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Assistant Professor of Art Education

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith
Arkansas, United States
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Posted date
Oct 25, 2021

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Faculty Positions, Arts, Art, Education, Education Administration & Leadership, Other Education, Special Education, Teacher Education
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Type of Position:Faculty - Tenure/Tenure Track

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Institution Name: University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Founded in 1871, the University of Arkansas is a land grant institution, classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the nation’s top 2 percent of universities with the highest level of research activity. The University of Arkansas works to advance Arkansas and build a better world through education, research and outreach by providing transformational opportunities and skills, promoting an inclusive and diverse culture and climate, and nurturing creativity, discovery and the spread of new ideas and innovations.

The University of Arkansas campus is located in Fayetteville, a welcoming community ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. The growing region surrounding Fayetteville is home to numerous Fortune 500 companies and one of the nation’s strongest economies. Northwest Arkansas is also quickly gaining a national reputation for its focus on the arts and overall quality of life.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

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Department:School of Art Art Education

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Summary of Job Duties:The School of Art in the Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas, invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor in Art Education to start in August 2022. This is a nine-month faculty appointment, with a standard workload of 40% teaching, 40% research/creative activity, and 20% service. The candidate for this position will be an important part of our BFA and MA in Art Education programs, as well as the future Ph.D. program in Art Education.

The School of Art is seeking a collaborative, innovative, and critical thinker who is actively engaged in the field of art education with a strong research program. The candidate will teach both undergraduate and graduate courses related to curriculum and pedagogy in art education, research methodologies in art education, philosophical foundations and histories of art education, and contemporary theories of art education. In addition to contributing to the curriculum of the Art Education program, the candidate will have the opportunity to teach in the Foundations program and potentially collaborate with other areas in the School of Art.

The candidate will have the opportunity to develop and teach coursework specific to their research interests. The candidate should have a demonstrated commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion in their pedagogical and scholarly practice from an interdisciplinary perspective. The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. The candidate will be expected to share expertise in the development of graduate level art education programs, foster interdisciplinary cross-campus relationships, and connect with a vibrant local and regional art education community.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in art education or a related field from an accredited institution conferred by the time of appointment
  • Evidence of an active and emerging research program
  • Evidence of teaching experience in pre-K-12, museum, community-based, and/or university settings
  • Experience in–or the potential for–building an equitable and diverse scholarly environment in teaching, mentoring, research, life experiences, or service.
  • Evidence of strong interpersonal and communication skills

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. or Ed.D. in art education or a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Evidence of strong research commitment relative to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Demonstrated commitment to community outreach
  • Evidence or demonstrated commitment to graduate-level teaching and advising
  • Interest or experience in interdisciplinary, transdisciplinary, and cross-campus collaborations
  • Active or emerging commitment to national service and leadership

Salary Information:

Commensurate with education and experience

Required Documents to Apply:

Cover Letter/Letter of Application, Curriculum Vitae, Diversity Statement, Listing of Publications, Other (see special instructions for details), Statement of Research Philosophy, Statement of Teaching Philosophy

Optional Documents:

Proof of Veteran Status

Recruitment Contact Information:

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Angela LaPorte, at

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas System Career Site

Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Additional Information:

Completed applications received by November 20, 2021, will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

For additional inquiries, please contact the search committee chair, Dr. Angela LaPorte, at .

Required Documents

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Letter of Application
  • 1 example of a scholarly publication
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy and its application
  • Statement of Research
  • 1-2 Course Syllabi
  • Statement detailing your contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI), including information about your understanding of these topics, how your professional experience or background has prepared you to promote EDI in this role, and your specific plans and goals for advancing EDI if hired at the University of Arkansas

Optional Documents

  • Other materials you deem relevant to your application (e.g., artist statement, digital portfolio, samples of student work, teaching evaluations)
  • Proof of Veterans Status

About the School of Art:

