment, once selected to the pool, successful applicants may be called upon to augment and supplement the instruction, programming, pedagogical and research needs of the College beyond that which is provided by permanent faculty appointments.


The successful candidates will have:

Experience teaching at the post-secondary level, as is evidence of a substantial professional practice. Candidates should possess excellent written and verbal communication skills, a high level of dedication, the ability to captivate and motivate students, and provide instruction at all levels.


How to Apply

>>>Please submit applications via our careers page. Carefully read application instructions for each opportunity and visit ACAD’s How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission. Include all required support material in one PDF document – incomplete submissions may not be considered.

Review of applications will begin on April 15, 2018 and will continue until the positions are filled or the search is closed.

Further information about the College is available on our website at www.acad.ca.

ACAD is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversification of the College. We encourage expressions of interest from all qualified applicants for consideration for this or other suitable vacancies although applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

The collection of personal information is for the purpose of determining eligibility and suitability for employment as authorized by the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy (FOIP) Act, section 33(c). If you have any questions about the collection of your information, please contact our FOIP Coordinator at foip@acad.ca.

While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

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