Assistant Professor, Information Design - Calgary
The Department of Information Design, Faculty of Business and Communication Studies at Mount Royal University invites applications for a tenure track position which will commence July 1, 2023, subject to final budgetary approval, at the rank of Assistant Professor.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession, discipline, and to the community. These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participating in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participating in traditional academic functions.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching. The focus will be on teaching courses in the Information Design program and developing senior-level courses in their area of expertise. Successful candidates are expected to develop a research program that may include undergraduate students. The ability to attract external funding, or the promise of it, is desirable.

Position 1:

Preferred candidates will hold a minimum of a Master’s degree in a design or design-related discipline, or a technical or professional communication discipline with an emphasis on visual communication, or hold a masters in HCI, usability, or data science, with an emphasis on the visual communication of analytic content. A PhD or a doctorate in information or communication design, human-computer-design or interaction, digital humanities, with a UX or HCI specialization, or a doctorate in another discipline with experience deemed to be related, or relevant would be strongly considered.

Outstanding candidates from other areas and candidates with industry experience are encouraged to apply.

Priority will be given to applicants who specialize in one or more of the following areas:

  • Information Design, User-Centric Design
  • Data science, with an emphasis on the effective communication or presentation of analytic content
  • User experience (UX), Usability testing or research, HCI
  • Content Management, Content Management Systems (CMS), Database systems,
  • Information Architecture
  • Quantitative and Qualitative research methods, particularly as applied to Usability, User Experience
  • Experience with structured and unstructured data
  • Data manipulation, e.g. Tableau, PowerBI, Optimal Workshop, Excel, Power Query, Orange Data Mining
  • Product Development, e.g. Agile, distributed teams, Life-Cycle Product Management.
  • Prototyping Tools, e.g. Adobe XD, Figma

Position 2:

New faculty are hired into one of two work patterns. The teaching-scholarship-service pattern (TSS) has a focus on teaching (typically 6 courses per year) with the requirement that the faculty member be involved in a research program as well as service to the Mount Royal community. The teaching-service pattern (TS) has a focus on teaching (typically 8 courses per year) and service only. The successful candidate will be hired into the teaching-scholarship-service pattern (TSS). There is an option to change work patterns after tenure.

Minimum Qualifications:

An earned MDes, MFA, or equivalent degree, with an emphasis in Visual Communication or Information Design, from an accredited institution (or equivalent) is required at the time of application.
Evidence of research or professional practice in design.
Evidence of successful teaching experience at the undergraduate level.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • PhD or ABD in design; or PhD or ABD in design-complementary discipline with any previous degree located in visual communication or information design.
  • Experience in any of the following: design history, design theory and criticism; environmental graphic design; service design; typography; design for social action or social justice.
  • Experience with curriculum development.
  • Experience with community engagement partnership or project development


We are seeking candidates who have a deep commitment to diverse communities and whose scholarship, professional practice, and/or making/design expertise furthers social justice in or through design.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses grounded in visual communication, such as (among others):

  • INFO2666 Thinking with Type
  • INFO3610 Visualizing Information
  • INFO3620 Content Development and Design Studio
  • INFO4650 Critical Design
  • INFO4680 The Practice of Information Design
  • INFO4620 Systems Thinking and Changemaking Studio

For more info or to apply:

Position 1 and Position 2