Art History of the Long Nineteenth Century (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

7 Aug, 2019

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, specializing in the art history of the long nineteenth century in Europe and its enduring legacy. The successful candidate will be able to engage in the wide-ranging theoretical and methodological innovations to the discipline.


Applicants should practice an interdisciplinary approach, engaging with the transformations in the period that generated new modes of production, new audiences, new cultural forms and novel spaces of consumption. Applicants should be able to demonstrate their understanding of the historiographical concerns of the period, such as the emergence of spaces of exhibition and of art history as an academic discipline.


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. For more information, visit 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 departments of: Asian Studies; Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies; Classical, Near Eastern, and Religious Studies; English Language and Literatures; French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; History; and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.


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 and excellent research and to demonstrate a record of, or high potential for, teaching excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The successful candidate will be required to teach courses across the long nineteenth century and introductory courses in art history. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service.


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 research philosophy
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi)
  • scholarly publication or a sample dissertation chapter
  • statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • names 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 letter of reference at a later date should your candidacy progress.


The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2020. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.


Review of applications will begin on October 7, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled.


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.