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Tenure-track Faculty Position in Fibres and Material Practices

Concordia University's Department of Studio Arts invites applications for one tenure-track position in Fibres and Material Practices for July 1, 2014.

Studio Arts is the largest department in the Faculty of Fine Arts and enjoys a long-standing reputation as one of Canada's foremost environments for the study and creation of visual art. BFA programs are offered in Ceramics, Fibres and Material Practices, Intermedia/Cyberarts, Painting and Drawing, Photography, Print Media, Sculpture and Studio Art. For more than 30 years, Studio Arts has maintained an MFA program of international stature. The department emphasizes the importance of studio production, and has an experienced technical staff and faculty of more than 100 full-time and part-time professors, including some of the most celebrated contemporary artists in the country.

The Fibres and Material Practices program is the largest program of its kind in Canada and over the years has become highly visible in North America, offering a rigorous and comprehensive study of the technical, conceptual and creative aspects of contemporary art and textile production. Inherently interdisciplinary in nature, the Fibres and Material Practices program encourages a cross-fertilization of ideas, techniques and technologies, and balances traditional and non-traditional techniques.

The successful candidate will normally be expected to teach Fibres and Material Practices courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels, supervise graduate and independent study students, develop program curriculum, liaise with technicians and perform other administrative duties to further develop this program, the MFA program and the department of Studio Arts, as necessary.

We are seeking applicants with an established record of research and practice in contemporary art, who are engaged with fibres and material practices in which social, cultural, conceptual and material frameworks are central. The ideal candidate will have a strong critical/theoretical background and a contemporary understanding of art practices. Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate technical skills in one or more of the following areas: printing and dyeing processes, digital and electronic/interactive textiles and/or interdisciplinary or sculptural practices.

Applicants should possess a completed MFA degree; a strong exhibition record; college and/or university teaching experience; demonstrated experience of teaching textile print and dye within an art context, knowledge of digital media for textiles; and a record of administrative and committee service. Although classes are taught in English, fluency in French would be considered an asset.

Submissions should consist of a letter of application, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy and interests, evidence of teaching effectiveness (including course syllabi, examples of student work, assignments and evaluations), a research statement, documentation of artwork (sent on DVD, CD, or USB memory stick), and the names and contact information of three referees. Short-listed candidates will be required to provide an attestation of terminal degree.

Applications with a self-addressed, stamped envelope should be submitted or postmarked on or before November 1, 2013 to:

Mailing and courier address:
Departmental Personnel Committee, Department of Studio Arts,
Concordia University
Re: Tenure-track Faculty Position in Fibres and Material Practices
1455 De Maisonneuve Blvd. West, VA-250
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 1M8
Fax: 514-848-2281

Civic address for in-person delivery:
Visual Arts Building
Sir George Williams Campus
1395 René-Lévesque Blvd. West, VA-250
Montreal, Quebec, Canada H3G 2M5

Inquiries regarding this position may be directed to:

For further information, applicants are encouraged to consult:
Department of Studio Arts:
Faculty of Fine Arts:
Academic Services for Fine Arts Faculty:

Subject to budgetary approval, we anticipate filling this position, normally at the rank of Assistant Professor, for July 1, 2014. Appointments at a more senior level may also be considered. Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority. Concordia University is committed to employment equity.


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