Job Postings: Indigenous Art Studio Assistant Professor & Art Studio Instructor, University of Lethbridge


The Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge, invites applications for two academic positions. Start date for both positions could be as early as July 1, 2021, subject to budgetary and Board approval.

Tenure-track appointment in Indigenous Art Studio at the rank of Assistant Professor

This new position in Art Studio builds on existing program strengths by continuing to fully integrate Indigenous forms of knowledge into advanced research and new pedagogical approaches in curriculum development and delivery. With our commitment to the Indigenization and decolonization of our institution and academic units, this position will play a key role in expanding our course offerings. We invite applicants whose approach to instruction promotes collective learning, collaborative interaction, and supports the transmission, transformation, and expression of Indigenous knowledge in its various forms. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated connection to Indigenous communities, as well as a deep understanding of Indigenous creative and cultural practices as evidenced in their past and present research, teaching, and commitment to service. In accordance with Section 10.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, selection for the position will be limited to Indigenous/Aboriginal People. Candidates will be asked to self identify as part of the application process.

Qualified candidates will have an MFA degree or equivalent experience. Applicants must demonstrate a strong record of research and creative practice including an active exhibition record and related professional activity. Evidence of successful teaching at the post-secondary level is required.

The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced level courses in Indigenous Art Studio, as well as courses in at least one other area of the Art Studio program including: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Spatial Practice, and Media Arts. Teaching responsibilities will be determined in accordance with the candidate’s areas of research expertise. In addition to teaching, the successful candidates will conduct research/creative work in their areas of expertise. They will also contribute to graduate programs, student supervision, and mentorship.

Continuing Appointment in Art Studio at the Rank of Instructor

This teaching-oriented position in Art Studio is fully integrated with the Art Department’s delivery of its core program. The successful candidate will have teaching expertise in the areas of Painting, Drawing and/or Print. Qualified candidates will have an MFA degree and a demonstrated record of research and creative practice including an active exhibition record and related professional activity. Evidence of successful teaching at the post-secondary level is required.

The ideal candidate will teach introductory and advanced level undergraduate courses in Art Studio with expertise in the core areas of Painting, Drawing, and/or Print. The ability to teach in other core areas including, Photography, Spatial Practice, Indigenous Art and Media Arts, will be considered an asset but is not required. Teaching responsibilities will be determined in accordance with the candidate’s research and teaching expertise, interests and experience. They will also have the opportunity to contribute to graduate programs, student supervision, and mentorship.

The new faculty members will have the ability to apply interdisciplinary approaches to instruction, and will bring theoretical, material, social, cultural and political knowledge and critique to art studio practice and pedagogy. They will join a vibrant department of artist practitioners and scholars in which all faculty members teach across multiple areas enabling an integrated and broad range of courses to be offered to students from diverse backgrounds. Permanent faculty are responsible for teaching, research, and service and play an integral role in the current and future direction of programs. They are expected to participate in collegial governance at the department, faculty and university levels and to actively engage with broader communities.

Applications for either position must be submitted electronically via the University of Lethbridge PeopleAdmin site.

Review of applications will begin April 30, 2021. Applications will be accepted until positions are filled.

The Academic Unit
The Department of Art offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Art with majors in Art Studio and Art History/Museum Studies. Our programs integrate diverse areas of study within a liberal education context. The Art Studio program emphasizes hands-on technical and creative innovation, interdisciplinarity, critical thought and community engagement. The program offers courses in number of core contemporary studio areas while rotating courses offer advanced exploration of up-to-date issues in art. Senior students are allocated individual studio spaces where they have the freedom to experiment and develop their own artistic direction in an environment of expert technical support, creative guidance, and critical dialogue. The Art History/Museum Studies program concentrates primarily on modern and contemporary Global, Canadian, and Indigenous art. The University possesses a significant art collection that fosters direct student access to historical and contemporary artwork, while a lively Visiting Speakers Program offers extensive exposure to leading practitioners in the field.

The University of Lethbridge
Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. The University is located in traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory. We honour the Blackfoot people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land, as well as all Aboriginal peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community. The University of Lethbridge, founded in 1967, has a tradition of driving creative teaching, learning, and research opportunities built upon the support of a visionary community which saw its formation. The UofL is widely recognized as one of Canada’s destination comprehensive universities, offering liberal education enhanced by quality teaching, scholarship, and community engagement. Recognized for both undergraduate and graduate programs, the University’s success is built on its student-focused experience and cross-disciplinary academic programming, as well as its commitment to research and creative activity.

With campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, UofL offers more than 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs to more than 8,900 students in the faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, the Schools of Liberal Education and Graduate Studies, and the Dhillon School of Business. The City of Lethbridge is within easy driving distance to Calgary as well as to several major public parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana.