Design Studies – Sessional Instructor
User Experience and Interface Design

MacEwan University inspires students through a powerful combination of academic excellence and personal learning experiences. With a main campus located in culturally-rich downtown Edmonton, our comprehensive undergraduate university offers over 65 programs to approximately 12,000 students. Construction is currently underway on a new Centre for Arts and Culture slated to open in 2017. With a dedication to teaching excellence informed by scholarly research and creative activity, MacEwan University provides an exceptional collaborative and supportive learning environment with a commitment to environmental sustainability and opportunities for community engagement. In support of faculty professional development, unique and enhanced services are provided through the
Centre for the Advancement of Faculty Excellence (CAFÉ).

About the Design Studies Program
For over thirty years, MacEwan University’s Design Studies program has been educating well-respected designers in Edmonton, Alberta. MacEwan University’s teaching approach is learner-centered and based on process, design thinking, and studio practice. Through theoretical grounding, practical craft, and the application of tools and technology, students gain solid skills to enter a wide variety of disciplines.
Faculty members combine theory and practice to inspire and train the creative leaders of tomorrow. They foster inquiry while challenging students to act effectively in a full range of design applications. Our graduates take active parts in the professional design community as they make significant contributions to the lives of Edmontonians and beyond.

In 2013, Design Studies launched a new program of study, providing students greater flexibility in course selection and enhancing critical thinking and inter-disciplinarity. Relevant to this opportunity, basic web and interaction design was made a requirement for all students, highlighting industry’s need for all designers to possess an understanding of user experience and interface design. The program currently has six courses dedicated to this subject, making it one of the most comprehensive user experience and interface design programs in the Prairie Provinces.

Sessional Instructor
The Design Studies program invites applications for sessional instructors in web and interaction design, beginning in the 2015-16 academic year. This is a part-time position consisting of teaching one or more courses. The instructor facilitates meaningful learning of the course competencies in the curriculum and proactively supports all facets of the learning environment. S/He provides education through learning-centered instruction that will enable graduates to fulfill the evolving needs of the marketplace. S/He encourages a culture of learning that values mutual responsibility and respect, life-long learning and ethics as well as personal and professional development.

• Teach assigned courses (one or more of the following):
DESN 240 Web Design & Development
DESN 241 Interaction Design I
DESN 340 Web Design & Development II
DESN 341 Interaction Design II
DESN 342 User Experience & Usability
DESN 343 Web Design & Development III
• Prepare all course materials and lessons. Preparation time will vary based on instructor experience
• Provide each student with clear course expectations, evaluations and timelines through carefully written topical outlines and approved, standardized syllabus
• Provide interesting and relevant assignments for students that demonstrate learning outcomes in a real-life setting
• Challenge, engage, serve and communicate with students to encourage their participation and learning while maintaining mutual value and respect
• Complete grade books, final grade sheets, learning assessments and final exam assessments on a timely basis
• Provide one-on-one assistance to students through periodic emails and out-of-class meetings
• Attend one faculty meeting per semester and meet on as-needed basis with web and interaction design professors to coordinate course delivery

Knowledge and Skills
• Excellent knowledge of usability concepts and user experience theory, including but not limited to: layout and navigation patterns, user interface conventions and considerations for different form factors
• Excellent knowledge of information architecture concepts, including but not limited to language and labels, structuring content and prioritizing content
• Excellent ability and understanding of how to identify project objectives, client requirements and audience needs
• Excellent understanding of and experience creating wireframing and prototyping tools and techniques
• Extensive experience creating user interfaces for multiple form factors
• Strong knowledge of user experience research methods
• Strong understanding of web standards, technologies and search engine optimization concepts and techniques
• Excellent understanding of web and interaction design project process and business
• Strong proficiency with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign
• Basic proficiency with front-end development (HTML/CSS/JavaScript libraries) is required. A high proficiency is strongly desired
• Basic proficiency with front-end development

• At least 5 years’ experience working in the web, digital or interactive design industry
• Bachelor Degree in Graphic Design, Visual Communications or comparable program; a Master’s Degree is an asset
• Experience teaching graphic, web, user experience or interface design is desirable

Questions about this opportunity may be addressed to:
Dr. Carole Charette
Assistant Professor
Chair, Design Studies
Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
MacEwan University

How to Apply

Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier (if available), 3 recent teaching evaluations (if available), portfolio (link to website or digital portfolio is preferred) and contact information for 3 references.

Only applications received electronically will be considered. To apply, go to: and select the job posting.

Thank you for your interest in employment with MacEwan University. We will be reviewing all applications to select the candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs. Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
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This position is included under the Faculty Association collective agreement.

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

Category Sessional
Salary Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience
Closing Date May 29, 2015
Competition No. 15.04.032
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University Services Centre
Rm. 10-600, 10700 - 104 Avenue
Edmonton AB T5J 4S2

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