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Assistant or Associate Professor in Contemporary Indigenous Art Practices, limited term

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria invites applications for the Audain Professorship in Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest, a three to five year limited term faculty appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in Contemporary Indigenous Art Practices. Assessment and determination of appointment level will be made in accordance with the Faculty of Fine Arts Evaluation Policy and the departmental policy for Visual Arts:

The Audain Professorship is the result of a gift from celebrated BC art philanthropist Michael Audain and the Audain Foundation. For the past nine years, this position has enabled the Department of Visual Arts to host leading Indigenous artist researchers from Canada and the US.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates from this group must self-identify for consideration in this search.

The Department of Visual Arts is home to approximately 250 students in a dynamic studio based program with a strong record of success at the undergraduate and graduate levels. We believe in creating well-rounded artists who understand the range of materials, methods, and discourses that are key to developing unique and innovative artistic voices. To complement this approach the department has intentionally recruited leading visual artists who work either in more than one discipline or participate actively in interdisciplinary research. Our faculty members are committed instructors and practising artists, active at the local, national and international level. Our students graduate to professional practice in the visual arts and related fields, to advanced study and, at the Master’s level, to academic careers. The Department currently offers instruction in the areas of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video, Digital and Extended Media, and Art Theory.

This position will involve the teaching of graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in critically informed contemporary studio art practice. All regular faculty members in the Department participate in the full range of Departmental activities including general departmental administration, committee work, and related duties, while maintaining an active creative research profile. The successful applicant will hold an MFA or equivalent professional experience, be a practising professional artist with a significant record of production and exhibitions, preferably have demonstrated experience in post-secondary teaching, have the ability to teach in the area of Indigenous Arts through the Audain Studio Seminar with the possibility of teaching in one of the following areas: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video, Digital and Extended Media, Art Theory, or an innovative area that complements the strengths and expertise of the existing faculty. At the Associate level, the candidate will have demonstrated excellence in teaching with a minimum of five years experience at the post-secondary level and have demonstrated administrative experience. Letters of application addressing these criteria, a curriculum vitae, twenty images/other documentation, a statement of teaching philosophy and areas of instruction, and the names and contact information for three referees should be posted to the web address below. Applications due January 31st 2018, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2018.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

The University of Victoria is an equity employer and encourages applications from women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Aboriginal Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and genders, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the University. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

Please submit all application materials to the following:

For additional information on this position and our program please visit our website or contact us at:

Tel: 250-721-8011





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