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Assistant Professor of Studio Art (9-Mo-TT)

Samford University
Birmingham, Alabama
Salary commensurate with experience.
Start date
Sep 20, 2023

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Design & Graphic Arts
Employment Level
Tenured/Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time

Samford University’s School of the Arts invites applicants interested in serving in a Christian university environment to apply for a tenure-track professor of art position. The tenure-track position is a nine-month appointment that will begin in August 2024 at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. 

The successful candidate will be primarily responsible for teaching studio art foundations courses within the Department of Art and Design, including beginning and intermediate drawing and 2D Design. They will also serve as the department foundations coordinator, overseeing and guiding the department’s foundation curriculum. Additionally, faculty are expected to maintain ongoing professional development and scholarship activity and provide service to the university, school, and department. The ideal candidate should demonstrate a strong interest in teaching and mentoring students at the undergraduate level and the ability to contribute to the intellectual and cultural life of the university.

Required qualifications include outstanding academic credentials, including an M.F.A. in an area of Studio Art or a related field, an active exhibition record or evidence of scholarly activity, and a commitment to teaching, scholarship and service. 

Preference will be given to applicants with university-level teaching experience in observational drawing and 2D Design and the ability to work collaboratively with other faculty to maintain the studios and develop a consistent foundation’s curriculum.  

Samford University ( is a leading nationally ranked Christian University.  Founded in 1841, Samford is the 87th oldest institution of higher learning in the United States.  It is the largest privately supported and fully accredited institution for higher learning in Alabama. Located in the Birmingham, Alabama, suburb of Homewood, with 425 full-time faculty and more than 5,700 students representing 49 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and 22 countries. The University is dedicated to the promotion of rigorous academic inquiry in a Christian setting. The University seeks and prefers employee applicants of the Christian faith and offers competitive salaries with a generous benefits package.

Review of applications will begin October 4, 2023, and applications will be accepted until December 1, 2023. Application materials should include a letter of interest stating the qualifications for the position, a current Curriculum Vita, the Application for Faculty Position and the Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement. In addition, please submit the following supplemental materials: (a) a teaching statement outlining philosophies of pedagogy, (b) an artist statement, (c) a link or digital portfolio including 15 images of recent work, (d) a link or digital portfolio featuring 15 images of student work, and (e) contact information for three professional references. Images should include descriptions of media, scale, and year created. Finalists may be required to submit additional materials at a later time.

Salary is dependent upon qualifications and experience. Applicants must be authorized to work in the United States, as Samford will not sponsor any employment visas for this position. Samford University and the School of the Arts embrace diversity in their faculty, students, and staff and encourage applications from those who would add to the diversity of our academic community.

“Application for Faculty Position” can be found at: (

and the “Faculty Applicant Christian Mission Statement” can be found at: (

Please submit all materials in PDF format to:

subject: Studio Art Faculty

For questions about the position, please contact:

Scott Fisk, Chair, Department of Art and Design

Except as specifically exempted by federal law requirements, Samford University does not unlawfully discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, national or ethnic origin, disability or age in the administration or application of its educational programs and policies, admissions policies, employment policies, scholarship and loan programs. Consistent with its Christian mission and organizations, Samford is exempt from the religious provisions of Title VII pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Sections 2000e-1(a) and 2000e-2(e).



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