Tenure Track Position in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture
Ryerson University
Toronto, ON
Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada, Ryerson University, is on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples and is known for innovative programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning. Our undergraduate and graduate programs are distinguished by a professionally focused curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, scholarly research and creative activities. Ryerson is known for its culture of entrepreneurship and innovation and is recognized as a city builder, as it continues its growth through award-winning architecture and expansion of its campus.

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The Opportunity

The School of Image Arts in the Faculty of Communication & Design (FCAD) at Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Contemporary Art History and Visual Culture, with demonstrated scholarship in lens-based and emerging media. We especially welcome applicants who bring complementary strengths in fields such as Indigenous art and visual cultures, Global Art (decolonized perspectives), curatorial practices (including community based), and emerging or underrepresented areas of scholarship. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2020, subject to final budgetary approval.

The School of Image Arts is recognized as a national and international centre for creative innovation in the study, production, exhibition, and research of film, photography and digital arts. The School’s unique and professionally-focused undergraduate curriculum supports programs in Photography Studies and Film Studies. Its innovative graduate programs include the MFA in Documentary Media, the MA in Film + Photographic Preservation and Collections Management and an interdisciplinary program in Dramatic Writing (MFA) currently in development. The School shares the same building with the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) which is dedicated to the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. The RIC hosts major archival collections including the Berenice Abbott archive, the Black Star collection of press photographs, and the Jo Spence Memorial Archive. The School’s programs are designed to lead to careers in film, photography, communications, education, and broader cultural industries. The School’s full-time faculty is made up of dedicated individuals with established professional, research, and teaching experience in their respective areas of expertise.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca).

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.


The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities.

The candidate will be responsible for developing and maintaining a strong record of research and dissemination through scholarly publications and/or curatorial activities in national and international art institutions.

The candidate will have teaching experience at the university level. Courses in the undergraduate program of study that the candidate could teach include Art and the Classical Tradition; Art in the Modern World; Introduction to Visual Culture, and electives such as Gender, Identity and Sexuality; Aboriginal Visual Culture in Canada; Introduction to Museum and Gallery Studies. The candidate will also likely teach in the School’s graduate programs and will be expected to supervise graduate students.

The candidate will be expected to participate in the university’s shared governance model (committee participation, departmental planning and programming), develop co-curricular activities, and remain connected to a network of scholars and professionals that will benefit students intending to enter the field.


Candidates must hold an earned Ph.D. in Art History and/or Visual Culture.

In addition, the successful candidate must present evidence of:

subject expertise in the second half of the 20th century, art history and contemporary visual culture with a focus on lens-based and emerging media.
a well-defined research agenda, a demonstrated commitment to securing research funding, and publishing their scholarship.
excellence in teaching at a post-secondary institution. The School of Image Arts is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a dedication to experiential learning. Curriculum development experience will be considered an asset.
a capacity for collegial service, leadership and a desire to help shape the future direction of the School of Image Arts.
commitment to our values of Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population.
an ability to contribute to the life of the School, Faculty and the University through collegial service.

Working experience with museum and/or cultural heritage institutions will be considered an asset.

Equity at Ryerson

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin) by November 22, 2019. The application must contain the following:

a letter of application;
a curriculum vitae;
a statement of research interests;
2-3 examples of scholarly or research activity (e.g. book chapters, journal articles, exhibition catalogues)
a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. course evaluations); and

Please also arrange to have three (3) letters of reference sent directly to Cathy Gullo, Program Manager of the School of Image Arts (cgullo@ryerson.ca). Please note that names of further references may be requested at a later stage in the selection process. Confidential inquiries about the posted position may be directed to Robert Ott (robert.ott@ryerson.ca), Interim Chair, School of Image Arts.

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. For any confidential accommodation needs and/or inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal, please contact Sumentha D’Souza, HR Advisor at sumentha@ryerson.ca.