Tenure-track position in Studio Art, University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC)


Assistant Professor in Studio Art (Drawing, Painting, and Interdisciplinary Art Practice)

The Department of Arts, Culture and Media (ACM) at the University of Toronto Scarborough (UTSC) invites applications for a full-time tenure stream appointment in Studio Art. The appointment is at the rank of Assistant Professor and will commence on July 1, 2022 or shortly thereafter.

Applicants are required to have a graduate degree in Fine Arts (Master’s or Ph.D.) in Studio Art or a relevant field by the time of the appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in artistic practice, research and teaching. The successful candidate must be an accomplished practicing artist working primarily in drawing or painting, with some interdisciplinary cross-over into one or more of the following areas: performance, socially- or community-engaged work, digital art, or media art. Candidates must have an experimental and conceptually-driven practice specializing in issues of indigeneity, gender, sexuality, race and/or diasporic communities. Candidates must also demonstrate the ability to work within an interdisciplinary arts and media department where horizontal connections among faculty of different fields are encouraged: see here.

The successful candidate will be expected to undertake innovative and independent creative professional activity and research at the highest international level and to establish a significant, competitive, and externally-funded research program of practice-based work.

Candidates must have an excellent record of artistic accomplishment and research, with evidence commensurate with career stage as demonstrated in exhibitions, residences, commissions, grants, juried awards and/or prizes, academic or professional publications, and strong endorsements by referees of high standing.

The successful candidate will teach and supervise students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. They must demonstrate pedagogical expertise in drawing and painting and the ability to teach in one or more of the following areas: performance, socially- or community-engaged work, digital art, or media art.

Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching portfolio (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will also be expected to contribute to program and curriculum development, lab design, and program administration, as well as university committee work and service. Experience in these areas is welcome.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching, and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates must therefore submit a 1- to 2-page statement identifying how their research, teaching, service or professional practice demonstrates a commitment to equity and diversity; the statement might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. For more context about the University of Toronto’s commitment to diversity, see here. Note as well the Department of Arts, Culture & Media’s own Equity and Diversity in the Arts Initiative.

ACM is a unique multi-disciplinary research and teaching environment, with programs in Art History and Visual Culture; Arts and Media Management; Journalism (Joint Program); Media, Journalism and Digital Cultures; New Media Studies; Music and Culture; Studio Art; and Theatre and Performance. The appointment is at the University of Toronto Scarborough, which is a research-intensive institution with an interdisciplinary commitment, a multicultural student body speaking a wide range of languages, and a modern campus. The University offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. Additional information on ACM can be found here.

In addition to being a full member of ACM at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the successful candidate will hold a graduate appointment in the Master of Visual Studies in Studio Art, a graduate program within the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design at the University of Toronto. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute a strong program of creative work and a vision for developing new creative capacities and relationships that fit within this diverse context. Additional information on the Master of Visual Studies is available here.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

All qualified candidates are invited to apply by clicking on the link below. Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. Please combine additional application materials into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format:

  1. cover letter,
  2. complete and current curriculum vita,
  3. statement outlining current and future research interests,
  4. visual documentation of recent work (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) and,
  5. teaching portfolio that includes course evaluations, a statement of teaching philosophy, and a record of engagement with innovative teaching-related activities such as experimental workshops, field courses, and community-based pedagogy,
  6. a 1- to 2-page statement identifying how your research, teaching, service or professional practice demonstrate a commitment to equity and diversity (as outlined above)
  7. name and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each once an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date.

Submission guidelines can be found at uoft.me/how-to-apply. For images and/or videos that are beyond the size limit of the application system (10 MB per attachment), please send a request for a separate upload link to acm-ca@utsc.utoronto.ca. If you have any questions about this position, please contact acm-ca@utsc.utoronto.ca.

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by December 1, 2021.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. For AccessAbility and Diversity statements, including information on U of T’s voluntary diversity survey, please see the full advertisement on the U of T Careers website.