Employment

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

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 https://ahva.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=678 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.


Seeking Director/Curator, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery

The Faculty of Arts at The University of British Columbia (UBC) – Vancouver campus invites applications for the position of Director/Curator, Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2021. The successful candidate will hold an academic appointment concurrent with the directorship; the latter appointment is expected to be for an initial five-year term, with the possibility of reappointment upon successful review. The successful candidate must be appointable to a tenure-stream professorial position, demonstrate experience and ability to teach and supervise students, and possess leadership and administrative skills.

 

RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE DIRECTOR/CURATOR

Reporting to the Dean of the Faculty of Arts, the Director/Curator of the Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery is responsible for the overall artistic vision and operations of the Gallery, including exhibitions, collections, acquisitions, programs and direction and management of the Gallery’s professional staff. The successful candidate will be expected to maintain an active program of research and scholarly activity and curatorial practice, to teach and supervise graduate students in the Department of Art History, Visual Art & Theory (AHVA), including course offerings in the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program (CCST) and leading the CCST Practicum. The Director/Curator is responsible for overseeing the long-term vision for the Gallery, including developing and carrying out the Gallery’s strategic plan for programming, staffing and facility needs, and expansion. The Director/Curator oversees the Gallery’s fiscal responsibilities to the University and external funders, including approving the Gallery’s annual budget plans, approving research and project grants, authorizing expenditures, and ensuring operations and programming initiatives are undertaken within available resources and in accordance with UBC and external agencies’ policies and guidelines. The Director/Curator is also responsible for overseeing fund development and fundraising for the Gallery’s operations, acquisitions, programming, research, and special projects, and works closely with UBC Development on stewardship of the Gallery’s major donors. This position leads and works with the Gallery’s curatorial team in developing a program of contemporary art exhibitions and programming, oversees the development of the University art collection, the Belkin Archives, and the outdoor art collection by researching and recommending acquisitions (purchases and donations) and deaccessions; and approving outgoing loans.

 

 

REQUIREMENTS

The successful candidate is expected to have a strong record in scholarly and curatorial practices in contemporary art, experience in museum and collections management and working in a gallery/museum environment, a commitment to and proven ability in fundraising, liaising with different levels of government, and grant writing, critical writing skills, and demonstrated leadership and administrative skills and experience including effectiveness in leading, managing and working with a team of professional staff. In addition, the successful candidate will have an excellent record of high quality undergraduate and graduate teaching, and graduate supervision. The successful candidate will be able to articulate a defined curatorial vision for the future and an appreciation of the values and strengths the Gallery carries forward. They will be expected to demonstrate the ability to lead an organization through change and develop a forward-thinking strategic plan for addressing growth; develop and strengthen relationships across the University and with external constituents in a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment; take a proactive role in fundraising by cultivating and soliciting new funding sources; cultivate relationships with individual donors, foundations, corporations, and government funding agencies; and foster a collaborative, respectful, and inclusive environment for students, staff, faculty, and community partners.

 

Applicants with a PhD degree or appropriate terminal degree are preferred, but a combination of education and appropriate curatorial and publishing experience would be considered. We seek applicants with an excellent record of research publications, creative works, and/or professional contributions and scholarly activity that meet the criteria for appointment to a tenure-stream professorial position as either Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, with the rank of appointment commensurate with qualifications and experience, who have attained wide recognition in their field(s). The field of specialization within contemporary art is open; however, the successful candidate will have excellent knowledge and understanding of contemporary visual art practices and critical theory; the ideal candidate would also have an understanding of the Gallery’s collection and the ability to put the local conversation around art in Vancouver/Canada in an international dialogue.

 

HOW TO APPLY

Apply online by October 15, 2020 at: https://ardo.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=4844.  Enquiries may be directed to Associate Dean Gillian Creese, via email (arts.headships@ubc.ca) with “BELKIN director search 2020” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin in October 2020 and will continue until the position is filled. The position is subject to final budgetary approval. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

 

Applicants must provide the following items: curriculum vitae; letter of application; statements (max. 1 page each) summarizing their (a) research/creative program, (b) vision for contemporary art exhibition and programming in a research-intensive University, (c) experience in and approach to administrative and leadership roles, (d) teaching philosophy/practice, and (e) experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion. Applicants must also provide a curatorial portfolio; one published writing sample (maximum 10,000 words); and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g., student evaluations of teaching, peer reviews of teaching, and/or sample syllabi). Applicants are also asked to provide names and contact information for at least four referees who may be approached at a later date to provide confidential and objective assessment of the applicant’s suitability for the Belkin directorship position and a professorial appointment.

