Assistant Professor of Drawing/Painting, Auburn University (Tuscaloosa, AL)
Thursday, December 14, 2017 06:25 PM

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 at the rank of Assistant Professor. Primary responsibilities include instruction and research along with student advising, curriculum development, and service on departmental and university committees. Studio responsibilities include: supervision and maintenance of the figure drawing classroom, oversight of budget and materials, hiring models, and ensuring a safe and clean working environment. The appointee will teach five courses per academic year and is expected to maintain an active professional studio practice. The appointment will begin August 16, 2018.

Required qualifications: MFA degree in studio art with a focus in drawing/painting. Outstanding candidates will have an active exhibition record demonstrating a sustained creative research practice in drawing and painting with emphasis on the figure; evidence of effective teaching as instructor of record at the college level; and strong written and interpersonal communication skills. Ability to teach: Figure Drawing, Drawing I through Advanced Drawing, and occasional courses in the painting area. Applicants must have strong instructional ability in observation-based figure drawing; fundamental to advanced levels of drawing and painting; and materials, techniques and skills of both traditional and expanded fields. Additional capability to teach some of the following general courses on rotation with other studio faculty: Professional Studio Practices, Orientation to Art, BA capstone, and a cross-disciplinary BFA Critique seminar. Expertise in global contemporary art practice, historical and theoretical discourses in drawing and painting.

Desired qualifications: Proficiency in interdisciplinary approaches and/or secondary areas of expertise, such as use of digital tools.

Application Procedure: Application materials will be submitted online through Auburn University’s employment site:

Please submit the following:

  • Letter of application addressing professional qualifications as they relate to the position and listing the applicant’s website. 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • One-page Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • One-page Artist/Creative Research Statement
  • Examples of professional work: 20 images with image identification list as a single pdf no larger than 10 MB)
  • Examples of student work: 20 images with image identification list indicating course level and assignment as a single pdf
  • Names and contact information of 3 references (letters will be requested at a later date for short-listed candidates)
  • Two sample syllabi including one for beginning Figure Drawing
  • Optional: Student evaluations 

Review of applications will begin Monday, January 8, 2018 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 and reference letters then requested. 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 work in the United States at the time the appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment. Final appointment is contingent upon funding.

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 with north-light drawing and painting studio classrooms and a 3-D Arts Building. The Department includes an 800 sq. ft. exhibitions gallery. The Department values inclusive approaches in teaching and research and encourages public outreach in accordance with the land-grant mission of Auburn University. For more details, visit the department website at:

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier public land-grant institutions. In the 2018 U.S. News and World Report Best Colleges ranking, it was listed 46th among public universities. 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 2017 enrollment of 29,776 students includes 23,964 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. It is also home to the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. 

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, 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 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.