Deadline for applications: November 28, 2021
The Master Experimental Publishing (XPUB) at PZI is a two year English-taught Master of Arts, within the larger Fine Art and Design range of Master courses, that also includes the Masters Fine Art and Lens-Based Media. Currently XPUB has circa 20 students.
Created in 2017, XPUB focuses on the acts of making things public and creating publics in the age of post-digital networks. More specifically we see publishing as the inquiry and participation into the technological frameworks, political context and cultural processes through which things are made public, and how these can be used to create publics. We are interested in pushing the boundaries of publishing through the adoption of multi-, inter- and transdisciplinary practices. We understand reading, writing, prototyping and documentation as core principles for a critical practice. XPUB strives to balance self-directed research with self-organization to allow for empowerment, collective thinking and action.
The background of XPUB students ranges from art and design to humanities. We provide them with a challenging, collaborative learning environment, as well as a curriculum that offers the structure and resource, they need to make collective use of their diversity of skills and knowledge.
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The position of Course Director has two distinctive aspects:
Firstly, the Course Director leads the progress of research and teaching missions of the program, curriculum and assessment development, faculty and student recruitment and manages organizational resources and structures with the needs of our international community in mind.
Next to this, the Course Director conducts their own research at the intersection of publishing, social change and education, connected with and feeding into the program.
The Course Director is expected to work in close collaboration with the teaching staff and
Lead XPUB with vision;
Maintain an inspiring diverse teaching and learning environment;
Find partners, public venues and guests for publishing projects;
Develop and maintain the unique network infrastructure and virtual learning environment of XPUB;
Lecture, tutor and occasionally supervise graduation projects;
Promote the program, students, faculty and alumni on local, national and international level;
Connect to Rotterdam-based cultural and education organizations, contribute to the growth of our (inter)national networks and actively participate in (inter)national discussions and developments;
Build upon the program in alignment with broader institutional agendas at PZI and WdKA;
Work in a team with the other Course Directors of the PZI, Bachelor course leaders, WdKA Research Professors, the Rotterdam Arts and Sciences Lab (RASL), and the WdKA Research Center.
A Master Degree or PhD in a relevant field;
In-depth knowledge of the conceptual, critical and technical elements that form computational cultures and publishing cultures across a wide range of media on- and offline;
Vision and experience in creating pedagogical environments in which theory and practice are intertwined and critical theory frameworks are taught in relation to particular technologies;
Experience with print publishing, online and interactive streams, cataloguing, offline and online documentation, zine making, copyediting, editorial work and their respective technologies;
Willingness to become familiarized with self-hosted collaborative working environments;
A genuine enthusiasm for working with and mentoring both new and more experienced practitioners;
A highly collaborative and collegial attitude towards administrative work across the PZI/WdKA;
EU/ECC work authorization;
Fluency in English, and a willingness to learn Dutch;
Excellent communication skills.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences offers you a temporary (D4) contract, from with the possibility for extension into a permanent (D2) contract. The tasks are divided between:
0.6 FTE course leadership;
0.2 FTE research in relevant field.
The salary ranges from € 4.445,52 minimum to € 5.717,25 maximum per month before taxes, according with HE-CAO salary scale 12, for a fulltime appointment, exclusive of additional 8% holiday pay and 8.3% end-of-year bonus. Secondary benefits include professional training opportunities and an attractive pension scheme.
After a year in function on a contemporary (D4) contract and obtaining specific certificates in the field of education and didactics, successful evaluation of both leadership and research leads to a permanent contract (D2), still combining these two capacities in a 0.8 FTE as Course Director/Research Lecturer in HE-CAO scale 13.
We warmly welcome applicants from underrepresented, minority, or non-conforming communities in the Willem de Kooning Academy/Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences. Our staff is diverse in terms of professional profiles and in terms of culture, gender, age and ethnicity.
All staff members of Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences must be able to submit a Certificate of Conduct Good Behavior (Verklaring Omtrent Gedrag, VOG) issued by the Dutch Minister of Justice and Security.
Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences works with a limited travel reimbursement (maximum of 20 km one way).
One single and lightweight PDF file containing the following sections:
CV including education, activities and a list of selected publications;
Brief motivation letter, stating your interest in XPUB and how this relates to your research and practice.
While not mandatory, sharing how you see XPUB might evolve under your direction, and how this can inform a research trajectory for yourself, is a welcome addition to your motivation;
Portfolio with at least 3 relevant works: one page per project, including visual documentation and description.
Full text of one published article or essay directlty related to or adjacent to experimental publishing.
All documents should be written in English.
The selection procedure will take place in two phases. A short list of applicants will be drawn based on CV, letter of motivation and portfolio, followed by an interview with a committee representative of XPUB, PZI, and WdKA.
Deadline for applications: 28 November 2021, here
Informal enquiries about the position or the selection procedure can be directed to Jeroen Chabot via email: