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Job ID: 169918

Assistant Professor (Drawing)
Auburn University

Date Posted Oct. 20, 2021
Title Assistant Professor (Drawing)
University Auburn University
Auburn, AL, United States
Department Art
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Assistant Professor
  • Art - General

Job Description Summary
The Department of Art & Art History in The College of Liberal Arts at Auburn University is seeking candidates for a full-time, tenure-track position in Drawing at the rank of Assistant Professor. Primary responsibilities include instruction, an active creative research agenda, student mentorship, curriculum development, and service on departmental, college, and university committees. Additional responsibilities include continuing development of a BFA concentration in Drawing in partnership with faculty; collaborating on revisions in the Studio Foundations curriculum; and overseeing area budget and facilities. The appointee will teach five courses per year and is expected to maintain an active professional studio practice. The appointment will begin August 16, 2022.

Minimum Qualifications
MFA degree in studio art at the time of appointment. Outstanding candidates will have an active exhibition record, a sustained creative research practice in drawing or in the expanded field, evidence of at least two years of effective teaching of drawing courses as instructor of record at the college level, and strong written, communication and interpersonal skills. Ability to teach drawing on the foundational and advanced levels to both majors and non-majors (Drawing I and Advanced Drawing I/II).

Desired Qualifications
Additional mentorship experience and capability to teach Professional Practices, BFA Critique Seminar and/or BA Capstone on rotation with other studio faculty. Commitment to fostering and engaging with a diversity of ideas and experiences to create an inclusive environment in the classroom and at the University.

Additional Information: The Department of Art & Art History currently offers two degrees in studio art (B.A. and B.F.A), a minor in studio art, a B.A. degree in Art with a formal option in Art History, and a minor in art history. The Department is a charter member of NASAD and is the oldest fully-accredited art department in the Southeast. It is housed in historic Biggin Hall and a separate, dedicated 8,000 sq. ft. fully equipped 3-D Arts Building. The department also features Biggin Gallery, an 800 sq. ft. exhibitions gallery, as well as ancillary student project and exhibiton spaces in both Biggin Hall and the 3-D Arts Building.

Auburn University has an ever-evolving Innovation and Research Commons that includes a staffed makerspace and technology lending space, among other initiatives, to support teaching and faculty research:

Students and faculty regularly visit and collaborate with the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, which contains an impressive permanent collection of European and American art, and hosts a roster of first-rate exhibitions, lectures, films, and special events.

Diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation for the Department of Art & Art History. We value the contributions of each person and respect the profound ways their identity, culture, background, experience, status, abilities, and opinion enrich the community within the university and beyond. The Department is an inclusive community that welcomes people from every background and fulfills its land-grant mission through the pursuit of excellence in teaching, research, outreach, and diversity as inextricably linked goals. For more details, visit the department website at:

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In 2019, it was ranked 52nd among public universities by U.S. News and World Report. Auburn maintains high levels of research activity and high standards for teaching excellence, offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees in agriculture and engineering, the professions, and the arts and sciences. Its 2018 enrollment of 30,440 students includes 24,628 undergraduates and 5,812 graduate and professional students. Organized into twelve academic colleges and schools, Auburn’s 1,450 faculty members offer more than 200 educational programs. The University is nationally recognized for its commitment to academic excellence, its positive work environment, its student engagement, and its beautiful campus. To learn more about Auburn University visit:

Auburn residents enjoy a thriving community, recognized as one of the "best small towns in America," with moderate climate and easy access to major cities or to beach and mountain recreational facilities. Situated along the rapidly developing I-85 corridor between Atlanta, Georgia, and Montgomery, Alabama, the combined Auburn-Opelika-Columbus statistical area has a population of over 500,000, with excellent public-school systems and regional medical centers.

Auburn University is understanding of and sensitive to the family needs of faculty, including dual-career couples.….

Auburn University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. It is our policy to provide equal employment opportunities for all individuals without regard to race, sex, religion, color, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other classification protected by applicable law.
Special Instructions to Applicants Application materials will be submitted online through Auburn University’s employment site: |

Please submit the following:
- Cover letter addressing professional qualifications as they relate to the position and listing the applicant’s website
- Curriculum Vitae
- One-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy with emphasis on Drawing
- One-page Artist/Creative Research Statement
- Examples of professional work: Provide 20 samples in a single PDF file no larger than 10 MB with captions throughout (preferred) or an identification list including:
- Images: title, date, media, and dimensions
- Audio: title, date, media, duration, and URL to access.
- Video: still image, title, date, media, duration, and URL to access.
- Examples of student work: Provide 20 samples in a single PDF file no larger than 10 MB with captions throughout (preferred) or an identification list including:
- Images: title, date, media, and dimensions, course level, date, and assignment
- Audio: title, date, media, duration, and URL to access, course level, date, and assignment.
- Video: still image, title, date, media, duration, course level, date, assignment, and URL to access.
- Names and contact information of 3 references (letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed candidates).
- Two sample syllabi for drawing courses with outcomes and detailed calendar and descriptions of assignments
- Optional: Student evaluations or other evidence of teaching effectiveness.

Review of applications will begin January 3, 2022 and continue until the position is filled. Following the initial screening of applications, short-listed candidates will be scheduled for preliminary interviews via video conference. Finalists will be required to submit an official transcript of the terminal degree prior to being invited to campus for in-person interviews.

The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to legally work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and throughout the proposed term of employment. Final appointment is contingent upon funding.

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