Assistant Professor/Art

Southern Oregon University

Ashland, OR

ID: 7089689
Posted: November 24, 2021
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Official Transcripts
Once hired for a position the candidate shall have sealed official transcripts for all post-secondary degrees mailed from the granting institution directly to the Provost’s office. Transcripts should be received by September 1.
Special Instructions to Applicants
Each applicant is required to provide (as attachments to the online application) the following supplemental documents: (1) letter providing some detail of the applicant’s qualifications and interest in the position; (2) current resume/CV; (3) portfolio of representative work (in PDF format no greater than 20mb) including links to an online portfolio; (4) artist statement; (5) portfolio of representative student work (in PDF format no greater than 20mb); and (6) names and contact information for three professional references.

If you are unable to attach the supplemental materials to the online application please contact Human Resources for assistance. For inquiries and additional information, please contact: Human Resource Services via email at or by phone at (541)552-8553.

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Appointment Basis 9 months
FTE 1.0
Department Art
Job Location Ashland (15 A)
Other Job Location
Hiring Pay Rate $61,121-$64,863 (Asst Professor Year-in-Rank 1-4, CIP $0, CBA Table 12C) commensurate with experience in a comparable faculty appointment and according to the SOU faculty collective bargaining agreement
Benefits Eligible Yes
Position Summary
The Oregon Center for the Arts (OCA) at Southern Oregon University (SOU) seeks applications for a full-time tenure track Assistant Professor of Art position with an emphasis in Painting/Drawing.

We are looking for a visionary individual who will serve a collaborative role in a unique Creative Arts Department that is home to art and art history, digital media, and creative writing. Applicants should have an MFA (or equivalent terminal degree) and a professional practice and teaching portfolio that combines Painting/Drawing with critical studies in the arts (visual culture, contemporary arts and culture, critical making) and emerging practices.

Application materials should demonstrate proficiency with a broad range of 2D concepts, techniques, and materials. The craft of observation, two dimensional representation, and creative mark-making remain essential and foundational to studio artists and digital makers alike. Additionally, we envision that this position will be in dialogue with digital media and potentially engage with printmaking as both a digital and analog process. Extra consideration for applicants with backgrounds in printmaking and interdisciplinary artmaking.

Teaching responsibilities for this position may include (but are not limited to) introductory and advanced studio courses in drawing and painting, senior capstone courses, BFA thesis and critique, and other related courses based on the candidate’s interests and departmental needs.

Candidates should have an MFA, PhD, or other terminal degree in an appropriate field, at least one year of experience teaching in higher education, and a promising record of distinguished scholarship and/or creative work, exhibition, research and/or professional project development appropriate to be appointed at the assistant professor level.

As a tenure-track faculty member, the new hire will be expected to engage in ongoing professional development through a balance of teaching, service, and scholarship. SOU offers excellent comprehensive health and retirement benefits. The start date is September 16, 2022, and the position is tenure-eligible and will be open until filled with priority deadline of January 15, 2022.

About the Oregon Center for the Arts: The Oregon Center for the Arts at Southern Oregon University educates artist-practitioners and scholars in a diverse environment that cultivates SOU’s values of creativity and collaboration, equity, diversity, and inclusion, and the well-being and success of all learners. OCA is an academic division of Southern Oregon University and also serves as a community arts presenter, partner, and producer. The structural components comprise its academic programs in Music, Theater, Studio Art, Emerging Media and Digital Art, and Creative Writing, the Schneider Museum of Art, institutional-based Allied Arts Programs, and Community Arts Partnerships. Go to for more information. Situated in the beautiful and vibrant Rogue Valley surrounded by majestic mountains, the Oregon Center for the Arts is a creative catalyst for our diverse combination of students, educators, and artists, who come to us from around the world to infuse the southern Oregon cultural landscape with artistic excellence.

About the Creative Arts Department: The Creative Arts Department contains faculty and degree programs including Studio Art, Art History, Emerging Media and Digital Arts (EMDA), and Creative Writing. Within an interdisciplinary framework, the Creative Arts Department includes state-of-the-art facilities the following areas: Painting, Drawing, Printmaking, Ceramics, Sculpture, Photography, Digital Art, and Interdisciplinary Arts and Technology.
Diversity Statement
Southern Oregon University is a welcoming community committed to inclusive excellence and the celebration of diversity. Without diversity, our educational process is diminished. Working together in support of our commitment to diversity, we strengthen and enrich our role as learners, educators and members of a tightly connected global community. We encourage those who share in our commitment to diversity, to join our community and we expect all our employees to demonstrate an ability and desire to create an inclusive campus community.
Minimum Qualifications
MFA, PhD, or other terminal degree in an appropriate field.
Applicants should have at least one year of experience teaching in higher education
The successful candidate will have a promising record of distinguished scholarship and/or creative work, exhibition, research and/or professional project development appropriate to be appointed at the assistant professor level.
Preferred Qualifications
Demonstration of effective teaching and mentorship
Ability to work collaboratively and cordially with fellow faculty, students, and guest artists
Desire, ability, and patience to effectively teach and train novice students
Show promise in attracting and retaining students interested in art and expansive practices
Have demonstrated ability to successfully nurture interested students from a diverse student population
Can demonstrate potential for connecting students with a variety of post-degree options
Have professional experience and can expand/deepen SOU’s connections with creative industries
Have experience in printmaking and/or interdisciplinary artmaking.