Assistant Professor of Modern and Contemporary Indigenous Art and Cultural Practices

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The Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory (AHVA) at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver, invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor specializing in the field of modern and contemporary Indigenous art and cultural practices. Scholars with any research specialization in First Nations/Indigenous North American art and cultural practices are welcome to apply. The anticipated start date of employment is as early as July 1, 2022.
Applicant’s research interests may include any historical period beginning with 1900 to the present and any geographic region in North America. The candidate will be well versed in the most advanced theoretical and methodological concerns of the field.
Applicants must have a PhD (or have successfully defended their dissertation) in art history or a related discipline by the position start date. They are expected to provide strong evidence of active and excellent research, and to demonstrate a record of, or potential for, high-quality teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition to their research specialization, the successful candidate should be able to teach courses in modern and contemporary Indigenous arts from the Pacific Northwest of North America and will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision and service.
As one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada—located on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Musqueam people—UBC has excellent resources for scholarly research. The Art History program offers BA, MA, and PhD degrees as well as a diploma, and partners with departmental programs in Visual Art and in Critical and Curatorial Studies, and in the Bachelor of Media Studies program. For more information, visit:
This position presents the opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within the larger academic community, including the Museum of Anthropology, the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery, the First Nations and Indigenous Studies program, the First Nations House of Learning, Xwi7xwa Library, the Indian Residential School History and Dialogue Centre, the Institute for Critical Indigenous Studies, the Peter A. Allard School of Law and the Indigenous Legal Studies Program; and the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice.
Applicants must submit their application at and upload the following in the order listed within a single PDF (max size 15MB):
  • letter of application
  • detailed curriculum vitae
  • statement of research philosophy
  • statement of teaching philosophy
  • statement of experience working with a diverse student body and contributions or potential contributions to creating/advancing a culture of equity and inclusion
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. teaching evaluations and/or course syllabi)
  • scholarly publication or a sample dissertation chapter name, title and affiliation, and contact information of three references
Please note we do not require letters of reference for your initial application. However, your listed references should be willing to provide a confidential letter of reference at a later date should your candidacy progress.
Review of applications will begin on September 20, 2021 and continue until the position is filled. Applications received by that date are assured of full review.
Given uncertainty caused by the global COVID-19 pandemic, applicants must be prepared to conduct interviews remotely if circumstances require. A successful applicant may be asked to consider an offer with a deadline without having been able to make an in-person visit to campus should travel or other restrictions apply.
Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. This position is subject to final budgetary approval.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the BC Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Métis, Inuit, or Indigenous person.
All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.


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Vancouver, BC, Canada

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