Visiting Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing

California State University, Chico in California

Deadline Open until filled
Date Posted March 13, 2017
Type Non tenure track
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

The Position:  The Department of Art and Art History is searching for a Visiting Assistant Professor in painting and drawing to teach two consecutive semesters starting August 2017. California State University, Chico is seeking faculty who are accomplished in their area, able to collaborate with colleagues and staff, and committed to student success. Applicants should be engaged with contemporary issues in the field and conversant in current and historical theory and practice. The position is contingent on funding. 


Minimum Qualifications:  An M.F.A. with an emphasis in painting and drawing. Candidates nearing completion of the M.F.A. may be considered; however, the M.F.A. must be completed before August 2017. Prior teaching experience required at the graduate assistant level (as instructor of record) or beyond. Excellent skills in communication, collaboration, and organization are required. Candidates should have an active national exhibition record and present a strong portfolio demonstrating commitment and achievement in painting and drawing.


Preferred Qualifications:  Two years of teaching experience beyond the graduate teaching assistant level. Demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching.


Responsibilities: This visiting position carries responsibilities in teaching undergraduate and graduate students primarily in the areas of painting and drawing.  The visiting professor will be responsible for teaching three courses per semester. Teaching assignments will be based upon the qualifications of the individual and the needs of the painting and drawing area (including introduction to painting, intermediate and advanced/graduate painting, and/or drawing, and senior studio seminars). The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate continued professional development and contribute to Departmental service duties, such as student advising and committee assignments.


Salary: Salary commensurate with education and experience.


The Department: The Department of Art and Art History is NASAD accredited.  The Department offers BA options in Art Education, Art History, and Studio Art; and a BFA program with options in Studio Art and Interior Architecture.  At the graduate level, an MA is offered in Art History and an MFA is offered in Studio Art.  The Department of Art and Art History faculty members are a dedicated group of artists and scholars deeply involved in their practice.  There are sixteen full-time faculty, a large part-time pool of faculty, and five staff members.  The main art history lecture room employs current technology and the studio areas are well equipped with labs for ceramics, digital media, drawing, glass, painting, photography, printmaking, and sculpture.  An award winning learning/teaching center, The Ira Latour Visual Resources Center, houses an extensive collection of books, periodicals, videos, and digital images.  Other important teaching resources include the Jacki Headley University Art Gallery, which presents exhibitions of regional and nationally-based artists, and the Janet Turner Print Museum, which maintains an extensive permanent study collection.


Closing Date: Review of applications will begin on March 31, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.


How to Apply:   All applicants must apply at:


Complete online applications must include:


  • Letter of application
  • Teaching philosophy
  • Artist’s statement
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three referees (no recommendation letters necessary at this time)
  • Complete set of unofficial transcripts
  • Annotated list of teaching experience: institution, course names/numbers/descriptions, your role as instructor
  • Student evaluations from at least one course
  • Sample syllabi
  • A single PDF containing 20 examples of applicant’s work: list title, dimensions, media, year, etc.
  • A single PDF containing 20 examples of students’ work from courses taught; include in work description reference to specific course/assignment


Please direct questions regarding application procedures to:

Summer Armstrong, Administrative Support Coordinator or 530-898-4843.


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CSU, Chico is an EO/M/F/V/D employer.  We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status and only employ individuals authorized to work in the U.S.


The person holding this position is considered a “mandated reporter” under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.


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