Assistant Professor in Drawing in the Expanded Field
University of Florida, School of Art + Art History
Gainesville, FL 32611
Position: Full-time, 9 month, tenure accruing faculty
Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2021
Salary: Competitive and commensurate with qualifications and experience
The School of Art + Art History in the College of the Arts seeks an Assistant Professor in Drawing in the Expanded Field. The successful candidate will demonstrate a clear commitment to drawing as an expanded practice, possessing a broad knowledge of drawing (material, technique, form and content), having the ability to articulate contemporary, historical and conceptual issues and having the ability to teach various approaches to drawing from figurative to conceptual. The candidate will need to interface between drawing, and our new interdisciplinary studio curriculum, including time based practices.
The University of Florida College of the Arts intends to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. As artists and scholars, we embrace the complexity of our evolving human experience and seek to empower our students and faculty to shape that experience fearlessly through critical study, creative practice, and provocation. We seek a colleague who identifies as a change-maker. We seek a colleague who will prepare students to access and unsettle centers of power in a radically changing world. We seek a colleague who will position emerging artists and researchers as catalysts for equity on local and global levels.
The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty, seeking faculty of all races, ethnicities, genders, backgrounds, experiences and perspectives.
Teach a 2-2 load of courses at the undergraduate and graduate level including observational and figure drawing, experimental drawing and time-based practices courses in 2D and potentially 4D media most appropriate to the candidate’s expertise.
Supervise graduate committees and independent study students.
Conduct research appropriate to the discipline
Actively participate in our learning community
Participate in shared governance through service to the School, College and University
Contribute knowledge of contemporary issues, art history and contemporary critical theory and practices in area of specialization
SCHOOL OF ART + ART HISTORY: Organized within the College of the Arts, the mission of the School of Art and Art History (SA+AH) is to nurture a culture of critical inquiry in scholarly and creative pursuits. The faculty within the SA+AH seeks to empower each individual student with knowledge, skills, and insight to thoughtfully respond to our changing world. The SA+AH is driven by the knowledge that visual and scholarly research is vital to the work of the larger university and that this research enhances the lives of its regional, national and international communities. Most of our programs have a focus on socially engaged, global research. Studio programs in art and design view production as an expanded practice - one that is interdisciplinary, inclusive, and often collaborative. School of Art + Art History Faculty publish, curate and exhibit widely and internationally. They bring their scholarship and production into their teaching, offering innovative, engaged learning experiences to their students. The school has 430 undergraduate students, and more than 120 graduate students. Degree programs include the B.A., B.F.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. Areas of study include art history, art education, museum studies, graphic design, and studio art (art + technology, ceramics, creative photography, drawing, painting, printmaking, and sculpture). Also a part of the School of Art + Art History is the 4Most Gallery and the University Galleries—University Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Gallery, and Grinter Gallery — which provide exhibition space for professional and student artwork. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The art education program is accredited by NCATE. For more information, visit www.arts.ufl.edu/art.
THE COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The mission of the College of the Arts is to be a transformative community, responding to and generating paradigmatic shifts in the arts and beyond. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their capacities for critical study, creative practice, and provocation. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,700 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 130 faculty members in its three accredited schools— the School of Art + Art History, the School of Music and the School of Theatre + Dance, and in the Center for Arts in Medicine, the Digital Worlds Institute and the Center for Arts, Migration and Entrepreneurship. In addition, the college comprises the University Galleries, and the University level of the New World School of the Arts in Miami.
THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA: The University of Florida is a comprehensive learning institution built on a land grant foundation, ranked one of the top six best public universities in the nation in U.S. News & World Report. We are The Gator Nation, a diverse community dedicated to excellence in education and research and shaping a better future for Florida, the nation and the world. Our mission is to enable our students to lead and influence the next generation and beyond for economic, cultural and societal benefit. UF is a graduate research institution with more than 50,000 students and membership in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Gainesville, which is consistently ranked as one of the nation’s most livable cities, is located midway between the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean. Together, the University and the community comprise the educational, medical and cultural center of North Central Florida, with outstanding resources such as the University of Florida Performing Arts (Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, the Squitieri Studio Theatre, the Baughman Center, University Auditorium), the Harn Museum of Art, the Florida Museum of Natural History and in the community, the Hippodrome State Theatre and Dance Alive National Ballet.
Terminal graduate degree (MFA or equivalent) in Drawing, Painting, or related field
Teaching experience beyond graduate teaching assistantships.
Active studio practice.
Relevant teaching or instructional experience
Strong organizational, management and communication skills
Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion
A critical approach to the legacies, histories and theories of art and art practices
A distinctive vision and pedagogical approach based in the field of drawing
Candidates must be successful educators and committed studio artists with evidence of an active exhibition or publication record and a demonstrated commitment to creative activity
Evidence of a commitment to innovative and cross-disciplinary curricula
Capacity to advance interdisciplinary collaborations in teaching and research
Teaching experience beyond graduate assistantship at the university level
Experience in print media desired