Assistant/Associate Professor in African Art and Visual Culture

York University School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design Visual Art and Art History

Full Time Professorial Stream - Assistant/Associate Professor

Discipline/Field: African Art and Visual Culture

Home Faculty: School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design

Home Department/Area/Division: Visual Art & Art History

Affiliation/Union: YUFA

Position Start Date: July 1, 2022

Department of Visual Art and Art History

School of the Arts, Media, Performance & Design


The Department of Visual Arts and Art History in the School of the Arts, Media, Performance and Design, York University invites highly qualified candidates to apply for a professorial stream tenure-track appointment in African Art and Visual Culture at the Assistant or Associate Professor level, to commence July 1, 2022. Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience. All York University positions are subject to budgetary approval.

This opportunity is open to qualified individuals who self-identify as Black peoples of African Descent (for example Africans and African heritage people from the Caribbean, Americas, Europe). Recognizing the underrepresentation of Black faculty, this opportunity is to support the Universitys Affirmative Action program and has been developed based on the special program provisions of the Ontario Human Rights Code. The position is part of a cohort hire of new colleagues at York University, including hires across a number of faculties and a wide range of areas and fields. The successful candidate will be joining a vibrant scholarly community at York, where we aspire to achieve equity and diversity in all areas, including race equity.

A PhD in Visual Arts or a related area or PhD equivalent, such as an MA or MFA and a substantial record of professional experience, with a focus on African art and visual culture is required, with a demonstrated record of excellence or promise of excellence in research and in teaching. Applicants should have a clearly articulated program of research and specialization in any region of Africa or the African Diaspora, and any time period, including the contemporary moment. Expertise in museum/curatorial studies would be considered an asset given the importance of African art within museum/curatorial studies.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and as appropriate, externally funded research or research creation at the highest level.

Evidence of or the promise of internationally recognized research excellence may be demonstrated through: the research statement; substantial record of recent professional experience; a record of reviewed publications (or forthcoming publications); presentations at major conferences and/or artistic venues; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees.

The position will involve graduate teaching and supervision, as well as undergraduate teaching and the successful candidate must be suitable for prompt appointment to the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Evidence of excellence or promise of excellence in teaching will be provided through: the teaching statement; teaching accomplishments and pedagogical innovations including in high priority areas such as experiential education and technology enhanced learning; teaching evaluations; and strong letters of reference.

The successful candidate will be able to teach a range of courses from an introductory survey of African Art through to advanced lecture and seminar courses in their areas of expertise, including those at the graduate level. This scholar would provide instruction in historical and contemporary African art, including colonial and postcolonial representations in the arts and visual cultures of Africa.

It is expected that the successful candidate will strengthen connections with the African Studies Program at York, with other departments in the School of Arts, Media, Performance and Design, and with the wider community.

The Visual Arts Department of York University is one of the leaders in art history and art practice in Canada. Recent renovations of undergraduate studio spaces, expansion of the MFA studios, and a visual art study centre are contributing to the growth of the department. The department is committed to teaching critical issues in art and art history, and to the ongoing development of programs in all studies and studio areas.

York is a leading international teaching and research university, and a driving force for positive change. Empowered by a welcoming and diverse community with a uniquely global perspective, we are preparing our students for their long-term careers and personal success. Together, we can make things right for our communities, our planet and our future.

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 Rose Le Coche, Committee/Administrative Secretary, at

This selection will be limited to individuals who self-identify as Black. York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. York University encourages Black peoples to self-identify as a member of one or more of the four designated groups: women, members of visible minorities (racialized groups), Aboriginal (Indigenous) people and persons with disabilities. The Affirmative Action program can be found at or by calling the AA line at 416-736-5713. Applicants wishing to self-identify as part of York Universitys 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. 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 23, 2021. A letter of application with an up-to-date curriculum vitae, a statement of research and teaching interests, a current portfolio and/or evidence of research, the names and contact information three professional references and teaching evaluations should be sent to: Rose Le Coche, Committee/Administrative Secretary, of the Department of Visual Art and Art History, at York University at and include African Art and Visual Culture in the subject line.

Posting End Date: November 23, 2021