Assistant Professor of Art

  • Deadline:
    March 21, 2018, 3:03 p.m.
  • Location:
    Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 26,700 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries. The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 19 departments and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president and longtime U.S. senator. University of Arkansas has recently been 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. This is the largest gift ever made to a U.S. university in support of or to establish a school of art. The gift also created the first and only school of art in the state of Arkansas, and is helping to propel art education, design, research, and creative activity in the state forward while also providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students. In addition, the Windgate Charitable Foundation recently awarded the School of Art a $40 million gift to create a Windgate Art and Design District in the heart of south Fayetteville. The development will feature several new buildings for art and design classrooms, labs, studios, and a potential public gallery space. The mission of the School of Art is to offer the highest quality educational, research, and service programs in the visual arts. Currently, the School includes 36 faculty and staff members and more than 400 students and offers six 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 (studio areas include ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture). Located in the beautiful Arkansas Ozarks, Fayetteville frequently receives accolades as one of America's best places to live, by such publications as Forbes, Kiplingers and Business Week. The area is home to an active local arts community, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and 21C Museum, and continues to grow as a destination for art and a hub for artists.

The University of Arkansas is seeking an active and energetic artist or designer for a full-time tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Time-Based Media. The successful candidate will lead the Time and Motion component within the existing Foundations program, and establish a new Time-Based Media concentration-developing, structuring, and teaching the curriculum while also contributing to the strength and energy of the School of Art as a whole. Applicants should have a strong professional record and possess knowledge of a wide variety of interdisciplinary art-making strategies centering on or intersecting with video, sound, performance, interactive media, animation, durational installation, or other hybrid and emerging art forms.

Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and qualifications. Benefits include Major Medical Insurance, Group Life Insurance, Delta Dental Insurance, CAN Long Term Care, Long Term Disability Insurance, TIAA/CREF and/or Fidelity. Social Security. The University matches contributions up to 10% for retirement.

Job Duties: Teach a 2/2 course-load (total of four courses per year) while maintaining an active and significant program of research. The faculty member will work with students at all levels, from foundations to graduate level. They will participate in BFA and MFA reviews, and serve on MFA thesis committees.

Development and management of a new Time-Based Media emphasis area will include, but is not limited to: creating curriculum, ensuring a safe working environment, overseeing a budget, managing supplies and equipment, and supervising graduate assistants. Continued oversight of the Time and Motion component of the Foundations curriculum is expected for the near future. The ability to work collegially and productively with others is an essential aspect of the position.

Service obligations will include student mentoring, undergraduate advising, supervision of student-related activities, and committee service at the Departmental, College, and/or University level. In addition, the new faculty member will be responsible for developing plans for the Time-based Media area within the new Windgate Art and Design District, which includes developing plans for equipment, facilities, studios, and more.

Required Qualifications
● MFA with emphasis in art, design, or equivalent terminal degree earned by August 2018
● Experience in digital video production
● Active and significant exhibition/professional record
● Evidence of excellence in teaching
Desired Qualifications
● A broad knowledge of time-based digital strategies common in contemporary art and design
● Experience and evidence of excellence in teaching at multiple levels
● Demonstrated commitment to an interdisciplinary approach to teaching and personal practice
● Demonstrated commitment to student mentoring
● Demonstrated commitment to community engagement
● Experience with curriculum building and/or program development
The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Completed applications received by March 21st, 2018 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Applicants must submit materials on two sites in order for the application to be considered complete.

On SlideRoom (, please login or create an account and submit:

● Letter of application
● Curriculum vitae with website url (if applicable)
● Artist statement
● Statement of teaching philosophy
● Syllabi/course outlines of relevant courses taught, if available. (please submit as a single PDF)
● Up to 20 examples of professional work, identified with title and/or description, dimensions, medium, and date
● Up to 20 examples of student work, identified with course title/level and project description (for specific guidelines on file types and sizes permissible on Slideroom see:

On the University of Arkansas Careers site, please:
● Complete the applicant profile at
● Submit a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of recommendation if requested during the application process. Letters of recommendation will be requested only for candidates selected for interviews.

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.

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