Visual Arts - Sessional (Professional Development and Practices)

University of the Fraser Valley

Location: British Columbia
Date posted: 2013-10-17

Sessional Opening

Posting 2013.111
Position Visual Arts: Professional Development and Practices
Department Visual Arts
Status Sessional
Term Winter 2014 (January - April)
Salary $6,021.69 - $6,181.81 per section
Closing November 22, 2013

Located in the heart of the Fraser Valley, the University of the Fraser Valley, with over 16,000 students pursuing more than 100 programs, including two master's degrees, 15 bachelor's degrees, majors, minors and extended minors in more than 30 subject areas, and more than a dozen trades and technology programs, is committed to teaching excellence. UFV is a multi-campus institution and is regularly at the top of national rankings in the areas of teaching excellence, faculty-student interaction, and class size. UFV is also committed to indigenization of the institution.

The Visual Arts Department invites applications for sessional faculty to teach one section of Professional Practices for the Winter 2014 semester. Applicants will provide classroom instruction based on their experience and insights into sources of information and the complexities of the relationship between one's creative practice and the external expectations on the part of institutions, employers, clients, funding agencies, and the media. Candidates must have strong written, interpersonal and oral communication skills with the ability to guide students in the development of their professional portfolios including the documentation of work, writing statements of creative practice, curriculum vitae and resume editing, as well as organizational and basic record keeping skills. You will teach students how to determine and then apply for funding and financial support, develop exhibition proposals, create presentation and marketing to promote one's work, and identify legal issues pertaining to contracts, copyright, creative commons, and censorship. The ability to instill in students the necessity for research when considering financial support, exhibition opportunities, employment, educational and entrepreneurial options is also required.

Applicants must have an MFA or equivalent, an outstanding record of teaching, and evidence of a studio practice within a strong background in art historical, contemporary and theoretical concerns. Experience in teaching post secondary levels, in accordance with established course outlines and expectations.

Knowledge of multiple teaching methods which include critical thinking and problem solving strategies, as well as university level academic requirements and standards are essential. Candidates must also possess a commitment to encouragement of learning and an enthusiastic attitude toward teaching with sensitivity, students from diverse cultural, ethnic, and socio-economics backgrounds who may have a wide range of abilities.

Interested individuals should submit the following materials: (1) a letter of application (2) evidence of degrees (3) statement regarding teaching philosophy and artistic research (4) a detailed curriculum vitae including three references (5) current teaching evaluations and sample syllabi for a professional practices course (6) record of relevant publications and exhibitions including authored works and reviews (7) weblinks or documentation (on disc or usb) of recent work, up to a maximum of 20 images.

Two letters of reference will be required at the time of interview.

Direct resume including evidence of appropriate qualifications by November 22, 2013, referring to POSTING 2013.111 to:

Human Resources
University of the Fraser Valley
33844 King Road, Abbotsford, BC, Canada V2S 7M8
Tel: (604) 854-4554
Fax: (604) 854-1538
Email resumes to:

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority. In an effort to be both environmentally and fiscally responsible, UFV will contact only candidates receiving an interview. We thank all applicants for considering UFV for employment.

UFV is committed to the principle of equity in employment.


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