Assistant or Associate Professor in Studio Art, University of Victoria


Assistant or Associate Professor

Visual Arts – Faculty of Fine Arts

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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 offers instruction in the areas of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video, Digital and Extended Media, and Art Theory. We are also a faculty with a commitment to diversification across our ranks, particularly, although not limited to: racialization, marginalized sexualities, gender identity, Indigeneity and disability.

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria invites applications for a tenure-track faculty appointment at the level of Assistant or Associate Professor in Studio Art to commence January 1, 2020.


This position involves 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. Qualified candidates will have an MFA or equivalent degree, be a practising professional artist with a significant record of production and exhibitions, and will have demonstrated experience in post-secondary teaching, with the ability to teach in one or more of the areas of Painting, Drawing, Photography, or Digital Media, and the possibility of teaching in one of the other non-targeted areas listed above. We are seeking a candidate with potential for achieving an administrative role in the Department. 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 will have demonstrated administrative experience, with an interest in service as Department Chair in the future.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to Section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, preference will be given to women. Candidates from this group, who wish to qualify for preferential consideration, must self-identify.

Additional information

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Contact information

To be considered, please upload a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, along with your curriculum vitae, appropriate evidence of research including twenty images or other documentation of creative practice, teaching skills (teaching statements, syllabi, evaluation data) and areas of instruction, statement of diversity knowledge, and the contact information for three referees to:

For additional information on this position and our program please visit our website or contact us at:
Tel: 250-721-8011

Application deadline

Review of applications will commence September 9th, 2019, and continue until the position is filled with an anticipated start date of January 1, 2020.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here:

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.