Visual Art, Print Media (Assistant Professor, tenure-track)

September 18, 2020

We invite applications for a tenure-track appointment in visual art at the rank of Assistant Professor. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2021.

The department seeks an individual who pursues studio practice in print media, at the intersection of traditional and experimental print, historical photo contact, and digital processes, against a strong background of contemporary, art-historical and theoretical concerns.

We are particularly interested in individuals with an intensive traditional and expanded approaches in material, skills-based fields. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research, exhibition, graduate supervision, undergraduate- and graduate-level teaching and service. A demonstrated record of or potential for innovative pedagogical approaches is considered an asset.

Applicants must possess the following minimum qualifications:

  • ability to teach at least two printmaking/print media areas, such as intaglio, relief, screen printing, lithography, letter press, bookbinding, artist books, and non-silver/historical photo processes
  • interest in interdisciplinarity and the expanded field of contemporary print
  • an MFA degree is preferred; however, in exceptional cases, the equivalent combination of education and professional practice may be considered
  • an active national and international exhibition record or alternatively, a significant contribution to an emerging field of practice
  • a serious engagement with contemporary art practice, theory and critical discourse
  • post-secondary teaching experience or evidence of potential for teaching excellence, and the capacity to teach at all levels from foundation courses to graduate-level seminar and studio courses
  • ability to teach and to lead discussions on contemporary art and critical theory with students across all levels

The University of British Columbia, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research and artistic practice. It is home to the Print Media Research Centre, purpose built in 2013. Our visual art faculty members have wide-ranging theoretical concerns in both conceptual and traditional practice. The visual art program partners with strong art history and curatorial studies programs to provide unique studio programs for its students, who may pursue a BFA, a BA major or minor in visual art, or an MFA in visual art. We are a participant in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. The department is associated with a leading contemporary art gallery, the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, and the internationally recognized Museum of Anthropology. We also have a relationship with the Centre for Digital Media.

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 (that includes a listing of relevant publications and exhibitions, including authored works and reviews)
  • statement of artistic and research practices
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi)
  • statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • URL to (and/or a PDF of) visual documentation of current work
  • 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 letter of reference at a later date should your candidacy progress.

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

Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2020 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.