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Tenure Track Faculty - Social Practice/Community-Based Studio Art

California State University, Sacramento
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2022

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Art History
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Tenure Track Faculty - Social Practice/Community-Based Studio Art

Job No: 520275
Work Type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Sacramento
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

COLLEGE: College of Arts and Letters

DEPARTMENT: Department of Art

POSITION TITLE: Studio Art: Social Practice/Community-Based Art


The Department of Art at Sacramento State is one of ten departments in the College of Arts and Letters and is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). As California's capital university, we teach students in the visual arts, preparing them for lifelong creative and scholarly endeavors. We embrace and cultivate a diverse community of artists, scholars, and leaders. The department offers a BFA and an MFA in Studio Art, as well as BAs in Art, Art History, and Art Education. Through our courses, exhibitions, lectures and public programs, we introduce students and the local community to the expressive world of the fine arts.

The Department also promotes an appreciation and understanding of the fine arts in the general student population. A wide variety of approaches based on both Western and Non-Western cultures are integrated into courses that are oriented toward creativity, imagination, and critical thinking. Students can explore art through courses in art education, art history, ceramics, new media art, painting, printmaking, and sculpture. Studio experiences develop the creative and artistic skills necessary for mastery of established styles and exploration of new ones. Art history classes provide an appreciation for and an understanding of our visual cultural heritage within a historical context. Courses in art education provide an understanding of the behavioral aspects of art, with regard to the creator, the viewer, and the developing person. The Department of Art serves as a significant cultural resource in the region through the sponsorship of art exhibits, workshops, lectures, and symposia each academic year. The department extends its influence out into the community through the involvement of its faculty, staff, and students in projects, activities, and events off campus.

Sacramento is the state capital of California and one of the most diverse cities in the nation. As the heart of the region's higher education community, Sac State is a Minority Serving Institution (MSI), Asian American & Native American Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI), and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI), dedicated to access, academic excellence, and inclusion. We have a strong commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom as well as our campus culture. More information about Sac State's equity programs, student success initiatives, and Antiracist Campus Plan can be found here: ; ;


The Art Department at Sacramento State seeks a tenure-track assistant professor of studio art who specializes in social practice and/or community-engaged practice (public practice, participatory art, relational art) with an interdisciplinary artmaking background. Our department seeks a candidate who can engage students working in a variety of media in the practice of socially-engaged art. We welcome candidates whose professional work - in their artistic practice, classroom, and/or community - enriches our university imperatives of anti-racism and inclusivity. We seek candidates who will be dedicated to teaching and mentoring a diverse student population, designing inclusive courses, and forging collaborative relationships across disciplines. In addition, the ideal candidate will develop new curricula in social practice for our Studio Art BA, BFA, and MFA programs with support from the College.

The Art Department is committed to expanding our efforts to create and teach in ways that foster an awareness for socially-engaged making. This includes both community-engaged work and work in which students explore their own understanding of activism. The socially-engaged work that will emerge from this hire will span multiple art practices. Through their teaching, artistic practice, and/or institutional and community service, this hire will collaborate with the Sacramento community and the University.

This position is part of a cluster hire initiative, launched by the College of Arts and Letters, focused on Social Practice and Social Justice in the Arts. By hiring in a thematic cluster, the college hopes to: increase faculty diversity; foster interdepartmental community and support; and decolonize across curricula and departmental lines (see for more information).


  • Teach 12 units of studio art courses per semester. This equates to 3 studio art courses, including our BFA Junior Studio, Senior Seminar, and Experimental Offerings courses as well as courses in the MFA program, bringing a social practice/community-engaged art lens to these offerings

  • Develop curriculum in social practice/community-engaged art at the BA, BFA, and MFA levels

  • Assist in academic advising, mentoring, and recruitment of students

  • Maintain an active practice in social practice/community-engaged art

  • Collaborate with colleagues on department, college, and university committees and assist with departmental initiatives

  • Engage actively with the local and regional community through teaching, studio practice and/or service


  • MFA or PhD in Studio Art or an art-related field. ABD will be considered. If ABD, all degree requirements must be complete by August 2023

  • Record of sustained creative practice in community-based art/social practice

  • Evidence of engagement with teaching and/or community-based organization and leadership

The Art Department reminds applicants that it is only necessary to meet the “Required qualifications” in order to be considered


  • Evidence of a studio and/or teaching practice that communicates across disciplines

  • Evidence of a studio and/or teaching practice that engages diverse communities

  • Teaching experience at the college level

  • Commitment to and experience in inclusive and anti-racist teaching methods

  • Demonstrated potential to develop new social practice curriculum

  • Demonstrated potential to collaborate with colleagues from a variety of disciplines


For full consideration, please submit the following documents by January 10, 2023 (extended from December 1, 2022). The position will remain open until filled.

