Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studio Art - Contemporary Foundations

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Work type: Tenure-Track Faculty
Location: Main Campus (Gainesville, FL)
Categories: Humanities
Department:13020100 - COTA-ART-DIRECTOR

Classification Title:

Assistant Professor in Interdisciplinary Studio Art - Contemporary Foundations

Job Description:

Position: Full-time, 9-month, tenure-accruing faculty position

Date of Expected Hire: August 16, 2023

Salary: $66,000–69,000 with a competitive and comprehensive benefits package

The School of Art + Art History in the College of the Arts at the University of Florida invites applications for a tenure-accruing Assistant Professor position in Interdisciplinary Studio Art—Contemporary Foundations. This position will contribute to a vibrant program with a new forward-looking curriculum at a top-5 public research university. We are seeking a dedicated educator who can teach at all levels—foundations to graduate—in an interdisciplinary studio art program and inspire students with their own art and/or design practice. In collaboration with rotating studio art faculty and staff, this position will coordinate WARP (Workshop in Art, Research and Practice), a team-taught intensive studio + lecture course required of all studio art and graphic design majors. WARP introduces students to the multi-dimensional and diverse world of art, art making, and contemporary theory through a dynamic curriculum that reflects faculty research. WARP is a six-credit course at the forefront of the School of Art and Art History foundations’ curriculum and is taught off-campus in a dedicated studio art facility.

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 fearlessly shape that experience 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
    • WARP counts as two courses, so in many semesters that will be the sole teaching assignment.
    • Assigned courses may also include a course in the university’s General Education Humanities curriculum, other art foundations courses, or other undergraduate or graduate art courses in your areas of specialization.
  • Mentor and advise graduate students and supervise graduate committee and independent studies
  • Supervise graduate teaching assistants
  • Coordinate facilities and equipment needs with WARP Teaching Lab Specialist
  • Contribute to curriculum design, program development, and program outreach
  • Actively participate in our learning community


  • Conduct a strong program of research appropriate to the discipline


  • Participate in shared governance through service to the school, college, university, and profession

SCHOOL OF ART + ART HISTORY:  Organized within the College of the Arts, the School of Art + Art History nurtures a culture of critical inquiry in our scholarly and creative work. Our educational mission is to empower each student with knowledge, skills, and insight to engage thoughtfully with our changing world. The SA+AH believes that art, design, and scholarship are critical to our local, university, regional, national, and international communities. We pursue positive transformation and impact through socially engaged, local and global education, research, and creative works. Our community asks challenging questions, takes risks, and strives for excellence through an interdisciplinary, inclusive, and often collaborative practice. 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. We foster a diverse, equitable, and inclusive community through mutual respect and acceptance, assuming the best in others to enable a culture where everyone can flourish. Degree programs include the BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD. Areas of study include art education, art history, design, museum studies, and studio art. The school has 400 undergraduate students enrolled in our majors and 190 graduate students in our residential programs and online art eduction MA. Also a part of the School of Art + Art History are the 4Most Gallery and the University Galleries—University Gallery, the Gary R. Libby Gallery, and Grinter Gallery — which provide exhibition space for contemporary art, including student work. The University of Florida is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The art education program is accredited by NCATE. For more information, visit 

COLLEGE OF THE ARTS: The College of the Arts fosters creative activity, scholarly and artistic excellence, and innovation across disciplines. We achieve the university’s mission by training professionals and educating students as artists and scholars, while developing their critical thinking and inspiring a culture of curiosity and imagination. The College offers baccalaureate, masters, and doctoral degrees. Approximately 1,500 students are pursuing majors in degrees offered by the College of the Arts under the direction of 120 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 and the Digital Worlds Institute. In addition, the college comprises the Center for Arts and Public Policy, the Center for World Arts, 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 ten best public universities in the nation in the 2018 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.

Expected Salary:

$66,000–69,000 with a competitive and comprehensive benefits package.

Minimum Requirements:
  • A terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in studio art or a related field
  • Relevant teaching experience as the instructor of record at a higher education institution
  • Promise of excellence in research
  • Knowledge of contemporary art and issues/practices in Foundations
  • Evidence of a commitment to innovative and interdisciplinary curricula
  • Evidence of a commitment to teaching an evolving curriculum to first-year college students
  • Evidence of success in promoting an environment that advances diversity, equity, and inclusion
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Critical approach to the legacies, histories, and theories of art and art practices
  • Competence in a wide range of media, concepts, materials, techniques, and processes
  • Demonstrated capacity to coordinate and participate in team teaching
  • Evidence of a commitment to innovating curricula in collaboration with faculty partners
  • An interdisciplinary and/or transdisciplinary art practice
  • Experience with graduate-level teaching
  • Record of excellence in research
Special Instructions to Applicants:

Application Deadline: Review of applications will begin January 2, 2023 and continue until an applicant pool is established. To ensure full consideration, all application documents must be submitted by January 2, 2023.  Applications received after this date may be considered at the discretion of the committee and/or hiring authority. Applications must be submitted via the University of Florida’s online application system. 

Application Process: Online applications must include the following in one pdf document: (1) letter of application that explains how you match the particular qualifications of this position and how your work and perspective will contribute to and enhance our transformative community; (2) curriculum vitae; (3) statement of teaching philosophy; (4) creative and student work samples (15-20 each) included or links to view online samples; and (5) names and contact information of three professional references. The Search Committee may request additional materials at a later time. Applicants selected for campus interviews will be required to provide letters of recommendation.

Inquiries may be sent to:
Chair, Sean Miller, Associate Professor of Studio Art

The selected candidate will be required to provide an official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an educational institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES).

If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call +1 (352) 392- 2477or the Florida Relay System at +1 (800) 955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.
Health Assessment Required: No


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