Assistant Professor - Indigenous Art Studio
University of Lethbridge
Review of applications will begin April 30, 2021. Applications will be accepted until position is filled. Start date for position could be as early as July 1, 2021.
About the Position:
The Department of Art, Faculty of Fine Arts at the University of Lethbridge invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Indigenous Art Studio at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in the Fall of 2021 subject to budgetary and Board approval.
This new position in Art Studio builds on existing program strengths by continuing to fully integrate Indigenous forms of knowledge into advanced research and new pedagogical approaches in curriculum development and delivery. With our commitment to the Indigenization and decolonization of our institution and academic units, this position will play a key role in expanding our course offerings. We invite applicants whose approach to instruction promotes collective learning, collaborative interaction, and supports the transmission, transformation, and expression of Indigenous knowledge in its various forms. The ideal candidate will have a demonstrated connection to Indigenous communities, as well as a deep understanding of Indigenous creative and cultural practices as evidenced in their past and present research, teaching, and commitment to service.
Qualifications and Responsibilities:
Qualified candidates will have an MFA degree or equivalent experience. Applicants must demonstrate a strong record of research and creative practice including an active exhibition record and related professional activity. Evidence of successful teaching at the post-secondary level is required.
The successful candidate will teach introductory and advanced level courses in Indigenous Art Studio, as well as courses in at least one other area of the Art Studio program including: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Photography, Spatial Practice, and Media Arts. Teaching responsibilities will be determined in accordance with the candidate’s areas of research expertise. The new faculty member will have the ability to apply interdisciplinary approaches to instruction, and will bring theoretical, material, social, cultural, and political knowledge and critique to art studio practice and pedagogy. They will join a vibrant department of artist-practitioners and scholars in which all faculty members teach across multiple areas enabling an integrated and broad range of course offerings to students from diverse backgrounds. They will also contribute to graduate programs, student supervision, and mentorship. In addition to teaching, the successful candidate will conduct research/creative work in their areas of expertise. Permanent faculty are responsible for teaching, research, and service and play an integral role in the current and future direction of programs. They are expected to participate in collegial governance at the department, faculty and university levels and to actively engage with broader communities.
About the Academic Unit:
The Department of Art offers undergraduate and graduate programs in Art with majors in Art Studio and Art History/Museum Studies. Indigenous Art Studio courses are cross-listed with courses in the Department of Indigenous Studies and constitute a core area of our program.
Integrating diverse areas of study within a liberal education context, the Art Studio program emphasizes hands-on technical and creative innovation, interdisciplinarity, critical thought and community engagement. Supported by spacious and well-equipped facilities, the program offers courses in number of core contemporary studio areas while a series of rotating courses offers advanced exploration of up-to-date issues in art. Senior students are allocated individual studio spaces where they have the freedom to experiment and develop their own artistic direction in an environment of expert technical support, creative guidance, and critical dialogue. The Art History/Museum Studies program concentrates primarily on modern and contemporary Global, Canadian, and Indigenous art. Through a combination of history, theory, and practical museum experience, students intern in regional public art galleries and museums to gain valuable, career-specific skills. The University possesses a significant art collection that fosters direct student access to historical and contemporary artwork, while a lively Visiting Speakers Program offers extensive exposure to leading practitioners in the field. With the growing demographic of Indigenous youth in our catchment area (locally, as well as from Saskatchewan and Manitoba), the recruitment of FNMI students contributes to the cultural vibrancy of the University of Lethbridge community, and our commitment to diversity and inclusion.
Applications must be submitted electronically via the University of Lethbridge PeopleAdmin site (https://uleth.peopleadmin.ca/postings/4701) and should contain the following documents:
• Letter of Interest
• Curriculum Vitae
• Statement of Research/Creative Practice
• Portfolio of Research/Creative Practice: 20 images (PDFs preferred, JPEG and PNG also accepted), links to video/audio files and professional websites if relevant, description of works
• Statement of Teaching Philosophy
• Portfolio of Teaching: two sample syllabi including assignments, documentation of student work, student evaluations, if available
Please arrange to have three confidential Letters of Reference sent directly to email@example.com.
All application materials may be addressed to:
Mary I. Ingraham, PhD
Dean, Faculty of Fine Arts
University of Lethbridge
4401 University Drive W, Lethbridge, AB, T1K 3M4
About the University of Lethbridge:
Our University’s Blackfoot name is Iniskim, meaning Sacred Buffalo Stone. The University is located in traditional Blackfoot Confederacy territory. We honour the Blackfoot people and their traditional ways of knowing in caring for this land, as well as all Aboriginal peoples who have helped shape and continue to strengthen our University community. The University of Lethbridge, founded in 1967, has a tradition of driving creative teaching, learning, and research opportunities built upon the support of a visionary community which saw its formation. The UofL is widely recognized as one of Canada’s destination comprehensive universities, offering liberal education enhanced by quality teaching, scholarship, and community engagement. Recognized for both undergraduate and graduate programs, the University’s success is built on its student-focused experience and cross-disciplinary academic programming, as well as its commitment to research and creative activity. With campuses in Lethbridge and Calgary, UofL offers more than 150 undergraduate and 60 graduate programs to more than 8,900 students in the faculties of Arts & Science, Education, Fine Arts, Health Sciences, the Schools of Liberal Education and Graduate Studies, and the Dhillon School of Business. The City of Lethbridge is within easy driving distance to Calgary as well as to several major public parks and UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Alberta, British Columbia, and Montana.
In accordance with Section 10.1 of the Alberta Human Rights Act, selection for the position will be limited to Indigenous/Aboriginal People. Candidates will be asked to self identify as part of the application process. ULethbridge takes pride in enhancing community engagement, and is committed to collaborating with Indigenous peoples and communities to ensure that their partnerships, and ensuing programs, meet the needs of these communities.
The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record if that is the case. The University of Lethbridge is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier-free work environment, including through all aspects of the hiring process. If you require support during the hiring process, please contact Human Resources at firstname.lastname@example.org so that accommodations can be put in place to support you. All private information received in relation to your request for support will be kept confidential, only information required to facilitate the accommodation will be shared with the selection committee. The University of Lethbridge invites applications from all qualified candidates; however, in accordance with Canadian immigration requirements, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given preference.