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September 13, 2020

Research Associate

Hosted by Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice

Deadline to apply is Sunday, September 13, 2020

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If you have any questions about the position, we are having two info sessions (September 3rd and 4th). Please register here and let us know of any access needs you may have. For any other questions, please send an email to info@creativeusers.net.

We are seeking a community-oriented researcher to join our team in a flexible part-time capacity at the Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. This position is connected to a research project, Accessing the Arts, that is a partnership between Creative Users Projects (funded by the Canada Council for the Arts) and Bodies in Translation (funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada).

Creative Users Projects is working with communities with lived experiences of disability and difference across Canada to co-create solutions that make difference discoverable and vital in a world that’s transforming to digital. Our research and development initiative (Accessing the Arts) aims to build a sustainable disability arts service that is created in collaboration with the communities it hopes to serve.

Under the supervision of Margaret Lam, digital lead at ATA, the Re•Vision Research Associate will conduct qualitative user research on the information and data practices of arts and community organizations, to support the human-centered design process that is being used to inform the creation of the ATA platform, our knowledge mobilization activities, and a data strategy that straddles the arts and accessibility domains. General descriptions of the priority tasks are listed below, but the details of each can be shaped to reflect a candidate’s interests and experiences:

  • Co-create and execute a knowledge mobilization plan to share the ATA team’s research and broaden awareness of the implications, challenges, and opportunities that going digital means to disabled lives. This will include both community and scholarly outputs (e.g. podcasts, tool kits, and other formats to-be-determined with the communities, and research articles).
  • Conduct user needs research activities (interviews, focus groups, etc.) that will inform the creation of a data strategy that bridges arts data and accessibility data and involve arts organizations and festivals across Canada (Luminato, Tangled Art + Disability, Culture Days, Fringe Festival, Accessibility Cloud)

We are interested in hearing from graduate students (master’s or PhD) who are either currently enrolled in, or have graduated from a social science, humanities or interdisciplinary field (with a preference for disciplines that engage critically with issues of digital society, technology, accessibility studies, human-centered design, and information studies). The ideal candidate is comfortable working in a community-based, interdisciplinary environment with a demonstrated commitment to critical analysis of disability as it intersects with race/ethnicity, Indigeneity, gender, social class, sexuality, and body size. In particular, we are looking for someone who can analyze information-seeking behaviour with that critical lens, and preferably from the position of lived experience from within the aforementioned communities. Strong written and/or oral communication skills required. Track record of publication in academic journals (or a strong portfolio of community and/or research-based output) or equivalent is highly desirable. Demonstrated ability to collaborate in a community-based research context would be strong assets.

This position requires an average of 18-24 hours/week at $25-30/hour starting in Fall 2020 until Spring 2021, with flexibility to accommodate a candidate’s availability, and reflect ebbs and flows in the demands Accessing the Arts Project’s. Interested applicants should submit a cover letter outlining their interests/suitability for the position, include CVs and/or portfolio if they are available, and contact information for two references by Sunday, September 13, 2020.

Applications should be sent to info@creativeusers.net by September 13th.

This position is open to Canadian citizens and permanent residents who are located within and outside of Canada.

Re•Vision: The Centre for Art and Social Justice encourages applications from disabled, Mad, Indigenous, BPOC, and LGBTQI, fat, and aging/ aged people and all people who are marginalized in the workplace.


  • Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice

    Blackwood Hall, Room 103, 70 Trent Lane, Guelph, Ontario N1G 2W1 Canada


    The Re•Vision Centre for Art and Social Justice was founded in 2012 by Dr. Carla Rice, Canada Research Chair in Care, Gender, and Relationships in the College of Social and Applied Human Sciences at the University of Guelph. It is an arts methodology research hub at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada that investigates the power of the arts, and especially story, to open up conversations about systemic (rather than individualized) injustices in health care, education, and the arts sectors. Our driving purpose is to support and equip academics, artists, activists and storytellers from justice-seeking communities seeking to shift misrepresentations with cutting edge technological tools and methodologies.

  • Creative Users Projects

    Toronto, ON M6H, Canada

    Creative Users Projects is a shapeshifter, cultural connector, and sector builder of disability and difference in Canada.

    As ‘creative users,’ we think creatively about the tools we use and the spaces we build from the lens of disability and difference. We believe artists are integral to changing the status quo and the way we think about access.

    Our vision is to spark new ideas of difference and help communities activate more inclusive spaces.

    As a disability-led, national arts service organization, our community programs, and online platform connect people to cultural knowledge, resources, and accessible opportunities with the goal of helping artists and arts leaders build stronger and more inclusive communities.