Department: DSGN School of Art & Design
Rank: Assistant Professor
Annual Basis: 9 Month
December 31, 2023; position open until filled
Required Application Materials
To ensure consideration, please submit application materials by December 31, 2023. Please start your application here by uploading your CV.
Proceed to SlideRoom to complete the rest of your application:
• Cover letter outlining specific interests, qualifications, and contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion*
• CV including a list of courses taught
• Artist Statement
• Teaching Philosophy
• Portfolio of 20 digital work samples of the candidate’s own work
• Portfolio of 10 examples of student work
All image samples must include name, title, size, media, and date work was completed, and in the case of student work, including the course title. Video samples should be no longer than three minutes in length and be submitted via SlideRoom along with other work samples. (Excerpts of longer time-based pieces should be noted as such in the description. Candidates may also provide a link to Vimeo or other video-sharing platforms in the description area for further consideration of samples excerpted from pieces longer than three minutes.) 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. Your cover letter should address your contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion. You might address the following:
• Understanding of inequities in academia and the field of art faced by historically underrepresented or disadvantaged groups
• Evidence of initiatives, mentoring, or teaching that aim to reduce barriers for underrepresented or disadvantaged groups
• Evidence 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
The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution and seeks candidates with demonstrated potential to contribute to the achievement of this goal. The Department of Art seeks to further this commitment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
The Department of Art at the University of Oregon is accepting applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Painting and Drawing at the rank of Assistant Professor with a start date of September 16, 2024. The position is a full-time, nine-month academic year appointment.
Primary teaching responsibilities will be focused in the Painting and Drawing area, with additional interdisciplinary opportunities, including graduate seminars, advanced studios, and experimental courses. The University of Oregon operates on a system of three 10-week quarters with a typical load of five courses per year. Additionally, all faculty participate in graduate studio mentorship. Service responsibilities include committee contributions, advising, and participation in shared governance. In addition to teaching and service responsibilities, the successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to a sustained and developing creative practice, with an active and ongoing exhibition and professional record. All faculty in the Department of Art report to the Department Head.
The Department of Art seeks an artist whose practice is rooted in the language of painting and drawing, which may include experimental and hybrid approaches relevant to contemporary practice and the future of the field. The ideal candidate has a practice that complements the existing Painting and Drawing faculty, contributing distinct approaches and concerns. Our priority is for a colleague who expands the department’s critical perspectives and conceptual territory and is fluent in contemporary socio-political, cultural, and aesthetic issues.
Department or Program Summary
The Department of Art is one of two departments, along with Product Design, in the School of Art + Design within the College of Design; which also includes the School of Architecture & Environment, the School of Planning, Public Policy and Management, and the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. With more than 500 undergraduates and 24 graduate students, the Department of Art offers BA/BS, BFA, and MFA degrees; the curriculum encompasses ceramics, art & technology, fibers, jewelry and metals, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, and sculpture. The Department includes 18 tenure-track faculty and 12 Career Instructors. The UO art and design degrees are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
The Painting and Drawing area is one of eight media areas in the Department of Art. The area currently includes two tenure-related faculty and teaching contributions by non-tenure track faculty and graduate students. Faculty share responsibility for the development and teaching of all levels of the curriculum, from introductory to advanced coursework in both drawing and painting. The area emphasizes the wide range of possibilities within painting and drawing, exploring and integrating material practices, visual language, conceptual frameworks, and critical perspectives.
The Painting and Drawing area includes two large studios for drawing and painting classes, accessible by students 24/7. Students also have access to a wide range of tools across our interdisciplinary department, enabling them to experiment both materially and formally. BFA students in their final year are assigned studio space to support the development of their work.
The University of Oregon supports the Department of Art faculty by providing private dedicated studio spaces 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.
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 in 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.
• MFA or another graduate degree and equivalent work experience.
• Ability to work effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.
• Strong and active exhibition and professional record in the field.
• Three years college teaching experience beyond graduate school.
• A creative practice that expands the department’s critical perspectives and conceptual territory.
• Record of innovative and effective pedagogy.
About the University
The University of Oregon is the flagship institution of higher learning in Oregon and enrolls more than 20,000 undergraduate and 3,600 graduate students. The UO’s 295-acre campus features state-of-the art facilities in an arboretum-like setting within the traditional homelands of the Kalapuya people. The UO is located in Eugene, a vibrant city of 168,000 within easy driving distance of the Pacific Coast, the Cascade Mountains, and Portland.
The University of Oregon is committed to creating a more inclusive and diverse institution. The Department of Art seeks to further this commitment and encourages applications from underrepresented groups.
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 http://hr.uoregon.edu/careers/about-benefits.
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