Job Opening: Japanese or Korean Art/Architectural History

job opening - 5Institution: University of British Columbia, Art History, Visual Art & Theory
Location:   British Columbia, Canada
Position:   Assistant Professor in Japanese or Korean Art History or Architectural

Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory

The University of British Columbia

The Department of Art History, Visual Art, and Theory at the University of British Columbia invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor in the field of Japanese or Korean Art History or Architectural History.  The Department is especially interested in candidates who demonstrate serious engagement with contemporary issues and debates within the discipline and innovative and cross-cultural research approaches. Teaching will include the historical span of East Asian art.

UBC, one of the largest and most distinguished universities in Canada, has excellent resources for scholarly research.  The Art History program partners with strong studio art and Critical and Curatorial Studies programs ( This position in art history also presents an opportunity to engage with an interdisciplinary group of scholars within the larger academic community, including the Department of Asian Studies, the Asian Library, and Institute of Asian research, the Department of History, The School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture, as well as the Museum of Anthropology and the Morris and Helen Belkin Gallery.

The candidate must have a PhD (or solid indication of imminent completion). The successful candidate will demonstrate the potential for excellence in research and in undergraduate and graduate teaching. He or she will be expected to maintain an active program of research, publication, teaching, graduate supervision, and service.

Applicants should apply through the UBC Faculty careers website:  Submissions should include: a letter of application, a detailed curriculum vitae; statement of research and teaching philosophies; a sample dissertation chapter or scholarly paper; evidence of teaching potential and effectiveness. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of reference submitted by email to:, or by mail to:

Professor Scott Watson, Chair, Art History Search Committee,
Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory, University of
British Columbia, 403-6333 Memorial Road, Vancouver, B.C., V6T 1Z2,
Canada.  The anticipated start date of employment is July 1, 2014.

Deadline: Applications and all supporting materials must be received by November 15, 2013.

This position is subject to final budgetary approval.  Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

UBC hires on the basis of merit and is committed to employment equity and diversity within its community. All qualified persons are encouraged to apply. We especially welcome applications from members of visible minority groups, women, Aboriginal persons, persons with disabilities, persons of minority sexual orientations and gender identities, and others with the skills and knowledge to engage productively with diverse communities. Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada will be given priority.

Contact: Department of Art History, Visual Art and Theory
University of British Columbia
403-6333 Memorial Road
Vancouver, B.C.
V6T 1Z2

About Paula

Paula lives in the vortex of academic life. She studies medieval Japanese history.
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