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Visiting Assistant Professor

Job description

Posting Number F368P

Quick Link for Posting http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/23724

Working Title Visiting Assistant Professor

Department Art

About the University

Founded in 1871 as a land grant institution, the University of Arkansas is classified by the Carnegie Foundation among the top two percent of universities in the nation with the highest level of research activity. Ten colleges and schools serve more than 27,100 students with more than 200 academic programs. University of Arkansas students earn nationally competitive awards at an impressive rate and represent 50 states and more than 120 countries.

Located in the stunning Ozark Mountains of Northwest Arkansas, Fayetteville is home to the University of Arkansas campus, known for its spectacular views and ample green spaces. Fayetteville is considered one of the country's finest college towns, and the surrounding northwest Arkansas region is regularly ranked one of the best places to live in the U.S. Some of the nation's best outdoor amenities and most spectacular hiking trails are within a short drive of campus.

As an employer, the University of Arkansas offers a vibrant work environment and a workplace culture that promotes a healthy work-life balance. The benefits package includes university contributions to health, dental, life and disability insurance, tuition waivers for employees and their families, 12 official holidays, immediate leave accrual, and a choice of retirement programs with university contributions ranging from 5 to 10% of employee salary.

About the College/Department

About the College:

The J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences is the largest and most academically diverse unit on campus with 16 departments, 3 schools,and 43 academic programs and research centers. The college provides the core curriculum for all University of Arkansas students and is named for J. William Fulbright, former university president and longtime U.S. senator.

The mission of the College comes from the writings of Senator Fulbright: "…the highest function of higher education is the teaching of things in perspective, toward the purposes of enriching the life of the individual, cultivating the free and inquiring mind, and advancing the effort to bring reason, justice, and humanity into the relations of men and nations."

About the School:

University of Arkansas has recently been awarded a $120 million gift from the Walton Family Charitable Support Foundation to establish a School of Art in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences. This is the largest gift ever made to a U.S. university in support of or to establish a school of art. The gift also created the first and only school of art in the state of Arkansas, and is helping to propel art education, design, research and creative activity in the state forward while also providing unparalleled access and opportunity to students.

The endowment was established to provide financial support for: (1) several new degree programs (MA and PhD in Art Education; MA and PhD in Art History, MFA in Graphic Design); (2) an increase in the number of School of Art faculty members and expansion of the Fine Arts library; (3) student scholarships, travel grants, and internship opportunities; (4) outreach and public service to the region and state through partnerships with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and community organizations; and (5) internal and external collaborations that promote interdisciplinarity and experimentation. The gift will also support the renovation of the historic Edward Durrell Stone-designed Fine Arts Center.

The mission of the School of Art is to offer the highest quality educational, research, and service programs in the visual arts. Currently, the School includes 36 faculty and staff members and more than 400 students and offers six degree options: BFA in Art Education, BFA in Graphic Design, BFA in Studio Art, BA in Art History, BA in Studio Art, and MFA in Studio Art (studio areas include ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, printmaking and sculpture).

About the Community:

The area is home to an active nationally significant local arts community, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and 21C Museum, and continues to grow as a destination for art and a hub for artists. With a recently established AIGA NWA chapter, as well as a strong start-up culture, the area has an active design community. The region is known as a great place to raise a family including strong public schools as well as private and charter school options. For more information visit:

Department Home Page art.uark.edu

Job Type Faculty

Appointment Percent 100

Salary Competitive and Commensurate with Experience and Qualifications

Campus, Office Location Fayetteville Campus - Fine Arts Building

Summary of Job Duties

The University of Arkansas is seeking an active studio artist and teacher in the field of Photography for a 3-year, non-tenure track position, with the possibility of renewal. Applicants should have a strong commitment to an expanded definition of photography, embracing contemporary and traditional photographic practices including black and white darkroom, digital photography, video, alternative processes, and large format photography. There is a strong emphasis on contemporary practice and conceptual training at the undergraduate and graduate level.

