Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept
Portland State University is a nationally acclaimed leader in
sustainability and community-based learning. Oregon's largest and
most diverse university, PSU serves just under 30,000 students from
50 states and nearly 100 nations. Within this context, PSU's School
of Art + Design offers degree programs that help students explore
the many ways artists and designers function in and serve society.
With more than 1,000 undergraduate majors, a vibrant dual-focus
graduate program and a dedicated faculty of artists, designers and
scholars, the School of A+D is a place where students from a
variety of backgrounds interact, exchange ideas and cross
conventional aesthetic boundaries.
The School of Art + Design's degree programs are built upon an
intensive first-year core that introduces the materials, language,
ideas and techniques of interdisciplinary practice in art, design
and art history. From this common core, students may pursue a BFA
degree in Art Practice, a BFA in Graphic Design or a BA/BS in Art
History. Emphasizing community, visual literacy, the critical
exploration of ideas, and the importance of craft, our degree
programs provide students with opportunities to forge connections
among traditions of visual art, the social dimension of art and
design, and their own developing expression.
Portland State University College of the Arts and the School of
Art + Design invite applications for the James DePreist Visiting
Professorship. One of the first African- American conductors on the
world stage, James DePreist helmed orchestras from Amsterdam to
Tokyo and is credited with building the Oregon Symphony into one
worthy of international acclaim. A National Medal of Arts winner,
poet and educator, Mr. DePreist demonstrated a lifelong commitment
to the power of arts education and the importance of equal access.
This Professorship seeks to perpetuate his exemplary spirit by
supporting inclusive experiences and diverse, non-western
perspectives in art and design education.
The teaching focus of each new Professorship is determined by
the current needs of the School of Art + Design in concert with the
interests and expertise of the successful candidate. For the
2022-2024 position we seek a scholar with expertise in
African-American, African Diaspora or Native American/Indigenous
art history of any time period, including contemporary.
This is a 1.0 FTE, two-year position, renewable for a maximum
total of four years. The position begins September 16, 2022.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Typically, a Full-time Fixed Term position teaches 36 credits
during the three-quarter academic year. However, this
position involves an instructional workload reduction of 12 credits
for funded DEI community-engagement and outreach.
The successful candidate will have an active scholarly research
agenda; a commitment to teaching lower and upper-division courses
in the area of his/her/their expertise; and an interest in the
possibility of engaging local collections of pertinent material,
for example the Native American holdings of the Portland Art
- Ph.D. in art history or related field strongly preferred; ABD
candidates and/or candidates with an MA in art history and relevant
experience will also be considered.
- Applicants must possess knowledge of current technologies
relative to instructional tasks and an interest in their creative
- A record of accomplishment, such as art historical publications
and/or curatorial achievements.
- College-level teaching experience.
- Demonstrated interest in contributing to a contemporary
interdisciplinary setting in an atmosphere of close faculty-student
- Two years of teaching experience at the college/university
level beyond a teaching assistantship.
- Experience teaching one or more of the following: Critical Race
theory, Diaspora studies, indigenous studies, post-colonial theory,
decolonization theory, Ethnic studies, feminist theory,
African-American art, African Diaspora arts, Indigenous arts/Visual
arts by indigenous peoples of the Americas, and/or theory from a
- An interest in developing community-based courses.
- A record of community outreach activities.
- Experience in curriculum development.
For additional information about this position and to
apply please visit: https://jobs.hrc.pdx.edu/postings/35164
To apply, please submit:
- A letter of interest.
- A CV.
- A statement of teaching philosophy. A statement of research
interests. Evidence of teaching effectiveness. Writing
- Full contact information for three references (including phone
numbers and email addresses).
Review of applications will begin November 15th, 2021 and will
continue until the finalists are identified. Incomplete
applications will not be reviewed.
For further information, please contact Professor Alberto
McKelligan Hernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503)