Concordia University

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Painting and Drawing

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Painting and Drawing to begin August 1, 2018.


With over 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the Faculty of Fine Arts is among the five largest visual and performing arts schools in North America. Montréal, our home, is exceptional: with 170,000 university students, a vibrant cultural scene, and the most affordable tuition in Canada, the city ranks among the top ten best destinations in the world for tertiary education. While supporting a significant Anglophone population, Montréal is the second largest French-speaking city after Paris. North America’s number one choice for international events and festivals, Montréal was the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity. Nestled in the heart of this pulsing city, embraced by a dynamic research university, the Faculty of Fine Arts benefits from extraordinary access to brilliant practitioners, thriving venues, cross-cultural perspectives, and an extensive network of outstanding facilities for research and production.

Faculty and Department

Taking advantage of our place within the rich fabric of a research university and our long history as one of the premiere sites in Canada for the study and creation of the arts and arts-based scholarship, the Faculty of Fine Arts is currently engaged in a transformative moment in which pedagogical, conceptual, theoretical, and material practices find resonance with a significant diversity of approaches. In our university community, we value equally those practices that embrace aesthetic activism, live performance, historical scholarship, technical experimentation, skills-based production, community fieldwork, as well as traditional and digital fabrication.  At the heart of this dense array is the Department of Studio Arts—with more than 90 full-time and part-time professors who are some of Canada’s most celebrated artists, the Department occupies a significant place within the Faculty’s long-term plan to support both medium-specific training and multi-disciplinary experimentation. The internationally renowned MFA program has been active for over three decades and is one of the few to incorporate a third year for graduate students to prepare thesis work and transition into the next phase of their career. Attracting one of the most talented cohorts in the nation, undergraduate programs are offered in Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture, Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Studio Art, and Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts).

Position Description

The Painting and Drawing program enjoys an excellent reputation with an undergraduate enrolment of over 1,200 students. A signature area within the Faculty of Fine Arts, the program is the largest in Studio Arts and has one of the most sought-after major in the department, making it one of the most visible and illustrious programs in terms of faculty members and alumni. The Painting and Drawing program is a leader in promoting contemporary art practices based on an expanded concept of the field incorporating performative, object-oriented, and time- and discipline-based approaches.

We are seeking applicants with an established record of national and international projects, and exhibitions that focus on painting. Candidates are expected to have a core specialization and focus in painting; however, additional research pursuits in one or more other Studio Art areas, such as Drawing, Installation, Sculpture, Fibres, Ceramics, Video, New Media, Print and Performance will be seen as advantageous. The ideal candidate will have an understanding of both discipline-based approaches to painting as well as interdisciplinary approaches, with a strong background in art theory and criticism. The successful candidate will be an artist/researcher with expertise in teaching painting materials and methods, color theory and application, contemporary discourses in painting including modernist, post-modernist and other current approaches at the university level, both graduate and undergraduate. Since this position will play a strategic role in the development and creation of new curriculum and research initiatives both inside and outside the department, preference will be given to candidates with the strongest artistic research record who demonstrate evidence of potential to meet the steering and leadership goals of the program and the department.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach Painting courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, recruit and supervise graduate students, actively embrace program stewardship, perform administrative duties and engage in committee work to further advance the Painting and Drawing program and the Department of Studio Arts, as necessary. Prior activities demonstrating leadership, service, and commitment to diversity inside or outside academic institutions is strongly sought after.


Applicants should have a completed MFA degree (or equivalent), a strong exhibition record, college and/or university teaching experience, a demonstrated practice in artistic research, and a proven record of administrative and committee service. Although classes are taught in English, fluency in French is considered an asset.

Application Requirements and Deadline

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single continuous document (in Word or PDF format) and sent to on or before November 1, 2017.  Please name your document by Last name, First name only. For video and/or moving image files, please provide a link to a website. Submissions must consist of a cover letter; curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi, examples of student work, assignments and evaluations); a research statement; documentation of artwork and the names and contact information of three referees. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree. All inquiries regarding this position may be directed to

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult: 
Faculty of Fine Arts
Department of Studio Arts

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2018. Appointments at a more senior level may also be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. 

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