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Tenure-Track, Assistant Professor, Art History & Visual Cultural Studies

OCAD University
Cayman Islands
Salary Commensurate with experience
Date posted
Dec 17, 2020

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Art History
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous tenure-track faculty, this position is open only to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 


OCAD University (OCAD U), Canada’s university of the imagination, provides a vibrant and stimulating environment for its faculty and students. Committed to excellence and contemporary approaches to education, OCAD U offers seventeen undergraduate programs, seven graduate programs, and a variety of continuing education courses in art, media and design. OCAD U is currently seeking outstanding, creative researchers/practitioners and gifted, collaborative teachers to augment its professoriate in this opportunity. It is an exciting time to join the OCAD U community as the University is at a key stage in its institutional transformation, with the implementation of its Academic Plan with six guiding principles: decolonization, diversity and equity, sustainability, valuing faculty, interdisciplinarity and health and wellness.


Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences


Assistant Professor: Art History & Visual Culture


The Bachelor of Arts (BA) Honours program in Visual and Critical Studies (VCS) is defined by a global, critical, decolonial vision of art history and visual culture. The Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences invites applicants for a full-time, Tenure-track position in Art History and Visual Culture at the rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates may specialize in any subject area or period, but their scholarship and teaching experience should support the unique global and decolonial vision of the VCS program. Expertise in any of the following areas would be considered an asset: Indigenous curatorial practice, photography, material culture, global/Indigenous/non-European art history.


The appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2021 and is subject to budgetary approval.




The successful candidate will:

  • teach a breadth of art history and visual culture courses at all undergraduate levels, including first-year survey courses, with a primary home in the Visual and Critical Studies program
  • contribute to the development of the undergraduate and graduate curriculum (Criticism and Curatorial Practices (MFA); Contemporary Art, Design, and New Media Art Histories (MA); and the Interdisciplinary Master's in Art, Media and Design (MA, MDes and MFA)
  • maintain an active research and professional practice within Art History or related area
  • perform course outline development, course preparation, and delivery inclusive of lectures, critiques, grading, mid-term evaluations and final evaluations/​reviews, including responsibility for health & safety and meeting academic and curricular requirements and deadlines
  • provide service to the program, Faculty, and University-wide governance system, as well as participate in building the University community and promoting the quality of student life and University culture
  • contribute to a range of service activities, including participation in governance, student projects, and outreach initiatives that support the Visual and Critical Studies program and the University.




The ideal candidate will have:

  • a terminal degree in a relevant discipline (a PhD in Art History or related field)
  • experience teaching art history and visual culture courses or experience teaching within related art or design programs, or equivalent work experience
  • a demonstrated record of research, scholarship and publication. An active curatorial practice will be considered an additional asset  
  • experience advancing decolonization, diversity and equity, and sustainability in scholarship, curriculum, teaching, and creative/professional activities
  • an aptitude for innovative curriculum development. Experience teaching in interdisciplinary programs and in a studio environment will be an asset
  • experience teaching and supervising student projects, thesis students or graduate students
  • a demonstrated commitment to the principles of equity and diversity with a proven record of promoting a respectful and inclusive work and learning environment for students, staff, and faculty



Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications with access to full benefits and pension contribution after one year of service.

Applications should include: a letter of intent stating the candidate’s interests in the areas of teaching, research, and university service; a curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy that responds to the profile of the position; three to four recent writing samples that demonstrate the breadth of your research practice; and the names and contact information of three referees.


Interested applicants are invited to submit their application on-line and in confidence, addressed to Dean Sarita Srivastava, Chair, Art History Search Committee, Faculty of Liberal Arts & Sciences, OCAD University, online by visiting the Employment Opportunities page of the OCAD University website:


The review of applications will begin on January 29, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.


As an institution committed to art, design, digital media and related scholarship, OCAD University (OCAD U) recognizes the profound and essential value that diversity brings to the creation, reception and circulation of creative practices and discourse. OCAD U understands that valuing diverse creative practices and forms of knowledge are essential to and enrich the institution’s core mission and vision as an art and design university with a local and global scope.


As an employer committed to employment equity, we encourage applications from members of equity-seeking communities including women, racialized and Indigenous persons, persons with disabilities, and persons of all sexual orientations and gender identities/expressions.


We encourage members of designated equity-seeking groups to self-identify within the voluntary Applicant Questionnaire.


In order to alleviate the under-representation of racialized and Indigenous tenure-track faculty, this position is open only to qualified racialized and Indigenous persons who self-identify as such in the application process. This initiative is a special program under the Ontario Human Rights Code. 


OCAD U is committed to providing an inclusive and barrier free experience to applicants with accessibility needs. Requests for accommodation can be made at any stage during the recruitment process. Please contact Human Resources for more information or refer to OCAD U’s Policy of Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities


All qualified persons are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short-listed will be contacted.


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