Virginia Commonwealth University

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Virginia Commonwealth University
Contact person
Cara Benedetto
Richmond Virginia, USA


MFA or equivalent professional experience and/or training that equates to an MFA.
location constraint

The VCUarts Department of Painting + Printmaking (https://arts.vcu.edu/paintingprintmaking/) seeks a colleague for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor. The ideal candidate will be an artist, dynamic teacher, and broad thinker who is deeply connected to the practices and discourses of contemporary painting and drawing.

We are seeking someone who wants to thoughtfully contribute to the progressive spirit of an established fine arts program. The successful candidate will be well versed in contemporary issues in painting and drawing and will offer students a framework through which these discourses and practices can be addressed.

The ideal candidate will demonstrate a commitment to pedagogical projects and coursework that supports an inclusive, diverse, and accessible experience for all students. Additional interdisciplinary opportunities are available for an engaged colleague. This position is a 9-month tenure-eligible faculty position in the Department of Painting + Printmaking, with an academic rank of Assistant Professor.

  • Candidates should be able to teach painting and drawing at multiple levels, and will be expected to develop curriculum within a Painting + Printmaking department and engage in interdisciplinary avenues of collaboration.
  • Candidates should demonstrate a practice, and a teaching methodology, that addresses painting in the expanded field, overlapping with other media such as sculpture, installation, lens-based practices, digital technologies, design, or craft and material studies.
  • Candidates should be equally fluent in contemporary painting discourse and multiple forms of studio practice.
  • Candidates should be able to balance the conceptual, aesthetic and technical potential of the discipline, including the politics of representation.
  • The faculty member must have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment and will have experience in developing or the potential to develop initiatives, mentoring, and teaching that makes a meaningful fine arts education accessible to underrepresented or disadvantaged groups.
  • The successful colleague will demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience and integrate multiple approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools.
  • The preferred candidate will have an active artistic research practice and a substantial exhibition record. In addition, the ideal candidate will have an established career profile and be active in national and/or international contexts.
  • The faculty member’s creative and research activity should make a significant contribution to a body of knowledge within an expanded definition of the discipline of fine as well as reflect a high standard of quality.
  • Creative activities should be related to the program’s wider curriculum, be consistent with and support the broader mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University, and exhibit potential for or evidence of securing external funding for scholarship or creative expression.
  • As a member of a community-oriented, tight-knit department and School, the faculty member will provide service, including graduate student supervision; coordination of student activities and student exhibitions; serving on School/University committees; participating in open houses, portfolio reviews, and attending exhibition openings; and contributing to recruitment efforts for the department’s undergraduate and graduate programs.
  • The faculty member will mentor student artists and foster collaborative curriculum and research across the arts and broader campus.

Required Qualifications

  • MFA or equivalent professional experience and/or training that equates to an MFA.
  • Active artistic practice.
  • Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.
  • Significant reputation in the field.
  • Demonstrated effectiveness in studio critique.
  • Minimum of one year of teaching experience beyond graduate school. Preferred Qualifications
  • Significant evidence of active engagement with contemporary art discourse.
  • Ability to attract high-caliber graduate students.
  • Record of community-engagement or social justice work.