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Extended Term Appointment in Studio Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts

Concordia University

DEPARTMENT OF STUDIO ARTS
FACULTY OF FINE ARTS, CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY

Extended Term Appointment in Studio Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for one Extended Term Appointment (ETA) position in Studio Arts and Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts 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 approximately 36 consecutive months (August 1, 2019 to May 31, 2022). ETAs are eligible for reappointment subject to the availability of work and positive evaluation of their performance.

The ETA position encompasses the delivery of high-enrolment courses, as well as Studio Arts theoretical seminars, at one of Canada’s premier art schools in the cosmopolitan, cultural hub of Montréal, Québec. Situated within the Department of Studio Arts, in collaboration with the Interdisciplinary Studies in Fine Arts (FFAR) area (through the Office of the Dean), the position entails curriculum development and delivery at the graduate and undergraduate levels in the Faculty of Fine Arts, with teaching and service responsibilities in the MFA in Studio Arts program and the FFAR area. The position will provide continuity and capacity for teaching and leadership of the group of Academic Seminar (ASEM) courses within the MFA in Studio Arts, and consistent teaching and stewardship for the FFAR area. The position will contribute to critical post-colonial, race or Indigenous theory and the role of cultural narratives in art and scholarly practice, while building on our institutional commitment to diversity and inclusion. Opportunities to engage in and promote cross-departmental, multi-disciplinary partnerships for the benefit of students at the entry and advanced levels stand at the heart of this position.

Responsibilities:
Based on a founding of innovative cross-disciplinary practices, art criticism and writing pedagogies, the successful candidate will be assigned to teach two of the Faculty’s signature courses: Conversations in Contemporary Art (CICA) and Keywords: Reading the Arts Across the Disciplines (FFAR 250)—the year-long, 6-credit course required of all first-year Fine Arts undergraduates, which focuses on cross-disciplinary encounters in the classroom and critical literacies. These courses require the ability to lecture for large classes on an array of interdisciplinary topics and basic theoretical concepts relating to art theory and cultural studies. Teaching responsibilities may also include cross-listed or special topics courses in the Faculty and/or teaching FFAR Fine Arts interdisciplinary electives.

The scope of this position extends beyond teaching duties to include administrative duties associated with organizing the CICA Visiting Lecture Series, which provides students with a unique opportunity to hear distinguished artists, critics, writers and curators from the Canadian and international communities speak about their practices. Other responsibilities include participation in MFA end-of-term graduate reviews, interdisciplinary graduate critiques, studio visits, and MFA thesis supervision. The ETA will also provide continuity and support to the rotating MFA Graduate Program Director role with joint stewardship of the theory/criticism offerings. Within the FFAR 250 area, the ETA will play a leadership role and is expected to be active in the pedagogical training of 20 graduate Teaching Assistants who hold tutorial sections for the FFAR 250 course. Service expectations include the coordination and stewardship of the FFAR area in the years when the Course Coordinator is on leave or assigned other teaching.

Qualifications:
We are seeking applicants with a strong knowledge of contemporary studio arts theory and criticism. Preference will be given to candidates with a strong commitment to teaching and learning, and a history of university service and public scholarship. Candidates must possess a PhD in Art History, with a focus on Post-Colonial, Black, Indigenous and/or Gender and Sexuality Studies, or related disciplines, and a strong understanding of interdisciplinarity. A record of teaching excellence should include large-enrollment course development and delivery, graduate-level teaching, MFA studio critiques and public event facilitation. While the ETA will be housed in the Department of Studio Arts and hold regular duties in Interdisciplinary Studies, a strong capacity for teaching courses in Art History is required. Although classes are taught in English, fluency in spoken and written French will be considered an asset.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted electronically as one continuous file (in .pdf format only) to mfa-idysfa_eta.hire@concordia.ca on or before April 12, 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. examples of writing, articles or public scholarship;
5. evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi with assignments, and student evaluations);
6. names and contact information of three referees; and
7. declaration of citizenship (please see below).

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of doctoral degree. All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to chair.studioarts@concordia.ca.

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult the following webpages:
Department of Studio Arts: http://www.concordia.ca/finearts/studio-arts.html
Faculty of Fine Arts: http://www.concordia.ca/finearts/about.html
https://www.concordia.ca/finearts/academics/undergraduate-programs/ffar-250-keywords.html
Concordia Human Resources-Jobs: http://www.concordia.ca/hr/jobs.html

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