Visual Arts Instructor (Sculpture) - Tenure Track -Northwestern Polytechnic

Date: May 10, 2022

Deadline: May 22, 2022 - 11:45 pm

Job Title
Visual Arts Instructor (Sculpture) - Tenure Track
Career Level
Job Type
ASA-Full Time Sessional (804)

Job Description
Northwestern Polytechnic, Canada’s newest polytechnic, aspires to be the most entrepreneurial polytechnic in Canada by 2034. We are recruiting individuals who spark creativity, drive innovation, are highly engaged and are eager to embrace our core values: innovation & responsiveness. If you have an entrepreneurial spirit, one who is willing to turn risk into opportunity, Northwestern is your employer of choice. A recently aligned strategic plan identifies 1, 3, 5, and 10-year goals, tactics and actions that will ensure Canada’s newest polytechnic will be the most entrepreneurial in Canada. 
The Department
The Department of Fine Arts is progressive and open minded, dedicated to creating a safe and inclusive environment for diversity. Creativity and exploration are the cornerstones of our educational experience. Through our Music, Visual Art programs and Drama courses we focus on the success of our students as artists. As a member of the Department of Fine Arts, you will be contributing to a team of innovative and passionate individuals with a shared focus on delivering exceptional education and support for the arts.
The Role
The Department of Fine Arts is seeking a versatile Visual Arts Instructor with a specialization in Sculpture. This full-time sessional position will commence August 15, 2022 – April 30, 2023. This is a tenure track position based on favourable evaluations and budget.
The successful candidate will teach undergraduate level courses in Visual Arts, advise students, assist with recruitment events, participate in critique sessions, mentor students, serve on department and college committees, and actively contribute to and participate in the Fine Arts Department’s vibrant co-curricular programming. The teaching load for this position is three to four courses/semester, depending on the weight of each course. 
The successful candidate will teach the following core courses:

  • AR 1360 Visual Fundamentals 1
  • AR1370 Visual Fundamentals 2
  • AR 2410 Drawing 1
  • AR 2430 Drawing 3
  • AR3630 Sculpture Fall/Winter

Visual Fundamentals I and II are studio-based, foundational courses that introduce students to the core aspects of two-dimensional and three-dimensional visual structure. The elements of art and design, compositional principles of organization, spatial concepts, materials and diverse approaches to visual art are investigated through assigned projects, lectures and critiques.
What We Offer
NWP offers lifelong learning opportunities through professional development & wellness programs, a competitive salary and compensation package and a student-centered culture that is vital to our community. Consider joining Canada’s newest polytechnic, committed to be the most entrepreneurial polytechnic by 2034.
Job Requirements
Candidates must hold a Master of Fine Arts or equivalent degree, must be a working artist with a significant exhibition record, post-secondary level teaching experience and must demonstrate the ability to continue an ongoing, excellent, and dynamic art practice. We seek an applicant with a broad knowledge of contemporary art, the ability to address works across disciplines, strong leadership skills and demonstrated ability to contribute to a socially aware and inclusive environment. The appointee will be expected to continue creative and professional activities while teaching. A fully engaged presence on campus is required as well as a willingness to participate in collectively shaping the future of the Fine Arts Department.
Necessary skills and attributes to be successful in this role include:

  • The successful candidate will be well versed in, and able to work with students on conceptual development, ideation, craft and theoretical thinking consistent with the program’s curriculum;
  • Priority will be given to candidates who demonstrate an ability to teach a variety of visual arts courses at all levels. 
  • Candidates must be able to apply different instructional strategies to meet the needs of students with different learning styles;
  • Knowledge of Northwestern Polytechnic courses and current educational technologies commonly found in classrooms (e.g., videoconferencing, D2L) are desired;
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office applications such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Outlook;
  • An entrepreneurial spirit, specifically one who is willing to take a risk to create opportunities;
  • Highly qualified faculty, who seek to continuously improve instruction and meet the need of learners;
  • Willingness to work with and support the Teaching & Learner Centre;
  • Student Focused;
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills;
  • Ability to build strong relationships across the organization; and
  • A high level of integrity, professionalism and accountability.

How to Apply
Only applications received electronically will be considered.
Upon submission of CVs, please also include:

  • a cover letter;
  • reference list;
  • a copy of unofficial academic transcripts;
  • 15 student images;
  • 20 artist images;
  • proof of credential; and
  • an artist and teaching statement. 

Application are to be submitted the Northwestern Polytechnic website. If the image files are too large please email
We review all applications to select candidates whose qualifications and experience most closely meet our needs.
Only applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.
Thank you for applying to NWP!
# of Hires Needed: 1
Salary Grade: Please see our Collective Agreement (  Clauses 8.2, 8.4, 8.7)
Organizational Unit: Northwestern Polytechnic -> Dean, School of Applied Science and Technology -> Fine Arts
Appointment Date From: 8/15/2022
Appointment Date To: 4/30/2023
Grande Prairie, AB T8V 4C4 CA (Primary)

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