History of South Asian Art, Architecture and Visual Culture

Assistant Professor in the History of South Asian Art, Architecture and Visual Culture

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 history of the art, architecture and visual culture of South Asia. Applicants’ research interests may include any historical period and any geographic region in South Asia. The candidate will be well versed in the most advanced theoretical and methodological concerns of the field and have competency in the languages their specialization requires.

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: www.ahva.ubc.ca. 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 Asian Studies, the Asian Library, the Institute of Asian Research and the newly founded Himalaya Program. UBC offers a range of language courses and programs related to South Asia, including Hindi-Urdu, Nepali, Punjabi, Sanskrit, and Tibetan. Located in a region that includes one of the world’s largest populations with South Asian ancestry, UBC is well-connected to these diverse local communities.

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 historical span of art and architecture in South Asia and will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision and service.

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty careers website: http://www.hr.ubc.ca/careers/faculty-careers/27709 and they must be prepared to upload in the order listed: a letter of application; a detailed curriculum vitae; a statement of research philosophy; a statement of teaching philosophy; evidence of teaching effectiveness (from various sources, e.g., teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi); and a one-page statement identifying the applicant’s contributions, or potential contributions, to diversity, along with their ability to work with a culturally diverse student body.

Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email by October 31 to: ahva.head@ubc.ca, or by mail to: Professor Scott Watson, Chair, Art History Search Committee, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of British Columbia, 400-6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2, Canada.

The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2018.

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

Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials should be received by October 31, 2017. Review of applications will begin soon after this date and will continue until the position is filled.