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School for the Contemporary Arts
Tier 2 Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Contemporary Arts Simon Fraser University (Vancouver Campus)

Date posted: December 1, 2020

Simon Fraser University (SFU), located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, the traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kwikwəƛ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, is actively building a diverse, inclusive community and invites applications for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair (CRC) in Indigenous Contemporary Arts in the School for the Contemporary Arts. This CRC appointment opportunity is intended for emerging artists or artist/scholars in Indigenous Contemporary Arts, at the rank of assistant or associate professor.

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA), situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighbourhoods, offers a unique curriculum in which studio classes in dance, film, music/sound, theatre performance and production, and visual art are integrated with the historical and theoretical study of the arts. This meeting of creative practice with academic enquiry is a core value of the school and is enhanced by our attention to critical contemporary issues as well as our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration both within the classroom and beyond. The SCA offers a BA in Art, Performance, and Cinema Studies, and BFAs in Dance, Film, Music/Sound, Theatre Performance, and Production and Design, and Visual Art, as well as an interdisciplinary MFA and an MA in Contemporary Arts.

We are seeking an emerging artist or artist/scholar with an art practice and/or scholarly record in performance (theatre, dance, interdisciplinary performance), music/sound (creative music practice), film/video, or visual art. An interdisciplinary approach to research and practice is encouraged. Appointment to a continuing faculty position in the School for the Contemporary Arts requires an MFA or PhD completed by the time of appointment in a field or discipline of demonstrated relevance.

The successful applicant is expected to significantly enhance the School for the Contemporary Arts’ research strengths and to help sustain the collegial atmosphere within the School.  The research program will support SFU’s Strategic Research Plan, the goals of which include: strengthening civil society by advancing justice, equity and social responsibility; addressing environmental concerns and creating a sustainable future; and engaging in community-based research. The Chairholder will be expected to maintain an outstanding program of research and a strong record of grants funding.  Knowledge mobilization to the scholarly community, professional groups, the general public, and other stakeholders, as appropriate, is expected.  Demonstrated experience in increasing diversity in the candidate’s current institutional environment, and in curriculum, is also an asset.

Experience mentoring equity-seeking students is expected, and experience mentoring equity-seeking faculty is an asset. Although 50 % teaching relief relative to regular faculty members will be provided to the Chairholder, the successful candidate will be expected to make significant contributions to the teaching mission of the School for the Contemporary Arts, including supervising and securing financial support for graduate students.

This position is contingent upon the applicant receiving a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair. The position is subject to the availability of funding and to final approval by the University Board of Governors and the Tri-agency Institutional Programs Secretariat (TIPS). Tier 2 Chairs are intended for exceptional emerging artists and scholars (i.e., the candidate must be within 10 years of their highest degree at the time of nomination).  Applicants who are more than 10 years from their highest degree (and where career breaks exist, including maternity, parental, or extended sick leave, etc.) may have their eligibility for a Tier 2 Canada Research Chair assessed through the program’s Tier 2  process; please see CRC website for eligibility details.

The Tier 2 Canada Research Chair is tenable for five years. The CRC appointment is renewable once, which is subject to the Chairholder demonstrating that they have achieved their objectives from their first term. Interested applicants are invited to review the initial appointment and Chair renewal details of the CRC Program: https://www.chairs-chaires.gc.ca/program-programme/renew-renouvellement-eng.aspx

To apply, applicants should provide:

  • a cover letter explaining their interest in the position;
  • an up-to-date, full curriculum vitae (include details of research, teaching, and service, scholarly record, funding, and list of collaborations/partnerships);
  • a portfolio of creative work (if applicable);
  • the proposed program of research practice, clarifying its alignment with the CRC position (include an outline of the proposed CRC research, an explanation of how the research aligns with and advances SFU’s Strategic Research Plan, and a discussion of how this Chair would strengthen graduate training at SFU 2-6 pages);
  • a statement of teaching and mentorship philosophy (1 page);
  • a statement outlining the applicant’s experiences in advancing equity, diversity, and inclusion (1 page); and
  • the names and email addresses of 4-5 referees, ranked in order of preference (long-listed candidates will be contacted before referees are contacted).

