University of Guelph

University of Guelph

Associate or Full Professor and Director, School of Fine Art and Music (Open to University of Guelph Internal Applicants Only)


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Faculty Positions Position Title / Rank: Associate or Full Professor and Director School

of Fine Art and Music (Open to University of Guelph Internal Applicants Only)

College: College of Arts Department: School of Fine Art and Music Date Posted: February 9, 2024 Deadline: March 8, 2024 or until a suitable candidate is found Please reference AD # 24-09 Position Description:

The School of Fine Art and Music in the College of Arts at the University of Guelph invites applications from University of Guelph internal applicants for a tenured position at the Associate or Full Professor level.

Applicants are sought for the position of Director, School of Fine Art and Music (SoFaM), in the College of Arts at the University of Guelph. The School is home to undergraduate and graduate programs in Studio Art, Music, and Art History. The School also plays a central role in the College's new Bachelor of Creative Arts, Health, and Wellness. In addition, faculty members in the School co‐operate in a number of the College's interdisciplinary programs such as Culture, Technology, and Society; Gender and Sexuality Studies; and across the university, in programs such as Landscape Architecture.

Applicants will be at Associate or Full Professor rank and hold a PhD or terminal degree in a discipline relevant to the School. Candidates will have strong academic qualifications in teaching and scholarship, relevant experience in university administration, the ability to work well in a collegial and consultative atmosphere, and a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching and research.

The Director will work closely with the College Dean and other Chairs/Directors for the benefit of the School and of the College. The Director will maintain effective communication between the School and the College, and between the DIrector and the members of the School. The Director will also provide the high level of leadership and energy necessary to realize the goals of the School.

The Director will be responsible for guiding the School's growth, managing its affairs in accordance with the strategic plans of the College and the University, and articulating the School's academic vision, particularly in relation to the University's commitment to internationalism. Applicants should have some familiarity with the university's budgeting process, some knowledge of budgets in general, and be prepared to guide the School in accordance with the university's financial situation. The mandate is for a five‐year period starting July 1, 2024. Responsibilities and conditions around the position of Director are outlined in Article 20 of the Collective Agreement.

The University of Guelph is the third largest employer in Guelph, a city of approximately 130,000 people, located about an hour drive west of Toronto, Ontario. University of Guelph is a top-ranked comprehensive university in Canada with an enrolment of over 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students across over 40 academic units. The University is known for its commitment to student learning, innovative research, and collaboration with world-class partners. It is a unique place, with transformative research and teaching and a distinctive campus culture. People who learn and work here are shaped and inspired by a shared purpose: To Improve Life. Reflecting that shared purpose in every experience connected to our university positions us to create positive change, here and around the world. Our university community shares a profound sense of social responsibility, a drive for international development, and an obligation to address global issues.

Application Process

Assessment of applications will begin on Friday, March 8, 2024 and will continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants should submit the following materials (preferably as a single PDF file): (1) a cover letter outlining your qualifications for this position as well as a current; (2) curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent to the attention of:

Dr. Samantha Brennan Dean, College of Arts University of Guelph MacKinnon Extension 0005 Guelph, ON N1G 2W1 Email: [email protected]

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

The University recognizes that applicants may have had obligations outside of work that have negatively impacted their record of achievements (e.g., parental, elder care, and/or medical). You are not required to disclose these obligations in the hiring process. If you choose to do so, the University will ensure that these obligations do not negatively impact the assessment of your qualifications for the position.

The University of Guelph resides on the ancestral lands of the Attawandaron people and the treaty lands and territory of the Mississaugas of the Credit and we offer our respect to our Anishinaabe, Haudenosaunee and Métis neighbours as we strive to strengthen our relationships with them.

At the University of Guelph, fostering a culture of inclusion (https: // is an institutional imperative. The University invites and encourages applications from all qualified individuals, including from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in employment, who may contribute to further diversification of our Institution.

If you require a medical accommodation during the recruitment or selection process, please contact Occupational Health and Wellness at 519-824-4120 x52674.

Job details


Associate or Full Professor and Director, School of Fine Art and Music (Open to University of Guelph Internal Applicants Only)


University of Guelph




February 10, 2024

Application deadline

March 08, 2024

Job type

Associate Professor/Professor


Arts and Culture

About the employer

Established in 1964, the University of Guelph is a mid-sized comprehensive university offering a broad range of academic options - more than 85 majors - allowing students great flexibility. U of G welcomes over 1,400 international students from over 100 countries. It is in Guelph, Ontario one of the 10 best places to live in Canada and a 1-hour drive from Toronto. The main campus of the university span across 1,017 acres of land which feature a nature-filled Arboretum and a research park.

With more than $80 million annually in research funding, it is one of Canada's most research-intensive universities and is the largest employer in Guelph. The University puts an emphasis on experiential learning through things like co-op placements and field courses to ensure graduates have the skills and experience they need to succeed in their future careers. The U of G also provides merit-based International scholarships ranging from $17,500 - $20,500 over four years

The University of Guelph (U of G) was established in the early 1960s after the merger of the Ontario Agricultural College, the MacDonald Institute, and the Ontario Veterinary College. It is famous for its beautiful and safe campuses, complemented by a welcoming and supportive culture proven by its #1 student satisfaction ranking in Canada. A public research university, U of G is recognized for its historical and modern architecture with cutting-edge technology. With a student-to-faculty ratio of 15:1, U of G gives importance to student engagement, which is fundamental to learning and research. By focusing on experiential learning like a co-op, the university provides Guelph graduates with the tools and skills to make a difference in the world and prepares them for their future careers.

The total strength of the university is 29,507 students. As per the record, the number of enrolments has been increasing rapidly due to which the university decided to expand its campus area and develop more faculty buildings. The central library of the university consists of thousands of books, journals, magazines, and research documents. Also, the university has a few Joint graduate programs, including Biology, Chemistry, Public Policy, and History.

The university has a list of notable alumni that includes Alan Armitage (Renowned Author), Laura Bertram (Actress), Mark Bourrie (Journalist & Lawyer), Chris Banks (Poet), Karen Beauchemin (Research scientist), Tim Bray (Software developer), and Elizabeth Yake (Film producer). Apart from this, John Wise (Politician), Edgar Archibald (Agricultural scientist), Roberta Bondar (Canada's first female astronaut), Jackie Perez (Television personality), Alissa York (Novelist), Liz Sandals (Politician), Rupan Bal (Famous You tuber) and Kathleen Daisy Miller (Popular short-story writer) are also some of the notable alumni of the University of Guelph.

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