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University of Utah Assistant Professor in Salt Lake City, Utah

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Position/Rank Assistant Professor

Department 00074 - Art/Art History Department


Track Tenure Track

New Position to Begin July 1, 2018


Assistant Professor in Illustration

Position: The Department of Art & Art History at the University of Utah invites applications for a full-time, tenure-track appointment in Illustration at the rank of Assistant Professor, starting date and appointment July 1, 2018.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have an MFA or equivalent terminal degree with exceptional skills in Illustration with mastery in both traditional and digital media. Applicants should have a strong professional record of industry experience, creative research practice and excellent teaching methods; with a solid understanding of the history of illustration, and the drive and curiosity for discovering the new and innovative. We seek applicants with a clear vision of the role of illustration in current industry applications, and the ability to draw on their research and professional practice in order to integrate these perspectives and methodologies into the classroom.

Responsibilities: The Department of Art and Art History in the College of Fine Arts offers BFA and MFA degrees in Studio Art. The new faculty member will collaboratively develop an Illustration Emphasis & Minor curriculum with department faculty that reflects marketplace needs for innovative visual interdisciplinary approaches. The successful candidate can expect to teach a 2/2-course load per calendar year.

Candidates are expected to teach beginning to advanced level courses to undergraduate and graduate students and work independently with MFA candidates. Additional program administration, includes portfolio reviews, advising MFA candidates in various art disciplines and assisting with recruitment of the undergraduate and graduate program. Tenure-track faculty are expected to develop and engage in a robust creative research and teaching agenda in addition to supporting the service mission of the program, department and the University of Utah.

The mission of the department is directed towards a diverse, inclusive , rigorous and responsible environment that reaches across disciplines . The University of Utah is a partner with the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru), which generates knowledge, advocacy, and resources that enable universities to integrate artists and arts practices, fostering highly adaptive creators and thinkers. Read more at htt :// linar -arts-education­ programs#yJGRuuY2ZdDvSKtK.99. Additionally, faculty are encouraged to explore collaborations with faculty and students from other College of Fine Arts departments (Ballet, Film and New Media, Modern Dance, Music, and Theatre). To learn more about the Department of Art & Art History and the College of Fine Arts, please visit our websites,, www .fineart

How to Apply: The Application process is divided into two parts with one deadline of December 1, 2017 Part 1

Online Application: (1) Interested candidates must submit a letter of application addressing research and teaching interests; (2) a curriculum vitae; (3) two course syllabi; (4) statement of teaching philosophy; and

(5) three formal letters of recommendation . Applications must be submitted electronically at ( by December 1, 2017 to ensure full consideration. Position begins July 01, 2018. Screening of applications will continue until the position is filed. To inquire about this position please direct emails to the chair of the search committee: Al Denyer, Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing,

Part 2

Portfolio: A portfolio of 20 examples of the applicant’s work, and 20 examples of the applicant’s student work should be submitted via online representation OR portable media by mail to arrive by December 1, 2017. Image/project files should be numbered and include titles / short descriptions, media, scale and year created.

Please send to: Illustration Search Committee Chair

University of Utah Department of Art & Art History

375 S. 1530 East, RM 161

Salt Lake City, UT 84112-0380

Employer Information:

The University of Utah (The U) is the state’s public flagship institution of higher education with an enrollment of approximately 23,900 undergraduate and 7,800 graduate students, and is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the 115 research universities with the “highest research activity” in the nation. Forbes recently ranked the University of Utah as one of America’s best employers and U.S. News & World Report ranked it as one of the best national universities.

The U is located in the Wasatch mountain range foothills overlooking Salt Lake City, the Great Salt Lake, and the Great Basin’s west desert. Salt Lake City was recently ranked in the top ten in economic growth among large metropolitan areas. In addition to an active arts culture, the area also offers unparalleled recreational opportunities, with ten world-class ski resorts and several national parks within easy access from the city. Additionally, SLC is currently ranked 7th in the nation for its vibrant LGBTQ+ community. More information about the Salt Lake City area can be found at

EEO/Diversity Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, national origin, color, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, status as a person with a disability, genetic information, or Protected Veteran status. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities. To inquire about the University’s nondiscrimination or affirmative action policies or to request disability accommodation, please contact: Director, Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Circle, Rm 135, (801) 581-8365.

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.


The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“ URS ”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen and immunizations.

Special Instructions for Candidates

Open Date 05/05/2017

Close Date 12/01/2017

Open Until Filled Yes

Requisition Number PRN01714F

Type Faculty

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