SFU recognizes that alternative career paths and/or career interruptions (e.g., parental leave, leave due to illness) can impact research achievements and commits to ensuring that leaves are taken into careful consideration. Candidates are encouraged to highlight how alternative paths and/or interruptions have impacted them in their application. SFU also recognizes the value of mentoring and research training, outreach, professional service, and non-traditional areas of research and/or research outputs.

Simon Fraser University is an institution whose strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, Indigenization, and reconciliation. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

SFU offers several benefits and services aimed at creating a more inclusive and accessible campus community for faculty; please see the Faculty Relations, Benefits and Service page for more details. SFU is also committed to ensuring that the application and interview process is accessible to all applicants; if you require accommodations or have questions about SFU benefits, services, accommodations policies, or equity considerations please contact the Director of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Faculty Relations.

The competition will remain open until the position is filled.  Review of applications will begin on February 8, 2021. Any general inquiries regarding this posting may be directed to Elspeth Pratt, Chair of the Search Committee, epratt@sfu.ca. To ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by this date.

Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director, c/o Samantha Diamond, scasec@sfu.ca.

Under the authority of the University Act, personal information that is required by the University Academic Appointment Competitions will be collected. For further details see the Collection Notice.

Faculty Positions

Tenure-Track Faculty Position in Contemporary Dance

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a tenure-track position in Contemporary Dance, at the Assistant Professor level, starting July 1, 2021.

Position Title and Rank: Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance Forms within Afro-Diasporic, Indigenous or Asian Contexts.

We invite applications for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor in Contemporary Dance with an established artistic practice and expertise based within Afro-Diasporic, Indigenous or Asian dance forms. These can include but are not limited to Hip Hop, Afro-Caribbean, Afro-Latinx, Afro-Brazilian, Coast Salish, Métis, Inuit, Asian and South-East Asian techniques. Our preference will be for someone with a deep understanding of the movement forms that emerge from these cultures, the languages, traditions and practices that support them, and an ability to rearticulate these within a contemporary interdisciplinary context. A demonstrated record of excellence in teaching and a background in establishing and maintaining trusting relationships with these communities, their organizations and institutions nationally and internationally is required. An interest in new technologies in teaching and research will be a bonus.

Responsibilities

With the shifting dynamic of the Dance Area within the SCA, we are looking for a versatile individual, someone who is able to integrate theory and practice in both their teaching and research, to mentor graduate and undergraduate students, as well as stage choreographic and performance works for a varied student body. Teaching will include classes in dance technique, composition, interdisciplinary collaboration and improvisation. Lecture courses could include the historical and socio-cultural contexts of the above-mentioned dance forms and some of the decolonizing principles associated with them. All faculty in the Dance Area share responsibilities in staging the Main Stage productions. Additionally, this position will include committee responsibilities, supervision of graduate students, and some graduate level teaching. The candidate will be expected to maintain a robust artistic practice and work with SCA to advance the concepts of contemporary performance.

Qualifications

Applicants should have a graduate degree (MFA or PhD) in a field or discipline of demonstrated relevance and an established artistic practice in dance.  He, she, or they will demonstrate excellence in creative research and post-secondary studio teaching.  Prior activities demonstrating leadership, service, and commitment to diversity and dance as a research practice is required.

Candidates are asked to submit:

  • a cover letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background, with indication of citizenship and/or residency status
  • an up to-date, full curriculum vitae
  • a statement of teaching and mentorship philosophy
  • links to samples of creative work and reviews
  • the names and email addresses for three confidential referees. (Letters of reference may be requested at a later date.)

Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director, c/o Samantha Diamond, scasec@sfu.ca.  Review of applications will begin on February 1, 2021 and continue until the position is filled.  To ensure full consideration applications should be submitted by this date. Please note that materials submitted will not be returned.

Contexts

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is situated in one of downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighborhoods and is one of five separate departments within the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology. The SCA offers a unique curriculum with studio classes in Dance, Film, Music/Sound, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production and Design, Visual Art and Art, Performance and Cinema Studies that integrates the practical, historical and theoretical study of the arts. This meeting of creative practice with academic enquiry is a core value of the school and is enhanced by our attention to critical contemporary issues as well as our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration both within the classroom and beyond. Our context as an Art School within the top-ranked comprehensive universities in Canada is a great strength. We pride ourselves in offering the advantages of an intimate, small art school: excellent student mentorship and faculty/student interaction, a knowable community, a sense of belonging and familiarity, and a shared sense of purpose. We also have the advantages of a large university, with the vibrancy and opportunities that come from an institution with dozens of academic programs.  We acknowledge the Squamish (Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw), Musqueam (xʷməθkʷəy̓əm), Tsleil-Waututh (səlil̓ w̓ətaʔɬ), Katzie, and Kwikwetlem (kʷikʷəƛ̓əm) peoples, on whose traditional territories Simon Fraser University’s three campuses stand. By recognizing the Unceded Traditional Coast Salish territories, we aspire to create space for reconciliation through dialogue and decolonizing practices.

