Tenure Track Position in Photography & Integrated Digital

TheCreativeSchool-Image Arts

Posted: November 14, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Friday, January 7, 2022

Located in downtown Toronto, the largest and most culturally diverse city in Canada and on the  territory of the Anishinaabeg, Onkwehonwe-Haudenosaunee and the Wendat Peoples, the School of Image Arts at The Creative School, Ryerson University invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position in the Photography & Integrated Digital Program at the rank of Assistant Professor with a specialization in documentary, editorial, fine art or fashion photography. The appointment is effective July 1, 2022, subject to the candidate’s availability and final budgetary approval for the position. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, scholarly research or creative activity and service duties while maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. They will have an active and innovative practice in documentary, editorial, fine art or fashion photography as demonstrated through a record of exhibitions, publications, curatorial projects, commissions, film festival or commercial distribution activity. We are particularly interested in candidates whose creative work addresses the experiences of marginalized and under-represented communities, and those who bring to teaching concrete strategies for supporting gendered, racialized, diasporic, disability, and/or 2SLGBTQ+ perspectives. The candidate’s CV must demonstrate evidence of recent and relevant creative output, and/or innovative scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activity that is externally funded and that produces cutting-edge, high quality results. 

Responsibilities will include teaching a variety of production-based courses in the undergraduate Photography & Integrated Digital Program, including core courses from foundational to advanced photographic applications, which may cover studio and location shooting; video capture and editing; printing and file preparation for exhibition, publication and the screen. Candidates will also be expected to address photography in an expanded field through, for example, installation, sound, screen-based, and/or 3-D imaging practices. Candidates will potentially teach in the graduate Documentary Media (MFA) Program and will be expected to supervise in the Documentary Media (MFA) and/or the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management (MA) program. 

The successful candidate shall hold an MFA or another relevant graduate degree and shall present evidence of the following: 

  • an active creative practice evidenced through a record of recent exhibitions, publications, curatorial projects, web-based projects, commissions, film festival or commercial distribution activity;
  • an ability to secure funding for creative work in the form of external funding, council grants or other forms of fundraising/financing;  
  • teaching excellence at a post-secondary institution, including experience working with diverse student populations and a dedication to experiential learning. Relevant teaching experience outside of the traditional academic environment will be considered; 
  • a strong foundation in the histories and theories of photography and contemporary art;
  • an ability to serve as a mentor, supervisor and/or professional liaison to students with a diversity of interests and experiences;  
  • an expressed interest in contributing to curriculum development and contributing to the evolution of the Photography Program at a critical juncture in its history;
  • well developed knowledge and understanding of the contemporary issues relevant to racialized, queer, and/or gendered perspectives;
  • course development experience and/or post-secondary leadership experience is an asset;
  • a demonstrated capacity for collegial service and leadership; and 
  • evidence of a dedication to upholding the values of equity, diversity and inclusion as it pertains to teaching, service, and scholarly, research or creative activities.  


The Departmental Hiring Committee recognizes that practitioners and scholars have varying career paths and that career interruptions can be part of an excellent academic record. Candidates are encouraged to provide any relevant information about their experience and/or career interruptions. 

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA) (www.rfanet.ca). The RFA collective agreement can be viewed here and a summary of RFA benefits can be found here.

Ryerson University

Serving a highly diverse student population of over 45,000, with 100+ undergraduate and graduate programs built on the integration of theoretical and practical learning and distinguished by a professionally focussed curriculum with a strong emphasis on excellence in teaching, research and creative activities, Ryerson is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

In August 2021, the University announced that it would begin a renaming  process to reconcile the legacy of Egerton Ryerson for a more inclusive future.  To learn more, please visit: https://www.ryerson.ca/next-chapter/.

The School of Image Arts     

Part of The Creative School which comprises programs in communication, media arts, design and the performing arts, The School of Image Arts’ unique and professionally-focused undergraduate curriculums support programs in Photography Studies, Film Studies and Integrated Digital and it is recognized as a national and international centre for creative innovation in the study, production, exhibition, and research of film, photography and digital arts. Its innovative graduate programs include an interdisciplinary PhD in Media and Design Innovation, an interdisciplinary program in Scriptwriting and Story Design (MFA), the Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management (MA) program, and the MFA in Documentary Media. The F+PPCM program is designed to deepen students' understanding of the history and preservation of filmic and photographic media, particularly the social, cultural, and instrumental uses of these media in the context of collections and archives. The Documentary Media (MFA) program bridges the traditions of documentary practice with emerging approaches to non-fiction storytelling, bringing together students to explore documentary forms and strategies in the making of new documentary work.

The School’s programs are designed to lead to careers in film, photography, new media, communications, education, culture, and broader creative industries. The School’s full-time faculty is made up of dedicated individuals with established professional, research, and teaching experience in their respective areas of expertise. 

The School of Image Arts is committed to the principles of equity, diversity and inclusion, and to the development of an increasingly diversified faculty.  Consistent with Ryerson University’s commitment to equity, the School strongly encourages applications from candidates who self-identify as Black, racialized (also referred to as visible or racial minorities), First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples and Indigenous peoples of North America, persons with disabilities and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Working at Ryerson 

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At Ryerson and within our School of Image Arts, we firmly believe that equity, diversity and inclusion are integral to this path; our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do. 

Dedicated to a people first culture, Ryerson is proud to have been selected as one of Canada’s Best Diversity Employers and a Greater Toronto’s Top Employer. We invite you to explore the range of benefits and supports available to faculty and their family, including access to our diverse faculty and staff networks

Visit us on Twitter:  @RyersonU, @RyersonHR, @RyersonVPFA and @RyersonECI and our LinkedIn company page.

Ryerson is committed to accessibility for persons with disabilities. To find out more about legal and policy obligations please visit the accessibility and Human Rights websites.

Ryerson University welcomes those who have demonstrated a commitment to upholding the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion and will assist us to expand our capacity for diversity in the broadest sense. In addition, to correct the conditions of disadvantage in employment in Canada, we encourage applications from members of groups that have been historically disadvantaged and marginalized, including First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples, Indigenous peoples of North America, Black-identified persons, other racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+. 

How to Apply

Applicants must submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal (click on “Start Application Process” to begin). All applications received by January 7, 2022, will be guaranteed consideration. The position will remain open until filled.

The application must contain the following: 

  • a letter of application expressing your interest in the position, highlighting relevant experience; 
  • a curriculum vitae; 
  • a statement of research/creative practice and a portfolio of creative work (15 - 30 images, links to video/audio files and professional websites where relevant, artists statements and press clippings for context); and 
  • a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. course evaluations).      
  • a one-page statement on past, current and/or planned contributions to EDI such as, but not limited to: research/ teaching that incorporates a focus on underrepresented groups; inclusive pedagogies; public engagement activities that reach out to marginalised communities; mentoring students from underrepresented groups.


Please provide the names, professional affiliations and contact information for three referees in the cover letter. Candidates who are shortlisted for interviews will be contacted and letters of reference will be requested at that time. Please note that names of further references may be requested at a later stage in the selection process. 

Please note that all qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, applications from Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. Candidates must therefore indicate in their application if they are a permanent resident or citizen of Canada.  


Any confidential inquiries about the opportunity can be directed to the DHC Chair, Prof. Katy McCormick at: kmccormi@ryerson.ca.

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Tracey King, Miigis Kwe, the Indigenous Human Resources Lead and the Founding Co-Chair of the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Community Group at t26king@ryerson.ca. 

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at shurla.charlesforbes@ryerson.ca.   

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Aneka Olbino, HR Advisor at aolbino@ryerson.ca

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