Assistant Professor in Expanded Approaches to Studio Arts

University of Central Florida
Florida, United States
Salary Not specified
Posted date
Nov 30, 2021

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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) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) invites applications for a nine-month, tenure-earning assistant professor in Expanded Approaches to Studio Arts. The anticipated start date is August 8, 2022.

SVAD is seeking an imaginative practicing artist with an active and distinctive record of creative studio work. The successful candidate will demonstrate sustained research activity and provide evidence of a growing national or international exhibition record.

SVAD seeks a candidate with a focus in interdisciplinary and cross-disciplinary approaches to contemporary research-based studio practices. We are seeking an artist whose practice balances traditional processes and innovative, contemporary approaches. These could include evolving technologies, social practice, and/or recontextualizing material practices historically excluded from the canon. Applicants should demonstrate a keen conceptual understanding of their practice and its location in the complex shifting landscape of historical and contemporary art.

We are interested in an artist with a creative practice that challenges established paradigms; this practice could engage with analyses of race, indigeneity, colonialism, ableism, environmental issues, migration, diaspora, amongst others. At SVAD, we believe in the inextricable tie between diversity and excellence. We are committed to deepening our engagement with underrepresented groups within our global community.

The successful candidate will be expected to teach within their area of focus and across the studio art curriculum, with the potential of developing new approaches that invigorate our existing program and prepare our students to shape the future of contemporary practices.

Our MFA program is establishing itself as one that has graduated successful artists and educators working across the country in studio practices, teaching positions, and arts industry careers. The successful candidate will demonstrate an ability and eagerness to work with our MFA students. We expect each faculty member to be an exemplar, insightful mentor, and guide for their post-graduate future.

The successful candidate will teach a 3/3 course load in addition to sustaining an active studio practice and exhibition record. The successful candidate will also perform departmental and university service, as well as service to the profession, and participate in campus and community life to promote the college mission and to promote a collegial and collaborative environment.

SVAD, within the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH), and UCF supports and rewards teaching and research excellence and offers BFA degrees in Studio Arts and Emerging Media and B.A. degrees in Studio Arts, Art History, Architecture, and Visual Arts Management and MFA degrees in Studio Art and Design and in Animation and Visual Effects. SVAD’s Studio Arts degrees include Sculpture, Ceramics, Mixed Media, Installation/Performance Art, Photography, Drawing, Painting, Drawing/Painting, Drawing/Printmaking, Drawing/Illustration, and Book Arts.

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 we are invested in identifying candidates who will contribute to our mission through equity-minded practice and culturally responsive pedagogy.

For more information about the SVAD, please visit For more information about UCF, please visit the website at


Minimum Qualifications:

  • MFA (Master of Fine Arts or equivalent terminal degree) from an accredited institution.
  • An active record of creative and exhibition activity.
  • Evidence of two years college level teaching experience in studio arts.
  • Effective communication skills.
  • Experience with instructional technology.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • A strong record of distinctive and creative studio work.
  • A strong record of national/international curated and competitive juried exhibitions.
  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching and mentoring a diverse population of students.
  • Resourceful, collaborative, collegial, and versatile individual with a solid record of teaching experience in their area of focus.
  • Technical proficiencies in digital software systems including Word and Photoshop.
  • Experience in grant writing.


Required Application Process and Materials:

The university requires that all applicants apply online at  In addition to the online application, applicants must also submit all required materials in the following order: 

(1) a cover letter of application indicating qualifications for the position;

(2) a curriculum vitae;

(3) the contact information for three professional references;

(4) an artist’s statement;

(5) statement of teaching philosophy including a statement of diversity and inclusion;

(6) in a single PDF, 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 videos rather than to a website. Any links must be public (not password protected) at the time of submission. Video excerpts should be a maximum of five minutes in length.

(7) in a single PDF, 20 images of student’s work in a focused area of studio art. 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.

(8) unofficial copy of MFA transcript (or equivalent) from an accredited university.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents at a later date.

Optional Supplemental Materials:

Professional documentation such as images of solo installations, exhibition catalogues or related publications, professional reviews.

Review of applications will begin once the position is closed. Candidates will not be considered until all of the above materials are received. Candidates are responsible for ensuring all materials have been uploaded correctly.

The selected candidate will be required to provide official transcripts.

For further questions about this position, please contact:

Carla Poindexter, search committee chair at

Subject line: Assistant Professor in Expanded Approaches to Studio Arts Inquiries.


The University of Central Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, race, color, religion, national origin, disability, protected Veteran status, age, or any other characteristic protected by law. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at:

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request. The UCF's affirmative action plans for qualified individuals with disabilities and protected Veterans are available for inspection in the Office for Institutional Equity, Monday through Friday, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., upon request.

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