Assistant/Associate Professor in Photography
Competition #F009‐2021

Emily Carr University of Art + Design invites applications for a full‐time tenure track Assistant or Associate Professor position in Photography within the Audain Faculty of Art. Situated on unceded, traditional and ancestral xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwxw̱ ú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), and səli􀹂 lw̓ ətaʔɬ (Tsleil‐Waututh) territories in Vancouver, Canada, Emily Carr University is a world‐renowned learning and research community dedicated to the education of artists and designers.

From our 2019 Indigenous faculty member cluster hire to our commitment to Indigeneity and diversification as seen in our 2017 ‐ 2021 Strategic Plan, Emily Carr University continues to be focused on building a workplace environment reflective of the student community that it serves. To that end, and with special permission granted by the BC’s Office of the Human Rights Commissioner, this opportunity is open only to qualified individuals who self‐identify as Indigenous or racialized. To ensure the University further encourages Indigenous and racialized persons to apply, and generates interest from historically disadvantaged and marginalized groups, Emily Carr University is partnering with BIPOC Executive Search. Individuals from BIPOC communities seeking more information and support during the application process can email Candice Frederick at cfrederick@bipocsearch.com.

The Photography major focuses on developing critically engaged and contextually aware photographic work. Situated within the Audain Faculty of Art, the Photography program at Emily Carr University fosters the development of student practice within the context of contemporary art discourse, with a strong technical and conceptual foundation, and a keen awareness of the relationship between photography and a range of disciplines and practices.

Candidates should be able to teach students at multiple levels, from Foundation to Graduate Studies, and will be expected to contribute to developing curriculum in an institution that is committed to the interrelation of theory and practice. The
successful candidate will join a rigorous and committed team of Art faculty that includes the following curriculum areas: Photography, Illustration, Ceramics, Drawing, Painting, Print Media, Sculpture + Expanded Practices, Interdisciplinary Visual Art and Praxis, as well as minors in Curatorial Practices and Art + Text. Candidates should be equally fluent in contemporary photography discourse and studio practice and in balancing the conceptual, aesthetic and technical demands of the discipline. Additionally, faculty are expected to participate in portfolio reviews, upper‐level critiques, provide graduate student supervision, serve on administrative committees, engage in research, and to be an active member of the Emily Carr community. The successful candidate will have an active artistic research practice and a substantial exhibition and/or publication record with a solid, demonstrable foundation in photographic practice. The successful candidate will have an established career profile and be active in national and international contexts.

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications and/or related experience:
  • terminal degree (e.g. MFA), or the equivalent combination of education and professional experience;
  • university‐level or post‐secondary teaching experience in a related subject area is preferable;
  • intercultural competence: the ability to communicate effectively and appropriately with people of various cultures;
  • strong evidence of excellence in photographic practice, including the ability to integrate new tools, media and methods including new digital media and processes into teaching;
  • expertise in a range of traditional and contemporary methods of making;
  • knowledge of traditional, emergent and experimental photo‐based practices, which may include projected and moving imagery, the integration of new and expanded media, collaborative, public and installation practices, historical and experimental non‐silver processes, non‐Western and/or Indigenous approaches, and more;
  • significant evidence of active engagement with discourse within contemporary photographic practices, histories and theories of photography, and more broadly in contemporary art discourse.

Expertise in the following areas will be considered an asset:
  • advanced digital photography including post‐production;
  • studio photography and lighting;
  • traditional analogue photography including medium and large format and darkroom processes.

Emily Carr University of Art + Design, established in 1925, is a world leader in education and research. Encouraging experimentation at the intersection of art, design, media and technology, our teaching and learning community merges studio practice, research creation, and critical scholarship in an interdisciplinary and collaborative environment. Alumni and faculty are internationally recognized as award‐winning creators and thought leaders who have significant impact in 21st‐century cultural production and cultural sustainability. We engage students, industry, and society to iterate and explore, and think differently about creativity and how it shapes our world. Located in beautiful and culturally diverse Vancouver, British Columbia, Emily Carr attracts more than 1800 students from 60 countries to our undergraduate and graduate programs. The Audain Faculty of Art is one of four university faculties (alongside Ian Gillespie Faculty of Design + Dynamic Media, Faculty of Culture + Community, and Jake Kerr Faculty of Graduate Studies) which, together with the Aboriginal Gathering Place, Library + Learning Commons, Shumka Centre for Creative Entrepreneurship, Libby Leshgold Gallery, READ Books, and the research centres and workshops in our new state‐of‐the‐art, custom‐built campus, offer vibrant conditions for the development of practice‐based and practice‐led research and education.

Applications should address the candidate’s expertise in the areas of teaching, research, and professional practice, and
  • a cover letter;
  • a current curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of pedagogy and up to 3 samples of syllabi, assignments, and evidence of teaching effectiveness;
  • a statement of research;
  • a personal statement on the candidate’s contributions to diversity, regardless of personal characteristics, describing any professional skills, community experience, or willingness to engage in activities that advance institutional diversity and equity in teaching, research, and service;
  • any relevant supporting materials (e.g., PDFs of publications, an online portfolio of recent work); and
  • the names and contact information of three referees.

Submissions are welcome at: https://ecuad.peopleadmin.ca

The review of applications will begin on March 31, 2021 and will continue until the position has been filled.

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate commencement in August 2021. Salary and rank will be commensurate with professional status and teaching experience.

Our Equity Statement
We acknowledge the potential impact that career interruptions (e.g. maternity leave, leave due to illness, etc.) can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. Applicants are encouraged to identify in their application the impact that career interruptions may have had on their record of practice and research achievement; this will be taken into careful consideration during the assessment process.

Emily Carr University is committed to creating an inclusive, accessible and barrier free workplace. We want to ensure that all participants are able to engage fully in interviews and other activities that are part of the hiring process. If you have any accommodation requests please contact Human Resources (hr@ecuad.ca). All requests for accommodation will be treated confidentially.

All qualified candidates who identify as Indigenous or as a member of a racialized group are encouraged to apply. However, Canadians and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. While we thank all candidates for their interest, only those short‐listed will be contacted.