Professor in Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest, University of Victoria

Audain Professorship in Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest

Department of Visual Arts
Faculty of Fine Arts
University of Victoria

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Visual Arts at the University of Victoria invites applications from talented Indigenous artists and scholars for a limited term, three-year, position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the area of Contemporary Art Practices of the Pacific Northwest to commence July 1, 2022. After the initial three-year term, the position may be renewed for a period of up to two additional years.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Candidates from this group are required to self-identify and must be Indigenous for consideration in this search.

Who We Are

The Department of Visual Arts is home to approximately 250 students in a dynamic studio-based program with a strong record of success at the undergraduate and graduate levels.

The Audain Professorship is the result of a gift from BC art philanthropist Michael Audain and the Audain Foundation. For the past nine years, this position has enabled the Department of Visual Arts to host leading Indigenous artist researchers from Canada and the US.

The University of Victoria is committed to the ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community both inside and outside the classroom. We acknowledge and respect the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples on whose traditional territory the university stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and W̱SÁNEĆ peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

Requirements

At the rank of Assistant Professor, the ideal candidate will have the following qualifications:

Required Education

  • hold a Master of Fine Arts degree, or demonstrated equivalent experience

Required Knowledge and Experience in Research / Creative Activity

  • be a practicing professional Indigenous artist with a significant record of productions and exhibitions

Required Experience and Skills in Teaching

  • demonstrated experience in post-secondary teaching
  • ability to teach in the area of Indigenous Arts through the Audain Studio Seminar with the possibility of
  • teaching in additional areas: drawing; painting; sculpture; photography; video, digital, and extended media; art theory; or an innovative area that complements the strength and expertise of existing faculty.
  • able to serve as a role model and/or mentor for students from designated groups

Required Experience and Skills in Service

  • demonstrated capacity to share in administrative duties at the departmental, faculty and university levels
  • demonstrated ability to work collaboratively in an academic unit
  • experience in promoting diversity on campus
  • appreciative of and responsive to diverse perspectives
  • ability to accept feedback

In addition, the following qualifications would be considered assets

  • a track record of receiving grants and awards

At the rank of Associate Professor, the candidate will be an accomplished scholar/artist with the following qualifications:

Required Education

  • hold a Master of Fine Arts degree, or equivalent experience

Required Knowledge and Experience in Research / Creative Activity

  • be a practicing professional Indigenous artist with a significant artistic record of achievement that has made a substantial contribution to the field(s) of Indigenous arts practice at the national or international level

Required Experience and Skills in Teaching

  • demonstrated excellence in teaching with a minimum of 5 years-experience at the post-secondary level
  • ability to teach in the area of Indigenous Arts through the Audain Studio Seminar with the possibility of
  • teaching in additional areas: drawing; painting; sculpture; photography; video, digital, and extended media; art theory; or an innovative area that complements the strength and expertise of existing faculty.

Required Experience and Skills in Service

  • demonstrated capacity to share in administrative duties at the departmental, faculty and university levels
  • arts-related administrative experience

In addition, the following qualifications would be considered assets

  • a substantial track record of receiving grants and awards

As a new colleague, the candidate will be mentored by a senior faculty member, contribute to the collaborative and mutually respectful learning, administrative and creative environment of the department, and support students of diverse genders and backgrounds.


Application deadline and procedure

To be considered, please submit a letter of application that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, along with your curriculum vitae, appropriate evidence of research (twenty images/other documentation), teaching skills (statement of teaching philosophy, syllabi, and areas of instruction), statement of diversity knowledge, experience and skills, and contact information for three references to Professor Cedric Bomford, Department Chair, at the web address below. The committee will begin reviewing applications on February 25, 2022; the position will remain open until filled.

Please visit our webpage for the complete position description and for application information.

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Additional Information

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity. Read our full equity statement here: www.uvic.ca/equitystatement

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruit@uvic.ca. Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association (www.uvicfa.ca).

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.

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