Art History (Assistant Professor of Teaching, tenure-track)

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor of Teaching, with responsibility for teaching undergraduate courses, developing curriculum, and other relevant educational leadership and service. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2022.

Applicants must have a PhD (or have successfully defended their dissertation) in art history or a related discipline by the position start date. Candidates may have expertise in any geographic context within the modern to contemporary historical period in their research and teaching. Candidates whose work addresses historical and/or contemporary issues of social justice and inequality, and diversifies the methodological scope of art history or media theory will be given priority.

We seek an exceptional teacher with a track record of or demonstrated potential for employing innovative pedagogies, such as community-based learning, flexible and/or online learning, and curriculum/program design. The candidate should be able to strengthen and further expand our art history curriculum and offerings in media studies through service on the Art History Undergraduate Committee; they should also be able to contribute to current areas of teaching at the undergraduate level e.g., ARTH 101: Introduction to Visual Studies, ARTH 285: Art and the Moving Image, ARTH 380: Art as Technology, and/or ARTH 480: Visual and Digital Media Theory. The position also involves a significant educational leadership role that includes, among other things, academic planning, curriculum and program development, and innovation. The position entails a teaching load of six courses per year (18 credits).

As this is a tenure-track position in the Educational Leadership stream, the successful candidate will be reviewed for reappointment, tenure, and promotion in subsequent years, in accordance with the Collective Agreement. For a description of the Assistant Professor of Teaching rank and criteria for reappointment and promotion, visit:

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

  • letter of application
  • detailed curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi)
  • scholarly writing sample
  • statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • name, title and affiliation, and contact information of three references

Please note we do not require letters of reference for your initial application. However, your listed references should be willing to provide a confidential letter of reference at a later date should your candidacy progress. Applicants should ensure that referees are aware that this is a position in the Educational Leadership stream and should accordingly provide evidence with a focus on teaching and educational leadership.

Review of applications will begin on January 10, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date are assured of full review.

Given the uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer containing a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus if travel and other restrictions are still in place.

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 B.C. 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.