Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in Arts Education

Chattanooga, Tennessee
Sep 20, 2017
Faculty Jobs
Arts & Humanities
Position Type
Tenured & Tenure-Track
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Position Title: Department of Art, Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in Arts Education

IRIS Position #: 50270837



The Department of Art in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC) invites applications for the Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence in Arts Education position beginning August 1, 2018. The Lyndhurst Chair of Excellence is designed to recruit top researchers in their fields by providing an opportunity to engage in focused scholarship and service in their area of expertise. Ultimately, the successful applicant will develop a vision for arts education at UTC and will have access to a budget for travel, public programming, secretarial support, and other operating expenses. The position involves a half-time teaching load in the Department of Art and collaborations with both the university’s Southeast Center for Education in the Arts (SCEA) and the School of Education. The successful candidate will be nationally recognized and demonstrate a strong record of teaching, scholarly productivity, and public service in art education appropriate for a tenured appointment at the level of Associate or Full Professor in the Art Department. In addition to the required and preferred qualifications, candidates must demonstrate an awareness of emerging trends in K-12 art education, and they must have a record of arts advocacy and/or a record of supporting equitable access to quality arts education.

            UTC’s Department of Art is an accredited institutional member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. The Art faculty is comprised of 13 full-time members serving approximately 260 majors pursuing Bachelor of Arts degrees in Studio Art, Art History, and Art Education, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees in Graphic Design, Painting and Drawing, Sculpture, and Photography and Media Art. The Cress Gallery of Art features exhibitions by internationally renowned artists and designers, providing UTC’s students, faculty, staff, and the general public exposure to contemporary artistic practice.

                The Southeast Center for Education in the Arts’ (SCEA) mission is transforming education in and through the arts. An award-winning center under the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies of the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, SCEA prepares future arts educators and facilitates professional learning opportunities in and through the arts. It was founded in 1987 through a unique public, private, and institutional collaboration among the Getty Center for Education in the Arts, Chattanooga-based foundations, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, the State of Tennessee, and area school districts.          

Review of applications will begin on November 1, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Joe Wilferth, Search Committee Chair, at or (423) 425-4621.


Successful candidates will meet the following requirements:

  • Terminal degree in Art, Art Education or closely-related field (e.g.,  MFA, PhD, EdD) from an accredited college or university.
  • Five to ten years of experience in higher education, including an active professional record of research that support tenure at an advanced rank.
  • Proven ability to teach introductory and advanced courses in art education, with reference to contemporary studio practices, art history, and visual culture.
  • Proven ability to acquire external funding through grants and partnerships.
  • Working knowledge of state and national standards and demonstrated awareness of emerging trends in K-12 education.
  • Candidates should be willing to engage in a variety of instructional modalities, including online instruction.
  • Candidates should be willing to assist the UTC campus in its ability to reach additional goals as specified in UTC’s Strategic Plan.

Preferred qualifications include:

  • Familiarity with edTPA requirements for teacher licensure.
  • Participation in professional art education organizations at the state and national levels.
  • Demonstrated excellence in teaching in higher education and/or K-12 level or comparable experience.
  • Experience with community- and urban-based art education and outreach, including educational equity and arts-based educational research.
  • Experience with teaching visual culture and visual literacy.
  • Evidence of contributions/service to the development of arts programs.
  • Experience with recruitment and retention.

Application Procedures:

Applicants should prepare to submit the following information within our online application system for consideration:

  • Cover letter/letter of interest
  • CV, including up-to-date contact information (email, phone, etc.)
  • Statement of vision for the position with particular attention to collaboration in the field of art education in the context of a regional comprehensive university
  • A list of names, addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses for three (3) references
  • Unofficial transcripts

Applications must be submitted electronically through the UTC Faculty Career Site by visiting:

The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is the second largest school in the University of Tennessee System, serving a diverse student body of more than 11,000 undergraduate and graduate students through five academic colleges. UTC offers a unique blend of private and public school traditions and is a driving force for achieving excellence, embracing diversity, inspiring positive change, and enriching the community. Since its founding as Chattanooga University in 1886, UTC has developed a reputation for excellence built on an unusual blend of the private and public traditions of American higher education. For more than 83 years, the university was a private school. In 1969, UTC became part of the state university system. Today, UTC is on a journey to excellence - boldly embracing a passion for excellence in all things and focused on changing lives and transforming communities. The UTC commitment—each and every day—is to earn the trust and confidence of those we serve. Our goal is to make a difference in our community and in the lives of our students.

Chattanooga, the fourth largest city in the state, is located in Southeast Tennessee near the border of Georgia at the junction of four interstate highways. The city has received national recognition for the renaissance of its beautiful downtown and redevelopment of its riverfront. Chattanooga also has the fastest internet in the country. Home to the first Gig Internet in the United States, Chattanooga has a 100% fiber network that links every home and business in a 600-square mile area. Companies like Unum, McKee, U.S. Xpress, Volkswagen, Coke United and have chosen to set up shop in Chattanooga. Attractions such as the Tennessee Aquarium, Lookout Mountain, Civil War battlefield sites, the African American Museum, and the Appalachian Trail bring thousands of people to the area, as do events like the Riverbend Festival, Nightfall, Jazzanooga, the Creative Discovery Museum for Children, and the Southern Writers Conference. Chattanooga is the home to the seven-time NCAA Southern Conference Football Champions, The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga Mocs.  People who love the outdoors use Chattanooga as a base for hang-gliding, bass fishing, mountain climbing and caving expeditions; the beautiful Smoky Mountains and Tennessee River support the greatest variety of flora of any area in the United States. Chattanooga also has a long and rich past with regard to diversity, which includes Native American heritage, Civil War history, and the Civil Rights movement. Chattanooga is also just a two hour (or less) drive from Atlanta, Nashville, Knoxville, and Birmingham.

The University of Tennessee Chattanooga is an EEO/AA/Title VI/Title IX/Section 504/ADA/ADEA institution. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or protected veteran status.

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