Sessional Assistant Professor in Art History and Visual Culture, York University
Position Information Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment Discipline/Field: Art History and Visual Culture Home Faculty: School of Arts, Media, Performance and...


Position Information

Position Rank: Contractually Limited Appointment
Discipline/Field: Art History and Visual Culture
Home Faculty: School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design
Home Department/Area/Division: Visual Art & Art History
Position Start Date: July 1, 2021
Position End Date: June 30, 2023

Department of Visual Art and Art History
School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design

The Department of Visual Arts and Art History, School of Arts, Media, Performance, and Design, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a 3-year, teaching stream position in Art History and Visual Culture at the rank of Sessional Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream to commence July 1, 2021. The primary responsibilities of the successful candidate will be to teach undergraduate and graduate courses, participate in supervision of MA students, to support aspects of curriculum development and to provide creative educational leadership in enhancing teaching and learning through curricular and pedagogical innovation in the classroom and at the level of programs. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

A PhD in Art History or related field with a focus on art and visual culture (completed by the start of the appointment) is required. A broad, global, critically-engaged understanding of art history and visual culture is required as is an understanding of museum/curatorial studies. Expertise in the arts of Africa and/or the African diaspora or Indigenous arts of the Americas is highly desirable. Understanding of the field and expertise in specific areas will be demonstrated through teaching experience and through research and professional practice activities such as, but not limited to, publications, presentations, and exhibitions.

The successful candidate will demonstrate clear potential for excellence in teaching university-level courses through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education, technology enhanced learning and community-based learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference. The successful candidate will also demonstrate a strong commitment to pedagogy and student success, the capacity to bring a theoretical and practical orientation to art history teaching and learning, and demonstrate good judgment and a reflective approach to innovation in teaching. The successful candidate is also expected to provide evidence of service contributions or potential to contribute to service in administrative and committee work.

The Department of Visual Arts and Art History of York University is a leader in art history and art practice in Canada. Our programs integrate practical, historical and theoretical approaches toward understanding, creation and innovation in visual arts. We prepare critically informed artists, scholars and teachers who make new and significant contributions in Canada and internationally.

York University champions new ways of thinking that drive teaching and research excellence. Through cross-disciplinary programming, innovative course design, diverse experiential learning and a supportive community environment, our students receive the education they need to create big ideas that make an impact on the world. Located in Toronto, York is the third largest university in Canada, with a strong community of 53,000 students, 7,000 faculty and administrative staff, and more than 300,000 alumni.

York University has a policy on Accommodation in Employment for Persons with Disabilities and is committed to working towards a barrier-free workplace and to expanding the accessibility of the workplace to persons with disabilities. Candidates who require accommodation during the selection process are invited to contact to Rose LeCoche, Search Committee Secretary, at

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities, can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York University’s Affirmative Action program can do so by downloading, completing and submitting the form found at:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens, permanent residents and Indigenous peoples in Canada will be given priority. Because this is a contractually-limited appointment, Temporary entry for citizens of the U.S.A. and Mexico may apply per the provisions of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) or citizens of Chile may apply per the provisions of the Canada Chile Free Trade Agreement (CCFTA). No application will be considered without a completed mandatory Work Status Declaration form which can be found at:

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is November 9, 2020. Applicants should submit a signed letter of application outlining professional experience, an up‐to‐date curriculum vitae and a teaching dossier which supports excellence and innovation in teaching and provide the names of three referees who can address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position. The mandatory Work Status Declaration form and the optional self-identification form should accompany the rest of the application package. Reference letters will only be requested for long-listed candidates. Referees should provide strong letters of reference and be advised to address the candidate’s qualifications and experience in relation to the position.

Complete application packages should to be sent to Rose LeCoche, Search Committee Secretary, at

Posting End Date: November 9, 2020