Assistant Professor of Art in Painting/Drawing, Tenure Track



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Job description

The Art Department at Adams State University seeks a dynamic art educator with specialization in Painting/Drawing. The art program offers both a BA and BFA degrees. Primary teaching responsibilities include teaching courses in the above areas at the lower and upper-division level. Participation in teaching lower division and general education art courses commensurate with the needs of the department is expected. Teaching load is 12 credit hours per semester. Faculty rank and salary commensurate with qualifications.

Candidates should demonstrate that they possess (1) a commitment to student-centered instruction, and (2) a commitment to furthering the university’s mission of Inclusive Excellence. The successful candidate must demonstrate the ability to communicate effectively and collaborate with diverse faculty, staff, and students within the School of Visual and Performing Arts and across campus.

Required Qualifications:

  • MFA in the following disciplines: Painting/Drawing
  • Ability to teach beginning through advanced level courses
  • Demonstrated commitment to undergraduate teaching and student-centered learning
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to valuing equity, treating cultural and linguistic diversity as assets, and promoting inclusiveness
  • Ability to treat others with respect, civility, and courtesy and to work honestly, effectively, and collegiality with employees, students, and the community. This includes the ability to use appropriate conflict management skills to effectively manage any disagreement that might arise or to bring the disagreement to management for assistance in productive resolution when the situation requires.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience teaching at the undergraduate level
  • Commitment to undergraduate studio instruction
  • Experience using a variety of delivery methods for teaching
  • Demonstrated background in the area of Painting/Drawing, art theory, art history (Must have 18 hours of Grad level courses), art education, and general education art courses

Salary and Benefits:

$45,000 – $48,000 range for a traditional 9-month academic-year appointment. In addition to salary, Adams State University offers a competitive benefits program including medical, dental, vision, disability insurance, flexible spending accounts, life insurance, and retirement savings plans. For detailed benefits information please visit Opportunities for supplemental contracts may be available.

Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until closed.

In compliance with the Immigration Control Act of 1968, candidates for positions must provide proof of eligibility to work before an offer of employment can be made final. Adams State University performs background checks as a condition of employment for prospective employees and current employees seeking certain promotional opportunities.
Offers of employment are contingent upon completion of an acceptable background check. Applicants will be asked to provide personal data and sign a release form before the background check is conducted. Applicants who fail to provide the data and consent form will not be considered for employment or promotion. Background checks include review of
criminal records and sex offender registry background. Credit and driving record background may apply to certain positions.

Adams State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Applications are sought from all qualified persons regardless of race, color, sex, disability, and, as covered by law, veteran status. In addition, University policies prohibit discrimination on the basis of religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sexual orientation including transgender status and gender expression, marital status, and parental status.

Adams State University is dedicated to fostering Inclusive Excellence and especially encourages applications from women, people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and other historically underrepresented populations. Given the university’s mission and student body composition, the institution is committed to increasing the diversity of its professional staff and is actively seeking qualified applicants who have experiences, skills, and/or personal attributes that augment the perspectives of our current faculty and staff; we will give particular consideration to qualified applicants with experience in ethnically diverse settings or who possess varied language skills and have a record of successful experience in engaging diverse communities and student populations.
Additional information about the university and the academic mission may be found at

Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and Part 106 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, including in admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and CFR 106 to Adams State University (ASU) may be directed to ASU’s Office of Equal Opportunity, Director Ana Guevara, and/or to the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights of the Department of Education. Support resources for sexual misconduct, ASUs sexual misconduct policies, contact information for the Adams State University’s Office of Equal Opportunity & Title IX, as well as a detailed procedure for filing a grievance due to discrimination on the basis of sex may be found online at harassment/. These procedures also describe the University’s response to reports and/or complaints of sex discrimination or sexual harassment.

How to apply

Required Application Materials: Completed applications must include the following:

  1. Letter of application addressing the following points:
  • applicant’s interest in and qualifications for the position based on the above criteria
  • specific courses within the curriculum that would be of particular interest to the applicant
  • evidence of teaching effectiveness and a description of the candidate’s experience working with students from historically underserved population
  • how the applicant would contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the classroom
  • how teaching at a small, Hispanic Serving Institution, with a significant population of first-generation university students, set in a rural environment aligns with the applicant’s professional goals

2. Curriculum vita

3. Digital portfolio of personal and student artwork

4. Transcripts of all college work. (Official transcripts and a background check are required at time of appointment.)

5. A list of five professional references (name, affiliation, email address, and phone number) who can address the applicant’s qualifications for the position

Please Submit All Application Materials Electronically To:

Charise Mixa, Administrative Assistant to the Department of Art and Theatre, [email protected].

Any questions regarding the position, and letters of interest can be addressed to Professor John Taylor, search committee chair, [email protected].

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