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Assistant Professor in Studio: Digital Photography and Photo-Based Practice

The Department of Arts, Culture and Media at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Studio Art. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and will commence on July 1, 2019, or shortly thereafter.

Applicants are required to have a graduate degree in Fine Arts or a related area (minimum of a Master’s degree). A PhD, at the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, would be an asset. Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching and must be accomplished practicing artists working primarily with digital photography and photo-based methodologies. Candidates must be able to demonstrate an active engagement with current theoretical and artistic developments on a local and global level, preferably with a specialization in photo-based practice as it relates to issues of indigeneity, gender, race and/or diasporic communities. We seek candidates who will excel in working within our interdisciplinary arts department where horizontal connections among faculty of different fields are encouraged, and whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths: see http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/acm-research-themes. The successful candidate will be expected to articulate and implement a vision for developing new research initiatives and relationships within this diverse context.

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake independent research and/or creative professional activity at the highest international level and to establish an outstanding, competitive, and externally funded program of research or practice-based work. The candidate must have an emerging record of artistic accomplishments and will provide evidence of excellence in their professional activity or research as demonstrated in an international record of creative achievement that includes invited exhibitions, residences, commissions, juried awards and/or prizes, publications and strong endorsements by referees of high international standing.

Candidates must also demonstrate an ongoing commitment to excellence in teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching must be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier, a teaching statement, sample course syllabi, excellent student evaluations, and documentation indicating innovation in any other teaching related activities, such as leading workshops or seminars, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will teach and supervise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. They must bring a pedagogical expertise in photography and have an emerging teaching record that encompasses practice-based studio courses in digital image-making, with an emphasis in digital photography and contemporary photo-based practices suited for an interdisciplinary visual and media arts curriculum. The successful candidate will participate in curriculum development, lab design, and departmental and university committee work in order to contribute to interdisciplinary departmental initiatives and to take a leadership role in program and curriculum development. Experience in these areas is welcomed.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to conduct research, teach, and live in one of the most diverse cities of the world. The appointment is at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body, and a modern campus. The Department of Arts, Culture and Media at UTSC is a unique multi-disciplinary research and teaching environment, with programs in Art History and Visual Culture; Arts Management; Curatorial Studies; Journalism (Joint Program); Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures; New Media Studies (Joint Program); Music and Culture; Studio; and Theatre and Performance Studies: see http://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/. In addition to being a full member of the Department of Arts, Culture and Media, the successful candidate will hold a graduate appointment at the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design: https://www.daniels.utoronto.ca.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Applicants should submit 1) a cover letter, 2) a complete and current curriculum vita, 3) a research statement outlining current and future research interests, 4) visual documentation of recent work (10 digital images and up to 5 minutes of video) and, 5) a teaching dossier (to include a teaching statement, course syllabi, and excellent student evaluations or evidence of excellent performance in other teaching activities). Optionally, candidates may choose to submit a 1-2 page statement identifying how their research, teaching, service or professional practice demonstrates a commitment to equity and diversity. The statement might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. For more context about the University of Toronto’s commitment to diversity, see http://www.president.utoronto.ca/presidents-statement-on-diversity-and-inclusion. Note as well the Department of Arts, Culture & Media’s own Equity and Diversity in the Arts Initiative: https://www.utsc.utoronto.ca/acm/equity-and-diversity-arts.

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply. Please combine attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. For images and/or videos that are beyond the size limit of the application system (8.3 MB per attachment), please send a request for a separate upload link to StudioSearch2018@utsc.utoronto.ca. All other application materials must be submitted through the online application system.

Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead and signed) to StudioSearch2018@utsc.utoronto.ca by the closing date. If you have any questions about this position, please contact StudioSearch2018@utsc.utoronto.ca.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by February 20, 2019.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

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

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