Instructor of Foundations

University of North Florida
Florida, United States
Competitive Salary
Posted date
Oct 22, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Arts, Art
Employment Level
Non-Tenured Track
Employment Type
Full Time
The University of North Florida’s Department of Art, Art History & Design invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing beginning in Fall 2020. 
The University of North Florida’s Department of Art, Art History & Design is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD). The Department is comprised of six major areas of undergraduate study: Art History, Ceramics, Graphic Design and Digital Media, Painting/Drawing/Printmaking, Photography, and Sculpture. The Department expands learning opportunities for students and provides professional enrichment for faculty and staff through a partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art in downtown Jacksonville, a cultural institute of UNF. In addition, the Department maintains an extensive permanent teaching collection of approximately 500 works from world-renowned artists. 
Our program is seeking an innovative artist and educator with robust professional practice, experience teaching, an understanding of history and knowledge of contemporary artistic production as it pertains to painting and drawing. Our ideal candidate should be experienced in operating a painting studio and demonstrating a working knowledge of the education studio environment. Responsibilities will include teaching three undergraduate painting, drawing or foundation courses, within a wide range of mediums. The successful candidate will incorporate both traditional and emerging painting and drawing practices into their teaching. 
In addition to teaching, the candidate must show ongoing excellence in research, scholarship and/or creative activity. This may include submissions to conferences, gallery shows, publications, grants or fellowships in national, regional or local venues. In addition, service to the department, college and university is expected. 
UNF faculty are expected to maintain the highest standards of academic excellence in all phases of instruction and service. 
UNF is a Carnegie Community Engaged institution. This designation celebrates the University’s collaboration with community partners from the local to the global level. UNF strategically supports an aim to operate as a preeminent, vibrantly inclusive employer in higher education. UNF cultivates a shared commitment to diverse and inclusive perspectives and a culturally competent and inclusive university environment that values and respects the human differences, dignity, and well-being of every community member. The successful candidate should demonstrate a capacity to work among diverse constituencies in the immediate university community and beyond. 
Required Qualifications: 
Qualified candidates will have an M.F.A. degree and at least three years of teaching experience beyond the graduate T.A. level. Candidates must be familiar with a range of conceptual and technical aspects of painting/drawing and demonstrate a commitment to extend interdisciplinary approaches to both mediums. An understanding of contemporary art issues and current studio practices is required. 
Candidates must demonstrate proficiency in traditional approaches to painting techniques, have experience teaching painting foundations, limited understanding of the figure, aspects of glazing, knowledge of paint mediums, and have a basic working knowledge of alternative types of paint such as gauche, encaustic, and tempera. 

Required Supplemental Documents: 
  1. Cover letter detailing your professional activity and how it resonates with the position criteria as well as an artist statement
  2. Statement of teaching philosophy 
  3. Curriculum vitae 
  4. Unofficial transcripts (finalists will be required to submit official transcripts) 
  5. Portfolio of personal/professional work (labeled), no more than 20 examples 
  6. Department Specific Document: Portfolio of student work (labeled), no more than 20 examples 
  7. Example of a course syllabus and course assignments 


List of three professional references with contact information must be included in the application. References will be contacted to provide a letter of recommendation.

Once you submit both your completed application and uploaded documents you will receive a confirmation number. Keep the confirmation number for your records. If you have any questions about this position, please contact Trevor Dunn at All applications and documents must be submitted by January 11, 2022. 

If invited to campus the following materials will need to be mailed by February 14, 2022: 1. Official Transcripts Mail to: University of North Florida Dept of Art, Art History & Design 45/2022 1 UNF Drive Jacksonville, FL 32224 ATTN: Search POS #335030 p/d
You must apply online at and submit all required documents to be considered an applicant for this position. UNF is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action Institution.

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