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Limited Term Appointment in Intermedia

Concordia University

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for one Limited Term Appointment (LTA) position in Intermedia (Video, Performance, and Electronic Arts) at the rank of Lecturer or Assistant Professor, effective August 1, 2020 to May 14, 2021.

Position Description
The Intermedia program enjoys an excellent reputation in promoting contemporary intermedia practices related to video, performance and electronic arts. We are seeking applicants with an established record of national and international projects and exhibitions that focus on video art. The ideal candidate will have a critical awareness of the discipline in relationship to a wide array of cultural, historical and theoretical contexts. Parallel experience in performance art and/or electronic arts is considered a strong asset.

Responsibilities
During the initial appointment, the successful candidate will normally be expected to teach up to six Intermedia courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, and up to seven courses per annum if reappointed. He/she should be prepared to supervise students in professional internships and independent studies as well as potentially undertake graduate supervision. Responsibilities will also include program stewardship and active involvement in committee and administrative work to further advance the Intermedia program, the MFA Intermedia concentration, and the Department of Studio Arts, as necessary. Prior activities demonstrating service and commitment to diversity inside or outside academic institutions is strongly sought after.

Qualifications
Candidates for this position should possess an MFA degree or equivalent, have post-secondary teaching experience at the college or university level as well as proven administrative skills. Candidates should demonstrate a strong understanding of the technical aspects of video including a sound knowledge of art history and theory in video art. The ideal candidate will have an advanced working knowledge of a variety of video practices and processes including but not limited to installation, multi-channel video, video-performance and new forms of video (VR, AR, etc.). Preference will be given to candidates with the strongest research-creation and exhibition record who demonstrate the potential to meet the teaching, administrative and leadership needs of the program. Although courses are taught in English, fluency in French would be considered an asset.

About the Faculty and Department
With nearly 4,000 students and affordable tuition, the Faculty of Fine Arts is the largest comprehensive school of arts, design, and performance in Canada. Located in downtown Montreal—a city with 170,000 university students and a vibrant cultural scene—Concordia is considered the best Canadian university under 50 years old by both QS and THE world rankings, with our Faculty rated among the top 10% of art and design schools globally. While containing a significant Anglophone community, Montreal is a uniquely Francophone city in North America, known for its diversity, inclusivity and dedication to the arts.

Concordia’s Intermedia program is the third largest program in the Department of Studio Arts and one of the largest university-level Intermedia programs in Canada. The program offers undergraduate and graduate-level specializations in video art, performance art, electronic arts and other related areas including sound art and robotic art.

How to Apply
Applications should be submitted electronically (as a single multi-page PDF document) to intermedialta.hire@concordia.ca and reach the department on or before April 14, 2020. 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. documentation of artwork (20 images);
5. evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and assignments for introductory/advanced video, student evaluations and
20 images of student work);
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 terminal degree. All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to chair.studioarts@concordia.ca

Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.

As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next-Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society. These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

 teaching about underrepresented populations;
 mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds;
 conducting research with underrepresented and/or underserved communities;
 committee work;
 offering or organizing educational programming; and
 participation in training and workshops.

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.html
Concordia Human Resources-Jobs: http://www.concordia.ca/hr/jobs.html

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position for August 1, 2020. Review of applications will begin immediately after the application deadline, and will continue until the position is filled.

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.