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Assistant Professor, Visual Arts

Visual Arts (Foundations and 3D Practices), School of Creative Arts


Posting number 2019.263
Job type Faculty
Contract Faculty (tenure track); 85.71% full-time; Permanent
Start date August 1, 2020
Review date January 15, 2020

Job summary

The School of Creative Arts is seeking an Assistant Professor to teach interdisciplinary foundations courses and sculpture/3D practices at all levels of the program.

Candidates must have experience teaching or demonstrate the ability to teach foundational courses in 3D practices, with the ability to teach foundational courses in another area (painting and drawing, 2D, digital media) strongly preferred. Within the School, the ability to teach foundational courses includes not only mastery of materials, form, and techniques, but the ability to introduce students to a range of arts practices, materials, and techniques; engage students’ interest; and provide feedback that encourages students to see themselves as artists and improve their creative work.

The ability to teach sculpture and 3D art practices at all levels of the program, including mentoring 400-level students in directed studies projects, is required. The successful candidate must have the ability to teach both traditional and emerging processes, techniques and technical skills (tool usage, construction), and the use of a broad range of materials. The ability to teach electronics, welding, or robotics as part of 3D practices is an asset.

A demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinarity, specifically the ability to connect curriculum in foundations and 3D/sculpture to other areas of Visual Arts and Creative Arts curriculum, practices, and events, is required. An interest and ability to teach one of more of the following courses is an asset: professional practices, senior studio or seminar, or community arts practices. In addition, evidence of an active engagement with curatorial studies, installation art practices, environmental arts practices, or site-specific work is an asset.

The teaching-focused candidate we are seeking will foster a diverse, inclusive, and internationalized classroom environment. The School is interested in candidates with a demonstrated commitment to decolonial pedagogy, Indigenization, and interculturalism and a history of developing positive working relationships with Indigenous students, faculty, or community organizations. The successful applicant must be able to incorporate or reflect Indigenous perspectives or ways of teaching and learning into their curriculum. We particularly encourage applications from Indigenous scholars and from teachers or researchers with experience of racialization or colonization.

Engagement with the scholarship of teaching and learning, specifically related to creative, applied, and tactile learning processes; arts education; or community arts practices, is an asset.

The successful candidate will contribute to a vibrant interdisciplinary arts community in the School of Creative Arts. The ability to mentor students, participate in critiques, supervise practicums, and contribute to positive student experience in the School is required. The successful candidate will be expected to take an active role in service within the visual arts area, the School, and the University.


The successful candidate will hold an MFA in sculpture or a relevant area. They will have an externally recognized and significant artistic record, demonstrated through exhibitions, awards and accolades, invited talks, workshops, exhibitions, and/or artistic residencies. In addition, they will have an ongoing, professional or equivalent (e.g. community based) artistic practice, and the ability to maintain an ongoing program of creative practice alongside teaching and service. Professional practice should be demonstrably tied to teaching specializations.

About UFV

The University of the Fraser Valley has four campus locations within the beautiful Fraser Valley in British Columbia. Recognized as one of BC's top employers, UFV offers a combination of career and lifestyle benefits. Join a team of 1,400 passionate professionals who value integrity, inclusivity and excellence. At UFV, you will serve a vibrant community, and shape the future of 15,000 students.

How to apply

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter; a curriculum vitae; a teaching dossier (maximum 25 pages); a creative portfolio (maximum 25 pages or 10 items); and recent student evaluations. Three letters of reference should be submitted separately and directly to UFV HR. The application should refer to Posting #2019.263 and be sent to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554            Fax: (604) 854-1538           Website:
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