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    Tenure-Track Appointment in Visual Arts for First Nations, Metis, Inuit or Indigenous

    Studio: Material Practice

    We acknowledge that the lands on which Memorial University’s campuses are situated are in the traditional territories of diverse Indigenous groups, and we acknowledge with respect the diverse histories and cultures of the Beothuk, Mi’kmaq, Innu, and Inuit of this province.

    Located in traditional Mi'kmaw territory, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University, has more than 1,400 students with over 20% of the student body identifying as Indigenous. The Campus celebrates innovative approaches to teaching, learning, research, and engagement. Experiential learning, impactful research, and strong community relationships are hallmarks of Grenfell’s profile.

    The Visual Arts program in the School of Fine Arts at Grenfell Campus, Memorial University has the distinction of offering the only Bachelor of Fine Arts (Visual Arts) and Master of Fine Arts in Visual Arts degree programs in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. The undergraduate studio curriculum provides a breadth of experiences to students with courses in digital imaging, drawing, fibre/textiles, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture, and time-based media. Advanced courses provide students with the opportunity to select areas of focus or work in an interdisciplinary way towards a self-directed and independent practice. The MFA program comprises critical theory and practice-based research-creation components. Research, scholarship, and creative activity combined with community engagement and critical discourse are integral to the Visual Arts Program and the School of Fine Arts.

    The School of Fine Arts invites applications for the following position:

    Tenure-Track Studio Faculty: Material Practice at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor (effective August 1, 2021).

    This position is for a First Nations, Metis, Inuit or Indigenous artist-researcher with a focus in Material Practice. The successful candidate will have an aptitude to teach and mentor students from diverse backgrounds and experiences. Possible areas of research and creative work may include fibres, textiles, wearables, new materials and technology, contemporary and traditional material practices. The applicant will bring the technological, theoretical, material, social, cultural, and political nature of material practice into studio practice and pedagogy.


    The faculty member will teach in their area of specialization and will conduct research and/or studio work in the area of Material Practice. They will also be integral to the current and future direction of the Visual Arts program, the School of Fine Arts, Grenfell Campus, and Memorial University. Permanent faculty are responsible for teaching, research, service, student advising, and special projects and contribute to the Memorial University community through ongoing curricular development, departmental administration, and governance. The ideal candidate will bring distinct perspectives, processes, and experiences to the position that expand the intellectual conversations and practices in the program, creating space for the ongoing decolonization of the academy.


    A Master’s degree in fine arts is required, though in exceptional cases an equivalent combination of professional experience, training, and education will be considered. Traditional methods of gaining knowledge and experience will be recognized and valued.

    Candidates are expected to have undergraduate teaching experience, an active research and studio practice, as well as a national and/or international exhibition record. The candidate will also be conversant with the history of material studies and fibre arts, its theoretical underpinnings, and contemporary practices. They will have the ability to apply interdisciplinary approaches to instruction, and a commitment to ensure safe studio practices for students. Graduate level teaching experience would be an asset, as the candidate will be involved with the MFA in Visual Arts program.

    Candidates must also demonstrate their commitment to diversity in teaching and research, including recruiting, mentoring and supporting diverse students and should reference in their curriculum vitae all contributions towards making their discipline more equitable and inclusive.


    Applications should include: a letter of application indicating the position being applied for, curriculum vitae, teaching dossier including a teaching philosophy, statement of research/creative activities, documentation/portfolio of recent creative work, and a diversity statement, as well as the names and contact information of three (3) references. All documents should be submitted in a single PDF (10MB max.) and sent in electronic form to:

    Dean, School of Fine Arts, Grenfell Campus, Memorial University of Newfoundland, Corner Brook, NL A2H 6P9. Email:

    Applications will be accepted until 5:00 p.m. on January 15th, 2021.

    The search shall be for those individuals who identify themselves as Indigenous and identify themselves with an Indigenous community, as per approval granted by the Human Rights Commission pursuant to Section 8 of the Human Rights Act.

    All appointments are subject to budgetary approval. Salary will reflect qualifications and experience in accordance with the Collective Agreement governing faculty at Memorial University of Newfoundland.

    All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Memorial University is committed to employment equity and diversity and encourages applications from all qualified candidates, including women; people of any sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression; Indigenous peoples; visible minorities, and racialized people; and people with disabilities.

    As part of Memorial University’s commitment to employment equity, all applicants are invited to identify themselves as a member of a target group(s) as appropriate. Applicants cannot be considered as a member of a target group(s) unless they complete an employment equity survey. If you do not receive a survey or have any questions, please contact

    Memorial is committed to providing an inclusive learning and work environment. If there is anything we can do to ensure your full participation during the application process please contact directly and we will work with you to make appropriate arrangements.
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