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Assistant Professor of Art in Painting/Drawing

California State University - Fresno
California, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Oct 21, 2022

California State University, Fresno

College of Arts & Humanities

Department of Art, Design & Art History

Assistant Professor of Art in Painting/Drawing

Tenure Track
Fall 2023 (August 2023)

The College of Arts and Humanities and the Department of Art, Design & Art History at California State University, Fresno invite applications for an Assistant Professor of Art in Painting and Drawing. The successful candidate will teach undergraduate courses in the Painting and Drawing curriculum, advise students, and supervise student research/creative activities. Faculty typically teach 12 WTUs per semester. Faculty may apply for assigned time course reductions to support scholarly/creative work, and the current faculty contract provides for a course release each semester for the faculty member’s first two years. The successful candidate will conduct independent research/creative activities; serve on department, college, and university committees; engage in community service; and attend Department of Art, Design & Art History events. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.

Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.


Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):

  • An M.F.A. in Art or equivalent terminal degree in studio art with an emphasis/specialization in Painting/Drawing.
  • Applicants nearing completion of the Art degree may be considered; however, for an appointment, the M.F.A must be completed by August 1, 2023.

  • Required Experience:

  • The ability to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds, and to engage with diverse communities in the San Joaquin Valley region.
  • Ability to demonstrate excellence in teaching and a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and student success.
  • A significant record of scholarship/creative activities is evident in their work.
  • Evidence of an active exhibition record.
  • Demonstrable knowledge of both traditional and contemporary painting and drawing processes, techniques, and approaches.
  • Minimum of two years of university or college-level teaching experience beyond graduate teaching assistantship (as faculty of record).

  • Preferred Experience :

  • Successful teaching experience at the graduate level;
  • Secondary expertise in teaching figure drawing, mural painting, and/or public art at the college or university.
  • Demonstrable ability to implement health and environmentally conscious procedures and studio practices in a painting/drawing studio; and
  • History of community engagement related to the field.

  • Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023. Apply online at

    Application Reviews Begin: Friday, December 2, 2022

    For full consideration, all application materials should be submitted by January 17th, 2023.

    Attach the following:

    1. Letter of interest or cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications, your interests in teaching diverse students, and a description of your research/creative activities.
    2. Current curriculum vitae
    3. Names and contact information of three professional references.
    4. Statement addressing your commitment to working with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
    5. A representative example of your scholarship/creative work: a portfolio of 15 images of recent artwork and 15 images of student artwork demonstrating the applicant's skills and proficiencies related to this position. Images must be submitted as PDF files - one PDF file or PowerPoint, of 15 images of applicant's recent artwork and a second PDF or PowerPoint of student artwork. Image information, including title, media, dimensions, and year completed should be included below each image.
    6. A statement of teaching philosophy

    Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:

    1. Three current letters of recommendation (dated within 12 months of full consideration date.)
    2. Official transcripts

    Committee Information:

    Search Chair: Stephanie J. Ryan
    Professor of Art in Drawing/Painting
    Department of Art, Design & Art History
    College of Arts & Humanities

    About Fresno State:

    California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit:

    The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly ; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges . The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education

    Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit . We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.

    About the Department:

    The Department of Art, Design & Art History provides the skills and understanding, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of knowledge in the visual arts. The department offers programs in fine and applied areas of visual art that engage students in inquiry and discovery. These programs help prepare students to be artists, historians of art, designers, educators, and informed and thoughtful citizens in the community and in a global society.

    In alignment with the university and College of Arts and Humanities mission and vision statements, the Department of Art, Design & Art History strives to prepare students for lifelong learning by implementing bold, focused strategies designed to maximize access and success for our diverse student body. In collaboration with our community partners, we provide a transformative educational experience that prepares students to serve and to lead in the Central Valley, the state, and beyond. Our programs are structured to provide students the knowledge and experience to succeed in careers in the field of Art and Design. We strive to enhance teaching and learning through best practices, innovative programming, and high impact experiences.

    Studio Art Vision Statement

    Fresno State’s B.A. and M.A. programs prepare students for success in a variety of art-related careers by building cultural awareness, critical thinking abilities, and visual and verbal communication skills. Art making is a mode of thought and a means of communication that complements and transcends words. As artists, art instructors, museum curators, and arts administrators, our graduates interpret and transform cultural values and human experience. We envision Fresno State’s Studio Art programs as a visual think tank to enrich and transform the lives of our students and community.

    Fresno State’s Studio Art faculty share a strong commitment to students’ opportunities for growth as well as technical skills and creative mindsets for social mobility. By mobilizing multiple modes of intelligence, including visual, spatial and processual thinking, art making can help “level the playing field” and build confidence in diverse student populations, including first-generation college students of under-represented minorities. This benefits not only our students but our whole community. Many recent Fresno State Studio Art alumni have become community leaders, working as high school art teachers, community college instructors, and tenure-track professors in the region and beyond.

    Further information can be found at our website:

    Territorial Acknowledgement:

    The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.

    Other Campus Information:

    Salary placement commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule .

    In compliance with the Annual Security Report & Fire Safety Report of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, California State University, Fresno has made crime-reporting statistics available to applicants, students, and employees online at Print copies are available by request from the Campus Police Department.

    A background check (including criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily for this position. Any offer of employment may be withdrawn, or employment may be terminated based upon the results of the background investigation.

    The person holding this position is considered a "limited reporter" under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements outlined in CSU Executive Order 1083 Revised July 21, 2017, as a condition of employment. You can obtain a copy of this Executive order by accessing the following website:

    California State University, Fresno is a smoke-free campus. For more information, please click

    California State University, Fresno is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status.

    Advertised: 20 Oct 2022 Pacific Daylight Time
    Applications close: 31 Mar 2023 Pacific Daylight Time

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