Terra Foundation Visiting Professorship in North American First Nations Art

Sydney, Australia
21 Dec 2018
End of advertisement period
17 Feb 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

Terra Foundation Visiting Professorship in North American First Nations Art
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, School of Literature, Arts and Media

About the opportunity

This is a unique opportunity for an ambitious scholar of North American First Nations Art to come to the University of Sydney, Australia, to teach, research and engage audiences in a Visiting Professorship role of up to 10 months, or an academic year.

Australia has long and deep, and nationally significant traditions of Indigenous art and culture and in recent years the need for more global thinking about First Nations art, and its relationship to vital issues of history, sovereignty and colonial cultures has emerged as a key theme in the field of art history.

We seek an outstanding academic who may be currently based in a Museum or at a University, whose primary focus is on American First Nations Art, but who is open and engaged with issues of Comparative Indigenous Art and culture. The successful candidate would take on a visiting role for a period of up to 10 months, or an academic year, to join our Department as a teacher and researcher. Our visiting professor would be expected to coordinate one course at Undergraduate or Postgraduate level and contribute to others. In collaboration with the Power Institute Director, Professor Mark Ledbury, and colleagues in the Department, our visiting professor would organize a symposium, workshop or other event during their stay that would bring experts in both North American and Australian Indigenous Art into dialogue. The successful candidate would also be allocated funds for travel and research across Australia and we would facilitate and subsidise housing in Sydney for the length of the professorship.

This is a unique opportunity not only to teach the long and complex history of North American First Nations art and culture in Australia but to forge links with researchers and students from the region and create meaningful networks and projects to further the study of First Nations Art Worldwide.

About us

Since our inception 160 years ago, the University of Sydney has led to improve the world around us. We believe in education for all and that effective leadership makes lives better. These same values are reflected in our approach to diversity and inclusion, and underpin our long-term strategy for growth. We’re Australia's first university and have an outstanding global reputation for academic and research excellence. Across our campuses, we employ over 7600 academic and non-academic staff who support over 60,000 students.

We are undergoing significant transformative change which brings opportunity for innovation, progressive thinking, breaking with convention, challenging the status quo, and improving the world around us.

Term and remuneration

The position is a fixed term appointment for a period of 10 months, or an academic year. The successful candidate will be offered an attractive remuneration package and hold the title of Professor.

How to apply

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  For more information on the position and how to apply, visit sydney.edu.au/recruitment and search by the reference number 2346/1118F.

Closing date: 11.30pm (AEDT), Sunday 17 February 2019

The University of Sydney is committed to diversity and social inclusion. Applications from people of culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds; equity target groups including women, people with disabilities, people who identify as LGBTIQ; and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, are encouraged.

The University reserves the right not to proceed with any appointment.

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