Tenured / Tenure-Track Position in Photography, Emily Carr University of Art + Design

Tenured or Tenure-Track Position in Photography

Competition #F003-2003

Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor in Photography within the Audain Faculty of Art. Situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) territories in Vancouver, Canada, Emily Carr University is a world-renowned learning and research community dedicated to the education of artists and designers.

The Photography major focuses on developing critically engaged and contextually aware photographic work. Situated within the Audain Faculty of Art, the Photography program at Emily Carr University fosters the development of student practice within the context of contemporary art discourse, with a strong technical and conceptual foundation, and a keen awareness of the relationship between photography and a range of disciplines and practices.

Candidates should be able to teach photography and related media at multiple levels, from Foundation to Graduate Studies, and will be expected to contribute to developing curriculum in an institution that is committed to the interrelation of theory and practice. The successful candidate will join a rigorous and committed team of Art faculty that also includes the following curriculum areas: Ceramics, Painting, Illustration, Drawing, Print Media, Sculpture + Expanded Practices, New Media + Sound Arts, Performance, Interdisciplinary Visual Art and Praxis, as well as minors in Curatorial Practices and Art + Text. Candidates should be equally fluent in contemporary photography discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Additionally, faculty are expected to participate in portfolio reviews, upper-level critiques, provide graduate student supervision, serve on administrative committees, engage in research, and to be an active member of the Emily Carr community. The successful candidate will have an active artistic research practice and a substantial exhibition and/or publication record with a solid, demonstrable foundation in photographic practice, an established career profile and be active in national and international contexts.

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications and/or related experience:

  • MFA degree or the equivalent combination of education and professional experience;
  • teaching experience is required; experience teaching university‐level or post‐secondary in a related subject area is preferable;
  • intercultural competence;
  • strong communication and facilitation skills
  • strong evidence of excellence in photographic practice;
  • expertise in a range of traditional and contemporary methods of making such as traditional analogue photography including medium and large format and darkroom processes, advanced digital imaging and post-production, new and emerging technologies in photography, studio photography and lighting;
  • significant evidence of active engagement with discourse within contemporary photographic practices, histories and theories of photography, and more broadly in contemporary art discourse;
  • knowledge of traditional, emergent and experimental photo-based practices, and the ability to integrate new tools, media and methods including new digital media and processes into the photography curriculum;
  • strong evidence of excellence in photographic practice that may include photobooks, projected and moving imagery, the integration of new and expanded media, collaborative, public and installation practices, historical and experimental non-silver processes, ecological, sustainable approaches and methods;
  • demonstrated engagement with photography in the broader field, such as the global contemporary art context, engagement with diverse Indigenous and cultural perspectives, and intersectional approaches to art-making and pedagogy;
  • ability to advise photography students on a diverse range of professional (photographic) practice and related art economies (including commercial, gallery-based, collective, public, and socially engaged areas, etc.).

Applications should address the candidate’s expertise in the areas of teaching, research, and professional practice; and include:

  • a cover letter;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of pedagogy and up to 3 samples of syllabi, assignments, and evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • a statement of research;
  • a personal statement on the candidate’s contributions to diversity, regardless of personal characteristics, describing any professional skills, community experience, or willingness to engage in activities that advance institutional diversity and equity in teaching, research, and service;
  • supporting materials including an online portfolio of recent work (20 images or a link to a website); and
  • the names and contact information of three referees.

Electronic submissions are welcome at: ecuad.peopleadmin.ca

The review of applications will begin on March 1, 2023.

We anticipate commencement in January 2024. Salary and rank will be commensurate with professional status and teaching experience.

Emily Carr University is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our teaching and learning community merges studio practice, research creation, and critical scholarship in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award‐winning creators and thought leaders who have significant impact in 21st‐century cultural production and cultural sustainability. We engage students, industry, and society to iterate and explore, and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world.

Emily Carr University especially invites those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Metis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

We acknowledge the potential impact that career interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, leave due to illness, etc.) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. Applicants are encouraged to identify in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of practice and research achievement; this will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

Emily Carr University is committed to creating an inclusive, accessible and barrier free workplace. We want to ensure that all participants are able to engage fully in interviews and other activities that are part of the hiring process. If you have any accommodation requests please contact Human Resources (hr@ecuad.ca). All requests for accommodation will be treated confidentially.

All qualified people are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short‐listed will be contacted.


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