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Assistant Professor in Studio Art (Sculpture)

University of Guelph

The School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph invites applications for a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level in Contemporary Sculpture Practices. We are looking for an accomplished, active artist with expertise in the practical and theoretical aspects of sculpture. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2023.

The successful candidate will hold an MFA or PhD in Studio Art or have equivalent experience. They will have extensive knowledge of/and an active studio practice in the field of Contemporary Sculpture including a practical knowledge in wood and metal fabrication. Experience with 3D digital processes such as 3D printing and CNC machining are an asset. Contemporary sculptural practices involving installation, sound, video, performance, social practices and public art would be welcome additions. Two years of teaching experience in sculpture at the university level is preferred. In addition, the successful candidate will have a strong exhibition record and maintain an active program of exhibition, research, graduate supervision, teaching, advising, and service as a faculty member.

The Studio Art program within the School of Fine Art and Music at the University of Guelph has a reputation for excellence in the education of young artists at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Our current curriculum places emphasis on the development of traditional skills and methodologies, alongside an established and developing curriculum integrating a diverse range of inter- and cross-disciplinary contemporary art practices. We anticipate future growth in the incorporation of digital resources across our program and we are seeking a highly qualified team player to join our faculty and to provide leadership and motivation in this field. The successful candidate will integrate our resources within a pedagogical framework that delivers practical and theoretical training in both the digital, and hand-built sculptural techniques and methods.

Candidates will be expected to teach and contribute to the MFA program. The professional achievement in recent years of MFA alumni from the University of Guelph is unmatched by any other institution in Canada.

In the School of Fine Art and Music, we value diversity and inclusivity because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, complex problem solving, and the creation of a modern, representative academic community. The department is committed to developing an inclusive and vibrant culture that is positive, collegial, and respectful of all members, and in which wellness and healthy work-life balance are valued along with (and indeed, contribute to) excellence in research and teaching. The Studio Art Program embraces the College of Arts strategic plan which advocates an arts and humanities education fostering “the skills that society needs to work through the major challenges facing us.”. Candidates with a diverse range of education, teaching and research experience are encouraged to apply.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process
Applications are due December 21, 2022. Assessment of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) a statement of teaching philosophy; (4) a statement reflecting the candidate’s commitment to Equity Diversity and Inclusion; (5) evidence of effective teaching including course syllabi and examples of student work; (6) 10 digital images an up to 5 minutes of video as part of the PDF application or as clickable video links; (7) names and complete contact information for three references; and (8) a teaching dossier. Applications should be sent to the attention of Professor Martin Pearce, Director, SOFAM, via email to:

Administrative Assistant to the Director
School of Fine Art and Music
University of Guelph
Guelph, ON N1G 2W1

Email: nifergus@uoguelph.ca

All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https://uoguel.ph/ox2p9) is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.