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Strategic Framework Impact Chair in Indigenous Art Practices

Associate Professor or Professor

Visual Arts and Art History and Visual Studies - Faculty of Fine Arts

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The University of Victoria is committed to the ongoing work of decolonizing and Indigenizing the campus community both inside and outside the classroom. We invite you to watch and listen to Elder Elmer George (Esquimalt Nation) and former President Cassels share a territorial acknowledgement.​

The Department of Visual Arts is home to approximately 250 students in a dynamic studio-based program with a strong record of success at the undergraduate and graduate levels. The Department of Art History & Visual Studies (AHVS) is dedicated to internationalization and the promotion of global understanding through the teaching and research of world art history and visual culture. Together we believe in fostering the development of artists and researchers who understand the range of materials, methods, and discourses that are key to developing unique and innovative artistic voices and excellence in scholarship. Our faculty members are committed instructors, researchers and artists, active at the local, national and international level with an outstanding record of internal and external awards and vibrant scholarship across an array of venues, including monographs, peer-reviewed articles, chapters, exhibitions, and community-engaged scholarship. The Department of Visual Arts currently offers instruction in the areas of Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video, Digital and Extended Media, and Art Theory. The Department of Art History offers a range of classes in Canadian, Indigenous and World Art History, Visual Studies, and Museology. 

The Faculty of Fine Arts, Department of Visual Arts and the Department of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria invites candidates to apply for a President’s Impact Chair in the area of Indigenous Art Practices. UVic Impact Chairs are intended for exceptional researchers acknowledged as leaders in their field, with recognized success in research-inspired teaching and fostering collaborative and interdisciplinary research. The role of the Chair in convening and facilitating collaborative research and creative activity, dialogue and sharing of knowledge is critically important to the Impact Chair program. The successful candidate will be offered a tenured faculty appointment at the rank of Associate Professor or Professor. Rank will be determined in accordance with the Unit Standard and the provisions of the Collective Agreement. The term of the Impact Chair is five years and the holder will receive up to $50,000 annually to support research, partnerships and dynamic learning programs, as applicable. This appointment opportunity is limited to external candidates or to those currently not holding Tenure or Tenure-track positions at the University of Victoria. 

The Impact Chair’s research will be centered on exploring new relationships between Truth, Art and Reconciliation. This will manifest itself in many ways but could include: Research creation outputs in the form of art objects, social practice, or other artistic forms; publications and presentations on the interconnections of these research topics; the convening of research groups and communities to explore topics on regional, national, and international levels; or investigating new ways to perform community-based research aligned with the goals of Reconciliation​.

In accordance with the University’s Equity Plan and pursuant to section 42 of the BC Human Rights Code, the selection will be limited to Indigenous artists and scholars. Candidates from this group must self-identify for consideration in this search and are asked to do so in their cover letter.


We are seeking an exceptional candidate from within the broad field of Indigenous Visual Arts, including creative practices, exhibitions, performances, curatorship, historical research, community-engaged scholarship and practices, and critical writing. The research and creative activity of the Impact Chair, will support and facilitate meaningful change, and play a critical role in indigenizing and decolonizing creative practices, research, and teaching, in ways that will benefit Indigenous peoples and their communities, UVic faculty, students, and staff, and the wider community beyond UVic, locally, nationally, and internationally. The Chair will foster interconnections and improve understanding about how Indigenous Art Practices promote meaningful intellectual exchange, community building, and social responsibility, providing cultural and imaginative resources that seek to bridge the space between institutional and community-based knowledge systems. Reconciliation is a multi-faceted process that requires interdisciplinary study at multiple levels. The Arts have the power to challenge the historical narrative of Canada’s colonial truth, and create meaningful shifts in relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples in Canada. The Chair would also take an important leadership role in facilitating this process beginning with our Departments and resonating across the University and beyond. This position is a Joint Appointment between the Departments of Art History & Visual Studies and Visual Arts. The Department of Visual Arts will be the Home Unit. This position will involve teaching of graduate and undergraduate students from diverse backgrounds in both departments.

Qualified candidates will hold a PhD, MFA, or equivalent experience and recognition in the field of cultural production.​ Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated experience in post-secondary teaching. Candidates must have the ability to teach in the area of Indigenous Arts and in one of the following areas: Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Photography, Video, Digital and Extended Media, Art Theory, Art History, or Visual Studies. At the Associate level, the candidate will have demonstrated effectiveness in teaching, as defined by the proven commitment to and performance in the intellectual and creative development of students, with a minimum of five years experience at the post-secondary level and have demonstrated administrative experience. At the level of Professor candidates will have 10 or more years of experience teaching at the post-secondary level and an internationally recognized research profile.

The successful candidate will be a practicing professional artist or arts professional whose scholarship, creative production and public circulation demonstrate a recognized significance to a wider context of Indigenous art through broad dissemination and critical reception by peers within Indigenous arts communities, the academic community, and the public at large. 

The successful candidate will demonstrate capacity to share in the full range of departmental, faculty and University activities, including general departmental administration, committee work, and related duties, while maintaining an active creative research profile.

For additional information on this position and our program please visit our website or contact us at:


Tel: 250-721-8011

Additional information

Please note that reference and background checks, including credential and degree verification, may be undertaken as part of this recruitment process.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; in accordance with Canadian Immigration requirements, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Please indicate in your application package if you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident. 

Faculty and Librarians at the University of Victoria are governed by the provisions of the Collective Agreement. Members are represented by the University of Victoria Faculty Association.

Contact information

To be considered, please send a cover letter that addresses the full scope of the job requirements, along with your curriculum vitae, appropriate evidence of research (twenty images/other documentation of creative research practice and/or academic publications), teaching skills (teaching statements, syllabi, evaluation data), statement of diversity knowledge, experience and skills, along with the names and contact information of three references to Prof. Paul Walde, Appointment Committee Chair at:

Application deadline

The Committee will begin the review of applications June 1, 2021, the position will remain open until filled.

Equity statement

UVic is committed to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion in our living, learning and work environments. In pursuit of our values, we seek members who will work respectfully and constructively with differences and across levels of power. We actively strive to address issues of representation of members of all groups experiencing barriers to equity, and this particular search process is limited to Indigenous artists and scholars.  

The University acknowledges the potential impact that career interruptions can have on a candidate’s record of research achievement. We encourage applicants to explain in their application the impact that career interruptions have had on their record.

Persons with disabilities, who anticipate needing accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, may contact Faculty Relations and Academic Administration in the Office of the VP Academic and Provost at Any personal information provided will be maintained in confidence.

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