Tenure Track Positions

The School of Art is currently accepting applications for the position of Assistant Professor in Art (Painting and Drawing) beginning August 2017.

Position title:

Assistant Professor in Art (Painting and Drawing)

Start date:

August 2017


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. The CSU provides generous health, retirement and other benefits.

Position Summary

The position is in the School of Art at San Francisco State University, which is part of the California State University system. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment, serving a diverse study body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The School of Art is focused on developing socially engaged art practitioners, art historians, and arts professionals whose individual and collective efforts contribute to personal and intellectual growth, as well as community-building and cultural production.

Candidates should have a strong background in painting and drawing practices and demonstrate a commitment to conceptualize and explore beyond conventional practice, informed by contemporary visual art concerns. The successful candidate will be fluent in using and teaching traditional painting materials and techniques, and have a developed understanding of and engagement with “expanded field” painting and drawing practices that employ other mediums and non-traditional formats including installation, object making, photography and digital media.

The position includes a full-time faculty workload per the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California State University and the California Faculty Association. The workload includes teaching assigned undergraduate courses in Art and MFA seminars, conducting an active ongoing scholarship program of research, creative work and exhibition which advances knowledge in the field of one’s specialty. The scholarship may address a range of topics in the areas of expertise for the candidates. Teaching assignments will be primarily in painting and drawing courses, as well as undergraduate interdisciplinary studio courses and capstone experiences. Faculty are expected to develop and propose special topics based courses as electives in the undergraduate degree. Graduate course assignments include interdisciplinary critique seminars, and special topic graduate studios, as well as thesis supervision.

Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to, directing and assisting technicians in maintaining and supervising painting and drawing facilities, service on department, college, and university-wide committees; holding regular office hours to mentor and advise undergraduate students; and advise, mentor and supervise graduate students; curriculum development and improvement, particularly with regard to student learning outcomes; and remaining current in both subject area and teaching methodologies.

Essential Job Tasks

  • Prepare course materials such as syllabi, lecture and discussion materials, readings and assignments, assessments, and learning resources;
  • Prepare and deliver effective lectures to undergraduate and graduate students on topics such as painting in a variety of media, drawing tools, techniques and approaches, figure drawing and painting, and provide technical and conceptual criticism in graduate seminars in Art;
  • Initiate, moderate, and facilitate classroom discussions;
  • Evaluate and grade students' class work, assignments, papers, etc. in a timely manner;
  • Compile, administer, and grade examinations or other learning assessments;
  • Maintain student grades and other required records or reporting materials;
  • Guide and supervise department technicians in support of safe, clean studio facilities and equipment.
  • Conduct research in one's field of interest and present documentation of an high level of activity associated with being a professional, working artist on a national and international level in significant institutions, and selections into collections, publication, and professional conferences.
  • Stay current on developments in the discipline by reading new literature, talking with colleagues, and participating in professional conferences;
  • Plan, evaluate and revise curricula, course content, course materials, and methods of instruction;
  • Hold regularly-scheduled office hours for the purpose of advising and assisting students;
  • Actively participate in collegial interactions in fulfilling service assignments and other duties at the department, college and university level;
  • Actively participate on assigned committees in accordance with department or College directives and needs, and SF State's strategic vision;
  • Supervise student laboratory work, graduate and undergraduate assistants
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Minimum Education, Experience, Knowledge, Skills, and Personal Abilities

  • Terminal degree MFA in Art, with an emphasis in Painting and Drawing required.
  • 1-2 years of teaching experience with a large, diverse undergraduate student body or in a multicultural setting, required.
  • Possess a broad knowledge of traditional and contemporary theory and practices in painting and drawing, and a capacity for exploring new directions in the discipline;
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individual and groups and learning assessment;
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design, instruction of individuals and groups, and the assessment of learning;
  • Planning and organizing skills sufficient to ensure implementation of the assigned curriculum, job duties, and established expectations;
  • Oral and written communication skills in the English language at a level to be able convey comprehend information effectively to and from students, colleagues, and others;
  • Awareness and engagement with critical concerns in the discipline and capacity to continue to produce original creative works;
  • Interpersonal orientation that encourages productive interactions with students, colleagues, and other campus stakeholders and promotes collegiality in department, college and university contexts.

Application process

Submit letter of intent/interest, a current CV, 20 images of recent personal work, 20 images of student work, statement of teaching philosophy, a description of research interests and names and contact information of three references. Letters of recommendation upon request at a later date.

Submit all materials online to https://sfsu.submittable.com/submit by November 15, 2016. Applications will be reviewed until position is filled.

San Francisco State University is a member of the California State University system and serves a diverse student body of 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students. The University seeks to promote appreciation of scholarship, freedom and, human diversity through excellence in instruction and intellectual accomplishment. SFSU faculty are expected to be effective teachers and demonstrate professional achievement and growth through research, scholarship, and/or creative work.

San Francisco State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to diversity. We welcome applicants of all ethnic, racial and gender identities, sexual orientations as well as people with disabilities. We particularly encourage those who may be from historically underrepresented groups.
A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Questions regarding this position should be emailed to artsrch@sfsu.edu. No phone calls please.