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Assistant Professor of Art (Printmaking)

Metropolitan State University of Denver
United States, Colorado, Denver
May 07, 2024

Position Summary

The Department of Art at Metropolitan State University of Denver invites applicants for a tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin in Fall 2024. We seek a visionary colleague who will provide leadership in coordinating the Printmaking area as well as collaborate with colleagues to re-envision how practices of drawing can support the curricula in painting and printmaking. We are interested in a colleague who synthesizes technical and conceptual skills, and brings a unique contemporary perspective to their area. They should possess an active exhibition record and a broad historical and contemporary knowledge of the discipline. The ideal candidate will be enthusiastic about teaching undergraduate students, should possess in-depth knowledge of traditional printmaking methods and materials (intaglio, screen printing, relief printmaking and/or lithography), and demonstrate engagement with digital technologies and expanded approaches to printmaking and the multiple. We welcome candidates interested in developing opportunities for students to engage with faculty research.

The Department of Art seeks to recruit faculty members dedicated to cultivating critical dialogue and equity within an interdisciplinary arts community. Candidates should demonstrate a commitment to inclusivity and improving access for diverse and underrepresented student groups which are integral to the department and university's mission. Additionally, the successful candidates have innovative practice and pedagogy that challenge the disciplinary conventions of printmaking. Candidates who address critical themesin their artistic practiceand pedagogy-including but not limited to issues of identity, power, social justice,and decolonization-are highly desirable.

MSU Denver offers both a B.A. and a B.F.A. in Art as well as a B.F.A. in Art Education, a B.F.A. in Communication Design, and a B.A. in Art History, Theory, and Criticism.The Department of Art offers study in interdisciplinary artistic practices as well as media-specific coursework inceramics,drawing,jewelry and metalsmithing,painting,printmaking, photography,sculpture and digital and emerging art practices. Please view our current course offeringsat the following link: .We are fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (N.A.S.A.D.).

MSU Denver and the Department of Art are committed to in our work toward educational equity and promotinga culture of access and inclusionfor our students, staff, and faculty. We seek to sustain an inclusive community where all individuals at MSU Denver and in the Department of Art are respected, feel a sense of belonging, and are provided with proper resources and skillsets to be successful. This success is not limited to our liberal arts and sciences focused education, but also to the broader development of our students as engaged citizens and valued contributors to their discipline, the community, andour society.

At MSU Denver, we recognize the value of everyone and every group as part of an inclusive community of belonging. The College of Letters, Arts and Sciences has a vibrant statement on that highlights those values. Differences can include but are not limited to culture, race, ethnicity, color, national origin, language, sex, physical appearance, pregnancy, marital/partner status, age, (dis)ability, neurodiversity, creed, religious or spiritual beliefs, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, class, education, gender identity/expression, veteran status, political affiliation, political philosophy, and more. We recognize that these differences can be visible or invisible.

MSU Denver enrolls over 17,000 students, where nearly 60% are first generation and over 55% are students of color. Located in downtown Denver, we are a designated (HSI), an INSIGHT Into Diversity Higher Education Excellence in Diversity () Award winner for 10 consecutive years, and the only certified institution in Colorado. As the third largest institution of higher education in Colorado and the only institution with an open access mission, MSU Denver is a model university for today's college students. The University serves the most diverse undergraduate student population in the state, as well as the most first-generation students and Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals students. MSU Denver is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented and historically minoritized groups.


Responsibilities include teaching and the coordination of the printmaking area as well as shared responsibilities overseeing drawing classes. Area coordination includes developing curriculum, hiring affiliate faculty, and collaborating with department staff on maintaining the studios, managing a budget, and hiring models and student employees. The successful candidate will participate in teaching a pool of shared courses in Integrated Media as well as Advanced Interdisciplinary Studio, Senior Experience, and Professional Practices, all of which rotate among all studio faculty on a regular basis.

Our faculty advise students, provide service to the department through committee work and/or coordination, and to some combination of the college, university, community and/or professional organizations. Our faculty are also expected to demonstrate significant participation in scholarly and/or creative activity. The successful candidates must have the ability to work with and be sensitive to the needs of a diverse urban population and should address how their prior experience prepares them to create an inclusive learning environment.