A complete application includes the following documents:

  • A one-page letter of interest addressing your qualifications for the social practice/community-engaged art position in studio art at CSU Sacramento

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • Portfolio/examples of recent creative work, with an emphasis on social practice/community-based practice. The portfolio should follow this format:

    • Submit a PDF containing 20 samples of your work. This can be images, and/or video/audio in the form of YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud URLs. For video/audio works, up to two can be full duration. The rest must be excerpts with a 1-minute duration. Because of the nature of social practice/community-engaged art, samples of work may document different aspects of a single project.

      • Inventory of portfolio with descriptions: Number each of the works in the PDF document above. Create a corresponding annotated list containing a description for each numbered item, with the title, date, media, and project information (not to exceed 200 words per item).

    • Submit a PDF containing 10-20 samples of participant/student work from your teaching and/or community activities. This can be images, and/or video/audio in the form of YouTube, Vimeo, or SoundCloud URLs. For video/audio works, up to two can be full duration. The rest must be excerpts with a 1-minute duration. The total number of samples, including image and media links, may not exceed 20.

      • Inventory of student/community activity portfolio with descriptions: number each of the works in the PDF document above. Create a corresponding annotated list containing a description for each numbered item, with the title, date, media, and project information (not to exceed 200 words per item).
  • A sample syllabus. Please create a syllabus for a social practice/community-based practice course. This could be a proposed course or one that you have already taught.
  • A one-page diversity statement that addresses the following questions: How would your teaching and/or creative practice serve a student body that is diverse in a multitude of ways? What specific strategies would/do you use to create a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere in your classroom? How would/do you ensure that all students in your classes feel a sense of belonging?
  • Unofficial transcripts of highest degree (official transcripts will be required if a campus interview is scheduled).
  • Three (3) reference contacts, in the form of email and telephone information, that can speak to your professional qualifications.

For more information, please contact Search Committee Chair, Dr. Mya Dosch:

About Sacramento State

Sacramento State is located in the heart of California's capital city, five miles from State Capitol. The lush, 300-acre campus is situated along the American River, close to numerous bike trails and other recreational areas. Sacramento, also known as the “Farm-to-Fork Capital,” is one of the most ethnically diverse and livable cities in the country, with a population of half of a million. Sacramento State's 31,000 students come not only from the Greater Sacramento Region, but also from across the state, country, and world. Our 1,800 faculty and 1,500 staff are committed to meeting our mission: “As California's capital university, we transform lives by preparing students for leadership, service, and success. Sacramento State will be a recognized leader in education, innovation, and engagement.” As the regional hub of higher education, Sacramento State is dedicated to student success, diversity, equity and inclusion, community engagement, philanthropy, and campus safety.

As evidenced by the values embedded in our Hornet Honor Code, Sacramento State is committed to creating an inclusive environment where all faculty, staff, students, and guests are welcome and valued. Our commitment is more than simply ensuring that our campus is free from bias and discrimination, but is one devoted to celebrating many diverse identities, life experiences, and perspectives that enrich our community, teaching and learning.

To learn more about why you should join the Hornet Family, please visit the Why Sac State? page.

Equal Employment Opportunity
California State University, Sacramento is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and has a strong institutional commitment to the principle of diversity in all areas. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, pregnancy, genetic information, medical condition, marital status, veteran status, or disability. Sacramento State hires only those individuals who are lawfully authorized to accept employment in the United States.

It is the policy of California State University, Sacramento to provide reasonable accommodations for qualified persons with disabilities who are employees or applicants for employment. If you need a disability related reasonable accommodation as part of the application and/or interviewing process, visit

The University is committed to creating an education and working environment free from discrimination, sexual harassment, sexual violence, domestic violence, dating violence, and stalking. For more information on mandatory training for new employees, visit .

Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act and Campus Fire Safety Right-To-know Act Notification:

Pursuant to the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act, the current Annual Security Report (ASR) is available for viewing at .
The ASR contains the current security and safety-related policy statements, emergency preparedness and evacuation information, crime prevention and sexual assault prevention information, and drug and alcohol prevention programming. The ASR also contains statistics of Clery Act crimes for Sacramento State for the last three (3) calendar years. Paper copies are available upon request at the Police Service Center located in the University Union.

Background Check Disclaimer
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with California State University, Sacramento. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current California State University, Sacramento employees who apply for the position.

COVID-19 Vaccine Certification Information:

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at

Out of State Employment

Per CSU-wide policy (HR2021-04), all faculty who will begin initial employment (or return from a 12-month break in service) on or after January 1, 2022 are required to perform their work from within the State of California. Faculty hired prior to January 1, 2022 must be available to perform work in the State of California if their assignment is in-person.

Eligibility Verification
Candidate will be required to provide official transcripts of their highest degree earned and must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.. California State University, Sacramento is a sponsoring agency ( ie. H-1-B Visa).

Advertised: October 13, 2022 (9:00 AM)
Applications Closes: Open Until Filled

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