Assistant Professor- Visual Art, Painting-Drawing

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Faculty - Assistant Professor - Visual Arts - IRC35323
Institution: Texas Woman's University
Location:Denton, TX
Category:Faculty - Fine and Applied Arts - Art
Posted:04/06/2021
Application Due: Open Until Filled
Type: Full-Time
Faculty Search Spring 2021
Position: Assistant Professor of Art: Painting & Drawing

The Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman's University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art: Painting & Drawing, beginning in Fall 2021.
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Qualifications: A terminal degree (MFA) with an emphasis in Painting or a related field completed by the time of hire is required. This position requires the ability to teach and develop curriculum for a range of courses in painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, etc.), drawing, and related media, including courses at the undergraduate level (BFA) foundational through advanced, and also at the graduate (MFA) level, to be delivered face-to-face, in hybrid format, or fully online. A minimum of 3 years of teaching experience (as instructor of record) at the college level is preferred. Candidates should have experience working with diverse student populations in ways that address their learning needs and which consider the politics of representation.

Additional/Preferred Qualifications:
● Skills in printmaking, paper making, and bookmaking
● Expertise in software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Procreate
● Digital Fabrication
● Community/Social Practice and Relational practice

Job Requirements: This position will entail teaching 9 credit hours per academic semester (Fall and Spring), which is equivalent to 3 courses per academic semester. We seek a collaborative colleague who will reinvigorate, expand, and build upon the current curriculum within our BFA in Art program (which includes a Painting and Drawing sub-track within the Studio Art track); and enrich our interdisciplinary MFA in concert with faculty in other media areas.

An ideal candidate will demonstrate proficiency in traditional painting methodologies as well as innovative practices, including handmade as well as digital processes. They must be well-versed in history, theory, and contemporary issues in order to create a solid foundation for inquiry, experimentation, and informed expression. They must promote an expanded approach to drawing and painting, allowing strategies beyond traditional mark-making. Teaching responsibilities will also sometimes include courses rotated among the faculty, such as Graduate Critique Seminar, Professional Practices, MFA and BFA Exhibition, etc.

Faculty must maintain an active and independent research practice resulting in a proven exhibition, publication, and presentation record. The faculty member's creative and research activity should make a significant contribution to the discipline’s body of new knowledge, reflecting high standards of quality; and must regularly share the results of that activity in
respected national and international venues and formats.

All faculty are expected to serve the Department’s goals and teach in a way that supports interdisciplinary approaches, hybrid formats, conceptual rigor, and collaboration. We seek a colleague invested in growing as an educator, who will join us in building accessible, diverse, and inclusive curricula, developing a classroom culture which reflects our values and mission.
The colleague will demonstrate a commitment to thoughtful engagement with the diverse TWU student population. We prefer an individual who has an active awareness of and engages with social justice issues in their artistic and teaching practice.

Participation in committee service and activities are required at the department, college and university level, as well as within their professional community. Our ideal candidate fosters connections, collaborations, and creates community at multiple levels internally and externally.

Service activity will include but not be limited to graduate student supervision; coordination of student activities and student exhibitions; serving on School/University committees; participating in open houses, portfolio reviews, attending exhibition openings; and contributing to recruitment efforts for the Department's undergraduate and graduate programs.

Please submit the following materials as individual PDF files to facultyjobs@twu.edu (please include the job code - IRC 35323 in the subject line of the email:

● Application letter
● Curriculum vitae
● Diversity and inclusion statement
● Teaching philosophy
● 20 images of your own work
● 20 images of student work
● Unofficial graduate transcripts
● Name and contact information of three references willing to provide a letter upon request
● Sample syllabi (optional)

Preferred Deadline: May 10, 2021

About the Department: The TWU Department of Visual Arts offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees in art. Our programs have been recently revised with a more interdisciplinary approach in all degrees. The BFA in Art includes tracks in Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Art Education. The MA includes tracks in Art History and Visual Studies (with a secondary concentration in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, or Studio Art), and Art Education. These programs are designed to prepare visual artists, scholars and/or educators who are well grounded in studio art practices, history and criticism of art, and professional practices.

The Department strives to build the student's awareness of context, purpose, creative and aesthetic inquiry, critical theory and practice, historical and contemporary trends, professional responsibility and personal voice in the visual arts. Integrating studio and theoretical studies, the various programs provide a comprehensive approach to art learning, which facilitates a collaborative, cooperative, and supportive community. The faculty, staff and students are very active in their pursuits of excellence in their disciplines. Gallery showings, juried exhibitions, conference presentations, publications and positions with many well respected universities and arts organizations are some of the ways that the Department of Visual Arts continues to excel in all areas of the arts.

About the School: The School of the Arts at Texas Woman's University aims to develop an appreciation and understanding of the arts as expressions of personal and cultural experience and to prepare individuals, particularly women, for professional work in the arts. As of this Fall, the School of the Arts will include the departments of Dance, Music, Theatre, Fashion, and Visual Arts.

It is the special mission of the School of the Arts:

● To provide liberal arts-based graduate and undergraduate programs of study which balance tradition and innovation and value diverse approaches to making, performing and researching the arts.
● To provide a collaborative teaching/learning environment that encourages a diverse student population to develop meaningful interaction across the arts disciplines.
● To advance knowledge and creative research in the arts through encouraging excellence in art making, performance, research and writing by students and faculty in local, regional, national and international venues.
● To offer arts courses and experiences designed to provide all university students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and appreciate the arts.
● To enhance the cultural life of the community through exhibitions, performances, and educational programs designed to promote engagement with the arts.

About the University:  With an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students, Texas Woman's University is the nation's
largest university primarily for women. TWU offers degree programs in the liberal arts, nursing, health sciences, the sciences, business and education. Its campuses, in Denton, Dallas and Houston, are joined by an e-learning campus offering innovative online degree programs in business, education and general studies.

Texas Woman's University builds on its long tradition as a public institution primarily for women by educating a diverse community of students to lead personally and professionally fulfilling lives. TWU prepares women and men for leadership and service through high quality undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on campus and at a distance. A TWU
education ignites potential, purpose and a pioneering spirit.

EEO Statement: Texas Woman's University strives to provide an educational environment that affirms the rights and dignity of each individual, fosters diversity, and encourages a respect for the differences among persons. Discrimination or harassment of any kind is considered inappropriate. TWU is a "Tobacco Free Campus".  Texas Woman's University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran's status, genetic information or against qualified disabled persons.  Individuals may qualify for a Veteran’s Employment Preference or a Former Foster Youth
Employment Preference at Texas Woman’s University over other applicants for the same position who do not have a greater qualification. If you believe you may qualify, click here for more information and instructions on how to claim an employment preference for this position:  https://servicecenter.twu.edu/TDClient/KB/?CategoryID=6592

Application Information
Contact:Texas Woman's University
Phone: (940)898-3555
Fax:(940)898-3566
TDD:(940)898-3555
Email Address: facultyjobs@twu.edu