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Assistant Professor in Studio Art Practice

San Francisco State University
San Francisco, California
$92,000 - $94,000 annually
Start date
Nov 28, 2023

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

Job Details

San Francisco State University, School of Art offers an opportunity for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Art Practice beginning August 2024. Keeping with the prevalent direction of the field, we seek a colleague who works across disciplines in their studio practice and teaching. Preferred candidates have ability to teach foundation courses which may include any combination of, but are not limited to sculpture, ceramics, photography, painting and drawing, printmaking, and textiles. Especially welcome are candidates with an expanded practice that embraces innovation. Candidates must demonstrate potential for professional growth in their specialty area(s) through exhibitions, critical reviews, awards, grants, and residencies.

We are especially interested in qualified candidates with experience teaching and working effectively with individuals from diverse backgrounds and members of underrepresented groups. This position is part of a university cohort hire focused on Black and Latinx/e student success here at SF State. We are looking for teacher/scholars who have an established commitment to teaching, research and/or service in and with the Black and Latinx/e community.

Candidates for this position are expected to satisfy two or more of the eight Black and Latinx/e Student Success Cohort Hire criteria:

  1. Training in and knowledge of historical and present-day structural racism, and practice that engages that knowledge (practice may include teaching, research and/or creative activities, and service).
  2. Demonstrated knowledge of challenges and barriers for Black and Latinx/e students, and evidence of strategies employed to help students overcome such barriers.
  3. Evidence of employing anti-racist teaching strategies that support the learning and success of Black and Latinx students.
  4. Mentors and engages Black and Latinx/e students in research and/or creative activities.
  5. Evidence of research and/or creative activities that contributes to equity, opportunities, and inclusion in higher education.
  6. Evidence of research and/or creative activities that integrates understanding of and/or engages Black and Latinx/e communities’ challenges and structural realities.
  7. Evidence of engaging in service to Black and Latinx/e populations within the discipline.
  8. Evidence of service and contributions to Black and Latinx/e communities.

The School of Art reflects a diverse and fluid set of creative practices and critical methodologies driven by nationally and internationally recognized professionals. Faculty are committed to a collective mission of teaching and research to support student growth in art practice and art history within a liberal arts context. Students are encouraged to engage in critical, interdisciplinary approaches to art history and art practice within both the BA and MFA degree programs. We emphasize the ethical dimension of artistic practice and scholarship within a global context and in relationship to the dynamics of power--including those of class, gender, race, and geopolitics—as they pertain to visual, spatial, institutional, and ideological practices.

San Francisco State University is one of the most diverse academic institutions in the country, with 33% Latinx, 6% African American, 30% Asian, and 24% White (non-Latinx) students. The School of Art is home to 542 majors and minors, and 12 MFA graduate students.
The organizational goal of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world.

SF State is a major public urban university, situated in one of the world’s great cities. Building on a century-long history of commitment to quality teaching and broad access to undergraduate and graduate education, the University offers comprehensive, rigorous, and integrated academic programs that require students to engage in open-minded inquiry and reflection. SF State prepares its students to become productive, ethical, active citizens with a global perspective.

San Francisco State University educates and equips students to thrive in a global society. We deliver academic excellence by pursuing knowledge, inspiring creativity, supporting our diverse community and advancing social justice and positive change in the world. Visit the Strategic Planning website to learn more.


The position requires graduate and undergraduate teaching in introductory, foundations, intermediate, and advanced courses, special topics courses, interdisciplinary studio capstone courses, and in the interdisciplinary MFA program.

In addition to teaching, responsibilities include mentoring and advising graduate and undergraduate students, developing an active program of creative work in one’s area of specialty, and ongoing committee and service assignments within the School of Art and greater University


Required -

  • M.F.A, or equivalent terminal degree in Art.
  • Terminal degree must be completed by the first day of employment.
  • Record of working and communicating effectively with colleagues and students.

Preferred -

  • Record of teaching contributions in area of specialization.
  • Demonstrated achievement and professional growth in their specialty area(s) such as exhibitions, critical reviews, awards, grants, and residencies.
  • Teaching and/or research experience with a diverse student body with wide ranging experiences and knowledge.

Rank and salary

The anticipated Assistant Professor (Academic Year) classification salary range is:

$92,000 - $94,000 annually (12 monthly payments per academic year).

The anticipated hiring range is $7,667 to $7,833 per month.

Salary offered is commensurate with experience and qualifications. In addition, the California Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying its employees less than those of the opposite sex and/or another race or ethnicity for substantially similar work

Professional development funds, moving expenses, start‐up funds, and a reduced teaching load may be available.
The California State University (CSU) provides generous health, retirement, and other benefits.


Application review begins February 1, 2024 and continues until filled. A complete online application must be submitted to receive consideration. To apply, please upload the following materials:

  1. Cover letter – describing research interests and relating your experience to the required qualifications.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. A statement on how your teaching and scholarship align with the commitment of the School of Art to foster an inclusive and diverse academic community. In no more than 500 words, provide an understanding of how your capabilities and experience can address diversity in support of SFSU’s varied student and community populations. Please provide specific examples of how you have addressed diversity in your teaching, research, and service.
  4. Creative work portfolio – 20 examples of work that may include images and/or links to time-based media.
  5. Student work portfolio.
  6. Sample syllabi.
  7. Names and contact information of three references who may be requested to provide letters of recommendation later.

Please direct all questions about the position to: Annalise Harlow, Department Coordinator at

CSU strongly encourages 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 are encouraged to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy can be found at and questions may be sent to

Thank you for your interest in employment with California State University (CSU). CSU is a state entity whose business operations reside within the State of California. Because of this, CSU prohibits hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside of California with very limited exception. While this position may be eligible for occasional telework, all work is expected to be performed in the state of California, and this position is assigned to on-campus operations.

San Francisco State is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against persons on the basis of race, religion, color, ancestry, age, disability, genetic information, gender, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, covered veteran status, or any other protected status. We strongly encourage the application of individuals from historically underrepresented groups. Reasonable accommodations will be provided for qualified applicants with disabilities who self-disclose by contacting the Senior Human Resources Manager. Additional information on the requirements for new hires may be found at the Human Resources web page ( ).


San Francisco State University is a public research university in San Francisco. As part of the 23-campus California State University system, the university offers 118 different bachelor's degrees, 94 master's degrees, and 5 doctoral degrees along with 26 teaching credentials among six academic colleges. Home to the nation's first College of Ethnic Studies, San Francisco State has a longstanding commitment to inclusiveness and social justice. The mission of San Francisco State University is to create and maintain an environment for learning that promotes respect for and appreciation of scholarship, freedom, human diversity, and the cultural mosaic of the City of San Francisco and the Bay Area; to promote excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment; and to provide broadly accessible higher education for residents of the region and state, as well as the nation and world. To fulfill its mission, the University is committed to the following goals:

  • Attracting, retaining and graduating a highly diverse student body
  • Providing disciplinary and interdisciplinary liberal arts and professional education that is academically rigorous and intellectually challenging
  • Providing curricula that reflect all dimensions of human diversity, and that encourage critical thinking and a commitment to social justice
  • Recruiting, retaining and supporting a diverse faculty whose teaching demonstrates an active engagement with their individual fields of study and whose creative and scholarly work is an extension of the classroom, laboratory or studio
  • Employing a staff and administration reflecting the diversity of our student community and the values of the campus;
  • Fostering a collegial and cooperative intellectual environment that includes recognition and appreciation of differing viewpoints and promotes academic freedom within the University community; and
  • Serving the communities with which its students and faculty are engaged.
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