 

COMMITMENT TO EQUITY AND DIVERSITY

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 B.C. 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 of Canada will be given priority.

 

THE UNIVERSITY

The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world. UBC-Vancouver’s Point Grey Campus is located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territories of the Musqueam people, with whom UBC shares a framework Memorandum of Affiliation. For information relating to Aboriginal initiatives that are available at UBC, visit the UBC Vancouver Aboriginal portal at: http://aboriginal.ubc.ca/.

 

ABOUT THE GALLERY

The Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery at UBC has an international reputation for its innovative work in the field of contemporary art. The Gallery promotes understanding and discussion of contemporary art and contemporary issues in art history, criticism and curating, with a focus on our region in an international context. Through research, acquisitions, exhibitions, publications, loans, travelling exhibitions, commissions, special projects, education and outreach programs, the Gallery participates in the national and international community of institutions concerned with contemporary art. Founded as the UBC Fine Arts Gallery in 1948, the Belkin’s history has a deep interconnection with the development of contemporary art practice in Vancouver. As a collecting institution, the Belkin is designated as a Category A institution, and houses the University Art Collection of over 5,000 objects—one of the largest public collections of art in British Columbia—and a substantial archive. Operating as a unit of the Faculty of Arts, the Gallery is closely tied to the Department of Art History, Visual and Theory and participates in the training of student curators in the Critical and Curatorial Studies Program. The Gallery plays a key role in an ambitious outdoor art plan for the Vancouver campus.

 

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION

Morris and Helen Belkin Art Gallery https://belkin.ubc.ca/

Belkin Permanent Collection, Outdoor Art Collection, Archives https://belkin.ubc.ca/collections/

Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) https://ahva.ubc.ca/

Critical and Curatorial Studies Program (CCST) https://ahva.ubc.ca/graduate/ma-in-ccst-program/


Seeking Assistant Professor Without Review in Art History, Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries

The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, invites applications for a limited-term full-time position at the rank of Assistant Professor Without Review, for a period of 24 months. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as September 1, 2020.

The department seeks an art historian specializing in either the 19th or the 20th century, with an ability to teach undergraduate courses in both. A focus on media and technology would be desirable. Candidates will be expected to demonstrate a strong theoretical and methodological grounding in their research and teaching. 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 research. Applicants should have the ability to teach courses in their area of specialty and contribute to the range of courses currently offered within AHVA, with evidence of teaching excellence at the undergraduate and, ideally, graduate levels. The teaching load will be four three-credit courses per year (a two-two teaching load). They are expected to participate in advising MA students and undertake service duties as assigned by the Head.

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. 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 Central, Eastern and Northern European Studies; the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; the Department of Theatre and Film; the Department of History; the Department of English Language and Literatures; the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice; the Program in First Nations and Indigenous Studies and the Science and Technology Program.

Applicants must submit their application at https://ahva.air.arts.ubc.ca/?p=545 and upload the following in the order listed within a single PDF (max size 15MB):

  • a letter of application
  • a detailed curriculum vitae
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and course syllabi)
  • a sample of their published research
  • statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email by June 21, 2020 to ahva.head@ubc.ca to the attention of Dana Claxton, Head and Search Chair. Applicants should ensure that referees are aware their letters must reach the department by the application deadline.

Review of applications will begin on June 21, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date are assured of full review.

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

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.


2020-2021 AHVA Teaching Assistantship Postings

ARTH 2020W TA Postings
VISA 2020W TA Postings

Please upload copies of the following to https://ahva.air.arts.ubc.ca/2020-2021-application-for-ahva-teaching-assistantship/ by 4:30 PM on Monday, 3 August 2020.

1) Cover letter indicating the course(s) you are applying for and preference;

2) Curriculum vitae, which includes a list of all Art History/and/or Visual Art courses that you will have completed by Fall 2020.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity. We encourage all qualified applicants to apply. Successful applicants will become members of the Teaching Assistant union, CUPE 2278. Assignment of positions is guided by the stipulations within the collective agreement between UBC and CUPE 2278.