Tenure-track position in Indigenous Performance/Performance Art, York University


Departments of Theatre and Visual Art & Art History, School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University

Indigenous Performance/Performance Art

Deadline: February 22, 2021

The Departments of Theatre and Visual Art & Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design (AMPD) invite highly qualified Aboriginal (Indigenous) candidates (including First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) to apply for a joint, tenure-track position in Indigenous Performance/Performance Art. This position will be a professorial-stream appointment at the level of either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor. The position will commence July 1, 2021. All positions at York University are subject to budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

One of North America’s leading schools for the arts, AMPD offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in Art History and Visual Culture, Cinema and Media Art, Dance, Design, Digital Media, Music, Theatre and Performance Studies, and Visual Arts. http://ampd.yorku.ca/

Recognizing the underrepresentation of Aboriginal (Indigenous) faculty, this opportunity is part of the University’s Affirmative Action program that has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code.

The successful candidate will be a scholar and/or artist-scholar with an original, high-quality research program with an emphasis on Indigenous, First Nations, First Peoples Performance or Performance Art, and with an interest in contributing to the development of the University’s academic and research programs. The successful candidate will hold a PhD (or near completion) or PhD equivalent (typically an MFA/MA with a substantial record of professional experience). Candidates should show excellence or the promise of excellence as appropriate to career stage in teaching and in scholarly research and publication in the areas of performance/performance art and Indigenous/First Nations/First Peoples. We are especially eager to attract candidates conversant in the performance histories of Indigenous peoples, with close ties to, and experience working with Indigenous communities. We also welcome applications from candidates with research expertise in Indigenous performance across the Americas and in other global contexts.

We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways in research can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. Considering the following parameters, we therefore strongly encourage applications that challenge traditional notions of scholarship and research and recognize that excellence may come in many forms.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded research or research creation at the highest level. Evidence of or the promise of internationally recognized research excellence may be demonstrated through: the research statement; substantial record of recent professional experience in performance; a record of reviewed publications (or forthcoming publications); presentations at major conferences and/or artistic venues; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees. (Although we typically receive written references, we are open to receiving references via video if this is a preferred means of communication.)

Candidates should show excellence or the promise of excellence in teaching at the college or university level in the area of Performance and Performance Art. Additional teachable strengths in community practice and decolonizing pedagogies are desirable. The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies. Evidence of the promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, community-based learning, and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Meaningful and sometimes unexpected careers result from cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design and diverse experiential learning opportunities. York students and graduates push limits, achieve goals and find solutions to the world’s most pressing social challenges, empowered by a strong community that opens minds. York U is an internationally recognized research university – our 11 faculties and 25 research centres have partnerships with 280 leading universities worldwide. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University acknowledges its presence on the traditional territory of many Indigenous Nations. The area known as Tkaronto has been care taken by the Anishinabek Nation, the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, and the Huron-Wendat. It is now home to many First Nation, Inuit and Métis communities. We acknowledge the current treaty holders, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. This territory is subject of the Dish With One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant, an agreement to peaceably share and care for the Great Lakes region. York University supports Indigenous research and education through its Indigenous Framework for York University, the Centre for Aboriginal Student Services, the York Indigenous Council, and Skennen’kó:wa Gamig, or the House of Great Peace, a space for Indigenous faculty, staff, and students. York is committed to fostering understanding of, respect for and connections with Indigenous communities; and the University is working to support the recruitment and success of Indigenous undergraduate and graduate students, the integration of Indigenous cultures, approaches and perspectives into curricular offerings and research, collaboration with Indigenous communities, and recruitment and retention of Indigenous faculty and staff.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact Rose LeCoche, Committee Secretary, vaah-search@yorku.ca.

This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Aboriginal (Indigenous) Peoples. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. York University encourages candidates from Aboriginal (Indigenous) communities to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities. The Affirmative Action program can be found at www.yorku.ca/acadjobs or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at: http://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/self-identification-form. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at https://acadjobs.info.yorku.ca/affirmative-action/work-authorization-form.

The deadline for the receipt of completed applications is February 22, 2021. Application packages need to include a letter of application, a detailed CV, a statement of contribution to research and teaching, links to scholarly and/or creative work and contact information for three potential referees. Applicants should submit their application package including via email to Rose LeCoche, Committee Secretary, vaah-search@yorku.ca. Please note that we will only request three letters of reference from long-listed candidates.