Tenure-track opportunity in Film History, Film Preservation and Collections Management, Ryerson University

THE SCHOOL OF IMAGE ARTS, Ryerson University*


*In August 2021, the university announced that it would begin a renaming process to address the legacy of Egerton Ryerson for a more inclusive future.

Assistant or Associate Professor in Film History, Film Preservation and Collections Management

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Image Arts at the The Creative School, Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in one or more of the following areas: film history with a specialization in film preservation (both analogue and digital) and collections management; library and information science; history of film and media technology; media archeology; decolonial practices in archives and film preservation; anti-racist, anti-discriminatory and community centered archival theory and practices. Experience working in or with gendered, racialized, diasporic, migrant, or 2SLGBTQ+ archives and collections is an asset. The appointment is effective January 1, 2022 or a later start date of July 1, 2022, subject to the candidate’s availability and final budgetary approval for the position.

Candidates expecting to receive consideration at the Associate rank shall be prepared to participate in academic leadership through their service work, for example, through such roles as Graduate Program Director (GPD) in the F+PPCM program.

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research or creative activities and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Duties will include: teaching film history/theory courses at the undergraduate level in the Film Studies program; contributing to graduate teaching [course assignments to be determined by professional expertise and program needs] in the professional graduate program in Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management [F+PPCM]; engaging in graduate supervision; pursuing a strong, innovative research program or creative activity that is externally funded and that produces cutting-edge, high quality results; participating in the University’s shared governance model [committee participation, departmental planning and programming, etc.]; developing co-curricular activities, and remaining connected to a network of scholars and professionals that will benefit students intending to enter the field.

The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Film Studies, Film History, or a related field and present evidence of the following:

  • extensive research experience in film preservation and film history;
  • an ability to serve as a mentor and professional liaison for students;
  • an ability to contribute to curriculum development in the F+PPCM program, with particular attention to the film stream;
  • training and/or experience in film preservation, and familiarity with predominant workflows for film preservation (photochemical and digital);
  • an ability to establish new institutional partners specializing in film preservation and with film collecting institutions, especially at the international level, and nurture strong relations with existing partners;
  • an understanding of audio-visual preservation and archiving practices in Canada;
  • a well-defined agenda for ongoing projects and research initiatives with plans to secure future projects or research funding;
  • teaching excellence at a post-secondary institution, including experience working with diverse student populations and a dedication to experiential learning. Teaching experience outside the traditional academic environment will be considered. Curriculum development experience and/or post-secondary leadership experience will be considered an asset;
  • a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
  • A capacity for collegial service, leadership and a desire to help shape the future direction of the F+PPCM program and of the School.

The Departmental Hiring Committee recognizes that practitioners and scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Ryerson 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, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

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 curriculums support programs in Photography Studies, Film Studies and Integrated Digital and 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.

Consistent with Ryerson’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion, our School welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion and will assist us in expanding our capacity to diversify in the broadest sense. Our School encourages applications from
members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, MĂ©tis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply
To review the full posting and to apply, see the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). All applications received by November 12, 2021, will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The application must contain the following:

  • a letter of application expressing your interest in the position, highlighting relevant experience;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • two recent samples of scholarly publishing (e.g. links to book chapters, journal articles, etc.) and/or archival work; and
  • a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Please provide the names, professional affiliations and contact information for three referees in the cover letter. Candidates who are shortlisted for interviews will be contacted and letters of reference will be requested at that time. Please note that names of further references may be requested at a later stage in the selection process.

Please note that 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.

Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the DHC Chair, Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick at: bfitzpatrick@ryerson.ca.

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, MĂ©tis and Inuit Community Group at t26king@ryerson.ca.

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at shurla.charlesforbes@ryerson.ca.

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Alanna Neshevich, HR Advisor at alanna.neshevich@ryerson.ca.