Job Duties:

  • Teach two classes per-semester
  • Mentor graduate students and advanced photography students, participate in undergraduate and graduate critiques, and supervise graduate assistants
  • Help with management of the photography facilities and equipment, budget and curriculum and other departmental service
  • Maintain an active research record

The University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.

Regular, reliable, and non-disruptive attendance is an essential job duty, as is the ability to create and maintain collegial, harmonious working relationships with others.

Minimum Qualifications

Please ensure that all relevant application materials include details addressing the minimum qualifications. Applicants not meeting the minimum qualifications will be disqualified from consideration.
  • MFA degree in the field of Photography conferred by the start of employment
  • Demonstrated professional achievement in the field of Photography
  • Experience in most photographic techniques such as black and white darkroom, digital photography, large format, and alternative processes
  • University teaching experience beyond graduate school
  • Ability to teach all levels of photography
  • Active exhibition record
  • Broad knowledge of historic and contemporary aspects of photographic art and theory
  • Demonstrated commitment to community outreach and student mentoring

Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with Video / Time-based media

Physical activities associated with this position

The following physical activities are associated with the position and will be performed with or without an accommodation. All individuals are encouraged to apply.


  • Balancing
  • Climbing
  • Crawling
  • Crouching
  • Grasping
  • Kneeling
  • Lifting
  • Pulling
  • Pushing
  • Reaching
  • Stooping


  • Feeling
  • Manipulate items with fingers, including keyboarding
  • Hearing
  • Repetitive motion
  • Sitting
  • Standing
  • Talking
  • Walking

The worker is required to have visual acuity to perform an activity such as: preparing and analyzing data and figures; transcribing; viewing a computer terminal; extensive reading; and/or visual inspection at distances close to the eyes.

Benefits Eligible Yes

If yes, please specify

Pre-employment Screening Requirements

The University of Arkansas is committed to providing a safe campus community. We conduct background checks for applicants being considered for employment. Background checks include a criminal background check and a sex offender registry check. For certain positions, there may also be a financial (credit) background check, a Motor Vehicle Registry (MVR) check, and/or drug screening. Required checks are identified in the position listing. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication or adverse financial history information alone shall not disqualify an applicant in the absence of a relationship to the requirements of the position. Background check information will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.

Posting Detail Information

Future Open Date

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Anticipated Start Date 08/13/2018

Recruitment Contact Information

For mailing and inquiries:

Chair, Photo Search Committee
Department of Art
116 Fine Arts Center
University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR 72701

For questions, please email [email protected] with subject line: VAP Photography
or email Rebecca Drolen, Chair, Photo Search Committee: [email protected]

All application materials must be uploaded to the University of Arkansas employment system at jobs.uark.edu. Please do not send to listed recruitment contact.

Special Instructions Summary

Completed applications received by January 15, 2018 will be assured full consideration. Late applications will be reviewed as necessary to fill the position.

Applicants will submit materials on two sites: through SlideRoom (https://uarkart.slideroom.com), as well as submitting an applicant profile on the University of Arkansas Career site at (http://jobs.uark.edu/postings/23724).

On SlideRoom:

  • You will be asked to login or create a login
  • Once you have logged in, please follow the instructions provided

Required materials:

  • Cover Letter / Letter of Application
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Artist Statement
  • Statement of Teaching Philosophy
  • Syllabi of courses taught with course outline / schedule included (submit up to 3 examples as a single PDF)
  • Portfolio consisting of 20 images of the applicant's personal creative work and 20 images of student work (Any digital video work should be submitted as QuickTime files and limited to 3 minutes) and each image should be a separate jpeg or tiff file, not together in a PDF file

On the University of Arkansas Career site:

  • Complete the applicant profile
  • Submit a list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of recommendation

Hiring Location 222 Administration Building Fayetteville, AR 72701.

EEO Statement

The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender (including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity. Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

Internal Posting No

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

    Documents Needed to Apply
    Required Documents
      Optional Documents
      1. Proof of Veterans Status





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      Job No:
      Posted: 2/19/2018
      Application Due: 4/20/2018
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