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Assistant Professor of Art

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School / Campus / College: University of Washington, Tacoma

Organization: School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences

Title: Assistant Professor of Art

Position Details

Position Description

The University of Washington Tacoma invites applications for an Assistant Professor of Art position within the Division of Culture, Arts and Communication (CAC), housed in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences (SIAS). This is a full-time tenure track position with a 9-month service period to begin September 16 2022. Tenure track faculty are expected to teach six classes per year, including both lower-level introductory courses and upper-level courses.

Our campus is known for its pioneering innovative arts curriculum and this position will work with non-majors to develop their creative voices and mentor students to become resilient cultural workers in our rapidly changing world. They will teach socially engaged, interdisciplinary art that includes theme-based studio classes such as Labor, Globalization and Art, Art in a Time of War, disability activism, and other topical, conceptually based studio art courses. They may also teach lecture courses such as Issues in the Arts, and Contemporary Arts and Society and/or courses in performance art.

The successful candidate is expected to engage in site-based or community arts practice and to develop innovative and trans-disciplinary art curricula that connect students to the public and local community. Moreover, they will be expected to support a diverse student population through inclusive teaching practices and to integrate effective pedagogical techniques and technologies into teaching/learning.

The Tacoma campus of the University of Washington was founded in 1990 with an interdisciplinary approach at its foundation. It has evolved into a thriving downtown campus that serves students of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds in the South Puget Sound. Faculty have access to the resources of a major research university, including an extensive library system, but work and teach within a small campus setting. Our campus provides a unique environment for the development of creative teaching, research, and community collaborations. UW Tacoma’s commitment to diversity and equity is central to maintaining an atmosphere wherein students, staff, faculty, and residents find abundant opportunities for intellectual, personal, and professional growth. For more information about UW Tacoma, visit


The minimum qualification for this position is an MFA (or foreign equivalent) in Art and two years of teaching experience (not including teaching assistantships).


To apply, please submit the following via Interfolio:

  • A letter of interest detailing how your teaching, creative work, and professional service fits with this position (maximum two pages)
  • A curriculum vitae, including a list of courses taught
  • A diversity statement that explains how your teaching, creative work, and service supports the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds. If you have not yet had the opportunity for such experience, please note how your work will further UW Tacoma’s commitment to equity and inclusion (maximum one page)
  • A statement of teaching philosophy demonstrating commitment to UW Tacoma’s mission and student demography (maximum one page)
  • Evidence of teaching effectiveness
  • An artist statement that situates your work within a community arts practice. (maximum one page)
  • Examples of creative work (maximum ten works).
  • Contact information for three references that will be able to provide letters of recommendation.      

Questions should be directed to the search co-chair, Associate Teaching Prof. Tyler Budge ( Compensation is competitive with that of comparable positions and includes UW’s excellent health insurance and retirement benefits.

Screening of applicants will begin November 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled.

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University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All
qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed,
religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information,
gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

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