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Ryerson University, School of Image Arts

Assistant Professor: Photography & Integrated Digital Program, School of Image Arts, Ryerson Univers

Location: Toronto, ON
Posted: December 20, 2017
Application Deadline: January 26, 2018


Ryerson University, School of Image Arts
Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick
350 Victoria Street
Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3

The Opportunity

The School of Image Arts at Ryerson University invites applications at the Assistant Professor level in the Photography & Integrated Digital Program. The appointment, effective July 1, 2018, is subject to final budgetary approval.

The School of Image Arts is recognized as a national and international centre for creative innovation in the study, production, exhibition and research of film, photography and digital arts. The school's unique and professionally-focused undergraduate curriculum supports programs in Photography & Integrated Digital and Film & Integrated Digital. Its innovative graduate programs include the MFA in Documentary Media and the MA in Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management.

Ryerson University is located in the city of Toronto on the territory of the Anishinaabeg, Haudenosaunee, and Huron and is at the centre of the country's cultural industries. Our students have access to experiential learning opportunities that include affiliations with design and publishing houses, film production companies, museums and galleries. The School of Image Arts maintains three student galleries on and off campus and has a close affiliation with the Ryerson Image Centre, a partnered institution located within the Image Arts building. In addition, the school benefits from Ryerson's support of technological innovation including a cluster of new technology labs and zones that promote creative problem solving related to 21st-century technologies and the creative industries.


The successful candidate will teach a variety of production-oriented courses in the undergraduate Photography & Integrated Digital Program as well as teach and supervise in the graduate Documentary Media (MFA) and/or the Film + Photography Preservation and Collections Management (MA) Programs.

We are seeking a candidate with an established record of exhibitions in photography and lens-based media. Candidates must have an ability to teach core photography courses across the undergraduate program of study from foundational to advanced digital applications. Candidates will be expected to address photography in an expanded field through, for example, installation, sound, screen-based, and/or 3-D imaging practices. In addition, we are seeking a candidate well versed in contemporary issues with concrete strategies for including racialized, queer, and/or gendered perspectives in their teaching at both the undergraduate or graduate level.


The successful candidate will hold an MFA degree or equivalent, and/or a practice-based Ph.D degree (or be ABD with a defence date set) in the visual and/or media arts. Evidence of excellence in creative production and an ability to establish an independent, externally-funded research-creation agenda is required and will be assessed with reference to the candidate's publication, exhibition and grant history as stated on the CV. The candidate is expected to provide evidence of high-quality teaching through, for example, teaching awards, course evaluations and/or letters of assessment by colleagues. In addition, the candidate is expected to uphold the values of equity, diversity and inclusion as it pertains to service, teaching and scholarly, research or creative activities. We are seeking a candidate with a demonstrated capacity for collegial service and leadership as well as a desire to help shape the future direction of the school.

Equity at Ryerson University

At the intersection of mind and action, Ryerson is on a transformative path to become Canada's leading comprehensive innovation university. Integral to this path is the placement of equity, diversity and inclusion as fundamental to our institutional culture. Our current academic plan outlines each as core values and we work to embed them in all that we do.

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, racialized persons, persons with disabilities, and those who identify as women and/or 2SLGBTQ+.

Aboriginal candidates who would like to learn more about working at Ryerson University are welcome to contact Ms. Tracey King, M.Ed., Aboriginal HR Consultant, Aboriginal Recruitment and Retention Initiative, at

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

How to apply?

Applicants are asked to submit their application online via the Faculty Recruitment Portal. Inquiries regarding accessing the Faculty Recruitment Portal may be sent to Donna Kit, HR Consulting Advisor at

Application website:

The application must contain the following:

A letter of application highlighting research interests and a CV.
A teaching dossier including a statement of teaching philosophy and evidence of teaching effectiveness (course evaluations), (teaching evaluations or equivalent evidence).
Visual documentation of recent work with up to twenty digital images and/or ten minutes of video in addition to the applicant's website.
Applicants should arrange for three confidential letters of reference (on letterhead, signed) to be sent directly by the referees to Cathy Gullo, Program Manager, School of Image Arts ( Confidential inquiries may be directed to Dr. Blake Fitzpatrick (, Chair, School of Image Arts.
Please indicate in your application if you are a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

This position falls under the jurisdiction of the Ryerson Faculty Association (RFA).

The RFA collective agreement can be viewed at: .
The RFA's website can be found at:
A summary of RFA benefits can be found at:

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