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Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies
Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Visual Arts

The Department of Creative Studies, at the University of British Columbia | Okanagan Campus (UBCO), invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment in visual arts at the rank of Assistant Professor, to begin July 1, 2018.

The department seeks an individual who pursues studio praxis 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, as well as service to the university and community. This position is open to all media areas but the candidate will be expected to demonstrate potential for innovative pedagogical approaches and teaching abilities in at least one of the media areas sought by the Visual Arts program at UBCO. In addition, we expect the successful candidate to have teaching capabilities in digital media as pertaining to their area of expertise. The preferred candidate will have an active research and exhibition profile with demonstrated success in grant writing. The Department is especially interested in attracting candidates with diverse backgrounds and interests who will be capable of successfully working with a multicultural and multiethnic student population and who are committed to working with Indigenous students and communities. We encourage all qualified candidates, particularly Indigenous artists, to apply.

The Visual Arts program at UBC has teaching interests in the following areas: photography, painting, video, drawing, printmaking, sculpture, conceptual performance and social practices as well as digital media.

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • an MFA degree is preferred; however, in exceptional cases, a PhD or MA with the equivalent combination of visual arts 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 including indigenous art practice;
  • 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.

For more information about UBC resources and opportunities, please visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/faculty-staff-resources/. Information about the surrounding community can be found at: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/housing-relocation/okanagan-profile.

How to apply

To apply for this position please visit the link: www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/29143

Application material must include the following: A letter of application, complete curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, evidence or record of teaching effectiveness, research plan, and examples of scholarly and/or artistic research.

Candidates should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Professor Stephen Foster, Head, Department of Creative Studies at recruitment.fccs@ubc.ca with the subject line “Visual Arts”.

Inquiries should be directed to Professor Stephen Foster at stephen.foster@ubc.ca.

The deadline for applications and letters of reference is April 11, 2018

All appointments are subject to budgetary approval.

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

University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus (Kelowna) acknowledges that our campus is located on the unceded territory of the Syilx (Okanagan) Peoples.

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