Tenure-Track Position in Textiles – Dye and Print, NSCAD University

NSCAD University invites applications for a tenure track position in Textiles – Dye and Print, at the rank of Assistant Professor. We seek a candidate with an active studio practice who will help shape the future of Craft, 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 our mission, and as we look forward to a consolidated waterfront campus in 2030.

We seek a candidate in the area of Dye and Print who will help shape the future of artistic research and pedagogy at NSCAD. The successful candidate will be a maker and an artist with an active practice, who is engaged in key conversations in contemporary fiber art and textile design, and who demonstrates aptitude for involving students in those conversations. We encourage applications from outstanding studio-based researchers who work in art-based methodologies and sustainable practices who have demonstrated commitment to equity and decolonization in their work, teaching and research.

The successful candidate will have the capacity to teach natural and chemical dyeing, resist dyeing, screenprinting, repeat printing, and digital printing; and 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. The candidate will hold knowledge and expertise in the specialism of dye and print, intersecting with one of the following practices:

  • Sustainable textile methodologies
  • Community engagement and participatory practices
  • Textile material futures
  • Production craft and entrepreneurship
  • Colour theory and practice
  • Digital methodologies

The successful candidate will:

  • develop and maintain a national profile as an artist and researcher relevant to the Craft Division
  • work with all levels of undergraduates and MFA students
  • have principal teaching duties in Craft-Textiles/Fashion, with possible duties in other program areas, depending on expertise. Potential courses to be taught, but not limited to:
    ◦  TEXL 2100 Intro Resist Dye
    ◦  TEXL 2200 Intro Screenprinting
    ◦  TEXL 3100 Intermediate Dye and Print
    ◦  TEXL 3506-4506 Studio Projects: Textiles
  • support the full expression of NSCAD students’ identities through diverse, inclusive, and equitable pedagogies
  • provide service to the program, Faculty, 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 record of peer-reviewed exhibitions/funding
  • an original, and innovative plan of high-quality research creation and a vision for its future directions
  • demonstrated capacity to teach at the post-secondary level and aptitude for successful curriculum development and delivery
  • familiarity with the diverse range of current issues in contemporary material arts and design 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 creative 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 Jana Macalik, interim Vice-President (Academic & research) Provost, at provost@nscad.ca

For full consideration, the application file should include:

  • a letter of interest
  • curriculum vitae
  • teaching philosophy
  • an artist/ research statement
  • documentation of current practice – (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); portfolio of 10 images of your students’ work (shared with student consent) if available
  • contact information for three referees who can speak to the candidate’s 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, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities, including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions. Priority in hiring will be given to qualified applicants who self-identify as such in the application process.

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 with any requests. The salary range for this position is $78,750 – $101,982.