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University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
30 days ago
University of Kansas
Lawrence, KS, United States
30+ days ago
University of Kansas
Lawrence, Kansas, United States
30 days ago


Position Overview

The Department of Visual Art at the University of Kansas is seeking a tenure-track assistant professor of visual art specializing in painting, textiles, and/or sculpture, whose creative practice relates with the ideas of intersectionality of communities of color, gender, and/or sexuality. As a Research One Institution the University of Kansas and the Department of Visual Art believe in the inextricable tie between diversity and excellence. We seek a colleague to participate in our aim to decolonize our pedagogy, seek innovations made possible through diversity of thought, and strengthen a culture of rigorous inquiry and creative research generated by faculty and students, both graduate and undergraduate.  
We invite candidates whose studio practice is materially-based in one or more of the areas of painting, sculpture, and/or textiles/fiber.  We are seeking artists whose practice balances a facility with traditional processes and innovative, contemporary approaches.  These could include evolving technologies, social practice, and/or recontextualizing material practices historically excluded from the canon. Applicants should demonstrate a keen conceptual understanding of their practice and its location in the complex shifting weave of historical and contemporary art.   
The successful candidate will be expected to address the curriculum needs within one of the three areas of study, develop new courses that invigorate our program and prepare our students to shape the future of contemporary practices. The Textiles/Fibers area consists of textiles printing and dyeing, weaving, and 3D construction. Painting offers expansive classrooms and studios that support an array of approaches to painting and drawing. The Sculpture facilities include wood and metal fabrication shops, mold-making and casting areas, a foundry, as well as a robust digital fabrication lab.   
The successful candidate will demonstrate the ability and eagerness to work with our MFA students. Our MFA program is nationally recognized with our graduates establishing successful studio practices, teaching positions, and arts industry careers. We expect each faculty member to be an exemplar, insightful mentor, and guide for their post-graduate future.   
As the flagship research institution in state, our students come from diverse regional, national and international communities. As a department and University, diversity, equity inclusion and belonging are an important part of our culture and university strategic plan, Jayhawks Rising.  Applications from underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply noting the value that differences bring to our organization, students, staff, faculty and community.  The successful candidate must be eligible to work in the U.S. by the effective date of the appointment. 
The University of Kansas is located in Lawrence, Kansas. Located in the eastern part of the state, Lawrence has a thriving downtown brimming with local business, restaurants, an independent music scene and thriving arts culture including the Spencer Museum of Art, Lawrence Art Center and the Warehouse Arts District. It is also home to Haskell Indian Nations University which has close ties with the Visual Art Department and the university. Forty minutes east is the Kansas City metro area. Kansas City has a thriving artist community, with galleries, museums (The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, The Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art, Kansas City Art Institute and The Nelson Atkins Museum) and excellent non-profit arts organizations such as The Charlotte Street Foundation and Studios Inc. Kansas City is home to the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum and American Jazz Museum located in the nationally famous 18th and Vine District.   Job Description

40% RESEARCH: Develop and maintain an active research program that is advanced in concept and technical execution, exhibit work at increasingly national and international venues. Other recognitions for research that are appropriate for media-specific creative research methodologies. These may include competitive research grants, awards, residencies, film screenings, published writing, etc.
40% TEACHING: Teach two courses per semester and work with an average of four independent study students per semester.  Teaching will be provided at all levels, from freshmen to graduate courses and thesis committees. Faculty members prepare for and attend all class meetings, hold regular office hours for students enrolled in classes taught, participate in academic advising at undergraduate and graduate levels, and participate in all facets of graduate and undergraduate education at KU.  
20% SERVICE: Serve on departmental, School of the Arts, college and/or university committees and actively contribute to the workings of the university community. Participate in professional service, to the department, region and nation.  
COLLEGIALITY – All faculty are expected to act in a manner that promotes collegial relationships and shows respect toward students, staff, and colleagues. Faculty members are expected to meet satisfactory standards of performance in all three areas of responsibility and to carry out those responsibilities in accordance with the Faculty Code of Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. Required Qualifications

Evaluation of the following requirements will be made through (1) A letter of application (2) A C.V. showing a record of accomplishments and productivity congruent with an appointment to tenure-track position; (3) 20 digital images; (4) An artist statement; (5) teaching statement addressing the evidence of being, or an ambition to become, an excellent educator; (6) three names of references from professionals in the field; 
1.     MFA or terminal degree in a related field, such as a Master of Arts (MA), Master of Art and Design (MAD), Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), Doctor of Fine Arts (DFA), Doctor of Visual Arts (DVA), Doctor of Studio Art (DA), or other doctoral degrees that incorporate visual art practice as a central course of study. 

2.     Demonstrated ability to undertake and maintain a record of studio research.  
3.     Knowledge of the artistic practice, related pedagogy and facility management for one or more of the following fields: painting/drawing, sculpture, and/or textiles/fibers 

4.     Evidence of the willingness to work across disciplines and provide insightful and critical insight across the six areas of study that comprise the Department of Visual Art (ceramics, expanded media, fibers, jewelry/metalsmithing, painting, printmaking and sculpture). Additional Candidate Instruction

For more information and to apply online go to A complete online application will contain the following materials: 
1.     Letter of application 
2.     CV 
3.     An artist’s statement 
4.     A teaching statement 
5.     Contact Information, including an email address, for three references. 

Applicants must also submit the following items.  Please visit “SlideRoom" at to upload the following items to complete your application process.
1.     Provide 20 images, videos, or audio files of artwork. Images (up to 5MB each), Video (up to 250MB each, three-minute max), Audio (up to 30MB each, three-minute max), PDFs (up to 10MB each) and Models (Sketchfab). You may also link to media from YouTube, Vimeo and SoundCloud  
2.     Enter the required information for title, media, year, etc. as prompted. 

In addition to the materials above, learning about each applicant's contribution and engagement in areas of diversity is an important part of KU's mission. As a result, applicants will be presented the following question at the time of application. The response must be within 4,000 characters or less.
  • Describe your experiences working with people from diverse backgrounds and explain how those experiences reflect your commitments to diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging.
Initial review of applications will begin January 15, 2022 and will continue until filled.

Job Information

  • Job ID: 60564644
  • Location:
    Lawrence, Kansas, United States
  • Position Title: Assistant Professor
  • Company Name: University of Kansas
  • Job Function: Academic Faculty,
    Business and Law Faculty,
    Mathematics and Statistics,
    Medical Faculty,
    Science and Technology
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