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Portland State University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Art Foundation/Core Studio

Portland State University, Portland , OR, United States
Deadline: 15 October 2015

Portland State University is seeking an Assistant Professor of Art Foundation/Core Studio

Courtesy of PSU School of Art + Design.

The School of Art and Design invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Art for the Core Studio program. This is a tenure-track, 1.0 FTE, nine month position, commencing fall 2016.

Together with key faculty, the successful candidate for this position will further develop and implement new course content and represent the program to internal and external constituents. Thus candidates must be able to demonstrate knowledge of current and emerging trends in first-year core/foundation art education and contemporary art practice, as well as knowledge of established and experimental approaches. The successful candidate will be committed to teaching foundation and lower-division courses; have experience developing and delivering foundation curriculum; be capable of creating a critical and inventive environment in the classroom; be actively engaged with contemporary issues in art; possess an interest in interdisciplinary practice; and be attuned to and supportive of our diverse student body.

The successful candidate will teach within the Core Studio and Art Practices areas of the School of Art + Design and play a leading role in developing and implementing the Core Studio curriculum. Preference will be given to individuals with evidence of effective curriculum development, creative achievement, strong technical skills and demonstrated teaching effectiveness.


– Teaching courses in Core Studio and Art Practices, to be determined in consultation with the Director of the School of Art and Design

– Developing a scholarly agenda consistent with School and University criteria, incorporating research, teaching, and service

– Curriculum and program development in collaboration with fellow faculty

– University and departmental service

– Student advising and community service/engagement

Minimum qualifications

– An MFA in Studio Art, Visual Studies or related disciplines, or an advanced degree in Art Education

– Minimum two years successful university-level teaching experience beyond the teaching assistantship

– A nationally established and active professional art practice

– Knowledge of current and emerging practices in first-year foundation curriculum

– Broad-based expertise in modern and contemporary issues in art and design

– Experience with program and curricular development

– Knowledge of current technologies relative to art making, instruction, and administrative tasks

– Excellent writing and communication skills

Preferred qualifications

– Demonstrated ability to assist a diverse student body with pursuing and achieving personal and professional goals

– Administrative experience within a department or school

– An interest in developing community-based, interdisciplinary courses

– Demonstrated leadership skills

– Experience in program assessment

– A willingness to engage in recruitment of underrepresented populations

To apply

The process is two-fold:

First, submit application and CV to the PSU online portal People Admin.

Second, submit the following materials to the online portal SlideRoom (SlideRoom will charge a fee of 10 USD):

– Cover letter describing your interest and prior experience in foundation curriculum and education and its relation to your professional practice

– CV

– Statement of teaching philosophy

– Full contact information for three references

– 10 examples of professional work and 15 examples of student work

Media preparation

– Images must be saved as jpg, png or gif (5MB max)

– Videos must be mov, wmv, or flv (60MB max), 640 x 480 px will ensure optimum duration

– Documents must be saved as pdf (10MB max)

– Audio must be saved as mp3 (5MB max)

Timeline and review

Review of applications begins October 15, 2015. Position is open until finalists are identified. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed. 

For further information, please contact Dr. Sue Taylor, AP Search Committee Chair, at

For a full job description, visit:

Portland State University
School of Art + Design
2000 SW 5th Ave
Portland, OR 97201


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