Teaching Assistant Professor



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Job description

Requisition Number: 46372
Location: Boulder Colorado
Employment Type: Faculty
Schedule: Full Time

Job Summary

The Department of Art and Art History at the University of Colorado-Boulder seeks a full-time non-tenure track Assistant Teaching Professor in Foundations. The position is 85% teaching (a 4/3 course load) and 15% service. The candidate will primarily teach undergraduates in the Foundations program; supervise, train and mentor graduate student teaching assistants in Foundations; and participate in undergraduate theses and exhibitions. We encourage candidates to apply whose creative work engages the expanded field of contemporary art.

The Foundations Program provides instruction in 2-D and 3-D design, and Digital art making with an emphasis on interdisciplinary approaches to art practices. Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of techniques, materials, and ideas, both traditional and experimental.

The successful candidate will work closely with the Foundations Director/Area coordinator and other Faculty to help develop and run a cohesive and integrated first-year experience.

An active professional creative practice and exhibition record is desirable, and maintaining a high level of professional standing in their field will be a requirement of the position. In addition to helping oversee the Foundation Program, the appointee will be expected to assist in the development of curriculum in the Foundations area and to be an active citizen. The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to a culture of excellence, diversity, equity, and inclusion, and to fully supporting the arts and our artistic community.

The anticipated start date is August 21, 2023.
The University of Colorado Boulder is committed to building a culturally diverse community of faculty, staff, and students dedicated to contributing to an inclusive campus environment. We are an Equal Opportunity employer, including veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Who We Are

Department of Art and Art History.

The Department of Art and Art History occupies a 170,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art facility, the Visual Arts Complex located at the heart of the CU campus near downtown Boulder. With nearly 1000 undergraduate art majors and minors and 50 graduate students, the department is a vibrant community of students, artists, and scholars.

Faculty members are highly active in their respective fields.

The faculty are committed teachers and mentors who work closely with both undergraduate and graduate students, helping them to realize their individual visions as practicing artists and scholars of art.

The department offers MFA degree in art practices as well as MA and PhD degrees in art history.

For information visit our website: https://www.colorado.edu/artandarthistory/.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

All majors and minors in both the BFA and BA degrees (whether in arts practice or art history) must take our two course Foundations sequence. It is the gateway sequence for students of art at CU. There is currently one tenure track faculty member in Foundations (Anna Tsouhlarakis) and we are seeking a Teaching Professor to join the area and help expand and develop the Foundations program. The primary responsibility of the successful applicant will be to teach sections of Foundations; supervising Graduate Instructor sessions; and collaborate with the Foundations Professor on planning and curriculum.

What You Should Know

  • The nominal course load will be 4/4 but the position carries a one course reduction in recognition of the extra service load that this position will carry. Hence it will in fact be 3/4.
  • All University of Colorado Boulder employees are required to follow the campus COVID-19 vaccine requirement. New employees must provide proof of vaccination or receive a medical or religious exemption within 30 days of employment.

What We Can Offer

The salary range for this position is $58,000 – $60,000.


The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What We Require

  • An MFA degree, or equivalent professional experience, at the time of hire.

How to apply

To apply, please submit the following materials:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Diversity and Inclusion Statement
  4. Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  5. Statement of Creative Work Philosophy
  6. Portfolio URL/Link

During the application process you will need to enter contact information for three references who will be contacted to provide letters of recommendation as the search progresses.

Please apply by March 17, 2023 for full consideration. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email.

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