October 28, 2015

Open faculty positions

USC Roski School of Art and Design
Roski open studios, December 2014. Photo: David Sprague.

Full-time, tenured position in Studio Art: associate professor or professor level
Complete description here. Application deadline: January 4, 2016.

USC Roski invites nominations and applications for one or more full-time tenured faculty positions in Studio Art. We are seeking artist-educators with careers of national or international impact. Artists working in any media may apply, but preference will be given to candidates whose practices are grounded in painting, drawing or sculpture, and who have experience teaching in these areas.

Qualified candidates will hold a Master of Fine Arts or a terminal degree in a related field; will have demonstrated success in teaching at the college or university level, in particular at peer institutions; and will be able to show an extensive record of exhibiting work in premiere venues both nationally and internationally, as well as related high-level activities in the field. The ideal candidate(s) will have an established national or international reputation as an artist and a strong desire to work in a community of diverse and world-class artists, scholars, and curators at the Roski School and across USC.


Full-time, tenure-track position in Critical Studies: assistant professor level
Complete description here. Application deadline: January 4, 2016.

USC Roski invites nominations and applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Critical Studies. The ideal candidate will hold a PhD in Art History, Visual Culture Studies, Performance Studies, or a related field, with at least two years teaching experience at the college/university level and a strong, emerging scholarly profile as evidenced by a growing track record of peer-reviewed publications, invited presentations, and more. Candidates with curatorial experience and/or some knowledge of curatorial studies preferred.

We are particularly interested in candidates with a deep understanding of the intellectual history of theories of art, visual culture, and/or related fields such as architecture and design; a strong awareness of contemporary debates in the visual arts (broadly construed to include all art practices including photographic media, performance, painting, installation, sculpture, etc.); and an attention to global trends in art exhibitions, practices, and debates about art, aesthetics, exhibition practices, and the relationships between these and the public sphere.


The Roski School is at the forefront of art pedagogy, with evolving programs in which teachers rethink the interface between art and its publics from a making and interpretive or curatorial point of view. Roski professors work in a range of media—from photography to printmaking and ceramics, from painting, sculpture, and drawing to digital media, installation, performance, and 3­D design—as well as in a broad curriculum of critical studies in art history and theory, and curatorial practice. Our faculty ask not only what art means and what it is for; they continually explore links among art, aesthetics, and politics, viewing art in relation to other modes of creative engagement and innovation. Accordingly, candidates must be interested in challenging existing ideas and in developing new models for studio or scholarly practice and education on the undergraduate and graduate levels, reflecting a deep understanding of current modes of contemporary art and design practices and global perspectives.

Ranked #8 nationally in Multimedia/Visual Communication, USC Roski offers BFA and BA undergraduate degrees in Art and Design, and is the home of the USC Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy for Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation. Roski graduate programs include the MFA, the MA in Curatorial Practices and the Public Sphere, and a joint Master of Arts/Master of Planning degree with the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Our programs are constructed with powerful areas of overlap, offering students a unique ability to explore broader definitions of making, curating, research and teaching.

USC is an equal-opportunity educator and employer, proudly pluralistic and firmly committed to providing equal opportunity for outstanding persons of every race, gender, creed and background. The University particularly encourages women, members of underrepresented groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply. USC will make reasonable accommodations for qualified individuals with known disabilities unless doing so would result in an undue hardship. Further information is available by contacting [email protected].

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