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Assistant Professor in Art Education

Department of Art
El Paso, Texas
Posted Date
Oct 13, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

The University of Texas at El Paso

College of Liberal Arts

Department of Art

Art Education (Assistant Professor)


The Department of Art at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art Education to commence Fall 2023. This position involves instructing all levels of undergraduate art education and cross-college collaboration between the Art department in the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Education which administers Texas teaching certification. Additional required responsibilities may include cross-college advising and state testing support.

The Department of Art is committed to rigorous scholarship and responsive pedagogy in art education. The successful candidate will possess a robust understanding of contemporary practices and theory in art education which will be demonstrated by their existing scholarship or research potential. The department is largely a studio-driven program and welcomes candidates considering ways that creative or community-based research practices can support, propel, or supplement academic publications. The successful candidate will possess the potential to establish a national or international record of research and publication. Ideally, the candidate’s research will be responsive to regional assets and issues, including but not limited to the U.S.-Mexico border, border studies, bilingualism/translanguaging, binationalism, Hispanic/Latinx/Chicano/a studies, migration and immigration, desert environs, colonialism, indigeneity, and globalization.

Art education at UTEP is deeply committed to the University’s mission of access and excellence and seeks a forward-thinking art educator who will play an active role in developing contemporary, critical, and creative approaches to art education in the Paso del Norte region. We welcome candidates who cultivate equity, diversity, and inclusion in their pedagogical practice. The ideal candidate will possess a strong interest in serving first-generation, non-traditional, and Hispanic students and can responsively instruct and guide undergraduate art education students through all levels of the program, authentically connect to the community, and be a regional leader in contemporary art education while maintaining a high level of research and scholarship.

The Art Education program is undergoing a period of change which began with the award of its lone tenure-track position in 2018. The successful candidate will join this program as its second tenure- track faculty and will be instrumental in collaboratively shaping the program. Therefore, The Department of Art seeks a visionary educator and colleague who can lead and support efforts in curriculum revision, help articulate and enact a forward-thinking and responsive mission, build mutually beneficial relationships within the university and with the regional community, help to develop advocacy and outreach through an expanded reconceptualization of visual arts education, and possess an uncompromising commitment to visual arts education in all its forms.


Required Qualifications:

  • Ph. D or Ed. D in Art Education or related field required at time of hire.
  • Evidence of a high potential for academic scholarship
  • College teaching experience
  • Command of contemporary theory and pedagogical practices in art education
  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity and equity
  • Familiarity with state standards governing teacher education and licensure
  • Proven ability to work collaboratively as part of a team
  • Ability to work supportively with students, faculty, staff, and alumni in the maintenance and development of a professional learning community
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Significant teaching experience in any combination of the learning sites: pk-12, museums, and/or community-based education
  • Demonstrated undergraduate support and success beyond the classroom
  • Evidence of a high level of creative practice or community engagement and outreach
  • Evidence of region-specific research potential
  • Spanish speaker


About The University of Texas at El Paso

The University of Texas at El Paso is America’s leading Hispanic-serving university. Located at the westernmost tip of Texas, where three states and two countries converge along the Rio Grande, UTEP is a public research university that transforms lives. Eighty-four percent of our students are Hispanic, and more than half of undergraduates are the first in their families to go to college. At UTEP, our 24,000 students have access to 170 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs in nine colleges and schools. Located in the second-most educated city in Texas, UTEP is recognized as one of the best research universities in the country for connecting students with the community around them.

About The Department of Art

The Department of Art is an academic unit within the College of Liberal Arts and consists of 15 faculty members (tenured/tenure-track and full-time) and 450+ majors. As the fourth largest department in the College of Liberal Arts, the Department of Art offers a BA in Art History, BA in Art Education with Certification, BA in Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Metals/Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture) and BFA in Art (Ceramics, Drawing, Graphic Design, Metals/Jewelry, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture). For more information regarding the Department of Art at UTEP, please visit our website at

About the Art Education Program

Art Education at UTEP is deeply committed to preparing culturally responsive and transformative educators that will promote high quality visual arts education in the region and beyond. The Art Education Area serves an average enrollment of 50 undergraduate students and is the second largest area in the department. Graduating art educators often hail from and return to teach in the region, which boasts strong middle and high school art programs. Through select internships and programs our students connect with visual arts institutions including The Rubin Center for the Visual Arts, The El Paso Museum of Art, and The Chinati Foundation.


Required Application Materials

Qualified applicants should submit:

  • A cover letter/letter of application
  • Curriculum vitae
  • A statement of teaching philosophy that highlights your understanding of and a strong commitment to serving the needs of students in the Paso del Norte Region of the US.
  • Research statement
  • A Statement of contribution to diversity, equity, inclusion and accessibility
  • Teaching portfolio containing student work examples, 1-3 course syllabi, and teaching evaluations (Please format as one PDF)
  • Scholarly portfolio exhibiting potential for a dynamic professional practice and containing: 1-3 writing samples of published or scholarly writing and were applicable professionally proven creative works and/or community works of outreach and engagement with list of artworks, artist statement, and/or project descriptions/narratives (Please format as one PDF)
  • Names and contact information for three references


Review of complete applications will begin January 10, 2023.  Position will remain open until filled. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.



Dr. Heather Kaplan

Chair, Art Education Search Committee

Department of Art

Phone: 915-747-5150



To apply, please visit:


Hiring decisions are subject to final budget approval.


In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, The University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all. We seek to attract faculty and staff who share our commitment.

The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation and gender in employment or the provision of services in accordance with state and federal law. Discrimination on the basis of sex includes an employee’s or prospective employee’s right to be free from sexual harassment under Title IX of the Higher Education Amendments of 1972.


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