Dance 

The SCA Dance Area provides the unique opportunity to study, create and perform dance within a collaborative, interdisciplinary department. Our students are challenged in studio and lecture courses to be versatile and articulate, to interact with new technology, and to understand that the collaborative process is crucial to their development as contemporary artists. An engagement with contemporary issues is fundamental to their training. We also believe in a versatile approach to training and, to this end, offer a variety of dance techniques in addition to the standard modern, contemporary, and ballet courses. Additionally, courses in experimental anatomy and body conditioning introduce students to the fundamental principles of movement. Our courses complement a wider set of studio and lecture courses offered by the Film, Music, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production and Design, Visual Art, and Art, Performance and Cinema Studies Areas.

Faculty

SCA faculty are extremely diverse as far as culture, race, nationality, religion, age, sexual orientation and ableness are concerned. We value interdisciplinary art-making that is grounded in disciplinary training, an integration of creative and scholarly education, and care deeply about where our students come from as well as well as where they plan to go after their training. We therefore maintain a significant presence in the local, national and international arts communities. Whether as choreographers, scholars, composers, filmmakers, production and design technologists, visual artists, directors or dramaturges, our faculty are internationally recognized for research excellence in their individual fields.

The position of Assistant Professor of Contemporary Dance Forms within Afro-Diasporic, Indigenous or Asian Contexts is subject to availability of funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Simon Fraser University is an equity employer and encourages applications from all qualified individuals including women, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, Indigenous Peoples, people of all sexual orientations and gender identities, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of the university.

Under the authority of the University Act personal information that is required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details please see the Collection Notice. http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/Faculty_Openings/Collection_Notice.html

Tenure-Track Assistant Professor in Film

The School for the Contemporary Arts at Simon Fraser University invites applications for a filmmaker or filmmaker/scholar at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin July 1, 2021.

Simon Fraser University (SFU), located on unceded Coast Salish Territory, the traditional territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), and kwikwəƛ̓ əm (Kwikwetlem) peoples, is actively building a diverse and inclusive community.

The School for the Contemporary Arts (SCA) is situated in downtown Vancouver’s most dynamic and diverse neighborhood. A unit within the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology, SCA offers a unique curriculum in which studio classes are integrated with the historical and theoretical study of the arts. The SCA currently offers a BA in Art, Performance, and Cinema Studies and BFAs in Dance, Film, Music & Sound, Theatre Performance, Theatre Production & Design, and Visual Art, as well as an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts and an MA in Contemporary Arts. This meeting of creative practice with academic enquiry is a core value of the School and is enhanced by our attention to critical contemporary issues as well as our commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration both within the classroom and beyond. At the SCA we pride ourselves on offering the benefits of an intimate, small art school—excellent student mentorship and faculty-student interaction, a sense of belonging and familiarity, and a shared sense of purpose—paired with all of the advantages of a large, top-ranked comprehensive university.

In the SCA, we value interdisciplinary art-making that is grounded in disciplinary training, an integration of creative and scholarly education, and maintaining a significant presence in the local, national and international arts communities. Our faculty are internationally recognized working artists, artist-scholars, and scholars: choreographers, composers, filmmakers, production designers, visual artists, performers, directors, dramaturges, historians, and theorists. The Film program exists within this collaborative and interdisciplinary ecosystem.

The BFA in Film is a four-year, student-centered, cohort-based production program with a strong emphasis on film studies. The program is rooted in a set of core project-based production courses, built around a varied education that encompasses film production, technical and collaborative labs, and studies courses in the history, aesthetics and theory of film. The program is supplemented by courses offered by other disciplines and enhanced by opportunities to create in close proximity with students in other SCA programs.