In 2017, the University of Arkansas was awarded a $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to establish a School of Art in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. The gift created the first and only school of art in the state of Arkansas, and is helping to advance art education, design, art history and studio art in the state while providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students. In addition, in 2017, the School of Art also received a $40 million gift from the Windgate Foundation to develop and build a new Studio Art and Graphic Design facility. Most recently, in 2021, the Windgate Foundation gave a $30 million partial challenge grant to develop and build a facility to house a professional gallery, auditorium, the foundations program, as well as idea fabrication and arts entrepreneurship labs. The mission of the School of Art is to develop one of the highest quality educational, research and service programs in the visual arts available nationally. The School of Art is a fully accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) and includes 52 faculty, 8 staff members, and more than 500 students. There are currently 6 degree options: BFA in Art Education, BFA in Graphic Design, BFA in Studio Art, BA in Art History, BA in Studio Art, and MFA in Studio Art. Advanced degrees in Art Education, Art History, and Graphic Design are currently in development, with some degree options scheduled to begin as early as Fall 2022 (MA in Art Education).

About the Art Education Program:

The mission of the Art Education Program at the University of Arkansas is to:

  • prepare culturally responsive educators who are dedicated to developing interdisciplinary and collaborative approaches to art teaching and research, which address current and future needs of visual arts educators in schools, communities, and museum settings, as well as other educative environments.
  • promote equitable educational practices and community-based programs that acknowledge and challenge barriers to quality art educational access and success, while promoting high quality, socially responsible visual arts educational opportunities.
  • prepare artist-educators and artist-scholars to study, research, and transform the educative potential of the visual arts in schools, museums, and communities—regionally, nationally, and internationally.
  • to conduct research and provide leadership that questions dominant ideologies and cultures in order to generate innovative, inclusive, and equitable approaches to the visual arts and its education.

The vision of the Art Education Program at the University of Arkansas is to inspire artist-educators and artist-scholars to utilize the educative potential of art practice, teaching, and research to build a more equitable and just world. Our work in carrying out this mission and vision is informed by the following core priorities:

  • to recognize, celebrate, and promote inclusive and equitable approaches to art practice, teaching, and research.
  • to prioritize and value the histories and practices of underrepresented peoples and underserved communities through critical, reflexive, and collaborative inquiry.
  • to challenge, innovate, and extend the educative potential of art practice, teaching, and research.

The Art Education Program in the School of Art at the University of Arkansas offers BFA and MA degrees in Art Education, with plans to develop a Ph.D. in Art Education. The MA in Art Education is scheduled to begin in Fall 2022. Faculty members are leaders in the field of art education and in other areas of study, including teacher education and curriculum studies; art-led research, teaching and learning; philosophies and histories of art education; child and youth studies; critical pedagogy; critical race studies; community-engaged scholarship; decolonial education theories; disability studies; gender studies; intergenerational studies; queer theory; and transnational feminism.

The BFA in Art Education has two concentrations, which include K-12 Teaching and Community Practice. The degree seeks to prepare students to be educators and leaders who can foster a progressive and inclusive art education in schools and/or within community organizations. The curriculum covers pedagogical theories and research that are interdisciplinary and diversity conscious. The program also offers various field experience and internship opportunities in schools, museums and community settings, such as areas school districts, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Life Styles, and TASC, as well as other cultural sites and educational settings.

The MA degree program in Art Education will be a two-year research-oriented residency program that emphasizes theoretical studies and research inquiries in art education. The MA degree program is designed for students seeking to expand and deepen their knowledge of theory and practice in Art Education. Both the practice of research and study occupy a central place in the program. Through coursework, students will study and learn about how art education is practiced across a range of different sites—schools, communities, and museums—and develop conceptual and analytical approaches for the conduct of research. Students will have the opportunity to pursue artistic and educational research in areas and topics that interest them. They will develop research questions and pursue inquiries in schools, museums, and community sites. By conducting research, analyzing data, and reporting findings, students will contribute new understandings and knowledge to the field of art education and to their own practice as art educators.

Pre-employment Screening Requirements:Criminal Background Check, Sex Offender Registry

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

The University of Arkansas seeks to attract, develop and retain high quality faculty, staff and administrators that consistently display practices and behaviors to advance a culture and climate that embeds inclusion, diversity, equity, and access. For more information on diversity and inclusion on campus, please visit: Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to race/color, sex, gender, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran or military status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.

Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Constant Physical Activity:N/A

Frequent Physical Activity:N/A

Occasional Physical Activity:Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding, Repetitive Motion, Talking

Benefits Eligible:Yes
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