Art & Art History Gallery Director, Academic Programming Appointment – The University of Saskatchewan

The College of Arts & Science invites applications from qualified individuals for the position of Gallery Director, a tenure-track Academic Programming Appointment (APA) at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor in the department of Art & Art History.

This APA appointment is equivalent to a Director in the Canadian public art gallery system, with a mandate to engage the galleries in the educational mission of the university.

The successful candidate will initiate a new vision for a vibrant gallery program with an imaginative approach to cross-disciplinary programming, curation, exhibitions, and collections that will foster educational opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students across campus and with community partners. The Director will administer and integrate the activities of four galleries on campus (two College Galleries, and the Kenderdine, Gordon Snelgrove Galleries), the University Art Collection, and manage a permanent staff of four. The Director will have access to an administrative support network including fund development, financial administration, and human resources, and will compete successfully for external funding to support programing that is anchored locally but nationally and internationally engaged.

The College of Arts & Science offers a dynamic combination of programs in the humanities and fine arts, the social sciences and the sciences. There are over 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students in the College and 295 faculty, including 12 Canada Research Chairs. The College emphasizes student and faculty research, interdisciplinary programs, community outreach and international opportunities. The Department of Art and Art History offers BA, BFA and MFA degrees in studio as well as BA and Special Studies MA degrees in Art History. We have a full-time faculty of ten.

The University of Saskatchewan is situated in Treaty 6 territory and the Métis homeland and is located in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, a city with a diverse and thriving cultural and economic base, a vibrant visual arts community (Remai Modern, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, AKA and PAVED Artist-run centres, commercial galleries) and a full range of leisure opportunities. The University has a reputation for excellence in teaching, research and scholarly activities and offers a full range of undergraduate, graduate, and professional programs to a student population of over 23,000.


The successful candidate will hold a terminal degree in the field (typically an MA in Art History or Curatorial or Museum Studies, an MFA, or PhD in an appropriate field), or commensurate qualifications, with a substantial record of professional experience in gallery leadership and/or academic programming in a related field.

Previous gallery and visual arts administrative experience will be essential, including knowledge of funding agencies and opportunities, a track record of active participation in gallery leadership, the ability to facilitate connections and opportunities across the university and beyond, and demonstration of innovative approaches to curating, exhibitions, academic and public programming, and artistic and community engagement.

We seek candidates with a minimum of ten years of gallery/museum/academic experience with a history of working with Indigenous art, artists and communities; effective interpersonal and communications skills; and the ability to contribute to a collegial environment in the department.

Salary bands for this position are as follows: Assistant Professor: $93,293 to $112,109; Associate Professor: $112,109 to $130,925. Appointment will be made at the Assistant or Associate Professor rank, depending on qualifications.

This position includes a comprehensive benefits package which includes a dental, health and extended vision care plan; pension plan, life insurance (compulsory and voluntary), academic long-term disability, sick leave, travel insurance, death benefits, an employee assistance program, a professional expense allowance, and a flexible health and wellness spending program.

Interested candidates must submit by email a cover letter that includes a statement outlining your gallery and teaching experience and research interests; detailed curriculum vitae; letters from three referees; and supporting documents such as 20 images of curatorial projects, 3-5 exhibition catalogues, and a sample of writing (2-3 published articles or exhibition catalogue essays). Supporting documents should include proof of education, notarized and translated (English) copies of undergraduate and graduate degrees to:

Brent Nelson, Acting Head

Department of Art and Art History
80, 3 Campus Drive
College of Arts and Science

University of Saskatchewan

Saskatoon, SK, S7N 5A4

Telephone: (306) 966-4202


Review of applications will begin January 10, 2019; however, applications will be accepted and evaluated until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2019.

The University of Saskatchewan is strongly committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace that empowers all employees to reach their full potential. All members of the university community share a responsibility for developing and maintaining an environment in which differences are valued and inclusiveness is practiced. The university welcomes applications from those who will contribute to the diversity of our community. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be given priority.

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