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Extended Term Appointment in Elementary Visual Art Education

Concordia University


Extended Term Appointment in Elementary Visual Art Education

Concordia University’s Department of Art Education in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for one Extended Term Appointment (ETA) position in Elementary Visual Arts Education starting August 1, 2019.

Position Description
ETA members are intended to respond to specific full-time teaching and service needs of a continuing nature that do not require a probationary or tenured appointment. Teaching and service are mandatory responsibilities. Under the provisions of the Collective Agreement between Concordia University and the Concordia University Faculty Association, individuals will receive an initial appointment for a period of 36 consecutive months. ETAs are eligible for reappointment subject to the availability of work and a positive evaluation of their performance.

Our BFA Specialization in Art Education is the only one in Canada situated in a Faculty of Fine Arts. The degree leads to Teacher Certification (Québec brevet d’enseignement). The elementary internships and foundation courses are a critical component—accounting for close to half of the required 700 hours of internship—to both our BFA Major and the BFA Specialization. The Department of Art Education envisions developing a laboratory school partnership that will provide elementary-aged children with high quality, meaningful and interdisciplinary knowledge creation through the visual arts while supporting teachers in their curriculum and pedagogy. This partnership will also provide internships at the elementary level in a supportive learning environment as well as offer Art Education faculty, graduate and undergraduate students the opportunity to conduct research in a school setting.

We are seeking applicants who have a strong commitment to and extensive experience of elementary visual art education in public school settings and preservice teacher education. The successful candidate will teach elementary internship related courses and other related core BFA Specialization courses. The ETA member will also coordinate with graduate student reserve instructors and part-time faculty to ensure consistent delivery of required MELS Teacher Education Competencies. Service activities will include steering, developing and overseeing curricular revisions and resources to ensure the continuity and stability of the BFA Specialization program. As a key member of the BFA Specialization leadership team, the ETA will be instrumental in developing strategic directions that are necessary for the future health of the BFA Specialization program as well as developing our laboratory school partnership with English schools. The successful candidate will aim to build closer bonds between our department and schools while providing a more efficient and context-sensitive process of student-teacher supervision.

Applicants must possess a Master’s degree (e.g. MA, MEd, MAT) in Art Education; a valid teaching license or certification; at least five years of successful elementary visual art teaching; significant university teaching experience in elementary visual art education and student teaching supervision. Evidence of publication and presentations on the topic of elementary visual art practices and preservice teacher education is a valuable asset. Although classes are taught in English and internships will take place in English school boards, knowledge of French and the Quebec educational context would be considered assets.

About the Faculty and Department
With over 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the Faculty of Fine Arts is among the five largest art and design schools in North America. Montreal, our home, is exceptional: with 170,000 university students, a vibrant cultural scene, and the most affordable tuition in Canada, the city ranks among the top ten best destinations in the world for tertiary education. While supporting a significant Anglophone population, Montreal is the second-largest French-speaking city after Paris. North America’s number one choice for international events and festivals, Montreal was the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. Nestled in the heart of this pulsing city, embraced by a dynamic research university, the Faculty of Fine Arts benefits from extraordinary access to brilliant practitioners, thriving venues, cross-cultural perspectives, and an extensive network of outstanding facilities for research and production.

At the heart of this vibrant array is the Department of Art Education, a vital environment for the study and research on art education and community engagement. As one of Canada’s pre-eminent programs for art teacher preparation and art education graduate studies and research, the department offers BFA, MA, and PhD degrees. Ours is the only English-language program in Quebec for training visual arts teachers, and the doctoral program remains the first and only PhD in Art Education offered in Canada.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted electronically as one continuous file (in .pdf format only) to on or before April 1, 2019. Submissions should include the following items in the order specified below:

1. cover letter;
2. curriculum vitae;
3. statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
4. evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and evaluations);
5. documentation of publications on elementary visual art education and preservice teacher education;
6. names and contact information of three referees; and
7. declaration of citizenship (please see below).

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide proof of degree in the form of a certified copy of the diploma, original transcript or letter of attestation from the degree-granting institution.

All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to:
Dr. David Pariser, Professor, Program Coordinator of the BFA Specialization, and Chair of the Art Education Department Hiring Committee
Tel. 514-848-2424, ext. 4644

Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:

Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult the following webpages:
Department of Art Education:
Faculty of Fine Arts:
Concordia Human Resources-Jobs:

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Lecturer with a start date of August 1, 2019. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.