Assistant Professor: Tenure-track position in Photography, York University


Position Rank: Full Time Teaching Stream – Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
Discipline/Field: Photography
Home Faculty: School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design
Home Department/Area/Division: Visual Art & Art History
Affiliation/Union: YUFA
Position Start Date: July 1, 2020

The Department of Visual Art and Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design at York University invites applications for a teaching stream tenure-track position in photography at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2020. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate courses and to provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and at the level of programs. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A Ph.D. or an MFA with a substantial record of professional experience in photography is required.

The successful candidate will demonstrate excellence or clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses, a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success and the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to teaching photography and to studio program design. The successful candidate will demonstrate good judgment and a reflective approach to teaching innovation. A record of pedagogical innovation in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning is preferred as is experience with curriculum development and universal design approaches to teaching and assessment. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

The successful candidate will have an innovative approach to teaching studio arts, a broad perspective on photography as well as the ability to teach both analog and digital technologies. The candidate may have experience in experimental/alternative photographic processes and time-based media (including video and/or animation). Through their teaching and their own studio practice, applicants for this position must demonstrate technical expertise and conceptual rigour in photography that would enable them to teach foundational techniques, intermediate and advanced photo-based courses and multi-disciplinary experimentation. The position involves undergraduate teaching for majors and non-majors, TA supervision, studio and lecture courses including on-line course delivery.

The Department of Visual Arts & Art History of York University is one of the leaders in art history and art practice in Canada. Recent renovations of undergraduate studio spaces, expansion of the MFA studios, and a visual art study centre are contributing to the growth of the department. The department is committed to teaching critical issues in art and art history, and to the ongoing development of programs in all studies and studio areas.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Rose LeCoche, Search Committee Secretary at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA office at 416‐736‐5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 4, 2019.

Applicants should submit:

  • a signed letter of application outlining professional experience
  • an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae
  • a teaching dossier which supports excellence and innovation in teaching [i.e., sample course outlines, student rating, teaching reviews, workshop and professional development programs attended or led, and conference papers and publications relating to pedagogy]. This may be accompanied by a Teaching Philosophy document.
  • appropriate documentation of research/studio practice (website, digital photography, etc.) as evidence of teachable skills
  • a completed Work Status Declaration form
  • the names and email addresses of three referees who can address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position. Reference letters will only be requested for long-listed candidates.

Complete application packages should to be sent to Rose LeCoche, Search Committee Secretary, at or in hard copy to: Department of Visual Arts and Art History, School of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, York University, 4700 Keele Street, Toronto, Ontario M3J 1P3.