Canada Research Chair (Tier 2), NSCAD University

NSCAD University invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement.

NSCAD University is located in Kjipuktuk, the district of Sipekne’katik, Mi’kma’ki, which since time immemorial, has been the unceded traditional territory and ancestral homelands of the Mi’kmaq Nation. We pay respect to the historic and contemporary Mi’kmaw artists who have, over millennia, created unique artforms and designs, along with ways of being, knowing, and doing, that have been passed down through generations. We are committed to forge a relationship based on reciprocity as we move forward together in a good way based on the foundational aspirations in our collective treaties, dating back to 1725. In Nova Scotia, we recognize we are all Treaty People.

The province of Nova Scotia is the birthplace of the African presence in Canada. There is a long history of settlement by African Nova Scotians, coupled with a long history of displacement and disenfranchisement. NSCAD University is committed to establishing respectful ongoing relationships with African Nova Scotian communities.

We seek an innovative world-class researcher whose accomplishments have made a major impact in the field of Transatlantic Black Diasporic Art and Community Engagement. We encourage applications from outstanding, innovative researchers whose work engages with communities and establishes new arts-based research and methodologies and who have demonstrated research commitment Black Diasporic knowledges and methodologies grounded in equity, decolonization, and community engagement.


Successful candidates are expected to lead an innovative, impactful program of research with international reach. We seek a candidate who integrates transdisciplinary, collaborative research in the following areas in relation to Transatlantic Black Diasporic art (analysis, research, and/or making):

  • Visual and material culture and/or art practice;
  • Resistance and resilience;
  • Activism and critiques of anti-Blackness; historic and/or contemporary Black lived experiences and histories;
  • Anti‐racist, anti-oppression, Critical Race Studies and/ or Black feminism;
  • Curatorial practice and museum representation;
  • Performance and or visual culture pedagogies;
  • Aesthetics;
  • Community consultation and activation;
  • African Nova Scotian community collaboration and engagement.

NSCAD’s research is driven by the goal to be a leader in four distinct areas: Visual and Cultural Literacies, Sustainability and Adaptability, Material Exploration, and Art/Design Education and Pedagogy with reimagined Infrastructure underpinning those themes. We commit to supporting research centres, institutes, networks, and clusters, including those well-established, emerging, or proposed, to support interdisciplinary collaboration.

This Canada Research Chair Tier 2 is broadly interdisciplinary, welcoming the opportunity for interdisciplinary research throughout the school and through interdisciplinary practices beyond the arts.

We seek an accomplished colleague who will join us in this journey of respectful engagement in developing research directly relevant to and in relationship with communities, and in leading the university in exciting new directions in relation to arts practice and scholarship.

Through an outstanding, ongoing program of research and graduate training, the Chair will contribute to NSCAD’s Academic Plan 2020-2025: Opportunity and Belonging.

The candidate will also join two more Canada Research Chairs at NSCAD: a Tier 2 CRC in Art Education Belonging and Social Change, and another Tier 2 CRC in Creative Technologies and Community Engagement. They will also join 10 new faculty whose practice, research-creation and teaching will support programmatic missions of equity, inclusion, social justice, decolonization, anti-racism, human development, belonging and well-being.


The successful candidate will:

  • Have a strong research agenda with excellent productivity and leveraged funds from external research agencies.
  • Have an active, original, innovative program of high quality, research and a vision for its future directions.
  • Have research that is responsive to and respectful of the needs of communities and students.
  • Contribute positively to the respectful and inclusive culture at NSCAD University
  • Demonstrate excellence in teaching and graduate supervision.

Consistent with Tier 2 CRC criteria, the selection committee will evaluate candidates based on their: 1) potential as leaders in their fields; 2) original, innovative proposed research program of the highest quality; 3) record of attracting and supervising graduate students and mentoring scholars; and 4) track record related to increasing diversity in their previous institutional environment, and in curriculum.

Deadline: September 15, 2023

Read the full job posting online for details on how to apply.

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