JOB: Art Histories of Black and Latinx Diasporas @ UToronto

The Department of Art History in the Faculty of Arts & Science at the University of Toronto invites applications for a full-time tenure stream position in the area of Art Histories of Black and Latinx Diasporas. The appointment will be at the rank of Assistant Professor, with an anticipated start date of July 1, 2022. 

Applicants must have earned a PhD degree in Art History or a related area by the time of appointment, or shortly thereafter, with a demonstrated record of excellence in research and teaching. The successful candidate will specialize in the historical analysis and interpretation of the art of Black and Latinx Diasporas, with a focus on the Americas. We seek candidates whose research and teaching interests complement and enhance our existing departmental strengths, particularly with regard to decolonizing perspectives in diverse regional and global contexts. The successful candidate will be expected to pursue innovative and independent research at the highest international level and to establish an externally funded research program. An ability to connect with other relevant programs within the university, such as Caribbean Studies, African Studies, and the Centre for Diaspora & Transnational Studies, as well as with local art institutions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario and Ryerson Image Centre, would be considered an asset.

Candidates must provide evidence of research excellence which can be demonstrated by a record of publications in top-ranked and field-relevant journals or forthcoming publications meeting high international standards, the submitted research statement, presentations at significant conferences, awards and accolades, and strong endorsements from referees of high standing. 

Evidence of excellence in teaching should be provided through teaching accomplishments, the teaching dossier (with required materials outlined below) submitted as part of the application, as well as strong letters of reference.

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

This position will be held at the University of Toronto, St. George campus in downtown Toronto. The University of Toronto offers the opportunity to teach, conduct research, and live in one of the most diverse cities in the world. The Department of Art History is an internationally renowned department dedicated to the study of history, theory, and methodology of art in a global context. For more information about the University of Toronto, and the Department of Art History, please visit www.utoronto.ca and https://arthistory.utoronto.ca

All qualified candidates are invited to apply online by clicking the link below. Applicants must submit a cover letter; a current curriculum vitae; a research statement outlining current and future research interests (maximum four pages); a recent writing sample; and a teaching dossier to include a statement of teaching philosophy, sample course materials, and teaching evaluations. Furthermore, candidates are expected to show evidence of a commitment to equity, diversity, inclusion, and the promotion of a respectful and collegial learning and working environment demonstrated through the application materials. We seek candidates who value diversity and whose research, teaching, and service bear out our commitment to equity. Candidates are therefore also asked to submit a 1-2 page statement of contributions to equity and diversity, which might cover topics such as (but not limited to): research or teaching that incorporate a focus on underrepresented communities, the development of inclusive pedagogies, or the mentoring of students from underrepresented groups. 

Applicants must provide the names and contact information of three references. The University of Toronto’s recruiting tool will automatically solicit and collect letters of reference from each after an application is submitted (this happens overnight). Applicants, however, remain responsible for ensuring that references submit letters (on letterhead, dated and signed) by the closing date. 

Submission guidelines can be found at http://uoft.me/how-to-apply . Your CV and cover letter should be uploaded into the dedicated fields. We recommend combining attached documents into one or two files in PDF/MS Word format. If you have any questions about this position, please contact the Chair of Art History at art.chair@utoronto.ca

All application materials, including reference letters, must be received by the closing date, November 1st, 2021. 

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

Diversity Statement
The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ2S+ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

As part of your application, you will be asked to complete a brief Diversity Survey. This survey is voluntary. Any information directly related to you is confidential and cannot be accessed by search committees or human resources staff. Results will be aggregated for institutional planning purposes. For more information, please see http://uoft.me/UP.

Accessibility Statement
The University strives to be an equitable and inclusive community, and proactively seeks to increase diversity among its community members. Our values regarding equity and diversity are linked with our unwavering commitment to excellence in the pursuit of our academic mission.

The University is committed to the principles of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA). As such, we strive to make our recruitment, assessment and selection processes as accessible as possible and provide accommodations as required for applicants with disabilities.


If you require any accommodations at any point during the application and hiring process, please contact uoft.careers@utoronto.ca.

Author: Camara Dia Holloway

I am an art historian specializing in early twentieth century American art with particular focus on the history of photography, race and representation, and transatlantic modernist networks. I earned my PhD at Yale University in the History of Art Department. Besides my leadership role as the Founding Co-Director of the Association for Critical Race Art History (ACRAH), I am recognized for my expertise on African American Art, particularly African American Photography, and as a seasoned consultant for exhibitions, museum collections, and symposia/lectures planning.

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