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Assistant Professor, Studio Art Foundations

School of Visual Arts and Design
Orlando, Florida
Start date
Nov 27, 2023

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

The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD), in the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for two, 9-month tenure-earning assistant professors in studio art foundations. The anticipated start date is August 8, 2024.

Some of the principal duties required of this position include teaching a 3/3 course load, sustaining an active studio practice and exhibition record, active engagement in committee service, maintaining regular office hours, developing curriculum, and participating in campus and community life. The successful candidate must have a promising exhibition record that demonstrates potential for national recognition. The candidate should have a strong basis in foundations (2-D and 3-D design).

UCF is home to a growing and diverse student population of over 70,000 students, almost 2,000 faculty, and more than 4,700 staff. At UCF, we are dedicated to access and are invested in identifying candidates who will contribute to our mission through equity-minded practice and culturally responsive pedagogy. For more information about UCF, please visit the website at

In SVAD, we are dedicated to the exploration of creativity, where we engage the senses, ignite imagination, and nurture artistic talents. Our mission is to inspire and empower a diverse community of artists and designers. SVAD is a place where you can see, think, hear, touch, and learn through the transformative power of art. We believe that the senses are the gateway to profound creative experiences. Our curriculum is thoughtfully designed to immerse students in the world of art and design. We offer a range of academic programs, including B.A., BFA, and MFA degrees, tailored to artists and designers of all backgrounds. With a team of over 50 dedicated faculty and staff advisors, SVAD is committed to guiding students toward the right educational path and helping them shape successful careers in the arts. Join our award-winning faculty, renowned for their expertise and passion for nurturing talent. Together, we spark the interests of our students and guide them on a journey of creative discovery. For more information about SVAD and our vibrant community, please visit our website at

Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA (Master of Fine Arts or equivalent terminal degree) from an accredited institution.

  • Evidence of strong personal studio work.

  • A minimum of 1-year of teaching experience.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Candidates should be capable of designing and delivering foundation courses in 2-D and 3-D design.

  • Demonstrate outstanding design capabilities, strong grounding in formal design principles, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and critiquing skills.

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal and organizational skills.

  • Creative research with a strong basis in design with a preference for a specialization in either printmaking/book arts and/or ceramics.

Additional Application Materials Required:

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website,  In addition to the online application, candidates should upload the following:

  • A cover letter.

  • A current curriculum vitae including the contact information for three professional references.

  • An artist’s statement.

  • In a single PDF file, 20 images of the candidate’s studio work samples. Image sizes: 150 dpi, not to exceed 1500 pixels. External video links of candidate work can also (optionally) be provided in this PDF document, but they should be direct links to the video rather than to a website. Any links must be public (not password protected) at the time of submission.

  • In a single PDF file, 20 images of student work. Student images must be annotated with explanatory notes, any information identifying the student must be removed. Image sizes: 150 dpi, not to exceed 1500 pixels.

  • Unofficial copy of MFA transcript (or equivalent) from an accredited institution.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be simultaneously uploaded. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

Questions regarding this search should be directed toKeri Watson, Associate Professor at

Special Instructions to the Applicants:


Job Close Date:

Open until filled.

Note to applicants: Please keep in mind that a job posted as ‘Open until filled’ may close at any time without notice. As such, we encourage you to submit your application and all required documentation as quickly as possible to ensure consideration for the posted position.

Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual leave (12-month faculty) and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (

Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 240 degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete, online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.

Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.


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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

The University of Central Florida is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including Disabled/Vets.  Click on UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement to view the President’s Statement.

The UCF affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office of Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. 

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.

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