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Lecturer / Senior Lecturer in Critical and Theoretical Studies in Art

Job no: 0055683
Location: Southbank
Role type:
Full time; Continuing
Faculty: Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
Victorian College of the Arts
Level B - $107,547 - $127,707 p.a. plus 17% super
            Level C - $131,739 - $151,900 p.a. plus 17% super

Only Indigenous Australians are eligible to apply as this position is exempt under the Special Measure Provision, Section 12 (1) of the Equal Opportunity Act 2011 (Vic).

Founded in 1853, the University of Melbourne is Australia’s #1 university and is consistently ranked amongst the leading universities in the world. We are proud of our people, our commitment to research and teaching excellence, and our global engagement.

About The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music
The Faculty of Fine Arts and Music at the University of Melbourne is home to the Victorian College of the Arts and the Melbourne Conservatorium of Music. Long recognised as one of the leading providers of fine arts and music education in Australia, the Faculty has an ambitious plan to grow its global profile.  

About the Role
An exciting opportunity exists for an experienced academic to join the dynamic, forward-looking team at VCA Art. Primarily working in the field of Critical and Theoretical Studies, you will make contributions to the teaching effort of the University while developing and enhancing the artistic and academic research programs within Art. Join a stream that seeks to meaningfully connect abstractions of theory and art history with processes of reflective thinking through making in our complementary immersive studio-based programs!

In a typical week at work, you may:

  • Successfully prepare and deliver lectures and seminars at undergraduate and postgraduate levels and develop course materials
  • Undertake subject coordination as well as associated administration, including student consultation and assessment
  • Conduct research and be actively involved in professional activity, maximising opportunities for multidisciplinary collaboration
  • Supervising honours or graduate research projects as required

About You
Your experience in teaching, scholarship and research will ensure your success in working within a team to shape and build the teaching, learning and research within the Critical and Theoretical Studies stream. You are a demonstrated contributor to scholarship addressing critical issues and aesthetics in relation to Australian First Nations’ art and epistemologies and demonstrate significant experience in an Art School context. Your outstanding communication and interpersonal skills allow you to coordinate teaching and learning activities effectively and provide supervisory excellence to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Ideally, you will further have:

  • PhD in the field of art, art criticism or art history, with relevance to issues in contemporary art and/or culture and critical methodology
  • A demonstrated connection to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities.
  • Experience in undergraduate curriculum development, academic program coordination and the ability to supervise Research Higher Degree candidates
  • Significant activity with professional engagement and outreach in the discipline, as well as an understanding of current critical debates and practices

At Level C

  • Evidence of a major national or international reputation in contemporary art, culture and critical methodology
  • Demonstrated experience in supervising RHD candidates
  • Evidence of relevant contributions to community-building and engagement activities
  • Evidence of membership or chairing committees, leading curriculum development projects and formalised engagement with external partners

To ensure the University continues to provide a safe environment for everyone, this position requires the incumbent to hold a current and valid Working with Children Check.

Benefits of Working with Us
In addition to having the opportunity to grow and be challenged, and to be part of a vibrant campus life, our people enjoy a range of rewarding benefits:

  • Flexible working arrangements and generous personal, parental and cultural leave
  • Competitive remuneration, 17% super, salary packaging and leave loading
  • Free and subsidised health and wellbeing services, and access to fitness and cultural clubs
  • Discounts on a wide range of products and services including Myki cards and Qantas Club
  • Career development opportunities and 25% off graduate courses for staff and their immediate families

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Be Yourself
At UoM, we value the unique backgrounds, experiences and contributions that each person brings to our community, and we encourage and celebrate diversity. Indigenous Australians, those identifying as LGBTQIA+, females, people of all ages with disabilities and culturally diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply for our roles. Our aim is to create a workforce that reflects the community in which we live.

Join Us!
If you feel this role is right for you, please submit your application including a brief cover letter, your resume and your responses against the selection criteria^ (found in the Position Description) for the role.

^For information to help you with compiling short statements to answer the selection criteria and competencies, please go to

Should you require any reasonable adjustments with the recruitment process, please contact the Talent Acquisition team at

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