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Extended Term Appointment in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies

Last updated: November 29, 2023, 3:08 p.m.

Job title: Extended Term Appointment in the Department of Creative Arts Therapies
Position code: 24_ETA_CATS_O
Date posted: October 31, 2023
Application deadline: December 15, 2023
Advertised until: Position is filled

Position description

ETA members at Concordia are full-time faculty, responsible for teaching six or seven three-credit courses per year, and for some administrative and other service roles within the department. The initial appointment is for three years and may be renewed. The Department of Creative Arts Therapies in the Faculty of Fine Arts invites applications to fill an extended term appointment in Art Therapy: Arts in Systemic Health at the rank of Lecturer or Senior Lecturer to begin August 1, 2024

We are seeking candidates who demonstrate an authentic commitment to social justice and to the development and integration of innovative art therapy and health promotion initiatives within all aspects of their teaching, service, clinical, and advocacy endeavours. The successful candidate will be expected to supervise graduate students in clinical work; supervise MA student research projects; assist in program development; serve on graduate committees; and perform administrative duties. Other responsibilities include practicum coordination, which involves overseeing practicum sites and graduate student placements, and supporting practicum supervisors. Over time, the selected candidate will actively embrace program stewardship and engage in committee work at the Department, Faculty and University levels.

Qualifications and assets

Candidates must have, at minimum, a completed MA in Art Therapy. A completed PhD (or a PhD near completion) will be considered an asset. Professional certification as a Registered Art Therapist is required: Art Therapist Registered (ATR from Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.), Art Therapist Registered-Board Certified (ATR-BC from Art Therapy Credentials Board, Inc.) or Registered Canadian Art Therapist (RCAT from Canadian Art Therapy Association). Candidates must provide evidence of extensive clinical experience and expertise as an art therapist working with a range of clientele in various settings. Also required is evidence of effective and extensive supervision of art therapy graduate students in clinical work. Other required qualifications include demonstrated evidence of, or potential for, outstanding contributions to: 

  • Teaching art therapy at the graduate level
  • Graduate student (MA) research supervision
  • The field of art therapy and to collaborative community and university service activities
  • The integration of social justice principles, such as Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, and Accessibility in teaching and supervision

Other assets include: 

  • Holding a Quebec psychotherapist permit or provincial/state equivalent
  • Holding certification as a Canadian Certified Counsellor (CCC)

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. 

or 

No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

Applications should be submitted electronically to creativeartstherapies@concordia.ca on or before December 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 (24_ETA_CATS_O)
  • A complete updated curriculum vitae 
  • A teaching statement that includes the applicant’s teaching philosophy and interests as well as their approaches to supervision and mentorship 
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness—e.g., teaching evaluations (if applicable), sample assignments and/or syllabi of courses taught  
  • 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. Cynthia Bruce, Chair, Department of Creative Arts Therapies at cynthia.bruce@concordia.ca.

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. 

These ongoing or anticipated examples can 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 

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

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.

Adaptive measures

Applicants who anticipate requiring adaptive measures throughout any stage of the recruitment process may contact, in confidence, Anna Barrafato, Accessibility Change Lead: anna.barrafato@concordia.ca or by phone at 514-848-2424 extension 3511.

Concordia’s Department of Creative Arts Therapies (CATS) is unique in Canada, offering graduate programs in art therapy, drama therapy, music therapy and play therapy, all within a single university department. Diversity, inclusivity, and social justice are central aspects of our graduate training programs. Through experiential learning in the classroom and community, we offer our students support and opportunity for professional training, specialization, and research education. As leaders in research-creation and community engagement, CATS faculty members can grow and share their expertise with its affiliated centres and research collective: the Center for the Arts in Human Development (CAHD), the Concordia Arts in Health Centre (CAiHC), and the Arts in Health Research Collective (AHRC). Located in new, custom-designed spaces, the Department of Creative Arts Therapies offers state-of-the-art studios, equipment, and technical support for faculty, researchers, and students alike. While meeting educational standards set by the Canadian Art Therapy Association, Concordia’s Art Therapy program is designed to offer intensive preparation for high-level professional competence in the use of the visual arts for therapeutic and preventative purposes, for fostering personal growth and change, and for pursuing related research.

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.

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 and education, and therapeutic practices as well as traditional and digital fabrication. 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. For more information, please visit the Faculty of Fine Arts website.

Concordia University is located on unceded Indigenous lands. Tiohtià:ke/Montreal, on the traditional lands and waters of the Kanien’kehá:ka Nation, 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.

 Building on the skills of our faculty and the strengths of Indigenous, local, and global partnerships, we set our sights further and more broadly than others and align the quality of learning opportunities to larger trends and substantial challenges facing society.

 “Concordia is a young, forward-looking university. It’s a unique place where experimentation, innovation and creativity are truly valued. Our community of students, faculty, staff and alumni all contribute to our momentum as Canada’s next-gen university.” — Concordia President Graham Carr.

Profoundly global, Concordia is North America’s top university under the age of 50 and is recognized for attracting some of the most talented faculty and students from around the world. Driven by ambition, innovation and a commitment to reconciliation, research and community engagement, Concordia is celebrated for advancing transformative learning, convergent thinking and public impact.

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.

The city enjoys a thriving multicultural scene. Bilingualism is a part of Montreal’s tradition and adds to its inspiring atmosphere. While supporting a significant anglophone population, it is the one of the largest French-speaking cities in the world.

Montreal is famed for its innovative culinary scene and festivals. It was also the first metropolis to be designated a UNESCO City of Design by the Global Alliance for Cultural Diversity.

The city is recognized globally as an important centre for commerce, aerospace, transport, finance, pharmaceuticals, technology, design, gaming and film.

Territorial Acknowledgement

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.

Employment Equity

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.

Immigration Status

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 
or
No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada.

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