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Assistant Professors of Art (Painting, Printmaking) - 2 positions

Metropolitan State University of Denver
Colorado, United States
Salary Not Specified
Date posted
Nov 16, 2022

Salary for Announcement

The salary range for this position is $60,000 – $62,000 at Assistant Professor rank. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, visit our Employee Benefits Summary page.

Posting Details

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Position Title

Assistant Professors of Art (Painting, Printmaking) - 2 positions

Position Number


Employee Category

Faculty-CAT I



EClass Code

Full time faculty - 9 mo with benefits

Position Summary

The Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites applications for two full-time, tenure track positions at assistant professor level, one each in Painting and Printmaking, respectively. These are nine month appointments beginning August 2023. The Department of Art is currently restructuring the 2D area, and the two successful candidates will collaborate with one another to re-envision how practices of drawing can support the curricula in painting and printmaking. We are interested in colleagues who synthesize technical and conceptual skills across diverse disciplinary approaches.

The Department of Art seeks to recruit faculty members dedicated to cultivating critical dialogue and equity within an interdisciplinary arts community. Candidates must demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity and improving access for diverse and underrepresented student groups which are integral to the department and university’s mission. Additionally, the successful candidates have practice and pedagogy that challenge the disciplinary conventions of painting, printmaking, and/or drawing through critical investigations into context, including post-medium strategies. Candidates who address critical themes in their artistic practice and pedagogy—including but not limited to issues of identity, power, social justice, postcolonialism, diaspora, liberation—are highly desirable.

MSU Denver offers both a B.A. and a B.F.A. in Art as well as a B.F.A. in Art Education, a B.F.A. in Communication Design, and a B.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. The Department of Art at MSU Denver is NASAD accredited and currently offers study in interdisciplinary artistic practices as well as media-specific coursework in ceramics, drawing, jewelry design and metalsmithing, painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. Please view our current course offerings .

MSU Denver and the Department of Art are committed to active and strategic initiatives in our work toward educational equity and promoting a culture of access and inclusion for our students, staff, and faculty. We seek to sustain an inclusive community where all individuals at MSU Denver and in the Department of Art are respected, feel a sense of belonging, and are provided proper resources and skillsets to be successful. This success is not limited to our liberal arts and sciences focused education, but also to the broader development of our students as engaged citizens and valued contributors to their discipline, the community, and our society.

At MSU Denver, we recognize the value of everyone and every group as part of an inclusive community of belonging. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has a vibrant Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement that highlights those values. Differences can include but are not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, sex, physical appearance, pregnancy, marital/partner status, age, (dis)ability, neurodiversity, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, education, gender identity/expression, veteran status, political affiliation, political philosophy, and more. We recognize that these differences can be visible or invisible.

MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups. Our Fall 2021 student population consists of over 57% first-generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution ( HSI ) located in downtown Denver. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today’s college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students.


MSU Denver is currently implementing a faculty workload reduction with the new course-load structure beginning in Fall 2023. Responsibilities include teaching and the coordination of the to-be-restructured painting/drawing/printmaking areas. This includes developing curriculum, hiring affiliate faculty, and collaborating with department staff on maintaining the studios, managing a budget, and hiring models and student employees. The successful candidates will participate in teaching a pool of shared courses in Integrated Media as well as Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio, Senior Experience, and Professional Practices, all of which rotate among all studio faculty on a regular basis.

Our faculty advise students, provide service to the department through committee work and to some combination of the college, university, community and/or professional organizations. Our faculty are also expected to demonstrate significant participation in scholarly and/or creative activity. The successful candidates must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the needs of a diverse urban population and should address how their prior experience prepares them to create an inclusive learning environment.

Required Qualifications

MFA in Art or related field; or MA in Art or related field plus three years of professional and/or teaching experience; or Bachelor’s degree in Art or related field plus significant local or national recognition and three years of professional and/or teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience and cultural sensitivity in supporting the needs of a diverse urban student population, including (but not limited to) students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, non-traditional students, student veterans, and English-language learners
  • Demonstrated ability to expand artistic practices and creative dialogue that will contribute to the diversity of the Department, the University, and the broader community
  • Experience in teaching art in a fluid, cross-disciplinary manner
  • Knowledge and curricular implementation of institutional critique of the media and history of painting, printmaking, and/or drawing
  • Knowledge of technical and conceptual skills in painting, printmaking, and/or drawing
  • College-level teaching experience in painting, printmaking, and/or drawing
  • Active documentation of creative practice and achievement in art or a related field
  • Experience in mentoring students and colleagues in either an academic or community setting
  • Experience in managing a studio space, equipment, personnel, and budget
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Closing date

Closing Instructions

Open Until Filled

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by 11:59pm (MT)


Special Instructions to Applicants

Complete applications received by January 16, 2023 at 11:59 PM MST will receive full consideration, but applications will be accepted after this date until the position is filled. All applications must be submitted through the university’s online system, .

Please include the following documents with your application:
  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Cover letter
  3. Teaching philosophy
  4. Diversity statement (see instructions below)
  5. Professional portfolio of 10-20 professional work samples with articulation in the form of an artist statement and/or work descriptions. May be submitted as a link to such samples.
  6. Names and contact information for three professional/academic references
  7. Other document (optional). If you have teaching experience, you may provide a portfolio of student work examples and/or a sample syllabus/assignment(s) either taught or proposed. May be submitted as a link to such samples.

Diversity Statement Instructions:
We encourage applicants to reference Pillar IV of MSU Denver’s Strategic Plan and the CLAS Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Statement.

Themes that may be addressed in a candidate’s diversity statement may include, but are not limited to:
  • A candidate’s lived experiences and/or identities that align with the department and university’s commitment to inclusion and diversity;
  • Areas of expertise (pedagogy, scholarship, etc.) that demonstrate a knowledge of past and current inequity practices for historically minoritized student populations in education, scholarship, research, creative work, or other areas;
  • Diversity and diversity-related approaches in a candidate’s research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Why a candidate believes diversity is a critical focus for higher education and ideas or strategies the candidate could enact as a member of the MSU Denver campus community to support the university’s efforts.

Official transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Talent Team Representative

Tanya Rogowsky

Talent Team Representative E-mail


MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link: Employee Benefits Offerings

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 50% first generation students and over 45% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.

MSU Denver is committed to creating and fostering a work environment and culture of belonging; we are proud of the work our employee affinity groups contribute to our culture. For more information on our employee affinity groups please visit this link .

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