The Program of Art and Visual Culture Education (AVCE), School of Art, University of Arizona invites candidates for a full-time tenure-eligible Assistant Professor position beginning in August 2019. We seek candidates who have strengths in school-based art education and an ability to contribute to the Program’s areas of study in art teacher education, and community and museum education. The ideal candidate’s research and teaching will support the Program’s mission of promoting understanding of social justice, multiculturalism, and globalization issues in AVCE theory, research methods, and pedagogy. Considering the University’s recent designation as a Hispanic Serving Institution and increasingly diverse student population, it is expected that the successful candidate will effectively demonstrate an ability to contribute to a culturally responsive and inclusive learning environment for our students through teaching, mentorship, and recruitment. The candidate must hold a PhD by the time of appointment.

The Program of Art and Visual Culture Education, housed within the School of Art, is nationally recognized, with high expectations for research, innovative teaching, and contributions to service. The Program is host to the largest graduate student population in the School, with approximately 30 students, many of whom are international, pursuing MA and PhD degrees. The Art and Visual Culture Education track of the Art History and Education doctoral program encourages interdisciplinary themes built around art and visual culture education. It is the only Art Education PhD program west of Texas. Support for MA and PhD students is offered through Teaching Assistant positions in introductory level courses, through museum assistantships, tuition scholarships, and various scholarship and fellowship programs. Undergraduate students pursue a BFA in one of two options, Teaching Certification or Community and Museums. Faculty members work together with music educators on cross-disciplinary arts education. There is an active student chapter of the NAEA and graduate students host the annual Emerging Conversations Symposium.

The School of Art, part of the College of Fine Arts, is comprised of the Programs of Art and Visual Culture Education, Art History, Photography, 2D, 3D & Extended Media, Illustration & Design, and First Year Experience. With 35 full-time faculty and 14 staff and academic professionals, the School of Art serves approximately 500 undergraduate Art majors and 90 graduate students, and offers BA, BFA, MFA, MA and PhD degrees. A Museum Studies Graduate Certificate is offered through Art History and available to any graduate student. The School houses the Corleone Book Arts and Letterpress Lab, and maintains three galleries and strong ties with the University of Arizona Museum of Art and the Center for Creative Photography, as well as other art museums in Tucson. The Visiting Artists and Speakers (VASE) program hosts artists and scholars to speak on contemporary topics related to contemporary art, art history, and art and visual culture education.

The University of Arizona is a Research-1, land grant institution ranked by the National Science Foundation as 38th in research and development expenditures among more than 1000 public and private universities and colleges in the US. The UA ranks number 52 in the world and 34 nationally according to the Center for University World Rankings. The UA is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars and has the second largest Peace Corps Coverdell Fellows program in the nation. Interdisciplinary and innovative work is valued and supported by the Confluencenter for Creative Inquiry.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, and vision insurance plans; life insurance and disability programs; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; state and optional retirement plans; access to UA recreation and cultural
activities; and more!

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Duties & Responsibilities

  • Teach in the BFA, MA, and PhD for the Art and Visual Culture Education programs and in
    university general education, advise and mentor students, and supervise graduate theses.
  • Actively publish and present research related to art education in PK-12 schools.
  • Develop a national reputation needed for progress toward promotion and tenure.
  • Undertake service responsibilities within the AVCE Program, School of Art, College of Fine Arts, and University, as well as contribute service to national, state, museum, and/or community level art education associations.
  • Work jointly across disciplines within the School of Art, the College of Fine Arts, and/or cultural institutions on campus
  • Serve as a team member in developing and sustaining the Program’s goals and initiatives.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

  • Ability to teach courses in justice-oriented undergraduate pre-service art teacher education
  • Ability to teach graduate courses in Art and Visual Culture Education
  • Demonstrated ability to contribute to a culturally responsive and inclusive learning environment for our students through teaching, mentorship, and recruitment.
  • Knowledge of current research, theory, and practice in the field of art and visual culture education
  • An understanding of contemporary issues in art and visual culture education in PK-12 schools

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in Art Education or a related area by the time of Appointment
  • Interest in building partnerships with local schools
  • Interest in contributing to the general education curriculum and/or online platforms for instructional delivery
  • Evidence of potential to develop a research program relevant to PK-12 art teacher development

Preferred Qualifications

  • Two years’ prior experience either teaching at the university level or PK-12 schools
  • Demonstrated interest and expertise in working with PK-12 school and university-school partnerships
  • Theoretical preparation in contemporary art and visual culture education
  • Secondary interest in arts-based research, material processes, and/or creative practices.