Assistant Professor-Visual Arts
Faculty - Assistant Professor - Visual Arts - IRC35323
Institution: Texas Woman's University Location:Denton, TX
Category:Faculty - Fine and Applied Arts - Art Posted:04/06/2021
Application Due: Open Until Filled Type: Full-Time

Faculty Search Spring 2021
Position: Assistant Professor of Art: Painting & Drawing
The Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman's University invites applications for a tenure-track
Assistant Professor of Art: Painting & Drawing, beginning in Fall 2021.

Qualifications: A terminal degree (MFA) with an emphasis in Painting or a related field completed
by the time of hire is required. This position requires the ability to teach and develop curriculum
for a range of courses in painting (oil, acrylic, watercolor, etc.), drawing, and related media,
including courses at the undergraduate level (BFA) foundational through advanced, and also at the
graduate (MFA) level, to be delivered face-to-face, in hybrid format, or fully online. A minimum of
3 years of teaching experience (as instructor of record) at the college level is preferred.
Candidates should have experience working with diverse student populations in ways that address
their learning needs and which consider the politics of representation.
Additional/Preferred Qualifications:
● Skills in printmaking, paper making, and bookmaking
● Expertise in software such as Photoshop, Illustrator, and Procreate
● Digital Fabrication
● Community/Social Practice and Relational practice
Job Requirements: This position will entail teaching 9 credit hours per academic semester (Fall and
Spring), which is equivalent to 3 courses per academic semester. We seek a collaborative colleague
who will reinvigorate, expand, and build upon the current curriculum within our BFA in Art program
(which includes a Painting and Drawing sub-track within the Studio Art track); and enrich our
interdisciplinary MFA in concert with faculty in other media areas. An ideal candidate will
demonstrate proficiency in traditional painting methodologies as well as innovative practices,
including handmade as well as digital processes. They must be well-versed in history, theory, and
contemporary issues in order to create a solid foundation for inquiry, experimentation, and
informed expression. They must promote an expanded approach to drawing and painting, allowing
strategies beyond traditional mark-making. Teaching responsibilities will also sometimes include
courses rotated among the faculty, such as Graduate Critique Seminar, Professional Practices, MFA
and BFA Exhibition, etc.

Faculty must maintain an active and independent research practice resulting in a proven exhibition,
publication, and presentation record. The faculty member's creative and research activity should
make a significant contribution to the discipline’s body of new knowledge, reflecting high
standards of quality; and must regularly share the results of that activity in respected national
and international venues and formats.

All faculty are expected to serve the Department’s goals and teach in a way that supports
interdisciplinary approaches, hybrid formats, conceptual rigor, and collaboration. We seek a
colleague invested in growing as an educator, who will join us in building accessible, diverse, and
inclusive curricula, developing a classroom culture which reflects our values and mission.


The colleague will demonstrate a commitment to thoughtful engagement with the diverse TWU student
population. We prefer an individual who has an active awareness of and engages with social justice
issues in their artistic and teaching practice.

Participation in committee service and activities are required at the department, college and
university level, as well as within their professional community. Our ideal candidate fosters
connections, collaborations, and creates community at multiple levels internally and externally.
Service activity will include but not be limited to graduate student supervision; coordination of
student activities and student exhibitions; serving on School/University committees; participating
in open houses, portfolio reviews, attending exhibition openings; and contributing to recruitment
efforts for the Department's undergraduate and graduate programs.

Please submit the following materials as individual PDF files to [email protected] (please
include the job code - 35323 in the subject line of the email:
● Application letter
● Curriculum vitae
● Diversity and inclusion statement
● Teaching philosophy
● 20 images of your own work
● 20 images of student work
● Unofficial graduate transcripts
● Name and contact information of three references willing to provide a letter upon request
● Sample syllabi (optional)

Preferred Deadline: May 10, 2021

About the Department:
The TWU Department of Visual Arts offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.),
Master of Arts (M.A.), and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees in art. Our programs have been
recently revised with a more interdisciplinary approach in all degrees. The BFA in Art includes
tracks in Graphic Design, Studio Art, and Art Education. The MA includes tracks in Art History and
Visual Studies (with a secondary concentration in Multicultural Women's and Gender Studies, or
Studio Art), and Art Education. These programs are designed to prepare visual artists, scholars
and/or educators who are well grounded in studio art practices, history and criticism of art, and
professional practices. The Department strives to build the student's awareness of context,
purpose, creative and aesthetic inquiry, critical theory and practice, historical and contemporary
trends, professional responsibility and personal voice in the visual arts. Integrating studio and
theoretical studies, the various programs provide a comprehensive approach to art learning, which
facilitates a collaborative, cooperative, and supportive community. The faculty, staff and students
are very active in their pursuits of excellence in their disciplines. Gallery showings, juried
exhibitions, conference presentations, publications and positions with many well respected
universities and arts organizations are some of the ways that the Department of Visual Arts
continues to excel in all areas of the arts.

About the School:
The School of the Arts at Texas Woman's University aims to develop an appreciation and
understanding of the arts as expressions of personal and cultural experience and to prepare
individuals, particularly women, for professional work in the arts. As of this Fall, the School of
the Arts will include the departments of Dance, Music, Theatre, Fashion, and Visual Arts.

It is the special mission of the School of the Arts:
● To provide liberal arts-based graduate and undergraduate programs of study which balance
tradition and innovation and value diverse approaches to making, performing and researching the
arts.

● To provide a collaborative teaching/learning environment that encourages a diverse student
population to develop meaningful interaction across the arts disciplines.
● To advance knowledge and creative research in the arts through encouraging excellence in art
making, performance, research and writing by students and faculty in local, regional, national and
international venues.
● To offer arts courses and experiences designed to provide all university students with the skills
and knowledge necessary to understand and appreciate the arts.
● To enhance the cultural life of the community through exhibitions, performances, and educational
programs designed to promote engagement with the arts.

About the University:
With an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students, Texas Woman's University is the nation's
largest university primarily for women. TWU offers degree programs in the liberal arts, nursing,
health sciences, the sciences, business and education. Its campuses, in Denton, Dallas and Houston,
are joined by an e-learning campus offering innovative online degree programs in business,
education and general studies.

Texas Woman's University builds on its long tradition as a public institution primarily for women
by educating a diverse community of students to lead personally and professionally fulfilling
lives. TWU prepares women and men for leadership and service through high quality undergraduate,
graduate and professional programs on campus and at a distance. A TWU education ignites potential,
purpose and a pioneering spirit.

EOE Statement: Texas Woman's University strives to provide an educational environment that affirms
the rights and dignity of each individual, fosters diversity, and encourages a respect for the
differences among persons. Discrimination or harassment of any kind is considered inappropriate.
TWU is a "Tobacco Free Campus".

Texas Woman's University is committed to equal opportunity in employment and education and does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or
expression, national or ethnic origin, age, veteran's status, genetic information or against
qualified disabled persons.

Individuals may qualify for a Veteran’s Employment Preference or a Former Foster Youth Employment
Preference at Texas Woman’s University over other applicants for the same position who do not have
a greater qualification. If you believe you may qualify, click here for more information and
instructions on how to claim an employment preference for this position:
https://servicecenter.twu.edu/TDClient/KB/?CategoryID=6592
Application Information Contact:Texas Woman's University Phone: (940)898-3555 Fax:(940)898-3566
TDD:(940)898-3555
Email Address: [email protected]

Additional Information
Position Type: Employee
Ref Code: IRC35323

Contact Information
Texas Woman's University
[email protected]
Texas Woman's University
P.O. Box 425437
Denton, 76204
940-898-3555