Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Education
Last updated: October 3, 2023, 8:51 a.m.
Job title: Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Education
Position code: 23_T_ARTE_M
Date posted: October 3, 2023
Application deadline: November 15, 2023
Advertised until: Position is filled
The Department of Art Education in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications to fill a tenure-track position in Accessibility in Art Education at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin August 1, 2024. The incumbent will be expected to teach a 2/2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses on topics primarily related to accessibility in art education, and to participate in the supervision and mentoring of both MA and PhD students. The successful candidate will also be expected to assist in program development, serve on graduate committees, and perform administrative duties at the Department and Faculty levels.
Qualifications and assets
Candidates must have a completed PhD in Art Education or Education with a focus on arts-based pedagogies or an equivalent terminal degree in a relevant field (or be near completion at the start date of the appointment). We are seeking candidates with specialized theoretical and methodological expertise in addressing issues in art educational contexts in schools, communities, and beyond that may include but is not limited to: neurodivergent, disabled, chronically-ill and/or other marginalized learners; structural ableism, and other exclusions in curriculum and pedagogy; and/or accessible arts-based pedagogies by employing equity-diversity-inclusion principles. Preferred candidates will have a teaching certification or brevet in the elementary and/or secondary school system. Familiarity with educational contexts in Quebec, whether in schools, community settings, or both, is considered a strong asset.
The main criteria for selection are scholarly and teaching excellence. The successful candidate will provide evidence of high-quality scholarly output that demonstrates potential for independent research leading to peer assessed publications and the securing of external research funding, as well as strong potential for outstanding teaching contributions at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates are encouraged to share any career interruptions or personal circumstances that may have had an impact on their career goals in their letter of application. These will be carefully considered in the assessment process. The Department values diversity among its faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented groups. Concordia University is an English-language institution of higher learning at which the primary language of instruction and research is English. Since this position supports academic functions of the university, proficiency in English is required. Working knowledge of French, including reading and grading student work in French, is an asset.
How to apply
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applicants must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
Applications should be submitted electronically to the Department Chair, Dr. Vivek Venkatesh at firstname.lastname@example.org on or before November 15, 2023, but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. Submissions should consist of a single PDF file and include the following items in the order specified below:
- A cover letter clearly identifying the job title and position code (23_T_ARTE_M)
- A complete updated curriculum vitae
- A teaching statement that includes the applicant’s teaching philosophy and interest as well as approaches to mentorship
- Evidence of teaching effectiveness—e.g., teaching evaluations (if applicable), sample assignments and/or syllabi of courses taught
- A current portfolio of works demonstrating an active, professional practice as an artist, research-creator and/or researcher. Please include and briefly describe any relevant research and/or research-creation achievements including films, exhibitions, festivals, galleries, conference presentations, articles, publications, reviews, etc. (For video files in the portfolio, please submit links to a professional website, YouTube, or Vimeo channel. If the link is private, please provide the password.)
- The names and contact information of three referees
- A declaration stating either: “Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.” or “No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.”
All inquiries regarding this position may be directed to Dr. Vivek Venkatesh, Chair, Department of Art Education at email@example.com
Concordia University is strongly committed to building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community, and recognizes the importance of inclusion in achieving excellence in teaching and research. 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 background, as well as lived and professional experiences and expertise have prepared them to teach in ways that are relevant for a diverse, multicultural contemporary Canadian society.
Possible examples to demonstrate a diverse experience may include, but are not limited to:
- teaching about underrepresented populations
- community-based research
- mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
- offering or organizing educational programming
- participation in training and workshops
All applicants will receive an email invitation to complete a short equity survey. Participation in the survey is voluntary and no identifying information about candidates will be shared with hiring committees. Candidates who wish to self-identify as a member of an 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.
Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 514.848.2424 extension 3511.
Concordia University’s Department of Art Education is recognized as one of the best in the world. Renowned for its theoretical and methodological strengths and its commitment to socially engaged knowledge and social justice, the department houses the only BFA community-based art education degree programs in the country. Additionally, the BFA Specialization, which leads to teacher certification in Quebec and transfers across Canada, is unique. The MA in Art Education offers two professional pathways: students in the thesis option can pursue a scholarly thesis, a studio arts-based thesis, or a teaching-based thesis whereas the course option is designed to enhance professional standing. Each option can serve as the foundation for pursuing a doctorate in art education. Graduates of our world-class PhD program teach all over the world in reputable universities with multiple alumni having won the prestigious Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award.
Art Education faculty are accomplished leaders in the field including National Art Education Association (NAEA) Distinguished Fellows. Among our professoriate, we count a Research Chair in Art Education for Sustainable and Just Futures who is also a member of the Royal Society of Canada; an expert in black studies in art education, art history and social justice; a leader in art museum education; a distinguished researcher in aesthetic and artistic development; an accomplished researcher of performance studies and theory; a leading figure in research on mobile and social media learning who is also a recipient of the Higher Education Art Educator Award from the NAEA; an expert on creative cultural practices; and a UNESCO co-Chair in Prevention of Radicalisation and Violent Extremism.
Part-time faculty are equally outstanding: an experienced community-based art educator, an award-winning elementary art teacher and writer, and an accomplished researcher of Indigenous art education. The department also hosts many studio-based instructors who enrich the education of our undergraduate BFA Major and Specialization students.
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. Nestled in the heart of a 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.
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Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, is exceptional; safe, vibrant and diverse, with new things to discover around every corner. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather and conduct our activities. With a population of 1.7 million, Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is home to four major universities and several clinical research centres and has been named the best student city in the world. It offers the most affordable tuition in Canada.
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Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. The Kanien’kehá:ka Nation is recognized as the custodians of the lands and waters on which we gather today. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal is historically known as a gathering place for many First Nations. Today, it is home to a diverse population of Indigenous and other peoples. We respect the continued connections with the past, present and future in our ongoing relationships with Indigenous and other peoples within the Montreal community.
Concordia University is strongly committed to employment equity within its community, and to recruiting a diverse faculty and staff. The University encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women, members of visible minorities, Indigenous persons, members of sexual minorities, persons with disabilities, and others who may contribute to diversification; candidates are invited to self-identify in their applications.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian and Permanent Residents will be given priority. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. While applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship, all applications must include one of the following statements:
Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.