Concordia University

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Photography

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


With over 4,000 students, faculty, and staff, the Faculty of Fine Arts is among the five largest art and design 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 of Studio Arts 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 Photography program enjoys an excellent reputation with an undergraduate enrolment of close to 500 students. A signature area within the Faculty of Fine Arts, the program is the second largest in Studio Arts and has 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 Photography program stresses a strong historical and theoretical understanding of the medium, while acknowledging its social, political, and aesthetic implications. The program is housed in high-end facilities that accommodate a full range of both analog and digital practices.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach core and innovative specialized courses in Photography at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate and independent study students, develop program curriculum and new directions in the Photography program, participate in the creation of research initiatives, develop interdisciplinary and inter-departmental collaborations, liaise with technicians and contribute to administrative duties at the program, department and Faculty level.

We are seeking applicants with a research specialization in the discipline of photography, a contemporary understanding of discipline and multi-discipline approaches to the medium, as well as a critical and theoretical background. The ideal candidate will have an established record of research and exhibitions, and will be engaged with contemporary photography practices in which social, cultural, conceptual and material frameworks are central. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate professional skills in the following areas: black and white and color photography (analogue and digital), large-format photography, digital imaging and contemporary theory. Practical knowledge of both traditional and contemporary approaches to photography, as well as familiarity with current ideas in theory and criticism are required.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach Photography courses at the graduate and undergraduate level, supervise graduate students, actively embrace program and department stewardship, perform administrative duties and engage in committee work to further advance the Photography 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 minimum of two years university-teaching experience, a strong exhibition record, a demonstrated practice in artistic research, and a proven record of administrative and committee service. Although classes are taught in English, fluency in spoken and written French will be 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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