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Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing (TT)

University of Missouri - Columbia
Missouri, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Sep 21, 2022

Job Description

The School of Visual Studies (SVS) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Painting and Drawing position at the University of Missouri starting Fall 2023. The ideal candidate will have a strong national/international exhibition record and a passion for teaching undergraduate and graduate students. The ideal candidate must also possess a commitment to collaborative engagement with school and campus colleagues to support an inclusive, diverse, and multicultural student population.

The School of Visual Studies has a strong commitment to cultivating a learning community in which everyone is welcome and valued. The school is currently focused on developing an ever more equitable and inclusive curriculum, on recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a diverse and engaged student body, and on mentoring all students, especially those in underserved populations. The School provides mentoring for new faculty.


40% Research Scholarly/creative activities in contemporary painting and drawing

40% Teaching (4 courses per academic year)

20% Service (Recruiting, Program Development, School and University Service)

  • Teach 4 courses per academic year (2 courses per semester)
  • Mentor MFA students
  • Conduct scholarly research/creative activities expected in a Research 1, AAU institution.
  • Collaborate effectively with faculty, staff, and administration in curriculum and program development.
  • Participate in MU and SVS recruitment and retention activities/events.
  • Serve on school and university committees, as needed.

Tenure track faculty teach a range of undergraduate and graduate-level classes in Painting and Drawing, including working independently with MFA. The faculty member will teach courses that contribute to the general curricular goals of the Art Program and take a leadership role in forging the future of the program and the school.

Teaching in the School of Visual Studies requires a focus on engaging, educating, and mentoring a diverse group of learners, which includes creating high-impact opportunities such as sponsoring student research or internships, developing collaborative teaching opportunities with other disciplines, and using innovative pedagogies. Teaching in SVS also requires mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, including GTAs, as appropriate in academic, research and professional development to support student success.

The School of Visual Studies service expectations include participation in student advising, admissions events, recruitment and retention efforts, committee work, and special projects; contribute to the SVS through ongoing curricular development; and participate in departmental administration and school governance; and participation in professional academic organizations outside the University, including professional and community-based groups that advance SVS’s goals of student success and diversity.


  • MFA or equivalent terminal degree in Studio Art or related field by the time of appointment.
  • Documented record of two or more years of teaching or its equivalent.
  • Two or more years teaching experience with emphasis in painting and drawing.
  • A significant record of exhibitions and related professional activities. A strong national and international exhibition record is preferred.
  • Knowledge of contemporary critical and theoretical issues in painting and drawing is expected.
  • The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate students on multiple levels.
  • Demonstrated evidence of engaging, educating, and mentoring students from diverse backgrounds.
  • Demonstrated approach to creative and effective teaching.
  • Demonstrated expertise and ability in curriculum building.
  • Knowledge of practices and theoretical frameworks pertinent to contemporary art and design
  • Evidence of exemplary student engagement and advanced pedagogical strategies through student work, project examples, and faculty mentorship, etc.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collegially with other faculty and students on interdisciplinary/collaborative projects.
Application Materials

Use the online application and be prepared to upload:

  1. Cover letter that clearly outlines key interests and qualifications.
  2. Current, comprehensive CV, including list of courses taught.
  3. Artist statement.
  4. Professional statement that includes your teaching philosophy.
  5. Diversity statement that describes your experiences, commitment, and goals regarding an understanding of diversity/multiculturalism in teaching and mentoring.
  6. Links to 20 samples of relevant creative work.
  7. Links to 10-20 samples of students’ work.
  8. Two examples of course syllabi.
  9. The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3) professional references who can confirm the candidate’s qualifications and experience.

Application Deadline

Screening begins November 29, 2022, and continues until a qualified candidate is hired.

Preliminary interviews will be conducted via Zoom. Applicants may contact the Chair of the Search Committee, Joe Johnson ( ) with any questions regarding the job duties and Human Resource Services ( ) with any questions regarding the application process.

About the School of Visual Studies:

The School of Visual Studies (SVS), including degree programs in Art, Art History, Digital Storytelling, and Film Studies, resides in the College of Arts & Science, and was launched in 2017 to create a collaborative, interdisciplinary, cutting-edge education that reflects 21st century studio practice and visual culture. SVS offers Bachelor of Arts (BA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA), Master of Arts (MA), Master of Fine Arts (MFA), and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. SVS is also home to the George Caleb Bingham Gallery featuring exhibitions by visiting artists, faculty, and students.

About the University of Missouri:

Established in 1839, the University of Missouri knows what it means to be first. We were the first public university west of the Mississippi River. We are home to the world’s first journalism school. We started the tradition of homecoming. As a flagship, land-grant institution and one of only 62 universities across the U.S. and Canada to be a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities, we are a Research 1 campus where empathy, innovation and hard work combine to solve the world’s grand challenges. We tackle diverse problems because Missouri is a diverse state — from the southern Ozarks to the northern plains. We are Mizzou, where Black and Gold runs deep and Truman the Tiger embodies our bold spirit.

The University of Missouri is fully committed to achieving the goal of a diverse and inclusive academic community of faculty, staff, and students. We seek individuals who are committed to this goal, student success, and our core campus values of respect, responsibility, discovery, and excellence. The University of Missouri is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

About Columbia, Missouri:

Ranked by the American Institute for Economic Research as one of the nation’s top 10 college towns, Columbia combines small-town comforts, community spirit, and a low cost of living with big-city culture, activities, and resources. Columbia is home to about 130,000 people and lies midway between Missouri’s largest metro areas: St. Louis and Kansas City. It is packed with restaurants and entertainment venues; home to multiple parks and outdoor recreation sites such as Rock Bridge State Park and the MKT Trail; and hosts more than a dozen annual cultural festivals, including the internationally known True False Film Festival. Money magazine, Fortune magazine, U.S. News & World Report, Men’s Journal, and others have all named Columbia one of the best places in the country to live.

Benefit Eligibility

This position is eligible for University benefits. The University offers a comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental and vision plans, retirement, and educational fee discounts. For additional information on University benefits, please visit the Faculty & Staff Benefits website at

Values Commitment

We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our university a better place to work, learn and innovate.

In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of teaching, research and engagement.

Equal Employment Opportunity

Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more information, call the Director of Employee and Labor Relations at 573-882-7976.

To request ADA accommodations, please call the Director of Accessibility and ADA at 573-884-7278.

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