Associate Professor in History of Art, Photography and Visual Culture at Toronto Metropolitan University

School of Image Arts. Photo: Toni Hafkensheid.

Associate Professor in History of Art, Photography and Visual Culture

The Creative School – School of Image Arts
Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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All applications received by January 10th, 2023 will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Onkwehonwe-Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Image Arts in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Professor in History of art, photography and visual culture. The successful candidate may also fill the role of Director of the Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management program. We especially welcome applicants who bring complementary strengths to the history of photography in fields such as Indigenous Peoples’ art and visual cultures, global art (decolonized perspectives), curatorial practices (including community based), and emerging or underrepresented areas of scholarship. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2023, subject to final budgetary approval.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Specifically, the candidate will: develop and maintain a strong record of research and dissemination through scholarly publications and/or curatorial activities in national and international art institutions, including community-based research in diverse cultural environments; redesign fundamental courses such as Art and the Classical Tradition and Art in the Modern World to better reflect current conversations around representation, as well as the lived experience of our diverse students; teach courses such as Introduction to Visual Culture, and electives such as Gender, Identity and Sexuality, Indigenous Peoples Visual Culture in Canada, or Introduction to Museum and Gallery Studies; teach graduate level courses such as Research Methods, History of Photography and Photographic Collections; supervise graduate students; participate in the university’s shared governance model (committee participation, departmental planning and programming); develop co-curricular activities; and remain connected to a network of scholars and professionals that will benefit students intending to enter the field.

Installation view of Optics of Science curated by FPPCM students at the Image Centre, Fall 2022. Photo: Riley Snelling.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Art History and/or Visual Culture. Candidates who are at Assistant Professor level or all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are able to demonstrate that they are close to completion may also be considered. The successful candidate shall present evidence of the following:

  • subject expertise in the second half of the 20th century, art history, photography, and visual culture;
  • a well-defined research agenda, a demonstrated commitment to securing research funding, and publishing their scholarship;
  • excellence in teaching at a post-secondary institution. We are particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a dedication to experiential learning; a capacity for leadership and a clear desire to help shape the future direction of the school at a critical juncture in its history; a record of student research supervision (graduate and undergraduate);
  • the potential to fill a program leadership role within the school, including in the Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management (FPPCM) MA program;
  • a commitment to our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the School, Faculty and the University through collegial service.

The following additional qualifications will be considered an asset:

  • curriculum development experience.
  • research in histories of photography addressing the experiences of racialized, marginalized and underrepresented communities.
  • working experience with museums and/or cultural heritage institutions.

Confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to Departmental Hiring Committee member, Dr. Thierry Gervais at: or DHC Chair, Prof. Katy McCormick at:

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Metropolitan University Faculty Association (TFA). The TFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of TFA benefits can be found here.

The School of Image Arts
Part of The Creative School which comprises programs in communication, media arts, design and the performing arts, The School of Image Arts’ unique and professionally focused undergraduate curricula support programs in Photography Studies, Film Studies and Integrated Digital. It is recognized as a national and international centre for creative innovation in the study, production, exhibition, and research of film, photography and digital arts. Its innovative graduate programs include an interdisciplinary PhD in Media and Design Innovation, the MFA in Documentary Media, an interdisciplinary program in Scriptwriting and Story Design (MFA), and the Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management (MA) program. The F+PPCM program is designed to deepen students’ understanding of the history and preservation of filmic and photographic media, particularly the social, cultural, and instrumental uses of these media in the context of collections and archives. The program provides an integrated plan of study in academic and professional education that equips students to meet current responsibilities and future demands in film and photography preservation and in managing these collections.

Toronto Metropolitan University
Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Toronto Metropolitan University is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

TMU is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

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