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 Expanded Drawing Practices 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.

A PhD or PhD equivalent such as an MFA with a substantial record of professional experience, with a focus on drawing and an emphasis on non-traditional drawing practices 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 creation and specialize in contemporary drawing practices, including but not limited to, digital techniques and processes, traditional and evolving animation, drawing installation, street art practices, and all other forms of non-traditional mark making. It is intended that this position revitalize the VAAH’s Drawing program by developing curriculum that has a digital presence and addressing contemporary concerns of representation through socially engaged research and teaching practices. The position involves undergraduate teaching for majors and non-majors, TA supervision, studio and lecture courses including on-line course delivery. It is expected that the successful candidate will undertake the development and implementation of blended drawing courses that utilize both in-class and online instruction. It is expected the successful candidate will participate in administrative duties and responsibilities such as departmental governance and committee work. A minimum of two years post-secondary teaching is required. Candidates with a diverse range of teaching and research experience are encouraged to apply.

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.

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

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence or promise of research excellence for junior appointment of a recognized international calibre as demonstrated in: the research statement; a record of publications (or forthcoming publications) with significant journals in the field; presentations at major conferences; awards and accolades; and strong recommendations from referees of high standing.

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.

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

York University is an Affirmative Action (AA) employer and strongly values diversity, including gender and sexual diversity, within its community. The AA Program, which applies to 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 University’s 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 “Expanded Drawing Practices” in the subject line.