The School of Art in the Kathrine G. McGovern College of the Arts
at the University of Houston invites applications for a full-time,
tenure-track faculty appointment at the rank of assistant professor
in painting to commence Fall 2023. We seek outstanding candidates
with a demonstrated commitment to painting and an active engagement
with contemporary issues and discourses. Candidate must be capable
of inspired criticism, dedicated teaching, and service at both the
undergraduate and graduate levels. Additionally, teaching
experience and professional expertise in drawing and/or printmaking
is an asset. The ideal candidate will be a clear communicator, and
able to collaborate with faculty on the shared goal of setting a
positive and energetic tone for the Painting Program.
Applicants for the position are expected to exhibit the following
core values and competencies:
- Passion, energy and tenacity
- Integrity and collegiality, especially with regard to
- An ability to attract resources, including grants or other
external sources of support, that advance the school’s mission
- An aptitude for building dynamic degree programs and recruiting
top tier students
- An ability to find creative solutions to difficult
School of Art faculty are also committed to:
- Excellence in the arts, arts education, and arts
- Fostering student growth and success
- Collaboration with others, both within and across
This position is part of an Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire program
in the studio practice disciplines in the McGovern College of the
Arts. The program is one of many initiatives that advances the
McGovern College’s priority of achieving an inclusive and
The McGovern College of the Arts understands the value of a diverse
faculty, of a diversity of approaches to the arts, and of
approaching the arts as an interdisciplinary area of study. The
College believes that such values are fundamental to the future of
arts production. To express its commitment to these values, the
Interdisciplinary Cluster Hire program seeks to identify and build
a diverse network of practitioners, researchers, and scholars that
will inform and support the work of the College in these areas. The
program will bring a minimum of six new faculty members to the
College’s studio practice disciplines.
The McGovern College is the culturally rich and innovative home of
the visual and performing arts at the University of Houston, one of
the most diverse R1 institutions in the nation and situated in the
thriving, diverse, and dynamic arts metropolis that is the
twenty‐first century city of Houston. Therefore, the successful
candidate for this position will excel at teaching and mentoring
students who are broadly diverse with regard to race, ethnicity,
socioeconomic status, gender, nationality, sexual orientation, and
Applicants must also submit a 750‐word statement addressing their
experience with, interest in, or contributions to diversity and
inclusion efforts that impact students, faculty, staff, or the
applicant’s field of study; and addressing how they envision
demonstrating a similar commitment at the University of Houston.
Applicants may address their experience, interest, or contributions
in one or more of the following areas:
- Teaching and mentoring a range of artistic expressions that
reflect the diversification of the arts disciplines and the need to
ensure access to an arts education to as wide a student body as
- A commitment to pursuing a sustainable agenda of research and
artistic practice dedicated to interdisciplinary cultural studies
or to an overall research agenda that supports diversity in the
arts disciplines. Areas of secondary interdisciplinary interest
that might be reflected in one’s practice include, for example,
Comparative Cultural Studies, Cultural Anthropology, Diaspora
Studies, Gender and Sexuality Studies, Racial Inequality, Social
Justice, Sociology, or others.
- Collaborating across the arts disciplines with artists whose
specializations or practices differ from your own.
- Developing interdisciplinary curriculum that reflects
diversification of the arts disciplines beyond the “Western canon”
as codified in the last century.
Search committees will give preference to candidates whose
statements best represent these criteria when choosing candidates
to advance to the next stage of the search process.
All positions in the Cluster Hire Program come with annual
financial support provided by the Office of the Dean for the first
three years during the faculty member's pre-tenure period, for
research activities that enhance the faculty member’s research
agenda and the mission of the McGovern College.
Summary of Duties and Expectations
- Teach a standard 3/2 course load in a variety of undergraduate
and graduate Painting Program courses
- Maintain an active research profile, sufficient to warrant
promotion and tenure in due course
- Advise and mentor undergraduate and graduate students
- Participate in the school, college, and university service and
Required Application Documents
- Cover Letter/Letter of Application
- Digital portfolio with 20 images of recent work
- Supporting documentation of exhibition and publication record
may be provided at the candidate's discretion.
- 750-word Cluster Hire Program statement (see Cluster Hire
- Contact information for three professional references
Preferential deadline is January 6, 2023, but applications will be
accepted until the position is filled. The University of Houston is
responsive to the needs of dual career couples.
The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative
Action institution. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with
disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University
prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual
orientation, gender identity or gender expression.
MFA and at least two years of college-level teaching experience
beyond graduate school.
Notes to Applicant:
Official transcripts are required for a
faculty appointment and will be requested upon selection of final
candidate. All positions at the University of Houston are security
sensitive and will require a criminal history check.