Instructor, Painting and Drawing–School of Art

Job description:

The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University welcomes candidates to apply for a full-time, fixed-term, Instructor position, based in Tempe/Phoenix AZ, beginning August 2023. The position will serve undergraduate students in a variety of painting and drawing courses, potentially including figure drawing and figure painting courses. We seek candidates whose experience and teaching will contribute to an equitable and inclusive learning and work environment. This position is on the ASU Tempe Campus.

The School of Art seeks a candidate with rich and varied knowledge of technical and conceptual issues in painting and drawing to teach lower and upper division undergraduate courses. Candidates will have proficiency teaching a wide range of painting and drawing media, materials, and subjects. Candidates will have proficiency teaching perceptual and abstract methods within painting and drawing. Duties will include teaching five courses per semester to a diverse student population with varying skill levels. Candidates will have experience or ability to teach in various modalities, including online or hybrid, and in-person courses. The candidate will have strong organizational skills to effectively communicate and the ability to utilize a digital platform (Canvas) to offer course materials and facilitate grading and feedback. The ideal candidate will contribute to the diversity and inclusion of the School by bringing ways of teaching, subject expertise, and/or unique experiences that expand conversations and knowledge in the classroom.

Required qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts or equivalent terminal degree in the field (completed by employment date)
  • Demonstrated evidence of commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching in higher education

Desired qualifications:

  • Ability to teach all levels of undergraduate courses
  • Ability to teach a wide variety of painting and drawing media
  • Ability to teach online and hybrid courses on a digital platform
  • Ability to organize and communicate clearly
  • Ability to teach figure drawing and painting

Application deadline:

The application deadline is December 4, 2022. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

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Instruction to apply:

Please submit:

  • Letter of interest addressing the candidate’s creative activity and teaching
  • Statement addressing commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Painting and/or Drawing Course Syllabus
  • Artist website URL or social media presence
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • 10 images of creative work with image information in one combined PDF, maximum size of 10 MB
  • Finalists may be asked to provide additional documentation

All applications must be submitted electronically via 

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