Assistant Professor of Art Education

Virginia Commonwealth University

Richmond, VA

ID: 7074748
Posted: February 3, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Mission or Goal of Unit
The Department of Art Education supports instruction in art that encourages the construction of meaning. Faculty and students are actively involved with the Art World, education, justice work, and local and global communities through art-based service-learning, visual culture studies, critical thinking, exhibition, assessment, curriculum, critical theory, and emerging digital technologies (virtual and interactive). Through our own research and instruction, we engage students and ourselves in traditional and non-traditional forms of inquiry. With emphasis on diverse approaches to artmaking and instructional practices, the BFA program in Art Education prepares highly capable and effective visual art educators. The mission of the MAE program is to provide a transformative experience for art educators. Building upon their current practice, students in the program will move through theory to become more reflective practitioners. Graduates of the VCU Art Education track of the Ph.D. in Education will be leaders in the field of Art Education. The mission of the PhD track is to foster the development of highly qualified scholars and educators who will significantly influence public and community education through emerging contemporary Art Education theories and practices.

VCUarts ( in Richmond, Virginia offers a variety of graduate and undergraduate degrees in design, fine and performing arts, art history, and art education, with a unique emphasis on creative immersion. Far more than receiving simply an education or preparation for a career; students leave VCUarts with the practical, professional and personal skills needed to make a life in the arts, no matter how they define it. That’s why VCUarts’ programs emphasize both doing and knowing: why the majority of its faculty are working artists; and why they encourage students to take advantage of the many academic and intellectual opportunities that come with being part of a research university. Today, VCUarts graduates can be found throughout the academic and professional fields and have been recognized with everything from Emmys to MacArthur Fellowships.

VCUarts is accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, the National Association of Schools of Dance, the National Association of Schools of Music, the National Association of Schools of Theatre, the Virginia Department of Education, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation and the National Council for Accreditation for Teacher Education.

VCUarts is ranked as the #2 public university arts and design graduate school in the country by US News and World Report. The school is comprised of sixteen programs, includes more than 3,000 students, and has become known as a pillar of artistic creation and expression. Its emerging artists explore their potential and strive for high standards set by faculty members acknowledged for their inspiration and achievement.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal
The VCUarts Department of Art Education ( seeks an engaged and collaboration-minded scholar, teacher, and compassionate colleague for the position of Assistant Professor of Art Education.

Position Responsibilities
This position is a 9-month, tenure-eligible faculty position in the Department of Art Education with academic rank of Assistant Professor. Responsibilities include teaching courses that support the BFA, MAE, and PhD curriculum, with significant teaching at the graduate level. Opportunities for interdisciplinary teaching and curricular change are available and supported.

The faculty member is expected to: provide leadership by mentoring students at all levels; encourage undergraduate research projects; supervise graduate students, including those who may be teaching; foster collaborative curriculum and research across the arts and broader campus; incorporate contemporary approaches to art and education into instruction, with an emphasis on creative utilization of digital technology, social media, etc.; secure external funding, demonstrate through research, teaching, and/or public engagement the richness of diversity in the learning experience; integrate multicultural approaches and perspectives into instructional methods and research tools; and cultivate and contribute to community engagement and service-learning activities at both national and global levels.

The faculty member’s creative and research activity should make a significant contribution to a body of knowledge within art education, relate to the program’s curriculum and be consistent with and support the broader mission and initiatives of the department, School, and University. In addition, the faculty member will demonstrate and disseminate professional expertise through scholarly publications and national and international presentations, and active participation in art education and/or related professional organizations.

As a member of a community-oriented, interdisciplinary department and School, the faculty member will serve on departmental, College, and/or University committees as necessary, as well as in a professional capacity in their field. The faculty member could have additional responsibilities which may include academic advising, mentoring graduate and/or undergraduate students, coordinating student activities, overseeing doctoral studies, overseeing a department program and/or lab, and supporting accreditation and curriculum development.

Required Qualifications
• PhD or EdD.
• Successful recent teaching experience (pk-12/Higher Education/Museum).
• Fluency in contemporary approaches to art, education, and technology.
• The faculty member will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.
• Well-versed in current research methods and the ability to supervise high quality research at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
• Ability to relate theory to 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.

Preferred Qualifications
• Full-time teaching experience at the preK-12 level.
• Three (3) years recent and successful art education teaching experience at the college level.
• Leading on a national/international level with referenced publications and potential to secure grants.
• Interdisciplinary interests that intersect with art education in significant ways.
• Demonstrated interest in working with public school art programs, community arts agencies, VCU’s new Institute for Contemporary Art, and a demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion in art education.
• Active professional membership in the National Art Education Association.


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