Assistant Professor of Art Education

Virginia, United States
Salary Not Specified
Feb 03, 2021
Employment Type
Full Time

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Position Number F18130 Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty Rank Assistant Professor Working Title Assistant Professor of Art Education School/Unit School of the Arts Department Art Education Number of Months 9 Tenure Status Tenure Eligible Grant funded position? No
Mission or Goal of Unit

The Department of Art Education supports instruction in art that encourages the construction of meaning. Faculty and students are actively involved with the Art World, education, justice work, and local and global communities through art-based service-learning, visual culture studies, critical thinking, exhibition, assessment, curriculum, critical theory, and emerging digital technologies (virtual and interactive). Through our own research and instruction, we engage students and ourselves in traditional and non-traditional forms of inquiry. With emphasis on diverse approaches to artmaking and instructional practices, the BFA program in Art Education prepares highly capable and effective visual art educators. The mission of the MAE program is to provide a transformative experience for art educators. Building upon their current practice, students in the program will move through theory to become more reflective practitioners. Graduates of the VCU Art Education track of the Ph.D. in Education will be leaders in the field of Art Education. The mission of the PhD track is to foster the development of highly qualified scholars and educators who will significantly influence public and community education through emerging contemporary Art Education theories and practices.

VCUarts ( in Richmond, Virginia offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in design, fine and performing arts, art history, and art education, with a unique emphasis on creative immersion. Far more than receiving simply an education or preparation for a career; students leave VCUarts with the practical, professional and personal skills needed to make a life in the arts, no matter how they define it. That’s why VCUarts’ programs emphasize both doing and knowing: why the majority of its faculty are working artists; and why they encourage students to take advantage of the many academic and intellectual opportunities that come with being part of a research university. Today, VCUarts graduates can be found throughout the academic and professional fields and have been recognized with everything from Emmys to MacArthur Fellowships.

VCUarts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Virginia Department of Education, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.

VCUarts is ranked as the #2 public university arts and design graduate school in the country by US News and World Report. The school is comprised of sixteen programs, includes more than 3,000 students, and has become known as a pillar of artistic creation and expression. Its emerging artists explore their potential and strive for high standards set by faculty members acknowledged for their inspiration and achievement.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

The VCUarts Department of Art Education ( seeks an engaged and collaboration-minded scholar, teacher, and compassionate colleague for the position of Assistant Professor of Art Education.

Position Responsibilities

This position is a 9-month, tenure-eligible faculty position in the Department of Art Education with academic rank of Assistant Professor. Responsibilities include teaching courses that support the BFA, MAE, and PhD curriculum, with significant teaching at the graduate level. Opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and curricular change are available and supported.

The faculty member is expected to: provide leadership by mentoring students at all levels; encourage undergraduate research projects; supervise graduate students, including those who may be teaching; foster collaborative curriculum and research across the arts and broader campus; incorporate contemporary approaches to art and education into instruction, with an emphasis on creative utilization of digital technology, social media, etc.; secure external funding, demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools; and cultivate and contribute to community engagement and service-learning activities at both national and global levels.

The faculty member’s creative and research activity should make a significant contribution to a body of knowledge within art education, relate to the program’s curriculum and be consistent with and support the broader mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University. In addition, the faculty member will demonstrate and disseminate professional expertise through scholarly publications and national and international presentations, and active participation in art education and/or related professional organizations.

As a member of a community-oriented, interdisciplinary department and School, the faculty member will serve on departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field. The faculty member could have additional responsibilities which may include academic advising, mentoring graduate and/or undergraduate students, coordinating student activities, overseeing doctoral studies, overseeing a department program and/or lab, and supporting accreditation and curriculum development.

Required Qualifications

• PhD or EdD.
• Successful recent teaching experience (pk-12/Higher Education/Museum).
• Fluency in contemporary approaches to art, education, and technology.
• The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
• Well-versed in current research methods and the ability to supervise high quality research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
• Ability to relate theory to practice.
• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU .

Preferred Qualifications

• Full-time teaching experience at the preK-12 level.
• Three (3) years recent and successful art education teaching experience at the college level.
• Leading on a national/international level with referenced publications and potential to secure grants.
• Interdisciplinary interests that intersect with art education in significant ways.
• Demonstrated interest in working with public school art programs, community arts agencies, VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in art education.
• Active professional membership in the National Art Education Association.

Date Posted 02/02/2021 Open Until Filled Yes Application Deadline Date Proposed Hire Date 08/16/2021 Type of Search National Application Process/Additional Information

Application Process:

VCUarts is dedicated to the goal of building an inclusive and pluralistic faculty committed to teaching and working in a diverse and welcoming environment and strongly encourages applications from all racial/ethnic, gender and social identities.

To apply, please submit application materials via VCU eJobs at Only electronic applications submitted via eJobs will be accepted.

Application materials should be to the attention of Dr. Sara Wilson McKay, Associate Professor and Chair of the search committee. The following documents should be included:

As a preeminent national, urban, public research university and academic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University is committed to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – an environment where all can thrive in their pursuit of excellence.

Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words) providing your career aspirations and contributions toward promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement, you can share how your lived experiences, and academic and professional activities will impact your contribute to VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.

Note: Examples include working with others to further the goals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity that tangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed, fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research and scholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoring students, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff from traditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive and successful organizational experience.

In addition, the following documents should also be included:
• A Letter of Interest that conveys relevant academic and professional experience;
• Teaching Philosophy;
• Current CV;
• A list of three current references including names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses (references will not be contacted prior to applicant’s approval); and
• Portfolio of work: examples of work could include course syllabi; evidence of excellence in teaching; examples of published research, writing, and visual and creative work.

Application Instructions:
1. Statement of Contributions to Diversity should be submitted as a PDF in the “Diversity Statement” section of eJobs;
2. The Letter of Interest + Teaching Philosophy should be submitted as one PDF in the “Cover Letter/Letter of Application” section in eJobs;
3. The CV + list of references should be submitted as one PDF in the “Curriculum Vitae (CV)” section of eJobs;
4. and, due to file size limitations, the portfolio of work should be submitted in the “Other Document” section of eJobs as an accessible link in a PDF that points to a website or cloud storage (with access instructions) to view all visual work.

Review of applications begins Wednesday, March 3, 2021 and continues until the position is filled. Applications are due March 3, 2021 for full consideration.

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Applicant Documents
Required Documents
  1. Diversity Statement (Required for all Faculty)
  2. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  3. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  4. Other Document
Optional Documents

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