Department of Visual Arts School of the Arts College of Arts and Sciences Texas Woman's University
Faculty Search 2019-2020
Position: Assistant Professor of Art Education - tenure track
The Department of Visual Arts at Texas Woman's University invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Art Education position, beginning Fall 2020.
A terminal degree (PhD) in Art Education or related field completed by the time of hire is required (although A.B.D. candidates will also be considered).
This position requires the ability to teach and develop curriculum for a range of courses in Art Education, including courses at the undergraduate (B.F.A.), and graduate (M.A., M.A.T.) levels, to be delivered face-to-face, in hybrid form, and/or fully online. Ideal candidates possess a minimum of 3-5 years of recent K-12 teaching experience in public schools and active teacher certification.
Record of teaching at the college level is preferred, although we will consider all candidates regardless of experience.
Art Education at TWU:
The Art Education program at TWU prepares students for EC-12 certification at the undergraduate and graduate levels and meets all of the Texas Education Agency requirements for All Level Certification in Art. The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Art Education and the Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) are joint hybrid program with the College of Professional Education. The new B.F.A. degree in Art Education shares foundational curricula with our robust studio and design programs, with facilities that offer all students a wide breadth of experience in interdisciplinary practices. The Teaching Artist Network (TAN) is an active and visible student organization within the community and University.
About the Department:
The Department of Visual Arts offers programs leading to the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Bachelor of Fine Arts (B.F.A.), Master of Arts (M.A.), and Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degrees in art. An undergraduate program may be selected with a focus in art education, art history, ceramics, graphic design, painting, photography, sculpture, and studio arts. The programs are designed to prepare visual artists, scholars and/or educators who are well grounded in studio art practices, history and criticism of art, and professional practices.
The department strives to build the student's awareness of context, purpose, creative and aesthetic inquiry, critical theory and practice, historical and contemporary trends, professional responsibility and personal voice in the visual arts. Integrating studio and theoretical studies, the various programs provide a comprehensive approach to art learning, which facilitates a collaborative, cooperative, and supportive community. The faculty, staff and students are very active in their pursuits of excellence in their disciplines. Gallery showings, juried exhibitions, conference presentations, publications and positions with many well respected universities and arts organizations are some of the ways that the Department of Visual Arts continues to excel in all areas of the arts.
About the School:
The School of the Arts at Texas Woman's University aims to develop an appreciation and understanding of the arts as expressions of personal and cultural experience and to prepare individuals, particularly women, for professional work in the arts. The Department of Dance, Department of Music and Drama, as well as the Department of Visual Arts make up the School of the Arts.
It is the special mission of the School of the Arts:
To provide liberal arts-based graduate and undergraduate programs of study which balance tradition and innovation and value diverse approaches to making, performing and researching the arts. [Goal: Educational Programs for Arts Professionals]
To provide a collaborative teaching/learning environment that encourages a diverse student population to develop meaningful interaction across the arts disciplines. [Goal: Collaboration Among the Arts]
To advance knowledge and creative research in the arts through encouraging excellence in art making, performance, research and writing by students and faculty in local, regional, national and international venues. [Goal: Scholarship]
To offer arts courses and experiences designed to provide all university students with the skills and knowledge necessary to understand and appreciate the arts. [Goal: Support Core Curriculum]
To enhance the cultural life of the community through exhibitions, performances, and educational programs designed to promote engagement with the arts. [Goal: Arts in the Community]
About the College: The College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Woman's University encapsulates the studies of the Arts (Dance, Drama, Music, and Visual Arts), Fashion and Textiles, Humanities (English, Speech and Foreign Languages; History and Government; Multicultural Women’s and Gender Studies), Social Sciences (Criminal Justice, Psychology and Philosophy, Sociology, Social Work), and Sciences (Biology, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Mathematics and Computer Sciences) as distinct but interrelated disciplines, while also serving as the core learning in all areas of the university. About the University: With an enrollment of approximately 15,000 students, Texas Woman’s University is the nation’s largest university primarily for women. Respect for diversity in all dimensions is a hallmark of a TWU education (U.S. News and World Report ranks the university in the top 10 in the nation for diversity). TWU offers degree programs in the liberal arts, nursing, health sciences, the sciences, business and education. Its campuses, in Denton, Dallas and Houston, are joined by an e-learning campus offering innovative online degree programs in business, education and general studies.
Texas Woman’s University builds on its long tradition as a public institution primarily for women by educating a diverse community of students to lead personally and professionally fulfilling lives. TWU prepares women and men for leadership and service through high quality undergraduate, graduate and professional programs on campus and at a distance. A TWU education ignites potential, purpose and a pioneering spirit.
Job Requirements: This position entails teaching a full load of courses in Fall and Spring, with Summer teaching being optional. The new hire must maintain a dynamic record of research, scholarship and/or practice in art education, with a critical awareness of innovative practices and emerging subject areas in the field, and fulfill scholarship expectations delineated in departmental criteria for promotion and tenure. They are also expected to actively participate in service of the institution and professional communities.
With a collaborative spirit, this new colleague will have the opportunity to build upon the Art Education program and completely revise the current curricula, in concert with the department. Community-focused outreach, recruitment efforts, and cultivation of relationships with school districts are paramount to the success in this position. Interest/support of social justice and responsibility themes and initiatives are highly valued by the Department of Visual Arts as well.
Please submit the following materials as separate PDF files:
Statement on diversity
Samples of scholarly practice (2 maximum)
Unofficial graduate transcripts
Name and contact information of three references
Sample syllabi with projects and handouts (2 courses maximum)