Assistant Professor for Indigenous Contemporary Art in Canada
University of Toronto Faculty of Arts and Science

Assistant Professor - Indigenous Contemporary Art in Canada & Curator, Art Museum – 1901318



Job Field: Tenure Stream

Faculty / Division: Faculty of Arts and Science

Department: Art

Campus: St. George (downtown Toronto)

Job Posting: May 10, 2019

Job Closing: Jul 9, 2019, 11:59pm EST




The Department of Art History in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Indigenous Contemporary Art in Canada. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, and is anticipated to commence on January 1, 2020. The successful candidate will also hold an appointment as Curator with the University of Toronto's Art Museum for an initial term of five years, renewable following a favourable review. 



Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in an area such as Art History, Curatorial Studies, Indigenous Studies, or another related discipline, or fully equivalent achievement in Indigenous ways of knowing and art histories, by the time of appointment or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research, teaching, and curatorial practice.


We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests and curatorial practice complement and strengthen our existing departmental strengths including a dedication to the study of history, theory, and methodology of art in a global context. The successful candidate will be able to advance knowledge in their field and enter into dialogue with the diverse specialisms represented in the department. Please visit out homepage for more information:



Candidates must provide evidence of excellence in research and teaching. Research excellence can be demonstrated by creative professional work, publications in field relevant journals though may also include significant scholarly output in media other than print, collaborations and exhibitions with major artists, recognition through critical reception, participation in significant conferences, and awards & accolades, as well as strong endorsements from referees. The successful candidate will be expected to have a strong commitment to both undergraduate and graduate teaching. Evidence of excellence in teaching will be provided through the teaching dossier including a teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations, or other evidence of superior performance in teaching-related activities submitted as part of the application, as well as strong endorsements by referees. Other teaching-related activities can include performance as a teaching assistant or course instructor, experience leading successful workshops or seminars, student mentorship, or excellent conference presentations or posters.


With the concurrent appointment as Curator in the Art Museum, it is expected that part of the candidate's research or creative professional work will take place in this setting. The Art Museum is a research-focused, internationally renowned art museum operating within the academic mission of the University of Toronto, with an exceptional history of exhibitions, public engagement, and collections, and a forum for the contextualization and interpretation of contemporary art and culture. For more information about the Art Museum please visit The successful candidate will conceptualize and organize exhibitions and related public engagement in the area of Indigenous contemporary art. Immersed in Indigenous research methodologies, this position develops innovative and creative programming, within the museum's trajectory toward increasing cultural diversity and decolonization, through exhibitions, publications, public programs, and the development of the permanent collection. The selected candidate will be uniquely positioned to foster connective bonds and improve access to and awareness of Indigenous artistic research and practices, with and among a diversity of Indigenous peoples, and within and beyond the academic community and greater public. Excellence in curatorial projects in Indigenous and contemporary art in Canada is required, as is experience and engagement with Indigenous communities, organizations, and institutions.


We particularly seek applications from candidates whose experiences in teaching in the above areas are embedded within the public engagement of curatorial work through exhibitions, publications, collaborations with major artists, and the collection. We envision that the successful candidate will teach in the areas of Indigenous art and artists, including their histories of exhibitions and cultural transformation, and the impacts of Indigenous research, artistic practices, and cultural histories in contemporary art within and beyond the museum at an internationally recognized professional level.


Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.


All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a 3–5 page statement detailing research, teaching, and curatorial interests, objectives, and accomplishments; up to three sample publications; a teaching dossier to include a teaching philosophy, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations or evidence of superior performance in other teaching-related activities as listed above; a list of curatorial projects and publications; and a sample of curatorial work.


Applicants must also arrange to have three letters of reference sent directly by the referee via email (on letterhead and signed) to by the closing date of July 9, 2019. The letters should comment specifically on the applicant's experience in teaching and research, and at least one of the letters must comment on the candidate's Indigenous community engagement.


Submission guidelines can be found at We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in the PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Office Manager and Assistant to the Chair at


Concurrent to this search, the Faculty of Arts and Science is undertaking a series of hires with Indigenous-focused specializations. These searches are in the Department of Anthropology, Department for the Study of Religion, Department of Geography & Planning (all cross-appointed with the Centre for Indigenous Studies), and Department of Political Science. Preference will be given to candidates who self-identify as Indigenous. Recognizing that there are a variety of terms that potential candidates may use to self-identify, the University uses the term “Indigenous” in this search, which forms part of the U of T Response to Canada's Truth and Reconciliation Commission, to encompass the people of Turtle Island, including those who identify as First Nations, Métis, Inuk (Inuit), Alaska Native, Native American, and Native Hawaiian people.


The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.


As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey.  This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see


All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority

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