Seeking Assistant Professor in Art History — Late Antique to Medieval World before 1400 (tenure-track)

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 art history of the late antique to medieval period (before 1400) in any region(s) of Western Eurasia and/or North Africa. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2019.


Applicants should practice a comparative critical approach, demonstrate engagement with recent debates in their field and show proficiency in the languages their specialization requires. The successful candidate will be well versed in the most advanced theoretical and methodological concerns of the discipline. The ability to teach across geographical areas and chronological periods would be an asset.


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: 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 Classical, Near Eastern and Religious Studies; the Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies; Department of Asian Studies; Department of History; Department of English Language and Literatures; and the Medieval Studies program.


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 late antique and medieval period of art history and will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision and service.


Applicants must submit their application at and upload the following in the order listed within a single PDF (max size 15MB):

  • 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)
  • a sample dissertation chapter or scholarly paper
  • 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 10 to:, or by mail to: Professor Joseph Monteyne, Chair, Art History Search Committee, Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory; University of British Columbia, 400 – 6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z2, Canada.


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


Review of applications will begin on October 10, 2018 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 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 will be given priority.