Faculty of Fine Arts (Art History and Visual Studies) Assistant or Associate Professor

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Assistant or Associate Professor of Art History, Indigenous Arts

We acknowledge and respect the l?kw?n?n peoples on whose traditional territory the University of Victoria stands and the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSÁNEC peoples whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

The Department of Art History & Visual Studies invites applications for one full-time research-stream faculty position. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor or Associate Professor, with rank and tenure status determined after an assessment of accomplishments and experience. The expected start date is 1 July 2024 or as negotiated.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous peoples. Our search committee will review the pool of applications from those who self-identify with this designated group. Candidates from this group must self-identify in their cover letter to be considered for this position.

The candidate’s qualifications, experience and overall market demand will determine a candidate’s final salary offer. The salary for this position includes a competitive salary range of $102,915 - $127,131 at the Assistant Rank and $126,476 - $156,235 at the Associate Rank. UVic is committed to offering an equitable and competitive salary, inclusive of a generous benefits package, eligible leaves and pension plan.

As a world Art History department with strengths in Film Studies and Museum Studies, whose teaching and research bring together Indigenous, international, and interdisciplinary foci to foster intercultural understanding, global citizenship, and civic engagement, we are committed to working in ways that honour and are inspired by the art, culture, and histories of the Coast Salish Peoples. Our programs offer critical perspectives on social justice, gender, and decolonization, and are based on respect for cultural diversity and commitment to community engaged and community-based research. AHVS supports and celebrates diverse forms of teaching, research, scholarship, scholarly activity and creative activity, service, and ways of knowing.


We invite applications from Indigenous scholars who focus on the study of the arts and cultures of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit communities. Areas of research may include art history, film studies, museum studies, curatorial studies, and visual studies. We are especially but not exclusively interested in candidates who are members of the Coast Salish, Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwakaw’akw nations.

We welcome applications from scholars and curators in relevant fields, including but not limited to Art History, First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Indigenous Knowledges, Anthropology, History, Museum Studies, Curatorial Studies, Community Engaged Practices, Culturally Engaged Practices, Film Studies, and Media Studies. The successful candidate will hold a PhD in Art History or relevant field and/or demonstrate equivalent community or traditional cultural experience in the study or curation of Indigenous Arts. Demonstrated experience with teaching at a post-secondary level, cultural mentorship, research or curatorial practice that demonstrates meaningful, respectful engagement with communities, and a commitment to equity in research, teaching, and community engagement is required.

The successful candidate will teach 6.0 units of courses annually. They will contribute to the AHVS Major, Honours, Minor, MA and PhD programs, the AHVS Museum Studies Minor (depending on expertise), the Film Studies Minor (depending on expertise), the Digital and Interactive Media Minor, and the Indigenous Studies Program. AHVS also serves many students across campus who take our courses as electives.

The position also requires engagement with the activities of the department. This includes but is not limited to serving on departmental, Faculty, and University-wide committees and representing our department at University events. Additional assets would include the ability to serve as a role model and/or mentor for students and the willingness and ability to contribute to the evolving needs and growth of an academic unit.

Additional information

With approximately 70 Indigenous faculty members, the University of Victoria is home to programs in Indigenous Law, Indigenous Education, Indigenous Studies, and Indigenous Governance. Structural and administrative support includes the First Peoples House, the office of Indigenous Academics and Community Engagement (IACE), the Office of the Vice-President Indigenous (OVPI), the Centre for Indigenous Research and Community-Led Engagement (CIRCLE) and will soon include a National Centre for Indigenous Laws and 4 Associate Deans Indigenous. Within the Faculty of Fine Arts, Indigenous faculty positions include the Audain Professorship in Contemporary Art Practice of the Pacific Northwest and The Impact Chair in Indigenous Art Practices. We also count three additional tenured or tenure track faculty members among our growing Indigenous cohort. You can read more about our world leading capacity and commitment toward reconciliation and decolonization in our Indigenous Plan ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uvic.ca%2Fovpi%2Findex.php&module=jobs&id=2789424" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uvic.ca%2Fovpi%2Findex.php&module=jobs&id=2789424" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.uvic.ca/­ovpi/index.php

The University of Victoria is consistently ranked in the top tier of Canada’s research-intensive universities. Vital impact drives the UVic sense of purpose. As an internationally renowned teaching and research hub, we tackle essential issues that matter to people, places, and the planet. Situated in the Pacific Rim, our location breeds a profound passion for exploration. We live, learn, work, and explore on the edge of what’s next--for our planet and its peoples. Our commitment to research-inspired dynamic learning and vital impact makes this Canada’s most extraordinary environment for discovery and innovation.

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement . Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association .

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; if you are neither a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, please indicate if you are authorized to work in Canada and be prepared to provide a copy of your permit authorizing same.

Contact information

To be considered, please send:

  • A cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements
  • Your curriculum vitae
  • A statement of Indigenous identity (Applicants asked to provide a brief overview of their community’s history, describe their personal ties and experience in their community and provide contact information for a community/cultural reference.)
  • Evidence of research (publications or work in progress)
  • Evidence of teaching skills (teaching statements, syllabi, evaluation data)
  • A statement of diversity (including knowledge, experience, and skills)
  • Contact information for three academic references

to Dr. Erin Campbell, Professor and Chair, Art History & Visual Studies, at arthistorychairuvic.ca and Ms. Sandra Curran, Department Secretary, at arthistoryuvic.ca .

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

Application deadline

We will begin reviewing applications as of January 15, 2024 , and will accept applications until the position is filled.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively encourage applications from members of groups experiencing barriers to equity, and in particular we are seeking for this Limited Hire search candidates who are Indigenous

Read our full equity statement here: ?url=www.uvic.ca%2Fequitystatement&module=jobs&id=2789424" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=www.uvic.ca%2Fequitystatement&module=jobs&id=2789424" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">www.uvic.ca/equitystatement or our Advancing Equity Action Plan here: ?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uvic.ca%2Fequity-action-plan%2Findex.php&module=jobs&id=2789424" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.uvic.ca%2Fequity-action-plan%2Findex.php&module=jobs&id=2789424" target="_blank" rel="nofollow">https://www.uvic.ca/­equity-action-plan/index.php

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at FRrecruituvic.ca . Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

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