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Assistant or Associate Professor, 2-D

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Please see Special Instructions for more details.

Applications received by January 18th will receive priority, but the position will remain open until filled.

General application materials will be submitted through the University of Arizona Human Resources Website.

Be prepared to electronically attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, artists statement, teaching philosophy, a syllabi for a course you have taught, two course projects you have designed (to be uploaded along with your course syllabi in the 'Sample Syllabus' slot) and a reference list that includes contact information for three people (phone, e-mail, and address). Letters of reference will be required for semi-finalists. Portfolios are handled separately (see below).

Portfolio Submission: In addition to the above, you will need to separately provide (via the instructions below) personal and student work samples. Submit a singular PDF or a singular PowerPoint containing all of the images.

Your portfolio should only contain: - 20 images of personal artwork labeled with the title, date, media, and dimensions. - 20 images of student artwork labeled with the title of the projects, the class it was created for, date, media and dimensions (note: evidence of representational and non-objective student work is very helpful).

If artwork has a time-based element, you may include a link to a Vimeo or YouTube video within the PDF or PowerPoint. Do not embed videos in the PowerPoint. Keep video samples to a reasonable duration. The committee will sample a maximum length of 3 minutes.

The singular portfolio file should be named following the conventions listed below and emailed to art2dsearch@cfa.arizona.edu

Important notice: this e-mail is digitally processed and nothing in the body of the email will be received. To ensure that it is received by the committee and processed correctly, the attachment must be named using the following convention:

LastName_FirstName_DocumentTitle.file-extension.

For example: Smith_Jane_Portfolio.pdf

Position Details

Position Information

Title Assistant or Associate Professor, 2-D
Department School of Art (3504)
Medical Sub-Speciality
Location Main Campus
Position Summary

The University of Arizona School of Art is seeking a full-time Assistant or Associate Professor (tenure-eligible) to join the Painting and Drawing area of the 2-D division beginning August 2018. The ideal candidate will demonstrate an active studio practice with an emphasis in painting, and should be well-versed in contemporary and historical issues in painting and drawing.

While the 2-D division provides a solid foundation in painting, drawing, and printmaking, significant emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary approaches to studio art. Our students are encouraged to experiment with a wide range of techniques, materials, and ideas, both traditional and experimental. The successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate courses in painting and drawing; however, we encourage applicants whose work blurs the lines between traditional 2-D media and expanded interpretations of the 2-D fields offered within the School of Art. The ideal applicant will play an essential role in contributing to the evolving vision and future trajectory of the 2-D division.

With an increasingly diverse student population, applicants are expected to contribute to an inclusive learning environment for our students through recruitment and mentorship. The 2-D Division in the University of Arizona’s Scool of Art supports Inclusive Excellence, the university’s diversity strategic initiative designed to engage the entire university in implementing and practicing diversity and inclusiveness. The candidate is expected to support the diversity and inclusiveness efforts of the division.

For more information about the School of Art go to:
http://art.arizona.edu/about-us

About the University:
The University of Arizona is a Research-1, land grant institution.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

- Maintain an active studio practice and exhibition record, working towards a national reputation in pursuit of promotion and tenure
- Teach two 3-credit courses per semester
- Develop curriculum within the 2-D Division
- Contribute to service at the division, school, college, university and professional levels
- Participation in school and faculty governance and activities, student advisement, recruitment and outreach
- Serve on review and thesis committees for graduate students
- Mentor graduate students
- Mentor and supervise graduate teaching assistants and technicians

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

- Proficiency in oil and water based media
- Ability to teach various drawing courses (figurative, observational and abstraction)
- Capacity to emphasize interdisciplinary approaches taught within the 2-D curriculum

Minimum Qualifications

- MFA in studio art
- 2 years of university-level teaching experience (including graduate teaching assistantships)
- Evidence of an active studio practice with an emphasis in painting

Preferred Qualifications

- Ability to teach and mentor students working in expanded or interdisciplinary approaches to 2-D media
- Experience mentoring/supervising graduate teaching assistants
- Experience in fees management and facilities oversight
- Skills in communicating with an ethnically and culturally diverse student population
- Meaningful integration of studio practices, teaching, and research
- Knowledge of contemporary theory and art history
- Experience teaching painting and drawing
- Teaching experience beyond graduate teaching assistantships

Rank To be determined.
Tenure Information Tenure-Eligible (TE)
FLSA Exempt
FTE 1.0
Full Time/Part Time Full Time
Number of Hours Worked per Week 40
Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits
Posted Rate of Pay Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications
Job Category Faculty
Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

Posting Detail Information

Posting Number F21227
Number of Vacancies One
Desired Start Date 08/13/2018
Position End Date (if temporary)
Limited to Current UA Employees No
Contact Information for Candidates

If you have any questions about applying for this position, please contact Maria Sanchez at mariasanchez@email.arizona.edu, or (520) 621-7000.

Open Date 12/11/2017
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Review Begins On 01/18/2018
Special Instructions Summary

Applications received by January 18th will receive priority, but the position will remain open until filled.


General application materials will be submitted through the University of Arizona Human Resources Website.


Be prepared to electronically attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, artists statement, teaching philosophy, a syllabi for a course you have taught, two course projects you have designed (to be uploaded along with your course syllabi in the ‘Sample Syllabus’ slot) and a reference list that includes contact information for three people (phone, e-mail, and address). Letters of reference will be required for semi-finalists. Portfolios are handled separately (see below).


Portfolio Submission:
In addition to the above, you will need to separately provide (via the instructions below) personal and student work samples. Submit a singular PDF or a singular PowerPoint containing all of the images.


Your portfolio should only contain:
- 20 images of personal artwork labeled with the title, date, media, and dimensions.
- 20 images of student artwork labeled with the title of the projects, the class it was created for, date, media and dimensions (note: evidence of representational and non-objective student work is very helpful).


If artwork has a time-based element, you may include a link to a Vimeo or YouTube video within the PDF or PowerPoint. Do not embed videos in the PowerPoint. Keep video samples to a reasonable duration. The committee will sample a maximum length of 3 minutes.


The singular portfolio file should be named following the conventions listed below and emailed to art2dsearch@cfa.arizona.edu


Important notice: this e-mail is digitally processed and nothing in the body of the email will be received. To ensure that it is received by the committee and processed correctly, the attachment must be named using the following convention:


LastName_FirstName_DocumentTitle.file-extension.


For example: Smith_Jane_Portfolio.pdf

Diversity Statement

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff, and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

Quick Link for Internal Postings http://uacareers.com/postings/23585

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. * Where did you first learn about this position?
    • Arizona Daily Star
    • Arizona Republic
    • ArizonaDiversity.com
    • Careerbuilder.com
    • Chronicle of Higher Education
    • Department of Economic Security (DES)
    • Diverse Issues in Higher Education
    • HigherEdsJobs.com
    • Hispanic Outlook in Higher Education
    • Indeed.com
    • InsideHigherEd.com
    • Jobing.Com
    • LinkedIn
    • Local Job Banks
    • Pima County One-Stop
    • Professional Conference
    • Professional journal/publication
    • Referred by UA Employee
    • Invited by Dept to Apply
    • UA Website
    • Other
  2. * Do you have an MFA in studio art?
    • Yes
    • No

Documents Needed to Apply

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  4. Reference/Referee Contact Information
  5. Sample Syllabus
  6. Artists Statement
Optional Documents