Our diverse student body is exposed to the breadth of film styles and modes, and works intensively every year to produce a number of films. Students are challenged in production and lecture courses to be versatile and articulate, to interact with new and old technology, and to understand that the collaborative process is crucial to their development as filmmakers. They are also encouraged to engage with film as an art form that is in constant dialogue with other contemporary art forms as well as with society at large. We believe in a multiskilled approach to filmmaking and, to this end, offer a well-rounded education in film that prepares students to be successful independent film artists while also allowing them to specialize in areas of their particular interest. Our students go on to become directors, producers, editors, cinematographers, screenwriters, as well as curators, programmers, and artists working in a variety of media and forms.

We seek a collaborative colleague working in non-fiction, narrative, experimental, animation, expanded and/or hybrid cinema with a substantial record of creative distinction or promise of exceptional creative output in an international context. We especially encourage applications from film artists interested in collaborating in the development of pedagogies appropriate to the plurality of cinema arts that exist today as we work to transform our curriculum in the coming years.

The successful candidate will demonstrate a strong knowledge of world cinema and film history, and is expected to supervise and advise students on projects at all levels of our program and in a variety of forms and styles. Film faculty teach comprehensive introductory and advanced film production courses with an in-depth understanding of the entire creative workflow from concept to exhibition. As our film production curriculum is grounded in project-based instruction, candidates should demonstrate experience in a broad range of technical and creative skills. These include screenwriting, production planning, directing, editing, cinematography, and sound design as well as a solid grasp of current digital production workflows. We particularly value innovative and experimental approaches to creative practice as well as pedagogy.

Faculty at the School are expected to maintain a professional art practice and/or scholarly activity. A normal academic year for tenure-track faculty in the School for the Contemporary Arts consists of two teaching terms and a research term. Faculty generally teach four courses (or the equivalent) per year. Advising, committee responsibilities, supervision of graduate students, and occasional graduate-level teaching are expected.

As our film program is situated within an interdisciplinary fine arts department, an interest in collaborating with fellow faculty in theatre, visual art, music/sound, dance, and art studies is an asset. In addition to teaching in the undergraduate BFA, the successful candidate will supervise students in our MFA program who are working in a variety of forms of moving image art. The ability to teach occasional courses in cinema and media studies is also an asset.

The successful candidate will be expected to engage in outstanding, innovative, and, as appropriate, externally funded creative practice or research. We acknowledge that within higher education in Canada, traditional or conventional academic pathways can reinforce biases in the filling of faculty posts. We encourage applications that may not fit this mold and challenge traditional notions of scholarship and research.

Requirements for the position include: an MA, MFA, or Ph.D. in a field or discipline of demonstrated relevance or equivalent experience; a record of analog and/or digital film production with a significant record of exhibition; and a vibrant and continuing artistic practice. Experience teaching at the college or university level is an asset.

How to Apply

The application must contain the following:

  • a letter of application outlining creative and scholarly background, with indication of citizenship(s) and/or Canadian residency status
  • an up-to-date, full curriculum vitae (including details of research, teaching, and service, and record of film production and exhibition, including funding sources)
  • links to 3 samples of artistic work
  • a statement of creative research
  • a statement of pedagogical philosophy
  • the names and contact information (email, telephone) for three confidential referees.

Please note that all materials submitted in non-electronic form will not be returned. Submit all applications by email to Elspeth Pratt, Director, c/o Samantha Diamond, scasec@sfu.ca

The review of applications will begin February 15, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications should be submitted by this date. The position is subject to availability of funding and final approval by the SFU Board of Governors.

Simon Fraser University’s strength is based on our shared commitments to diversity, equity, and inclusion, and the pursuit of decolonization, Indigenization, and reconciliation. Diversity is an underlying principle of our Strategic Vision, which pledges SFU to “foster a culture of inclusion and mutual respect, celebrating the diversity reflected among its students, faculty, staff, and our community.” SFU is committed to ensuring that no individual is denied access to employment opportunities for reasons unrelated to ability or qualifications. Consistent with this principle, SFU will advance the interests of underrepresented members of the work force, specifically Indigenous peoples, persons with disabilities, visible minorities, and women; embrace gender and sexual diversity; ensure that equal opportunity is afforded to all who seek employment at the University; and treat all employees equitably. Candidates that belong to underrepresented groups are particularly encouraged to apply.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority. Under the authority of the University Act, personal information required by the University for academic appointment competitions will be collected. For further details see: http://www.sfu.ca/vpacademic/faculty_openings/collection_notice.html

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