Tenure Track Position in Photography - Production and Theory

TheCreativeSchool-Image Arts

Posted: November 26, 2021
Deadline to Apply: Posted until filled

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 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 expertise in photography production and theory. The appointment shall be 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, creative activity/scholarly research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. They will have an active and innovative practice in fine art, conceptual or documentary, grounded in analog and/or digital photography. Ideally, the candidate will be engaged in related media and evolving/emergent technologies in the expanded field of photography. They should also have a strong foundation in the histories and theories of photography and contemporary art. 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 successful candidate will teach a combination of theory-based lecture and practice-based studio courses in the undergraduate program that may include: The Idea of Photography; Gender, Identity and Sexuality; Concepts and Theories, in addition to core production courses across the four-year program. The candidate may also teach graduate courses in the Documentary Media (MFA) Program or in the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management (MA) program. The candidate will be expected to supervise graduate students. 

A demonstration of recent and relevant creative output in photography and lens-based media, with a record of exhibitions, publishing, curatorial projects, commissioned work, grants, and/or other innovative scholarly, research and creative (SRC) activity, is essential. The ideal candidate will have a practice that includes writing and/or curating, and addresses contemporary issues of representation and the image.  

The successful candidate will hold an MFA, PhD or another relevant graduate degree. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are able to demonstrate that they are close to completion will also be considered. The successful candidate shall present evidence of the following:

  • an active creative practice evidenced through a record of recent exhibitions, publications, curatorial projects, commissions, web-based projects and initiatives, film festival or commercial distribution activity;
  • an ability to secure funding for creative work in the form of council grants or other forms of fundraising/financing;  
  • 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;
  • a potential for teaching excellence at a post-secondary institution, including experience working with diverse student populations and a dedication to experiential learning. Teaching experience outside the traditional academic environment will be considered; 
  • a demonstrated capacity for collegial service and leadership; and
  • a dedication to uphold the values of equity, diversity and inclusion as it pertains to teaching, service, and scholarly, research or creative activities.  

Course development experience and/or post-secondary leadership experience is an asset. 

The Departmental Hiring Committee (DHC) 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 of Image Arts shares the same building with the Ryerson Image Centre (RIC) which is dedicated to the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. The RIC hosts major exhibitions of contemporary Canadian and international lens-based art as well as archival collections including the Berenice Abbott Archive, the Black Star Collection of press photographs, and the Jo Spence Memorial Archive. The RIC develops some exhibition and research projects in collaboration with the School faculty.

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 families, 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.

Applications should contain the following documents, uploaded together as a single PDF:

  • a letter of application expressing your interest in the position, highlighting relevant experience;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • statement of research/creative practice and a portfolio of creative work (20 images, links to video/audio files and professional websites where relevant, artist statements and press clippings for context) and/or examples of published works;
  • a teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (e.g. course evaluations); and    
  • a one-page statement on past, current and/or planned contributions to equity, diversity and inclusion (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 letter of application. 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 Member, Assistant Professor Annie MacDonell at annie.macdonell@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 Alanna Neshevich, HR Advisor at alanna.neshevich@ryerson.ca.


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