Associate Professor – Visual Arts

The Department of Creative Studies, in the Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies (FCCS) at The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan campus, invites applications for an appointment at the rank of Associate Professor with tenure within the Visual Arts program (VISA) to begin on July 1, 2017.

Exceptional candidates who meet the criteria may be considered for a tenure-track appointment at the Assistant level. Qualified applicants will be established mid-career or senior artists and have a peer-recognized record as artist researchers and educators.  
We especially seek candidates whose practice and teaching thoughtfully and responsibly engage Indigenous visual arts perspectives in a Canadian and global context and who have expertise with interdisciplinary arts practices, especially painting. A demonstrated understanding of the role digital media studies plays in contemporary art education will also be an asset. Candidates will be able to complement and enhance Department of Creative Studies’ initiatives such as the Summer Indigenous Intensive program and our new cross-faculty Bachelor of Media Studies degree. 

The ideal candidate will have a PhD, MFA, or other relevant graduate degree, an established teaching record (first-year to senior undergraduate and graduate levels), and a national/international record of peer-evaluated exhibitions, publications, presentations, residencies, and/or curatorial practices. The successful candidate is expected to bring leadership skills to the Department and to bolster both emerging and/or existing areas of interdisciplinary research and teaching excellence in the Visual Arts program. The candidate will have a demonstrated record of attracting and retaining peer-reviewed funding and will further catalyze artistic research in a department that has considerable expertise and success at attracting SSHRC, CFI, and other tri-council and arts council funding. The candidate will contribute to ongoing and intensive interdisciplinary arts dissemination and will play a significant role in attracting high-calibre undergraduate and graduate students. The candidate will also work in specific scholarly capacities that align with currently developed research clusters such as Media and Culture.  

The Department of Creative Studies offers BFA degrees with majors in Visual Arts and Interdisciplinary Performance, a BA degree with a major in Creative Writing, a cross-faculty Bachelor of Media Studies (BMS) degree, and MFA degrees in Creative Writing, Visual Arts, and Interdisciplinary Studies. FCCS also offers BA degrees with a variety of majors and Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies PhDs and MAs, and a MA in English. 

The Department is housed in the vibrant Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies. The collegial environment of FCCS focuses on effective teaching, critical and creative scholarship, and the integration of scholarship and teaching. We are committed to Indigenous engagement as part of UBC’s Place and Promise strategic plan, an ethos of local involvement, global engagement, and intercultural awareness. We value providing a positive, inclusive, and mutually supportive working and learning environment for all our students, faculty and staff.  For more information, please consult the FCCS web page:

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How to apply

To apply for this position please visit this link: 

Application materials must include the following: 
1. Letter of application including the following:

  • A description of the program of practice and research
  • Statement of undergraduate and graduate teaching areas in which the candidate could participate
  • Other relevant information

2. Curriculum vitae listing the following:

  • Personal information
  • Educational qualifications
  • Professional employment experience including artistic practice, research and teaching experience
  • Present and prior research projects and funding sources
  • Experience with undergraduate and graduate student research supervision
  • Publications, exhibitions, presentations, curatorial practices
  • Awards and honours

3. Evidence of teaching effectiveness and excellence:

  • Teaching dossier including course outlines, student evaluations, and other relevant material such as examples of student work

4. Artistic Portfolio

  • No more than 20 examples, in electronic format (JPG or PDF) of recent work.  Image files should be titled as follows: 1.last name_first name.jpg;  2.last name_first name.jpg; etc.  Include a corresponding numbered list of information detailing titles, year of completion, media, and size.

5. Letters of reference:

  • Candidates should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent directly to Dr. Ashok Mathur (Head, Department of Creative Studies) at: with the subject line “VISA reference”.  The referees must be able to comment on the applicant's suitability for the position, including objective commentary on the applicant's art practice/research and teaching potential or established excellence.
    Inquiries from those interested in applying should be directed to Dr. Ashok Mathur at the following address:  

The deadline for applications and letters of reference is December 1, 2016

All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. 

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Government regulations require that Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. 







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