October 22, 2019

Assistant Professor of Painting + Drawing

Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts

Photo: Noah Simblist. 

The VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking seeks a colleague for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor (Position F10290). The ideal candidate will be an artist, dynamic teacher, and broad thinker who is deeply connected to the practices and discourses of contemporary painting and drawing. We are seeking someone who wants to thoughtfully contribute to the progressive spirit of an established fine arts program. The successful candidate will be well versed in contemporary issues in painting and drawing and will offer students a framework through which these discourses and practices can be addressed. The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical projects and coursework that supports an inclusive, diverse, and accessible experience for all students. Additional interdisciplinary opportunities are available for an engaged colleague.

VCUarts in Richmond, Virginia offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in design, fine and performing arts, art history, and art education. Students leave VCUarts with the practical, professional and personal skills needed to make a life in the arts. VCUarts’ programs emphasize both doing and knowing and encourage students to take advantage of the many academic and intellectual opportunities that come with being part of a research university.

As the #1 ranked public university arts and design graduate school in the country by US News and World Report, VCUarts is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in an inclusive environment and strongly encourages applications from all racial, ethnic, gender, and social identities. The school includes more than 3,000 students, and has become known as a pillar of artistic creation and expression. Its emerging artists explore their potential and strive for high standards set by faculty members acknowledged for their inspiration and achievement.

Major responsibilities
This position is a 9-month tenure-eligible faculty position in the Department of Painting + Printmaking, with an academic rank of Assistant Professor. Candidates should be able to teach painting and drawing at multiple levels, and will be expected to develop curriculum and engage in interdisciplinary avenues of collaboration.

Candidates should demonstrate a practice, and also a teaching methodology, that addresses painting in the expanded field, overlapping with other media such as sculpture, installation, lens-based practices, digital technologies, design, or craft and material studies. Candidates should be equally fluent in contemporary painting discourse and multiple forms of studio practice. Candidates should be able to balance the conceptual, aesthetic and technical potential of the discipline, including the politics of representation.

–MFA or equivalent professional experience and/or training that equates to an MFA.
​–Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
​–An established research agenda, an active artistic practice, a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
​–Significant reputation in the field.
​–Demonstrated effectiveness in studio critique and teaching beyond graduate school.

​–Significant evidence of active engagement with contemporary art discourse.
​–Ability to attract high-caliber graduate students.
​–Record of community-engagement or social justice work.

Application instructions
To apply, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs. Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.

The following documents should be included:

​–A Letter of interest
​–Current CV
​–Three current references
​–Portfolio of work: visual documentation conceptualizing research (20–30) and teaching, including examples of student work (20)

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