August 14, 2015

Faculty position in Curatorial Practice

Nanyang Technological University
Photo: Wilfred Lim.

Young and research-intensive, Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) is the fastest-rising university in the world’s Top 50, currently ranked 39th globally. NTU is also placed 1st amongst the world’s best young universities.

The School of Art, Design and Media (ADM) at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, invites qualified academics and professionals to apply for a faculty position as Assistant or Associate Professor in Curatorial Practice.

ADM is developing a teaching and research focus in Curatorial Practice, focusing on contemporary art in all its media formats, including time-based and performance art, art in public spaces, festivals and non-art institutional contexts, as well as broader conceptions of curating such as art programming.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach and conduct research in an interdisciplinary mode, providing leadership towards developing transcultural and global collaborations for teaching and research in this area. He or she should possess the professional skills and depth of knowledge required to engage students in relevant discourses and thinking key to the practice of curating. He or she should also demonstrate the ability to prepare students with diverse backgrounds and interests to be equipped with the skills needed for the challenges and various opportunities in Singapore, the region and beyond.

The successful candidate will teach in the domain of Curatorial Practice, introducing new courses in their area(s) of specialization. These might include: curatorial strategies; professional curatorial practice; contemporary art, theory and writing; visual cultures; and art in public spaces. It is expected that he or she will build collaborative links with the artistic community, the curatorial profession and broader art and design communities (i.e. museums, contemporary art organisations, biennales, etc.) of national and international significance. He or she will be expected to provide leadership and foster excellence in all academic activities and maintain an active professional practice.

In 2013, with the support of the Singapore Economic Development Board, NTU established the Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA Singapore). The successful candidate is expected to play a central role in driving the NTU CCA Singapore’s research agenda, which is focused on “Spaces of the Curatorial” and “Curating the City.”

A PhD degree (or other terminal degrees or relevant experience) and a strong record of university-level teaching, research, curating, supervision and/or publishing are preferred. Knowledge of contemporary art—especially experience in Southeast Asia and its art spaces—is a strong plus.

The school:
ADM welcomes applications from candidates with international as well as regional expertise. The successful candidate should be able to engage students historically, socially and conceptually, inspiring imaginative, critical and interdisciplinary reflection across theory and practice. Excellent opportunities for funded research and successful candidate is expected to maintain an active research profile, as well as a commitment to teaching and service at undergraduate and graduate levels. This position will also involve administrative duties and committee participation. The school currently offers six BFA degrees and an MA and PhD by research. It works closely with NTU CCA Singapore and together plans to introduce a new interdisciplinary programme in Curatorial Practice to address the needs of Singapore and the region.

ADM is the first comprehensive art school in Singapore. It provides a studio-based professional education in a comprehensive university setting, providing students with the knowledge and skills to develop, and produce groundbreaking creative artworks and related scholarly activity.  While promoting Singapore’s creative culture, ADM is positioned to play a central role in the transformation of Singapore into a regional centre of art, art history, media and design.

NTU CCA Singapore takes a holistic approach towards art and culture, intertwining its three platforms: exhibitions, residencies, research & education. It positions itself as a centre for critical discourse and experimental practices for Singapore, the region and beyond. It aims to play an active role within the local art scene and to contribute to the development of regional and international art infrastructures.

Emoluments and general terms and conditions of service
Salary and level of appointment offered will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. The university offers a comprehensive fringe benefit package. Information on emoluments and general terms and conditions of service is available here.

Application procedure
To apply, please refer to the guidelines for submitting an application. Send your application package [consisting of cover letter, curriculum vitae, personal particulars form, teaching statement, research statement, names and addresses of at least three references (do not send letters of recommendation or placement files), and evidence of work in the field.  The evidence may be in the form of DVDs, CDs, websites or scanned copies] to:

The Search Committee
School of Art, Design and Media
Nanyang Technological University
81 Nanyang Drive, Level 3
Singapore 637458

[email protected]

Applications must be clearly marked “Assistant / Associate Professor Position: Curatorial Practice, School of Art, Design and Media.” Electronic application submission is encouraged.



Faculty position in Curatorial Practice at Nanyang Technological University (NTU Singapore) School of Art, Design and Media

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