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Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Arts Practice

The Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in the area of Indigenous Arts Practice. The successful candidate will be an emerging artist-researcher with strong connections to Indigenous communities, and an ability to bring those voices and ways of knowing and making into their teaching and research.

With a faculty complement of 29 full-time professors, including some of the most celebrated contemporary artists in the country, Studio Arts is the largest department in the Faculty of Fine Arts and enjoys a long-standing reputation as one of Canada’s foremost environments for the study and creation of visual art.  Emphasizing the importance of studio production, BFA and MFA programs are offered in Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts), Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture and Studio Art.

Candidates for Tier 2 Chairs must have less than 10 years of experience as an active researcher in their field at the time of nomination.  Applicants who are more than 10 years from having earned their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, such as maternity, parental or extended sick leave, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2 justification process.  For more information regarding eligibility criteria, please consult the CRC website [].

The ideal candidate will have a recognized and active art practice in one or more of the following areas: ceramics, fibres and material practices, intermedia, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking and/or sculpture. Evidence of the potential to build on existing research infrastructure at the department and faculty levels, coupled with the potential to establish a strong externally-funded research program, is considered a requirement. The ability to attract and mentor excellent graduate students is also essential.

Applicants should possess a completed MFA degree or equivalent graduate degree; a strong exhibition record; post-secondary teaching experience; and a record of service to the community and/or discipline.  The successful candidate for the CRC in Indigenous Arts Practice will be appointed to the Department of Studio Arts at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor and will be expected to teach courses in the unit’s curricula.  Although classes are taught in English, fluency in French would be considered an asset.

In building research capacity, the CRC in Indigenous Arts Practice will foster exciting opportunities for collaboration with other units that may include First Peoples Studies, Art History, Design and Computation Arts, Art Education, the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, as well as the Technoculture, Art and Games (TAG) and Hexagram Research Centres. While informal collaborations already exist between these units, the CRC provides an opportunity to initiate a faculty-wide investigation of Indigenous arts while building on Concordia’s institutional commitment to Aboriginal peoples.

The Faculty of Fine Arts will work with the candidate to prepare the formal CRC application according to CRC program guidelines.  The university will nominate the successful candidate to the CRC Secretariat at the earliest opportunity according to the guidelines of the CRC program [].  A Canada Research Chair entails a reduced teaching load, research and salary stipends, as well as access to infrastructure grants for the duration of the five-year chair, renewable once, for a total of 10 years.

Located in the heart of vibrant, cosmopolitan Montreal and home to over 46,000 students and 7,200 staff, Concordia University is one of Canada's most innovative urban universities. Over the past decade, Concordia has invested significantly to renew its faculty, improve and expand its infrastructure and create state-of-the-art facilities for teaching, learning and research. Concordia has 7,400 graduate students enrolled in more than 200 graduate programs and over 6,300 international students from more than 150 countries. Concordia’s research profile continues to grow as it fosters multidisciplinary approaches to finding solutions to a broad range of societal challenges.

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Digital applications (in.pdf format) should reach the department on or before

November 1, 2015.

All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to:

Eric Simon, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Studio Arts

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Tel:      514-848-2424 ext. 4675

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult:

Faculty of Fine Arts:

Studio Arts Department:

MFA Studio Arts:

First Peoples Study Program:

Conversations in Contemporary Art:

This tenure track position, linked to the CRC appointment, will begin on August 1, 2016 or later.  Review of applications will begin immediately after the November 1, 2015 application deadline, and continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The university encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Aboriginal persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification.