Tenure-Track Position in Painting, NSCAD University

NSCAD University invites applications for a tenure track position in painting at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a candidate with an active studio practice who will help shape the future of painting, artistic research, and pedagogy within the vibrant environment of Atlantic Canada’s only dedicated art university.

NSCAD University and Halifax are in Mi’kma’ki, on the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq Nation. NSCAD University is committed to reconciliation and to building respectful relationships with Indigenous peoples and with the African Nova Scotian communities that have been enriching this region for 400 years. As a small school with three urban campuses, and programs across a range of fine arts, craft, design, and media arts, NSCAD University is an incubator for talent and an active contributor to the arts scene in Canada’s fastest-growing city. Since 1887, NSCAD has been a leader in visual arts education in Canada, with distinguished alumni building careers all over the world. This is an exciting time to join us, as we have recently welcomed a cohort of 10 BIPOC faculty members who bring valuable perspectives, ways of thinking, and lived experience to all of our work, and as we look forward to a consolidated waterfront campus in 2030.

We seek a candidate who will help shape the future of artistic research and pedagogy at NSCAD. The chosen candidate will be an artist with an active painting practice, who is engaged in key conversations in contemporary art, and who demonstrates aptitude for involving students in those conversations. The candidate will have the capacity to teach objective, non-objective, and expanded approaches to painting; they will combine strong technical skills with intellectual breadth and dynamic pedagogy. We seek an engaged and committed colleague who will thrive in our teaching and learning community.

To succeed in the role, the candidate will:

  • develop and maintain a national profile as an artist and researcher relevant to the Fine Art Division;
  • work with all levels of undergraduates and MFA students;
  • have principal teaching duties in Fine Art/Painting, with possible duties in other program areas, depending on expertise;
  • support the full expression of NSCAD students‚Äô identities through diverse, inclusive, and equitable pedagogies;
  • provide committee service to the program and university-wide governance systems;
  • contribute to building a stimulating university culture and an excellent student experience.

Applicants must have:

  • an MFA or equivalent in a relevant field (exceptions may be considered based upon outstanding career achievement);
  • an active studio practice and exhibition record (or equivalent);
  • demonstrated capacity to teach at the post-secondary level and aptitude for dynamic curriculum development and delivery;
  • familiarity with a diverse range of current issues in contemporary art and post-secondary education;
  • a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty.

Applicants are welcome to highlight aspects of their artistic practice that connect to various fields and/or knowledge systems. They may also highlight experience supervising graduate students.

The anticipated start date for this position is July 1, 2024.

Application Procedure
To apply, please submit your application file through the NSCAD Career Beacon portal. The review of applications will begin on February 16, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the opportunity can be directed to Dr. Jacqueline Warwick, interim dean, at dean@nscad.ca

For full consideration, the application file should include:

  • a letter of interest;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a teaching philosophy;
  • an artist/ research statement;
  • documentation of artwork (20 digital images or 10 digital images and up to 5 minutes of video as part of the PDF application or as clickable links if providing video, 10MB max per attachment);
  • evidence of successful teaching (e.g. sample syllabus or assignments);
  • contact information for three referees who can speak to the candidate‚Äôs artistic achievement and promise, teaching effectiveness, and personal integrity.

As an institution committed to art, design, craft, and related scholarship, NSCAD University recognizes diversity’s profound and essential value to the creation, reception, and circulation of creative practices and discourse. NSCAD understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge is crucial to and enriches the institution’s core mission and vision as an art and design university with a local and global scope.

As an employer committed to employment equity, diversity and inclusion, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking groups, including Indigenous and racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and 2SLGBTQ+ community members. Priority in hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as members of equity-seeking groups in the application process. The salary range for this position is $78,750 ‚Äď 101,982.

NSCAD is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Accommodation requests can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Do not hesitate to contact humanresources@nscad.ca