Assistant Professor in Material Practices at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University

Visual Arts Program, School of Fine Arts
12-Month Regular Term Appointment, Material Practices


Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador, has a population of more than 1,300 students with over 20% of the student body self-identifying as Indigenous. The Campus emphasizes innovative approaches to teaching and learning, research and engagement. Experiential learning, impactful research and strong community relationships are the hallmarks of Grenfell’s profile.

Our campus is located in Corner Brook, on Elmastukwek/Bay of Islands, in traditional Mi’kmaw territory, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.

The Visual Arts Program in the School of Fine Arts at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland engages with contemporary art practices that move beyond conventional boundaries of discipline based focus/practices. Grenfell Campus is home to Atlantic Canada’s first low-residency MFA program.

The School of Fine Arts invites applications for the following position: Visual Arts, 12-Month Regular Term Appointment, Material Practice, rank of Assistant Professor (September 1, 2022 – August 31, 2023).


The successful candidate will teach studio courses within the Visual Arts program, School of Fine Arts. Possible areas of research and creative-work may include fibres, textiles, wearables, new materials and technology, and/or traditional material practices. The applicant will bring the technological, theoretical, material, social, cultural, and political nature of material practice into studio practice and teaching pedagogy. Duties and responsibilities include a combination of undergraduate and graduate teaching, scholarly activity, and academic service within the university and the appropriate academic/professional organizations within the community. The ideal candidate will bring distinct perspectives, processes, and experiences that expand the intellectual conversations and practices in the program, creating space for the ongoing decolonization of the academy.


A Master’s degree in fine arts is required, though in exceptional cases an equivalent combination of professional experience, training and education may be considered. Traditional methods of gaining knowledge and experience will be recognized and valued. Candidates are expected to have undergraduate teaching experience, an active research and studio practice, as well as a national and/or international exhibition record. A record of service within post secondary institutions or the community would be considered an asset. The candidate will also be conversant with the history of material studies and fibre arts, its theoretical underpinnings, and contemporary art practices. They will have the ability to apply interdisciplinary approaches to instruction, and the commitment to ensure safe studio practices for students. Graduate level teaching experience would be an asset, as the candidate will be involved with the new MFA program in Studio Art Practice.


Applications should include: a letter of application indicating the position being applied for, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier, teaching philosophy, diversity statement, statement of research/creative activities, documentation of recent work, and the names and contact information for three referees.

Please submit all documents as a single PDF (10MB max.) and send in electronic form to:

Dean of Fine Arts, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, NL. Email:

Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. NDT on April 29, 2022

All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. Salary will reflect qualifications and experience in accordance with the Collective Agreement governing faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities, and racialized people, and people with disabilities. As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact

Memorial is committed to providing an inclusive learning and work environment. If there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation during the application process please contact directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.