Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer in Visual Arts

Sydney, Australia
29 Sep 2017
End of advertisement period
18 Oct 2017
Contract Type

School of Literature, Arts and Media
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

  • Join an organisation that encourages progressive thinking
  • Be valued for your exceptional knowledge and experience inpainting, screen arts or photomedia
  • 5 Full –time and/or Part-time continuing appointments at Levels B, C and D,remuneration package depending on level of appointment: $120-$195K pa. which includes leave loading and up to 17% super

About the opportunity

Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) is based in the School of Literature, Art and Media (SLAM), one of the six schools of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS). The School of Literature, Art and Media is a vibrant school whose pedagogic practice, research profile and external engagements are shaped by lively synergies between traditional disciplines such as Art History, English and Linguistics and newer formations such as Media and Communication, Film and Museum Studies.  

Over its twenty-five-year history in the University, SCA has gained an enviable reputation as a leading centre for education and research in the visual arts. Its list of distinguished alumni includes some of Australia’s most significant visual artists. SCA is one important part of the University’s commitment to the visual and performing arts – which includes the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Department of Theatre and Performance Studies, Power Institute of Fine Arts, Department of Art History, and our extensive Museums and Galleries portfolio, soon to be significantly enhanced by the Chau Chak Wing Museum on the Camperdown campus.

SCA has consistently positioned itself at the forefront of concept based contemporary art teaching and practice, driven by the principle that students and research candidates conceptually and critically engage with visual art practice.  The University has recently reimagined the SCA to be comprised of broad conceptual thinkers who can offer expertise in a variety of media and can teach in conjunction with expert technical staff who represent a flexible studio model.

As an academic with an understanding of contemporary visual art (reporting to the Chair of Department and Director, SCA) you will contribute to academic teaching, research and administration within SCA. This includes the delivery of studio based and visual art education and making a strong contribution to the research strengths of the School of Literature, Arts and Media.

These positions are exciting roles for practitioners who have expertise in Painting, Photomedia or Screen Arts especially, who are able to bring a multi-disciplinary approach to the design and delivery of new curriculum, high quality visual arts research and have the desire to build and develop engagement with external stakeholders.

About you

The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values in the pursuit of research excellence. We are seeking energetic and committed individuals for Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer/Lecturer (Visual Arts) roles who possess:

  • Knowledge of historical and visual art and artists
  • Excellent team work skills
  • Expertise in at least one specialised field of visual art practice, preferably painting; screen arts orphotomedia

Required in addition to the above criteria forappointment at Level B

  • A Master of Visual Arts/Fine Arts or equivalent (PhD or equivalent desirable)
  • Active visual arts teaching experience at tertiary level with the capacity to teach across a broad range of subjects
  • Active in research/practice
  • A sustained exhibition record

Required in addition to the above criteria for appointment at Level C

  • A PhD (or equivalent) in a relevant field
  • Significant experience in related visual arts teaching at tertiary level (undergraduate, honours and postgraduate) including evidence of educational leadership
  • A strong track record in research/practicewith demonstrated engagement with art theory related research and broad aspects of visual art practice
  • Experience supervising higher degree research students

Required in addition to the above criteria for appointment at Level D

  • Evidence of academic leadership abilities
  • Success at securing internal and external grants.

Please refer to the Position Descriptions available below for a full list of key accountabilities and criteria for each academic level.

Please upload a cover letter detailing the mediums you work with and your ability to work collaboratively across disciplines, along with a detailed resume, when you complete the online application form.

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 6000 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.

For more information on the position and University, please view the candidate information pack available from the job’s listing on the University of Sydney careers website.

All applications must be submitted via the University of Sydney careers website.  Visit and search by the reference number to apply.

Closing date: 18 Oct 2017 (11.30pm Sydney Time)

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 people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent, are encouraged.

If we think your skills are needed in other areas of the University, we will be sure to contact you about other opportunities.

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

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