Assistant Professor in Visual Arts

Assistant Professor in Visual Arts

University of Toronto

Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design. Photo: Nic Lehoux.

January 24, 2020
Assistant Professor in Visual Arts
January 24–March 5, 2020
University of Toronto
27 King's College Cir
Toronto ON M5S

The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design, University of Toronto, invites applications for a for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Visual Arts with an emphasis on artists working across media. This appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor and will be effective July 1, 2020 or shortly thereafter.

Candidates must have a demonstrated record of excellence in research and be engaged in research of an international caliber. We are seeking artists with a strong research agenda and international exposure (e.g. exhibitions, festivals, residencies, publications, commissions, etc.). Demonstrated excellence in teaching is required in contemporary studio and/or media-based practices. Candidates should also have demonstrated accomplishments in critical writing and/or curation. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and strengthen our existing strengths. Candidates must be able to engage in interdisciplinary contributions that take advantage of the visual studies programs position within the multi-program Daniels Faculty and the larger arena of the University. For more information please visit our home page.

An MFA, MVS or equivalent Master’s degree is required. A PhD in Art, Visual Culture, or a related area is preferred.

Candidates’ record of excellence in research, must be evident through exhibitions, screenings, publications, presentations, and other forms of peer recognition for creative work. Excellence in research will be demonstrated by the submitted research statement; representation in significant international exhibitions, installations, residencies, commissions, or festivals; publications in recognized field-relevant journals (or leading publications in the field) or forthcoming high impact publications or research in progress that targets such publication venues; emerging participation in research projects and networks operating at high, international standards; presentations at significant conferences; strong endorsements by referees of international stature; and other honours and awards.

Candidates must have a strong demonstrated commitment to teaching excellence, and to contributing to the enrichment of undergraduate and graduate programs at the Daniels Faculty. These programs would include the Bachelor of Arts, Visual Studies the Master’s of Visual Studies, and in the new PhD in Architecture, Landscape, and Design Studies. Excellence in teaching will be demonstrated through teaching accomplishments, a teaching statement, strong teaching evaluations, and a teaching dossier, including sample syllabi, submitted as part of the application, and strong letters of reference.

The position will include opportunities for the candidate to collaborate with UofT colleagues across the Daniels Faculty. University of Toronto faculty have access to the Canadian Research Councils, which offer grants and research funding opportunities that are unique within North America.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Set within a preeminent research university and located at the center of one of North America’s most cosmopolitan cities, the Daniels Faculty uniquely combines the disciplines of architecture, landscape architecture, art/visual studies, forestry and urban design in undergraduate, professional and advanced graduate programs. The Daniels Faculty explores the intersections between nature, technology, architecture, and various built and natural geographies in a way that situates design, art, and foresters to meet its contemporary challenges. Following a decade-long transformation of the school’s faculty and professional programs, and a recent, major increase in its endowment, the Faculty is expanding its undergraduate and graduate programs. To accommodate both growth in its curricular offerings and an increase in its research and outreach programs, an awarding winning new building complex for the Faculty was recently completed on Toronto’s historic One Spadina Crescent.

Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, brief research statement, three examples of publications, research, or artwork, and a teaching dossier to include a teaching statement, sample syllabi, and teaching evaluations. If you have questions about this position, please contact the Dean’s Office (Daniels-Dean [​at​] or T 416 978 6192).

Please note that you may submit up to 15 attachments no larger then 8.3MB each in PDF/MS Word format. Submission guidelines can be found here.

Review of applications will begin on February 23, 2020; however, applications will be accepted until March 5, 2020.  All application materials must be received online by March 5, 2020.

Applicants must also provide the names and contact details of three referees directly to the department via email (Daniels-Dean [​at​] by the closing date.

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.

To view the electronic version of this position and apply, please click here.

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