Open Rank Position in Visual Arts, Brock University
Open Rank Position, Visual Arts – Painting, Drawing, and Extended Practice Brock University About Brock University Located in...

Open Rank Position, Visual Arts – Painting, Drawing, and Extended Practice
Brock University

About Brock University

Located in the historic Niagara region, Brock offers all the benefits of a young and modern university in a safe, community-minded city, with beautiful natural surroundings. With over 18,000 students and more than 100 undergraduate and graduate programs in seven diverse Faculties, Brock excels at providing exceptional experiential learning opportunities and highly rated student and campus life experiences.

Brock University’s main campus is situated atop the Niagara Escarpment, within a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, overlooking the city of St. Catharines, in the heart of Niagara wine country. The Marilyn I. Walker School of Fine and Performing Arts is located in the downtown core. Our 95,000 square-foot building offers a dynamic, state-of-the-art facility for students pursuing degrees in the fine and performing arts.

The Niagara region is dotted with landmarks that recognize our nation’s history and features breathtaking natural beauty and world-famous attractions. St. Catharines is home to vibrant arts and entertainment venues, and is a short drive from Toronto, Niagara Falls, and Buffalo, New York. With one of the warmest climates in Canada, clean, safe communities, and surprisingly affordable real estate, Niagara is an exceptional location to call home.

What We Offer

Brock University offers competitive salary and benefits and ample support for research and sabbaticals. Research resources include; conference support, start-up funding, subscriptions to major databases and access to various research funding vehicles. For candidates considering relocation, moving expenses will be administered according to the Faculty Association Collective Agreement.

About the Position

Brock University’s Department of Visual Arts invites applications at the rank of Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor in Visual Arts (Painting, Drawing and Extended Practice), with a preferred start date of August 1, 2021. Applicants should have an MFA or equivalent.

We seek an established artist whose practice demonstrates an innovative and integrated approach that extends the discourse of painting and drawing into an expansive field of inquiry. The candidate will have an active and established creative research practice including a substantial record of national and international exhibitions or other modes of public artistic engagement; an expanded definition of studio art as a discipline; the potential to secure funding.

Teaching qualifications include: an exemplary teaching record that illustrates dynamic, broad thinking, and innovative methods and approaches that push the traditional boundaries of those media; an ability to incorporate art history, visual culture, and contemporary theory into teaching. Experience in related areas such as curatorial work, criticism, and other forms of community engagement is an asset. In addition to maintaining a strong research program or creative practice, the successful candidate, will teach a range of undergraduate drawing and painting courses that will support an accessible experience for all students and departmental activities with a commitment to Indigenous engagement, equity, diversity, and inclusion.

We value experiential learning, research initiatives inside and outside the department, and sustained program growth. Candidates will have experience in administrative or committee work that will aid in the coordination of student and departmental activities, recruitment and curriculum development.


Applications must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, Research dossier (with an online portfolio) including summary of past research, research plan, and evidence of research excellence such as national/international exhibitions, residencies, publications, honours and awards, participation in national/international research networks, other forms of peer-reviewed research, and a teaching portfolio including a teaching statement, teaching evaluations, sample syllabi, etc. Applications should be done via the online application system (Note: file maximum of 5MB per attachment upload). Supplemental application information beyond the 5MB limit can be sent to:

In addition, applicants should arrange to have three confidential reference letters to be emailed directly by their referees to Professor Amy Friend, Chair of Visual Arts, by 12:01 am on July 5, 2021.

Applications should be submitted electronically through the Brock Careers website.

Brock University is actively committed to diversity and the principles of employment equity and invites applications from all qualified candidates. Women, Aboriginal peoples, members of visible minorities, people with disabilities and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) persons are encouraged to apply and to voluntarily self-identify as a member of a designated group as part of their application. Candidates who wish to be considered as a member of one or more designated groups can fill out the Self-Identification questions included in the questionnaire at the time of application.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. We will accommodate the needs of the applicants and the Ontario Human Rights Code and the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) throughout all stages of the selection process, as outlined in the Employee Accommodation Policy (PDF download). Please advise: Talent Acquisition, to ensure your accessibility needs are accommodated through this process. Information received relating to accommodation measures will be addressed confidentially.

It is Brock University’s policy to give consideration to qualified internal applicants.

We appreciate all applications received; however, only candidates selected for an interview will be contacted.

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