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Assistant Professor, Interaction Design and User Experience Research

University of Waterloo

The Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business in the Faculty of Arts at the University of Waterloo invites applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning July 1, 2021. The successful candidate’s teaching responsibilities will be in the undergraduate and graduate programs of the Stratford School.

The Stratford School currently offers two academic programs: the Bachelor of Global Business and Digital Arts and the Master of Digital Experience Innovation. Both combine the study of creativity, design with new technologies, business, and entrepreneurship into one interdisciplinary program. Both programs are innovative and popular and are growing rapidly.

The successful candidate will have a PhD with a focus in interaction design and user experience research and design, or a related field. The ideal candidate will conduct user experience research in novel interactive technologies and will both study and develop new human interfaces and objects to shape and understand how technologies respond to real-world needs. They will conduct interdisciplinary research into user interactions and technologies that will help us improve our understanding of the effects of digital technologies from a social, behavioural, gameful, creative, interactive, and global perspective. Duties include research, teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and, in future, supervising graduate students, as the Stratford School is currently developing research graduate programs. The ideal candidate will need to demonstrate current success in teaching and research.

The salary range for this position at the rank of Assistant Professor is $85,000.00 to $130,000.00.

The closing date for applications is November 15, 2020. Application materials must be submitted online as PDF files through Please include electronic copies of a cover letter (addressed to Dr. Christine McWebb, Director, Stratford School of Interaction Design and Business), curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy, and research statement, and provide names and contact information for three individuals who will upload letters of reference for you (once prompted to do so).

The University of Waterloo regards equity and diversity as an integral part of academic excellence and is committed to accessibility for all employees. As such, we encourage applications from women, persons with disabilities, Indigenous peoples, members of visible minorities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. At Waterloo, you will have the opportunity to work across disciplines and collaborate with an international community of scholars and a diverse student body, situated in a rapidly growing community that has been termed a “hub of innovation.”

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

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