Art History, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries (Assistant Professor Without Review)

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, invites applications for a limited-term full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor Without Review, for a period of 24 months. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as September 1, 2020.

The department seeks an art historian specializing in either the 19th or the 20th century, with an ability to teach undergraduate courses in both. A focus on media and technology would be desirable. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong theoretical and methodological grounding in their research and teaching. Applicants must have a PhD (or have successfully defended their dissertation by the position start date) in art history or a related discipline. They are expected to provide strong evidence of active research. Applicants should have the ability to teach courses in their area of specialty and contribute to the range of courses currently offered within AHVA, with evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate and, ideally, graduate levels. The teaching load will be four three-credit courses per year (a two-two teaching load). They are expected to participate in advising MA students and undertake service duties as assigned by the Head.

The University of British Columbia, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research. The Art History program offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees as well as a diploma, and partners with departmental programs in Visual Art and in Critical and Curatorial Studies. The department maintains close ties with the world-renowned Museum of Anthropology and the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and is a participant in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. This position presents the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within UBC’s larger academic community, including the Department of Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies; the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; the Department of Theatre and Film; the Department of History; the Department of English Language and Literatures; the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice; the Program in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Science and Technology Program.

Applicants must submit their application at and upload the following in the order listed within a single PDF (max size 15MB):

  • a letter of application
  • a detailed curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and course syllabi)
  • a sample of their published research
  • statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email by June 21, 2020 to to the attention of Dana Claxton, Head and Search Chair. Applicants should ensure that referees are aware their letters must reach the department by the application deadline.

Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date are assured of full review.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.

Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.

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