Tenure-track Assistant Professor in Art History, MacEwan University

Assistant Professor, Art History
Department of Studio Arts
Full-Time, Tenure-Track Appointment

Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications
MacEwan University, Edmonton

About Us

MacEwan University is where caring faculty help people connect their passions to their future paths. Located in the heart of Edmonton’s diverse and dynamic downtown community, and on the traditional lands of Treaty 6 First Nations and homelands of the Métis people, MacEwan is known for exceptional undergraduate learning. With its dedication to teaching excellence, informed by scholarly research, innovation, and creative activity, MacEwan provides an exceptional collaborative and supportive learning environment with a commitment to human rights, environmental sustainability, and opportunities for community engagement. We are committed to creating an equitable, diverse, inclusive, and welcoming community for all peoples, cultures, and identities.

Our comprehensive undergraduate university offers 59 programs to more than 18,000 full- and part-time students in business, communications, community and human services, design, fine and performing arts, health, humanities, natural science, nursing, public safety, and social science. Through a wide array of experiential learning opportunities, and strategic relationships in the community, we partner with others to produce graduates of stature. Along with a robust grounding in their chosen disciplines, MacEwan students are given durable life skills that prepare them to take on the world.

The Opportunity

The Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Art History with an Indigenous focus, at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2024, subject to final budgetary approval.

You will instruct students in art history and art theory courses; develop and teach a course on Indigenous art and art history, in addition to teaching existing courses as per the Academic Calendar; develop new courses relevant to your area of expertise; provide learning activities that stimulate student involvement and encourage critical thinking and discussion; provide concrete, constructive, respectful, and actionable feedback to students; maintain competencies in the subject area and currency in instructional methodologies through professional associations and professional development; maintain an active research and/or creative activity practice (such as academic research, community-based activity, curatorial practice, and/or research-creation); participate in curriculum development and implementation; make significant contributions to the design and delivery of curriculum; mentor students; create and maintain a pedagogical vision for all art history courses within the program, in consultation with the Studio Arts program; foster interdisciplinary approaches; and serve on University-wide, Faculty, and Departmental committees, as needed.

You will hold a Ph.D. in Art History, Indigenous Studies, Cultural Studies, or a relevant area of expertise. Consideration will also be given to ABD candidates with a clear timeline to completion as well as those with Master-level credentials. You will demonstrate a primary commitment to undergraduate teaching; strengths in Indigenous art history, art theory, visual culture studies, and/or material culture studies; an ability to teach a variety of art history subjects at multiple levels in the curriculum, from 100- to 400-level courses and seminars; and an understanding of Indigenous art and art history, as well as relevant cultural histories, issues, methodologies and/or theories. You will also demonstrate an ongoing research and/or creative activity program that includes one or more of the following: publishing, curating, research-creation, institutional or cross-institutional collaboration, or other disciplinary modes of knowledge mobilization.

You should submit a cover letter (with competition number stated), a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy (~1,000 words), a teaching dossier (including sample course outlines, student projects, and recent teaching evaluations), a statement of research interests (~1,000 words), and samples of scholarly, community-based, curatorial, and/or research-creation work.

Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted by the Department Chair to provide three (3) letters of reference sent directly from referees and copies of official transcripts sent directly from the institutions where you completed your degrees.

Questions about this opportunity may be addressed to Elisabeth Belliveau, Chair, Department of Studio Arts, at belliveaue@macewan.ca.

How to Apply

To apply, go to www.macewan.ca/careers and select the job posting (23.11.336). If you require assistance, please contact us at careers@macewan.ca.

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All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

This position is included under the Faculty Association collective agreement.

Closing Date: A review of applications will begin December 15, 2023, and continue until a suitable candidate is found.

Salary: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

Diversity Statement

MacEwan University is committed to fostering the principles of equity, diversity, and inclusion within our community, and we are dedicated to removing barriers that have been historically encountered and are currently experienced by some members of our society. We welcome and encourage applications from Indigenous peoples, racialized persons, visible minorities, women, persons with disabilities, sexual and gender minorities, and members of all equity-deserving groups. We believe that the diversity of our students, staff, and faculty serves as a strength of our institution and benefit to society. We are committed to ensuring full and inclusive participation for all in our community.

Accessibility Statement

We strive to provide an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, beginning with the hiring process. If you require accommodation, we want to ensure you have the support you need to showcase your abilities. Please contact humanresources@macewan.ca and we will support you to the best of our ability.

Personal Information Collection Notification
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