The School of Visual
(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
40% Teaching (4 courses per academic year)
20% Service (Recruiting, Program Development, School and University
TEACHING AND MENTORING EXPECTATIONS:
- 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
- Serve on school and university committees, as
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
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.
CANDIDATES WILL BE EVALUATED ON:
- 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
- Two or more years teaching experience with emphasis in painting
- A significant record of exhibitions and related professional
activities. A strong national and international exhibition record
- Knowledge of contemporary critical and theoretical issues in
painting and drawing is expected.
- The ability to teach undergraduate and graduate students on
- 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.
Use the online application and be prepared to upload:
- Cover letter that clearly outlines key interests and
- Current, comprehensive CV, including list of courses
- Artist statement.
- Professional statement that includes your teaching
- Diversity statement that describes your experiences,
commitment, and goals regarding an understanding of
diversity/multiculturalism in teaching and mentoring.
- Links to 20 samples of relevant creative work.
- Links to 10-20 samples of students’ work.
- Two examples of course syllabi.
- The names, email addresses, and phone numbers of three (3)
professional references who can confirm the candidate’s
qualifications and experience.
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 ( email@example.com
any questions regarding the job duties and Human Resource Services
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,
About the University of Missouri:
Established in 1839, the University
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
U.S. News & World Report
, Men’s Journal
and others have all named Columbia one of the best places in the
country to live.
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 http://www.umsystem.edu/totalrewards/benefits
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.
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