Concordia University

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Frameworks and Interventions in Indigenous Art Practice

Date posted: September 23, 2019
Application deadline: November 15, 2019
Advertised until: November 22, 2019
Position number: 18_T_FOFA_O

Concordia University’s Department of Studio Arts in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position in Frameworks and Interventions in Indigenous Art Practice, to begin August 1, 2021. (Please note future start date).

Position Description

We are seeking candidates with a dynamic contemporary Indigenous art practice who have strong connections to Indigenous communities and are able to bring Indigenous voices and ways of knowing and making into their teaching and research. Potential areas of focus might include, but are not limited to: postcolonial artistic interventions and the development of decolonizing strategies, transcultural objects and exchanges, and/or territorial/landed relationships. Working with Indigenous faculty from various departments (Art History, English, Studio Arts, and Theatre), as well as the First Peoples Studies program, the Centre for Oral History and Digital Storytelling, the Indigenous Futures research cluster, and the Indigenous Directions Leadership Group, the ideal candidate will collaborate in reframing aspects of the curriculum by integrating Indigenous knowledge into existing courses, clusters and programs, or by proposing new initiatives that radically shift cultures of teaching and learning across the Faculty.


The successful candidate will be expected to teach courses at the graduate and undergraduate levels, attract and supervise graduate students, serve on thesis committees, participate in curriculum development, and perform administrative duties. Over time, the selected candidate will actively embrace program stewardship to further advance Indigenous initiatives in the Department of Studio Arts, as well as engage in committee work at the department, Faculty, and University levels.  


Applicants should possess an MFA degree or equivalent, a minimum of two years of teaching experience at the university level, and display a strong practice in artistic research, as well as a proven record of administrative and committee service. The ideal candidate will have an expansive interdisciplinary practice (proficiency in 2D/3D and/or 4D practices) and the ability to teach in one or more of the following program areas or clusters: ArtX, Studio Art, Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts), Sculpture, Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Painting and Drawing, Photography, and/or Print Media. We welcome candidates with distinctive voices and practices whose research-creation complements and expands the areas of expertise of our existing faculty members. Evidence of prior activities demonstrating leadership, service, commitment to diversity and inclusivity, and the ability to think outside the box is highly sought.  Although classes are taught in English, fluency in spoken and written French will be considered an asset, along with other languages.

About the Faculty and Department

With nearly 4,000 students enrolled, the Faculty of Fine Arts is the largest comprehensive arts, design, and performance school in Canada. Located in downtown Montreal—a city with 170,000 university students, a vibrant cultural scene, and the most affordable tuition in Canada—Concordia was ranked first in Canada in the top 50 universities under 50, while our Faculty cracked the top 10% of art and design schools globally in 2018. Montreal is a unique Francophone city in North America with a significant Anglophone community, many of whom study with us.

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 in a transformative moment. Within our nine departments, pedagogical, conceptual, theoretical, and material practices thrive. In our university community, live performance, historical research, methodological innovation, technical experimentation, skills-based production, community fieldwork, as well as traditional and digital fabrication are equally valued. In addition to curricular advances, the formation of significant research centres and external partnerships in the Faculty of Fine Arts continue to enrich opportunities for faculty and students alike.

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 advanced projects and transition into the next phase of their careers. Attracting one of the most talented cohorts in the nation, undergraduate programs are offered in Fibres and Material Practices, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture, Ceramics, Studio Art, and Intermedia (Video, Performance and Electronic Arts).

How to Apply

Applications should be submitted electronically as a single, multi-page PDF document to on or before November 15, 2019. Please name your document file using your last and first names only (e.g. “LastName, FirstName”). For video and/or other media files, please provide a link to a website in the PDF document. Submissions should include the following items in the order specified below:

  1. Cover Letter (see additional details below);
  2. Curriculum Vitae;
  3. Statement of teaching philosophy and interests;
  4. Research statement;
  5. Documentation of artwork (20 images);
  6. Evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi with assignments,     student evaluations and 20 images of student work); and
  7. Names and contact information of three professional referees.

Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree.

All inquiries regarding this position should be directed to:
Leila Sujir, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Studio Arts

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 - Jobs

Faculty of Fine Arts

Department of Studio Arts

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start date of August 1, 2021. 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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