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Assistant Professor of Art, New Media Artist/Feminist Discourse

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Work type: Faculty - Tenure Track
Location: Eugene, OR
Categories: Arts/Theater/Museum, Instruction

Department: Department of Art
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month

Application Deadline
Review of applications will begin November 16, 2019. To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by that date. The position will remain open until filled. No incomplete applications will be reviewed.

Required Application Materials
A complete application must include a cover letter outlining specific interests, qualifications, and contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion; a CV including a list of courses taught; a list of three professional references; an artist statement; a teaching philosophy; a portfolio of 20 digital images of the candidate’s own work; a portfolio of 10 examples of student work. Application materials and portfolios should be in PDF format files. All image samples must include name, title, size, media, and date work was completed, and in the case of student work, include the course title. Reference letters and additional academic support materials (such as syllabi) may be requested at a later date.

The Department of Art Is dedicated to building a diverse community that is committed to teaching and working in an inclusive environment. Contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion might address:
• Understanding of inequities in academia and the field of art & technology faced by historically underrepresented or disadvantaged groups
• Experience with initiatives, mentoring, or teaching that aim to reduce barriers for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups
• Description of creative projects or research interests that address or incorporate issues that involve or affect diverse groups
• Examples of how you envision new activities and pedagogical projects that will support and expand an accessible, diverse, and inclusive education in art

Position Announcement
We are seeking a new media artist whose work operates at the nexus of art, technology and feminist discourses. We seek a colleague whose practice and pedagogy recognizes feminist discourses as pivotal in theorizing the development of technoculture and in addressing urgent philosophical questions of our time. Possible areas of focus include cyberfeminism, activism and social practice, networked feminism, new materialism or the feminist history of science and technology studies. The applicant should also have expertise in one or more areas: video game design, animation, participatory practices, performance-based practices, virtual and augmented reality, digital fabrication, robotics, artificial intelligence, or other emerging technologies.

We seek a colleague who is interested in contributing to an established and progressive Art & Technology program. The successful candidate will have the ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from a variety of diverse backgrounds and media areas. An MFA, or equivalent terminal degree is required. Previous college teaching experience is required.

Primary Responsibilities:
Teach in the Art & Technology program, with additional interdisciplinary opportunities, including graduate seminars, advanced studios and foundations. The University of Oregon operates on a system of three 10-week quarters with a typical load of five courses per year. Service responsibilities include committee contributions, advising, and participation in shared governance. Research and creative practice should engage leading-edge new media practices and critical cultural questions informed by intersectional feminist discourses. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to a sustained and advancing creative practice.
Entering faculty generally will not supervise student employees (undergraduate and graduate), adjunct faculty, or classified staff, but may do so once tenure is granted.

Department or Program Summary
The Art & Technology majors and faculty have access to experimental design and media production labs which include facilities for micro computing, 3D printing, motion capture, VR development, audio recording, large-format printers, presentation of immersive media and computer-controlled installations. There is a range of HD video cameras, drones, digital still cameras, projectors, and 3D scanners for checkout. Supported by the College of Design, Art & Technology students and faculty also have access to laser cutters, 4X8 CNC router, multiple woodshops, 2D + 3D printing services and computing labs. The University of Oregon supports faculty by providing a dedicated studio space and a fund for professional development. Additionally, the Pacific Northwest and the state of Oregon have a vibrant range of accessible funding, opportunities, and resources for artists.

The Art & Technology program is one of two majors in the Department of Art offering degrees at the BA, BS and BFA levels. The program currently has 5 Tenure Track and 5 Non-Tenure Track faculty and approximately 170 majors. The Art & Technology program encourages the combining of new media practice with strong technical sophistication, a rich sense of visual design, and critical creative and theoretical thinking.

Situated within a nationally recognized research institution, the Department of Art attracts students and faculty who value the study of studio art in the context of a larger intellectual and critical environment. Our curriculum reflects a diverse and fluid set of creative practices and critical methodologies. Students engage broad and interdisciplinary approaches, as well as depth within specific media area practices. A robust visiting lecture series, bringing 10-12 artists, critics and curators to campus each year, complements the curriculum. Nationally and internationally active, the faculty thrive on making connections between their individual studio practices and teaching. While we have diverse backgrounds, philosophies and approaches, we have a strong commitment to a collective mission and a shared governance model.

The Department of Art is one of the two departments within the School of Art and Design within the College of Design, which also includes Architecture, the History of Art and Architecture, Arts Administration, Product Design, Landscape Architecture, Historic Preservation, and Planning, Public Policy and Management. With more than 400 undergraduates and 30 graduate students, the Department of Art offers BA/BS, BFA and MFA degrees; the curriculum encompasses ceramics, art & technology (print media, animation, video and interactivity), fibers, jewelry and metals, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The Department includes 20 tenure-track faculty and 12 Career Instructors.

Minimum Requirements
An MFA, or equivalent terminal degree is required. Previous college teaching experience is required.

About the University
The University of Oregon is an AAU Research I institution and has over 24,000 undergraduate students and approximately 4,000 graduate students. The UO is known for its spirit of cooperation and collaboration, and for its ability to provide a variety of personal and professional opportunities that enrich the academic community. The University actively supports an institutional commitment to diversity and multiculturalism. Through this search, the Department of Art seeks to further this commitment and encourages applications from women and underrepresented groups.

The University of Oregon is located in Eugene, Oregon’s second largest city. Located 110 miles south of Portland, the Eugene metro area (pop. 216,000) is in a region noted for its dynamic quality of life and progressive cultural environment. Within only an hour’s drive are the ocean beaches, lakes, rivers, forests, high desert, and the Cascade and Coast mountain ranges.

The University of Oregon is proud to offer a robust benefits package to eligible employees, including health insurance, retirement plans and paid time off. For more information about benefits, visit

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status. The University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to applicants and employees with disabilities. To request an accommodation in connection with the application process, please contact us at or 541-346-5112.

UO prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, marital status, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression in all programs, activities and employment practices as required by Title IX, other applicable laws, and policies. Retaliation is prohibited by UO policy. Questions may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, Office of Civil Rights Compliance, or to the Office for Civil Rights. Contact information, related policies, and complaint procedures are listed on the statement of non-discrimination.

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