Note: Please see Special Instructions below for application components.

Required Qualifications

MFA in Art or related field; or MA in Art or related field plus three years of professional and/or teaching experience; or Bachelor's Degree in Art or related field plus significant local or national recognition and three years of professional and/or teaching experience

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience and cultural sensitivity in supporting the needs of a diverse urban student population, including (but not limited to) students of color, LGBTQIA+ students, students from low-income backgrounds, first-generation students, students with disabilities, undocumented students, non-traditional students, student veterans, and English-language learners
  • Demonstrated ability to expand artistic practices and creative dialogue that will contribute to the diversity of the Department, the University, and the broader community
  • Experience or interest in teaching art in an interdisciplinary, experimental, and responsive manner
  • Knowledge and curricular implementation of institutional critique of the media and history of printmaking
  • Knowledge of technical and conceptual skills in printmaking
  • College-level teaching experience in printmaking
  • Active documentation of creative practice and achievement in art or a related field
  • Experience in mentoring students and colleagues in either an academic or community setting
  • Experience in managing a studio space, equipment, personnel, and budget

Salary for Announcement

The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $62,000 at Assistant Professor rank. The salary of the finalist selected for this role will be set based upon a variety of factors, including but not limited to, internal equity, education, experience, specialty and training.

MSU Denver offers excellent benefits that include medical, dental, retirement, tuition benefit, free RTD pass, and more. For a brief overview of these options, please visit our Benefits section.

Instructions to Apply

Complete applications received by March 1, 2024 at 11:59 PMMSTwill receive full consideration, however applications will be accepted after this date until the position is lled. Interested applicants must apply online at MSU Denver's career site, and search for JR102024.

Please include the following documents with your application:

1. Curriculum vitae

2. Cover letter

3. Teaching philosophy

4. Diversity statement (see instructions below)

5. Portfolio of 10-20 professional work samples with articulation in the form of an artist statement and/or work descriptions. May be submitted as a link to such samples

6. Names and contact information for three professional/academic references

7. Optional document: if you have teaching experience, you may provide a portfolio of student work examples and/or a sample syllabus/assignment(s) either taught or proposed. May be submitted as a link to such samples

Diversity Statement Instructions

We encourage applicants to reference Pillar IV of MSU Denver's as well as the CLAS . Themes that may be addressed in a candidate's diversity statement may include, but are not limited to:

  • A candidate's lived experiences and/or identities that align with the department and university's commitment to inclusion and diversity; Areas of expertise (pedagogy, scholarship, etc.) that demonstrate a knowledge of past and current inequity practices for historically minoritized student populations in education, scholarship, research, creative work, or other areas;
  • Diversity and diversity-related approaches in a candidate's research, pedagogy, and/or service;
  • Why a candidate believes diversity is a critical focus for higher education and ideas or strategies the candidate could enact as a member of the MSU Denver campus community to support the university's efforts.

**Applicants will notice on the application portal there is one location (the resume/cover letter submission field) to upload all required materials. Multiple documents can be submitted into this one field; alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF and upload. Once submitted, you will not be able to edit your application.

Internal applicants must apply through their MSU Denver Workday Home page, searching 'Find Jobs'.

Ocial transcripts will be required of the candidate selected for hire.

Closing Date

Open Until Filled

Posting RepresentativeTanya Rogowsky Posting Representative Emailtrogowsk@msudenver.edu Benefits

MSU Denver is pleased to offer our current and potential employees a wide array of benefit options. To learn more, please visit the following link:

The University will provide reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities throughout the employment application process. To request an accommodation pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, please contact the Human Resources ADA Coordinator at .

Diversity Statement

Metropolitan State University of Denver is a unique, access-oriented campus community that values diversity, equity, and inclusion in all its forms. Our student population consists of nearly 58% first generation students and over 50% students of color. We are a designated Hispanic Serving Institution located in downtown Denver.

We create an equitable learning and working environment in concert with individuals who consistently demonstrate commitment to equity and inclusion. We greatly value the diverse identities and perspectives of our students, faculty, and staff and recognize that in order to achieve a just and equitable society, diversity must go beyond simple representation. It requires critical inquiry and dialogue and a commitment to action. We strive to provide a culture of belonging for all community members to achieve personal and professional success.