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Assistant Professor in the Field of Painting, Tenure Track

Carnegie Mellon University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Start date
Oct 17, 2022

Job Details


The School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University is excited to announce two full-time tenure-track positions at the rank of Assistant Professor within the field of painting. The school is seeking dynamic and committed artists whose practices are grounded in painting; who are actively exhibiting nationally and/or internationally; and who demonstrate the capacity to teach specialized courses within their field while contributing to the school’s broader interdisciplinary undergraduate and graduate curricula.

Special attention will be given to candidates who bring critical and technical knowledge into their studio practice as well as their pedagogy. Candidates with hybrid practices or additional expertise in the areas of drawing, printmaking, or photography are strongly encouraged to apply. All candidates are required to have an advanced degree or equivalent. Experience teaching at the college or university level is strongly preferred. We welcome applicants who will contribute to the cultural and intellectual breadth of our school, and we encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized in art and underrepresented in higher education.

Full-time tenure-track faculty are expected to be actively engaged with the school’s community, including taking part in the governance of the school, being involved in our pedagogical and curricular development, and contributing to our broader educational ambitions. In addition, the new hire will be responsible for teaching two classes per semester, maintaining an active studio practice, and advising graduate students. Teaching responsibilities may encompass foundational, intermediate, and advanced studio classes in painting and drawing; topical classes within the candidate’s field; capstone classes for seniors; and graduate-level critique classes for MFA students. A private studio will be provided with access to the school’s many physical, digital, and technology-based facilities.

The School of Art is one of five schools in the College of Fine Arts, along with the Schools of Architecture, Design, Drama, and Music. The School of Art offers individual studios for all juniors and seniors; 24-hour access to state-of-the-art facilities; and collaborative relationships with innovative learning environments, such as the Center for Arts in Society, the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry, and IDeATe. The school’s unique pedagogy spans five areas: drawing, painting, print media, and photography; electronic and time-based media; sculpture installation and site-work; contextual practice; and critical studies. The MFA program is ranked by US News and World Report as number seven in the US and as number one in Time-Based and New Media.

Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is located in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, which has been cited as being the “Best Arts Destination” among mid-sized cities and one of the most affordable and livable places in the US. The city’s rich arts scene includes the Carnegie Museum of Art, The Andy Warhol Museum, the Mattress Factory, Carrie Furnaces, the August Wilson African American Cultural Center, the Kelly Strayhorn Theater, Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, and the Silver Eye Center for Photography. In addition, the city also has many grassroots initiatives, experimental spaces, and public exhibition opportunities.

Carnegie Mellon University and the School of Art value equality of opportunity and mutual respect, and believe that a diverse campus community is essential to enriching intellectual exchanges and enhancing cultural understanding. As such, CMU does not discriminate against any Faculty or Staff, or any applicant for employment, on the basis of disability, protected veteran status, race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation.

Position and salary are commensurate with experience. Carnegie Mellon offers competitive employee benefits packages.

Additional Programmatic Information:

Application Materials:

• Letter of application with teaching philosophy

• Proposals or Syllabi for introductory and advanced level courses

• Curriculum Vitae

• Names/email addresses/telephone numbers of 3 references (no recommendation letters).

• Documentation of artwork: submit up to 20 images and/or 10 minutes of video.


December 6, 2022

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