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    Tenure-Track Position in Art Education and Art History

    Job title: Black Studies in Art Education, Art History, and Social Justice
    Position code: 20_T_ARTE/ARTH_M
    Date posted: October 6, 2020
    Application deadline: November 30, 2020
    Advertised until: Position is filled

    Position description

    This position is a cross-appointment between the Departments of Art History and Art Education, and builds on a rich history and current track record of discussions, collaborations, and research. The cross-appointed faculty member will introduce methodologies of research and teaching that accentuate the many contributions of Black artists, scholars and educators — historically and/or at the present time while also critiquing Eurocentric canons and racist conceptions of knowledge.

    We are seeking candidates with a research and teaching profile in Black Studies. Research directions could include, but are not limited to: intersections of art and social justice; community art and vernacular practices as social critique; the role of museum education and curatorship in leading anti-racist social change; digital media as counter-narrative; decolonizing public pedagogies of art; Black Feminist/Queer/Trans approaches to art education and art histories; Black archival practices; Black spatial imaginaries; African art; Afrofuturism; and/or Montreal as a historical and contemporary hub of Black, Afro-Caribbean, and African diasporic art. The incumbent’s scholarship will find research synergies among colleagues within their two designated departments and across the university, and will thus participate in a collective effort to decolonize the university and dismantle systemic racism.

    The successful candidate will be expected to fully participate in academic life through contributions to research, teaching, and service. The cross-appointed faculty member will also be expected to activate productive intersections between the fields of Art Education and Art History. Following current university standards of annual research-related course remissions, the incumbent will be asked to teach a 2/2 load of undergraduate and graduate courses on Black Studies topics, and from the outset to assist in the supervision and mentoring of both MA and PhD students. The candidate should be prepared to embrace program and department stewardship, perform administrative duties and engage in committee work at the department and Faculty levels.

    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. Commensurate with their rank, candidates will be assessed on their demonstrated potential to attract diverse students and collaborators to Concordia University, conduct internationally recognized research, secure research funds, as well as teach and drive curricular development within their respective area.

    Qualifications and assets

    Applicants should hold a PhD (or be ABD) in Art History, Art Education or related disciplines, demonstrating expertise in the domain of Black Studies.

    How to apply

    Applications should be sent to Dr. Vivek Venkatesh, Professor, Inclusive Practices in Visual Arts, and Chair, Departments of Art Education and Art History Hiring Committee, via email: blackstudiesposition@concordia.ca and must include a cover letter clearly identifying the title and position code (20_T_ARTE/ARTH_M), a detailed curriculum vitae, teaching and research statements, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi and evaluations), one example of scholarly work (a peer-reviewed article or chapter, for instance), and the names and contact information of three referees. Applications should be submitted by November 30, 2020 but will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. Only short-listed candidates will be notified. The appointment is expected to commence on August 1, 2021.

    Concordia strives to be an inclusive institution that is welcoming of diverse backgrounds and experiences in order to improve learning, advance research, inspire creativity, and drive productivity. We define diversity broadly to include both ethnic and socio-cultural background and diversity of perspectives, ideologies and traditions.

    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 conduct innovative research and 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
    • mentoring students from underrepresented backgrounds
    • conducting research with underrepresented and/or underserved communities
    • committee work
    • 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 of research 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, Nadia Hardy, Interim Deputy Provost and Vice-Provost, Faculty Development and Inclusion at vpfdi@concordia.ca or by phone at 514-848-2424, extension 4323.
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