Associate Professor in History of Art, Photography and Visual Culture

TheCreativeSchool-Image Arts

Posted: November 12, 2022
Deadline to Apply: Tuesday, January 10, 2023

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 in The Creative School at Toronto Metropolitan University (formerly Ryerson) invites applications for a full-time tenure-track position at the rank of Associate Professor in History of art, photography and visual culture. The successful candidate may also fill the role of Director of the Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management program. We especially welcome applicants who bring complementary strengths to the history of photography in fields such as Indigenous Peoples’ art and visual cultures, global art (decolonized perspectives), curatorial practices (including community based), and emerging or underrepresented areas of scholarship. The appointment shall be effective July 1, 2023, subject to final budgetary approval. 

Appointment to the rank of Associate Professor will normally require the successful candidate to have already achieved tenure elsewhere. Candidates who have not yet achieved tenure elsewhere but satisfy the qualification requirements mentioned below, may also be considered for appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. 

The successful candidate will engage in a combination of teaching, research and service duties, maintaining an inclusive, equitable, and collegial work environment across all activities. Specifically, the successful candidate will: develop and maintain a strong record of research and dissemination through scholarly publications and/or curatorial activities in national and international art institutions, including community-based research in diverse cultural environments; redesign fundamental courses such as Art and the Classical Tradition and Art in the Modern World to better reflect current conversations around representation, as well as the lived experience of our diverse students; teach courses such as Introduction to Visual Culture, and electives such as Gender, Identity and Sexuality, Indigenous Peoples Visual Culture in Canada, or Introduction to Museum and Gallery Studies;  teach graduate level courses such as Research Methods, History of Photography and Photographic Collections; supervise graduate students; participate in the university’s shared governance model (committee participation, departmental planning and programming); develop co-curricular activities;  and remain connected to a network of scholars and professionals that will benefit students intending to enter the field.

The successful candidate must hold a Ph.D. in Art History and/or Visual Culture. Candidates who are all-but-dissertation (ABD) and are able to demonstrate that they are close to completion may also be considered. The successful candidate shall present evidence of the following:

  • subject expertise in the second half of the 20th century, art history, photography, and visual culture; 
  • a well-defined research agenda, a demonstrated commitment to securing research funding, and publishing their scholarship;
  • excellence in teaching at a post-secondary institution. The School of Image Arts is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a dedication to experiential learning; a capacity for leadership and a clear desire to help shape the future direction of the School of Image Arts at a critical juncture in its history; a record of student research supervision (graduate and undergraduate);
  • the potential to fill a program leadership role within the school, including in the Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management (FPPCM) MA program, as demonstrated through past relevant experience and strong leadership skills; 
  • a commitment to our values of equity, diversity, and inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching, and scholarly research or creative activities, including a demonstrated ability to make learning accessible and inclusive for a diverse student population; and
  • an ability and willingness to contribute to the life of the School, Faculty and the University through collegial service.


The following additional qualifications will be considered an asset: 

  • curriculum development experience. 
  • research in histories of photography addressing the experiences of racialized, marginalized and underrepresented communities. 
  • working experience with museums and/or cultural heritage institutions. 


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 Toronto Metropolitan University Faculty Association (TFA) ( The TFA collective agreement can be viewed here  and a summary of TFA benefits can be found here

Toronto Metropolitan 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, Toronto Metropolitan University is a vibrant, urban university known for its culture of innovation, entrepreneurship, community engagement and city-building through its award-winning architecture.

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 curricula support programs in Photography Studies, Film Studies and Integrated Digital. 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, the MFA in Documentary Media, an interdisciplinary program in Scriptwriting and Story Design (MFA), and the Film + Photography Preservation and Collection Management (MA) program. 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 program provides an integrated plan of study in academic and professional education that equips students to meet current responsibilities and future demands in film and photography preservation and in managing these collections.

The School of Image Arts shares the same building with the Image Centre (IMC) at TMU which is dedicated to the research, teaching and exhibition of photography and related media. The IMC 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 IMC 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 Toronto Metropolitan University’s (TMU) 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-Inuit Peoples- Indigenous Peoples of North America, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Working at Toronto Metropolitan University

At the intersection of mind and action, Toronto Metropolitan University (TMU) is on a transformative path to become Canada’s leading comprehensive innovation university. At TMU 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, TMU 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.

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TMU 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.

Toronto Metropolitan 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 [] by clicking on “Start Application Process” to begin. All applications received by January 10th, 2023 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;
  • a curriculum vitae;
  • a statement of research interests;
  • 2-3 examples of scholarly or research activity (e.g. book chapters, journal articles, exhibition catalogues);
  • 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 marginalized 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 Departmental Hiring Committee member, Dr. Thierry Gervais at:

Indigenous candidates who would like to learn more about working at TMU 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

Black identified candidates who wish to learn more about working at TMU are welcome to contact Shurla Charles-Forbes, Black Faculty & Staff Community Network at

For any confidential accommodation needs in order to participate in the recruitment and selection process, please contact Alanna Neshevich, HR Advisor at

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