Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Indigenous Art in Canada & Curator, Art Museum

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Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream – Indigenous Art in Canada & Curator, Art Museum - 1804077

  Job Field: Teaching Stream

  Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science

  Department: Art

  Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

  Job Posting: Oct 16, 2018

  Job Closing: Dec 13, 2018, 11:59pm EST

  Description: The Department of History of Art in the Faculty of Arts & Science, University of Toronto, invites applications for a full-time teaching stream position in the area of Indigenous Art in Canada at the rank of Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream. The appointment will commence on July 1, 2019. The successful candidate will also hold an appointment as Curator with the University of Toronto's Art Museum for an initial term of five years, renewable following a favourable review.

  The successful candidate must have a postgraduate degree in an area such as Art, Art History, Curatorial Studies, Indigenous Studies, or another related discipline. A PhD is preferred, or an equivalent record of curatorial accomplishment. The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong commitment to excellence in undergraduate teaching; to pursue innovative and independent research and curatorial work at the highest international level; and to establish a strong presence of Indigenous perspectives including Indigenous-based teaching and research methodologies within the Department of History of Art and the Art Museum.

  The successful candidate must possess strong interpersonal skills, including the ability to collaborate effectively with colleagues on our undergraduate courses and programs. Candidates must have teaching experience in a degree granting program at the undergraduate level. Additionally, candidates must possess a demonstrated commitment to excellent pedagogical practices and a demonstrated interest in teaching-related scholarly activities. Long-term experience and engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions and evidence of understanding the importance of consensus-building relationships is also required.

  Evidence of excellence in the field of Indigenous and contemporary art in Canada through curatorial projects and teaching is required, as evidenced for example by exhibitions, publications, lecturing, and participation in conferences, and related accomplishments in Canada and/or internationally.

  Excellence in teaching and pedagogical practices can be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, awards and accolades, presentations at significant conferences, the teaching dossier submitted as part of the application including a strong statement of teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, course materials, list of courses taught, curriculum development experience, and teaching evaluations, as well as strong letters of reference from referees of high standing and a letter of support commenting on Indigenous community engagement.

  The candidate will also have a demonstrated record of excellence in curatorial experience focusing on contemporary Indigenous art and methodologies in Canada within a broader, transnational context. This excellence can be demonstrated by a statement of curatorial interests and a portfolio of writings in the curatorial field. We seek applications from candidates whose experiences in teaching in the above areas are embedded within the public engagement of curatorial work through exhibitions, publications, collaborations with major artists, and the collection.

  The teaching component would take into consideration the museum as the place where, to a large extent, art history is produced, changed, and re-imagined. We envision the position to teach in the areas of Indigenous art and artists, including their histories of exhibitions and cultural transformation, and the impacts of Indigenous research, artistic practices, and cultural histories in contemporary art within and beyond the museum at an international level. The successful candidate will conceptualize and organize focused exhibitions and related public engagement in the areas of Indigenous contemporary art in an international context. Immersed in Indigenous research methodologies, this position develops innovative and creative programming, within the museum’s trajectory toward increasing cultural diversity and decolonization, through exhibitions, publications, public programs, teaching, and the development of the permanent collection. The selected candidate will be uniquely positioned to foster connective bonds and improve access to and awareness of Indigenous artistic research and practices, with and among a diversity of Indigenous peoples, and within and beyond the academic community and greater publics.

  Responsibilities include undergraduate teaching, managing and training teaching assistants, and curriculum development. In addition, the successful candidate will have some responsibility for departmental administration and may have opportunities for student supervision, e.g., undergraduate research projects.

  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

  This position will be held at the University of Toronto, St. George campus in downtown Toronto. The Department of History of Art is an internationally renowned department dedicated to the study of history, theory, and methodology of art in a global context. The Art Museum is a research-focused, internationally renowned art museum operating within the academic mission of the University of Toronto, with an exceptional history of exhibitions, public engagement, and collections, and a forum for the contextualization and interpretation of contemporary art and culture. For more information about the University of Toronto, the Department of History of Art, and the Art Museum please visit,, and

Application Information
Application materials must be submitted by the closing date of December 13, 2018. Complete applications must include:
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Full Curriculum Vitae
  3. Teaching Dossier outlining the candidate’s teaching experience (e.g., list of courses taught, course syllabi, teaching evaluations), teaching philosophy, and curriculum development experience
  4. List of curatorial projects, publications, a statement of curatorial interests, and a sample of work

Applicants should also arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation (dated, signed, and on letterhead), including at least one primarily addressing the candidate’s teaching, as well as a letter of support commenting on their Indigenous community engagement sent directly to: Professor Carl Knappett, Chair, Department of History of Art, University of Toronto, by email to of Recommendation (1804077).

Deadline for receipt of applications, including reference letters, is December 13, 2018.

  Questions regarding this position can be directed to Kristina Matevski, Office Manager & Assistant to the Chair, at re: 1804077 (Assistant Professor position).

  All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking on the application link below. Please combine attachments into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found at

  Concurrent to this search, the Faculty of Arts and Science is undertaking a series of hires with Indigenous-focused specializations. These searches are in the Department of Anthropology, Department for the Study of Religion, Department of Geography & Planning (all cross-appointed with the Centre for Indigenous Studies), Department of Political Science; Department of History of Art/Graduate Department of Art. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.

  The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

  As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see

  All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.