July 21, 2017

Seeking Assistant Professor of Visual Art

University of British Columbia (UBC)

The Audain Art Centre.Photo: Martin Tessler.

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in visual art at the rank of Assistant Professor. The department seeks an individual who pursues studio practice against a strong background of contemporary, art-historical, and theoretical concerns. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, exhibition, graduate supervision, undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching, and service. A demonstrated record of or potential for innovative pedagogical approaches is considered an asset.

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:
–an MFA degree is preferred; however, in exceptional cases, the equivalent combination of education and professional practice may be considered
–an active national and international exhibition record
–a serious engagement with contemporary art practice, theory, and critical discourse
–post-secondary teaching experience or evidence of potential for teaching excellence, and the capacity to teach at all levels from foundation courses to graduate-level seminar and studio courses
–ability to teach and to lead discussions on contemporary art and critical theory with students across all levels

One of Canada’s largest and most distinguished universities, UBC has excellent resources for scholarly research and artistic practice. The visual art program partners with strong art history and curatorial studies programs to provide unique studio programs for its students, who may pursue a BFA, a BA major or minor in visual art, or an MFA in visual art. AHVA is deeply committed to both theoretically based conceptual practice and traditional mediums. We are a participant in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. The department is associated with a leading contemporary art gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the internationally recognized Museum of Anthropology. We also have a relationship with the Centre for Digital Media.

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty Careers website and they must be prepared to upload in the order listed: a letter of application; a detailed curriculum vitae including statements of artistic, research, and teaching philosophies; a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, and an ability to work with a culturally diverse student body; a URL to (and/or PDF of) visual documentation of current work; a listing of relevant publications and exhibitions, including authored works and reviews; and evidence of teaching effectiveness (from various sources, e.g., teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi).

Applicants should arrange to have three signed confidential letters of reference submitted by September 1 via email to ahva.head [​at​], or by mail to: Professor Scott Watson, Chair, Visual Art Search Committee, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, 400–6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2, Canada. For more information visit the department website.

The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2018.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Applications and all supporting materials should be received by September 1, 2017. Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the position is filled.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

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