Sessional Instructor

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Sessional Instructor

Do you believe in the power of ideas, possibility, and in building community?

Alberta University of the Arts (AUArts) invites applications for sessional instructors to teach in the following program areas starting September 2022.

Sessional Faculty, School of Craft & Emerging Media:

  • Ceramics
  • Jewellery & metals
  • Fibre

Sessional Faculty, School of Communication Design:

  • Illustration
  • Graphic design

Why AUArts?

Alberta University of the Arts rests on the traditional Treaty 7 Territories of the Blackfoot people and in the spirit of our collective effort to promote reconciliation, we acknowledge the traditional territories and oral practices of the Blackfoot Confederacy, which includes Siksika, Piikani and Kainai, the Tsuut’ina, the Stoney Nakoda First Nations (Bearspaw, Chiniki and Wesley), Metis Nation Region III, and all those who make their homes in the Treaty 7 Region of Southern Alberta.

AUArts is a community of thinkers, shapers, makers and risk takers. We are students, faculty, staff and alumni rich in diversity of culture and thought, challenged to fearlessly explore what moves us, drives us, and implores us to see the world differently.

The Alberta University of the Arts offers its 1,100 students studio-based programming that leads to a bachelor of fine arts in one of nine disciplines, a bachelor of design in one of two, and an MFA in craft media. It has deep roots in Calgary’s creative community and will soon be celebrating its centennial.

Sessional instructors will exhibit passion for creativity, innovation and continued commitment to the art and design industry.

Sessional appointments are intended to augment and supplement instruction and programming and/or the pedagogical and/or research needs of the university beyond that which is provided by permanent faculty appointments. Successful candidates will be offered an engagement letter, which is not a contract for specific course instruction but a confirmation of eligibility for assignment of courses. A separate contract will be issued for the specific course(s) as they are offered. Sessional instructors’ names will be retained on our sessional instructor list for the duration of their engagement letter, after which time it is required they reapply.


  • MFA or equivalent degree; or a combination of professional experience and another degree in a relevant field.
  • Experience teaching at the post-secondary level.
  • Evidence of a substantial professional practice.
  • Excellent communication skills.
  • Ability to motivate students.

Successful candidates will be required to provide certified transcripts of academic credentials or other documentation related to qualifications.

How to Apply

Applications must include the following in a single PDF document:

Cover Letter

Cover letter, including statement of interest in AUArts, interest in teaching (including specific program areas and levels), and related accomplishments. Applicants who are qualified to teach in more than one of the listed program areas should clearly declare their qualifications in their cover letter.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume

Please upload your single document to the Resume section—do not upload any documents to the Cover Letter section. You will be required to create an account in order to submit your application. Please visit our How to Apply page to ensure your application is complete prior to submission.

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled or the search is closed. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Further information about AUArts is available on our website at

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AUArts is an equal opportunity employer and is strongly committed to fostering diversity within our community. We welcome those who would contribute to the further diversity of the university. 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

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