Two Positions: Assistant Professor, School of Art at the University of Manitoba


The University of Manitoba
School of Art

Position Numbers 29771 and 29772

The School of Art at the University of Manitoba invites applications for two (2) full-time tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor, commencing July 1, 2021, or as soon thereafter as possible. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications.

This opportunity is open to individuals who self-identify as Indigenous and/or as Black Peoples and/or as members of other racialized groups. Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black, Indigenous, and other racialized faculty in the School of Art, this opportunity is to support the University’s commitment to Employment Equity and has been developed based on the Special Program Provisions of the Manitoba Human Rights Code.

While this call for applications is open, with respect to the artistic practice, we especially welcome applications from those whose creative work is in the areas of Ceramics, Sculpture, and/or Printmaking.

These positions include responsibilities in teaching (undergraduate and graduate), research, and service. We seek candidates with a strong contemporary research program and studio practice, teaching experience, and a record of professional achievement. Candidates must possess a thorough understanding of the contemporary theory and practice of their particular area of creative work, as well as an ability to integrate this expertise into their teaching and research. Ideal candidates will have a demonstrated commitment to visual culture and teaching, student achievement, community engagement, diversity, and inclusion. The successful applicants must hold an MFA or an equivalent terminal degree in a closely related discipline. Applicants should articulate their ability to establish an active research program, and their ability to promote collaborations within the School, across campus, and in the wider community.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a dynamic and innovative education community located on the Fort Garry campus at the University of Manitoba, the province’s larges university, with opportunities for collaborative work with colleagues in the School of Art, in the performing arts (Music and Theatre), as well as other disciplines from across this large U15 institution. The School of Art has 16 full-time faculty and over 300 students. The School of Art is located in the ARTlab, an award-winning, state of the art structure, which houses classrooms and studios for drawing, painting, video, print media, photography, graphic design, and digital media, as well as the School of Art Gallery and Soundstage, an experimental multi-media space. Faculty are also provided an office and studio space in the adjoining Taché Hall building. The School of Art offers excellent opportunities for research, collaboration, and teaching in both graduate and undergraduate programs. The School of Art offers an MFA in studio practice as well as BFA and BFA honours program in studio practice and art history. For further information, please visit the School of Art website:

The University of Manitoba campuses are located on original lands of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene peoples and on the homeland of the MĂ©tis Nation. Creating Pathways to Indigenous Achievement is a key priority for the University, as identified in its 2015-2020 Strategic Plan, Taking Our Place. Home to a vibrant Indigenous community, with more than 2,400 First Nations, MĂ©tis, and Inuit students, the U of M has one of the larges Indigenous student populations in the country. Honoured to be chosen as the host of the Nation Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, the U of M is dedicated to advancing Indigenous research and scholarship and to becoming a centre of excellence for this work.

The University is located in Winnipeg, the larges city in the province of Manitoba. The city has a rich cultural environment. The Winnipeg Art Gallery, Plug In ICA, Urban Shaman, aceartinc., and Platform Gallery are among its many exciting gallery venues. The Winnipeg Art Gallery has rich collections of historical and Canadian international art, and a rapidly expanding collection of contemporary Indigenous art; the Inuit Art Centre at the Gallery has the larges collection of modern Inuit art of any public institution in the world. Border Crossings, the Manitoba Museum, the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Manitoba Opera, and Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre are some of its other cultural institutions. A varied and innovative calendar of cultural festivals with a strong emphasis on the performing arts complements Winnipeg’s rich “brick and mortar” cultural institutions. Winnipeg is also a centre for numerous winter festivals and activities.

The University of Manitoba is strongly committed to equity and diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from women, racialized persons, Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, persons of all sexual and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

If you require accommodation supports during the recruitment process, please contact or 204-474-7195. Please note this contact information is for accommodation reasons only.

Applications must include the following materials collated into a single PDF document, via email (noted below):

  • A cover letter describing what you would bring to the position and how you would contribute to the educational communityat the School of Art, (one page);
  • Curriculum vitae detailing education, professional background, exhibition history, and teaching record;
  • Statement of teaching philosophy, highlighting areas of expertise (one page maximum);
  • Statement of research interests (one page maximum);
  • Statement of personal understanding of diversity and inclusion, specifically in your pedagogy and artistic practice (one page maximum);
  • Up to 20 images of your work and/or up to 20 minutes of time-based work, up to 10 images of your students’ work, and an image checklist with media description. Images should be presented as a single print-ready PDF file; time-based works should be in a .mov/mp4 file format (or provide link and password to a selection of work viewable online—vimeo, youtube, or any other platform);
  • Names and contact information for three referees (references will be requested for short-listed candidates);
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness (such as student feedback, course evaluations etc.);
  • Sample assignments and/or outlines for any courses or workshops taught; and
  • Copies of degrees.

Applications will be accepted until January 22, 2021 or until the positions are filled. Send application materials to:

Dr. Edward Jurkowski
Chair, Search Committee
School of Art, 313 ARTlab
University of Manitoba
180 Dafoe Rd.
Winnipeg, Manitoba
Canada, R3T 2N2