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Assistant Professor of Visual and Public Art

California State University, Monterey Bay
California, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted Date
Dec 29, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Assistant Professor of Visual and Public Art

Job no: 520349
Work type: Instructional Faculty - Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: Monterey Bay
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time

Classification: Academic Year Faculty
Priority Screening Date: December 1, 2022
Recruitment Status: Open Until Filled
Appointment Date: Fall 2023

Powered by an inspiring Founding Vision Statement, California State University, Monterey Bay (CSUMB) is a mid-sized comprehensive baccalaureate and masters granting university whose staff and faculty help transform student lives through a focus on student success and engagement through project-based learning, service learning in its regional community, and the promotion of multicultural and global perspectives on and beyond campus. CSUMB is both a Minority Serving Institution (MSI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and has a vibrant, diverse student body of over 7,400 students.

The university's Strategic Plan prioritizes inclusive excellence through recruiting and investing in the development of a diverse body of faculty, staff, and administrators. CSUMB's sustainability initiative is to be carbon neutral by 2030. The university's faculty and staff, many of whom live in the East Campus housing development, appreciate living and working so close to the shores of the beautiful Monterey Bay. As one of the 23 campuses in the California State University (CSU) system, CSUMB offers excellent benefits, including access to below-market rate campus housing and competitive salaries for faculty and staff.


This position is part of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences DEI cluster hire initiative to recruit and retain a community of scholars across disciplines with a demonstrated record of teaching, research, creative scholarship, and/or service with African American/Black populations. The Department of Visual and Public Art seeks to hire a tenure track faculty member at the rank of Assistant Professor who is committed to examining areas such as (but not limited to):
  • Visual Cultural Criticism and Community Engaged Practice
  • Institutional racism and advancing social equity in the public art realm
  • Artistic production that analyzes the lives, experiences, and cultural traditions of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, Asian, Pacific Islander, and other communities of color.

Additionally, candidates with demonstrated experience in department leadership/administration are strongly encouraged to apply.

The mission of the Visual and Public Art (VPA) Department is to provide students with a lifelong set of skills that synthesize studio and community arts approaches to artistic production, exhibition, and education. Both individual and collaborative art methodologies are used in the VPA department's integrated emphasis through coursework in painting and murals; sculpture and installation; arts education; social and community practices; photography and visual culture. Combining theory with practice, the program's pedagogies focus on historical and contemporary analysis, community collaboration, artistic production, evaluation, and distribution of work with an emphasis on applied research, technical competency, and self-expression. The VPA major equips students with skills of art making, ethical inquiry, self-reflection, visual literacy, and empathy and reciprocal community engagement to address the critical issues of aesthetics, social justice, and cross-cultural competencies in a multicultural and increasingly interconnected global society.

  • Teach all levels of core curriculum that support Senior Capstone and Major Learning Outcomes, as well as one's specialty area (12 units/semester)
  • Contribute, in a leadership role, to the area of art theory, public sphere, and community engaged practice
  • Engage in community outreach within the tri-county region (Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito)
  • Cultivate knowledge of socially engaged art scholarship that includes participatory and community-based art and activities
  • Conduct scholarly and creative activities
  • Provide service/contribution to the institution and community
  • Provide service on department, college, and university committees
  • Commitment to developing curriculum with an emphasis on community engaged practice and departmental Major Learning Outcomes

  • MFA and/or Ph.D. by the time of appointment from an accredited doctoral program
  • Ability to teach effectively in a wide range of courses
  • Experience working effectively in an ethnically and culturally diverse campus community

  • Demonstrate an exceptional level of achievement and potential in practicum through socially relevant work that creates a platform for underrepresented voices
  • A record or history of critical reviews, publications, grants/awards, and/or other related activities
  • Proficiency in application of critical-socio perspectives that are culturally relevant to the exploration of art and visual culture
  • Strong in-depth foundation of applied practice and cultural production through a critical framework and understanding of contemporary social theory of art-making
  • Demonstrate knowledge of socially engaged art research and related disciplines that include participatory and community based art and activities
  • Experience advising and mentoring undergraduate students from ethnically diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to contribute to the department's mission in advancing DEI and belonging through their creative practice, research, teaching, and/or service
  • Experience chairing an academic department or leading an organization
  • Demonstrated leadership skills in professional or academic areas


The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

The incumbent is required to maintain confidentiality as outlined in the Department of Education's Family Educational Rights and Privacy and California's Educational Code Chapter 13 regarding sensitive student issues.

All offers of employment are contingent upon the successful completion of a background check (including a criminal records check).

Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.


Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $75,000 - $80,000


CSUMB offers a premium benefit package that includes outstanding health, dental & vision plans; a fee waiver education program; and membership in the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS). For more information, visit: CSU Benefits Summary. Additionally, University Corporation at CSU Monterey Bay provides access to affordable campus housing based on availability, visit: Schoonover Employee Housing.


For full consideration, applicants must complete the required online application and submit required documents by the priority screening date found at Application submissions received after the application screening date will be reviewed at the discretion of the University. Materials submitted become the property of CSUMB and will not be returned.

Required Documentation:
  1. Completed CSUMB Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
  3. Cover letter of interest (no more than 5 pages) that includes:
  4. A discussion of teaching philosophy as it pertains to student success and inclusive excellence
  5. A description of research experiences and/or creative scholarly interests
  6. A diversity statement that must include specific examples of how your background, educational/professional experiences, and area of expertise prepared you for this position
  • Supporting document materials in a single PDF file including:
  • Exhibition reviews, published articles and papers
  • List of courses taught with sample syllabi
  • Twenty (20) images of professional work (each image no larger than 3MB JPEG file and 3000 pixels on longer side)
  • Detailed image list including title, dimension, material, date of completion, and description of each image if necessary
  • Artist website address and a link to an optional video file
  • Unofficial copies of all postsecondary degree transcripts (official transcripts will be required prior to appointment)

  • Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting University Personnel at (831) 582-3389.


    CSUMB hires only individuals lawfully authorized to work in the United States and is an E-Verify employer. In compliance with state and federal crime awareness and campus security legislation, including The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act, California Education Code section 67380, and the Higher Education Opportunity Act (HEOA), the Cal State University, Monterey Bay Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available at:

    The health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff remain our highest priority. While on campus, students, faculty, staff, and the community will be expected to follow all campus safety mandates.

    Per the CSU COVID-19 Vaccination Interim Policy, all students and employees are required to submit their vaccination status to the Otter Vaccination Registry and are encouraged to be vaccinated.

    CSUMB is a smoke and tobacco-free campus.


    CSUMB is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action employer seeking to recruit and support a broadly diverse community of faculty and staff. We value and celebrate diversity in all its forms and strive to foster an inclusive culture built on respect that affirms inter-group relations and builds cohesion. We consider qualified applicants for employment for their anticipated contributions and without regard to race, color, religion, national origin, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, pregnancy, marital status, veteran status, or disability.

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