Assistant Professor of Art & Design

Newberg, Oregon, United States

Job description

George Fox University announces a tenure-track position in Art and Design with a specialization in Photography and Lens-based media, to begin August 2018. The committee seeks a working photography practitioner with significant professional experience, a broad knowledge of contemporary and historical photography, as well as an understanding of the technical, critical, and theoretical issues in both commercial and studio applications of the media.

George Fox University, a Christ-centered community, prepares students spiritually, academically, and professionally to think with clarity, act with integrity, and serve with passion. Our vision is to be the Christian university of choice known for empowering students to achieve exceptional life outcomes. We put students first, with Christ at the center of our work, embracing change in order to improve. As a Christ-centered community, George Fox University values diversity as an essential dimension of God’s design for human communities. In seeking to become a more inclusive community, we especially encourage applications from women and candidates from racial and ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented on our faculty.

Program/Department Mission Statement: The Department of Art and Design at George Fox University prepares students for positions of service and leadership by cultivating excellence within the field of art and design. We emphasize the importance of Christ-centered spiritual formation, social responsibility, stewardship, and diverse discourse within the life and professional practice of our students. We promote the broader academic values of inquiry, critical thought, experimentation, and innovation.

Our program prepares students to operate professionally within the field of art and design, engages students in critical analysis and response to contemporary visual culture, provides students with professional opportunities to launch their emergent practices, and promotes a programmatic vision to serve our community through the agency and transformational potential of the visual arts.

The work of our new colleague will include, but is not limited to:

Directing, developing curriculum, and teaching all levels of undergraduate photography coursework, including traditional darkroom techniques and processes, digital tools, history of photography/selected topics in photography.

Teaching within the Art & Design core and/or senior capstone level courses.

Ability to develop and sustain an ongoing program of relevant scholarship suitable for a tenure-track faculty member

Participation in the work of the department and the university, including academic advising and serving on department and university-wide committees and working groups.


Terminal degree (MFA) in a relevant field required. Applicants who are in the final stages of a terminal degree program will be considered, but must have an earned the degree by the time of appointment.
Strong skills in image making, traditional darkroom, and digital photography tools are essential.
A commitment to working with a diverse population of students is essential; demonstrated experience in this area is preferred.

All applicants must express a personal commitment to Jesus Christ and express their Christian testimony in a local church. In addition, professors agree to live in agreement with the Community Lifestyle Statement and affirm the theological commitments expressed in the Statement of Faith.

Salary and Rank

Appointment at the Assistant Professor level is anticipated. Salary and benefits are competitive with comparable institutions.

How to apply

For more information, or to apply now, you must go to the website below. Please DO NOT email your resume to us as we only accept applications through our website.
Recommendations and other supporting materials will be requested at a later stage of the review process. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

George Fox is Oregon's nationally recognized Christian university, providing students with personal attention, global opportunities to learn and serve, and a supportive community that encourages academic rigor and spiritual growth. We offer bachelor’s degrees in more than 40 majors, adult degree programs, six seminary degrees, and 12 master’s and doctoral degrees. George Fox is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities. The school consistently earns third-party recognition from publications such as Forbes and U.S. News & World Report, which annually rank it among the nation's top Christian colleges.