Concordia University

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Indigenous Art History and Visual Culture

Date posted: September 11, 2019
Application deadline: November 15, 2019
Advertised until: November 22, 2019
Position number: 18_T_ARTH_O

Concordia University’s Department of Art History in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Indigenous Art History and Visual Culture, to begin August 1, 2020.

Position Description

The Department of Art History at Concordia University has integrated Indigenous art histories into its undergraduate and graduate curriculum for over 20 years, while its faculty and students have a history of participating in discussions, research projects, and conferences related to Indigenous art and knowledge. The department’s professoriate currently includes one tenured Indigenous member.

We are seeking candidates with a research and teaching profile in the art and visual culture of Canada and/or North America (or what is frequently identified as Turtle Island). Research interests can include past, present and continuous art forms pertaining to Indigenous cultures. We welcome candidates whose research expertise encompasses histories of materially-based practices, as well as genres such as performance, new-media, and moving-image work. We also recognize scholars whose research portfolio includes a curatorial practice and/or curatorial studies, which is a strength of our department. Applicants should demonstrate a living connection to an Indigenous community, nation or people.


The successful candidate will be expected to fully participate in academic life through contributions to research, teaching, and service. Following current university standards of annual research-related course remissions, the incumbent will be asked to teach a 2/2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses on Indigenous topics, and from the outset, to assist in the supervision and mentoring of both MA and PhD students. The candidate should be prepared to embrace program and department stewardship, perform administrative duties and engage in committee work at the department and Faculty levels.


Applicants should hold a PhD in Art History (or ABD), or a related discipline(s), demonstrating expertise in the domain of Indigenous art and visual culture. They should have teaching experience at the university level, and must demonstrate an active program of research as well as a record of publications.

About the Faculty and Department of Art History

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. Fine Arts has Indigenous faculty teaching in several of its departments (including Art History, Studio Arts, Design and Computation Arts, and Theatre), two Indigenous University Research Chairs, and one Indigenous Canada Research Chair. The department is also home to the active, student-led Indigenous Art Research Group. Concordia University is in the process of implementing a university-wide Indigenous Directions Action Plan, and establishing an interdisciplinary Indigenous Research Centre with a focus on Indigenous futures.

Concordia University has a strong and growing Indigenous student body. We are recognized as Canada’s top university under the age of 50, and are proud of our international community of faculty and students. Ambitious, innovative, research-based and community-engaged, we are celebrated for our commitment to transformative learning. Located on two campuses in the heart of cosmopolitan Montreal, we are a University that draws on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of our local and global partnerships to prepare our graduates to flourish in the world of tomorrow. The city of Montreal, one of Canada’s most liveable cities, is home to four universities, resulting in a dynamic research environment. The city is renowned for its vibrant, cross-cultural artistic scenes.

The Department of Art History at Concordia University is one of the leading departments in the country—renowned for its theoretical and methodological strengths, its focus on visual and material culture, its social engagement as well as its commitment to historic, modern, and contemporary forms of art. The department currently has three Research Chairs in Circumpolar Indigenous Arts; Ethno-cultural Art Histories; and Canadian Art. Two scholarly journals (Journal of Canadian Art History and Journal of Asian Diasporic Visual Culture and the Americas) are housed in the department. Three undergraduate degree programs are offered through the department: Art History; Art History and Film Studies; and Art History and Studio Art. There is a stand-alone Master’s in Art History, and an inter-university PhD program, offered collaboratively with two other Montreal universities. The department’s lively and politically-aware students regularly organize conferences, publications, interventions, and exhibitions.

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically to on or before November 15, 2019. Submissions must consist of a cover letter (see additional details below); curriculum vitae; a statement of teaching philosophy and interests; evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and evaluations); one example of scholarly work (a peer-reviewed article or chapter, for instance); and the names and contact information of three referees. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree. The department regrets that they cannot consider incomplete applications.

All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to:
Dr. Johanne Sloan, Professor and Chair, Department of Art History Hiring Committee

All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a brief Employment Equity Survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary. No identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Aggregated data shall be used exclusively for the purposes of assessing the diversity in the pool of applicants. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of a minority or underrepresented group to the hiring committee may do so in their cover letter or by writing directly to the contact person indicated in this posting.

Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.

As part of this commitment to providing our students with the dynamic, innovative, and inclusive educational environment of a Next-Generation University, we require all applicants to articulate in their cover letter how their professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to conduct innovative research and to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society. These ongoing or anticipated examples can include but are not limited to:

  • teaching about underrepresented populations;
  • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds;
  • conducting research with underrepresented and/or underserved communities;
  • committee work;
  • offering or organizing educational programming; and
  • participation in training and workshops.

Concordia University recognizes the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research excellence and will take them into careful consideration in assessing applications and throughout the selection process.

To learn more about working at Concordia, applicants are encouraged to consult the following webpages:

Concordia Human Resources

Department of Art History

Faculty of Fine Arts

Indigenous Directions

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for August 1, 2020. Appointments at a more senior level may also be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately after the application deadline, and will continue until the position is filled.

Applicants who anticipate requiring accommodations throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at or by phone at 514-848-2424, ext. 4323.

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