College of Fine + Applied Arts: Assistant Professor (Art Education) - Art+Design (98362)

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Assistant Professor of Art Education
School of Art + Design
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The School of Art + Design at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for an artist, designer, educator, and/or community practitioner that works primarily as an art education scholar. This is a full-time, tenure-track faculty position, at the rank of Assistant Professor in the Art Education Program with an anticipated start date of August 16, 2019. The ideal candidate will place art education at the center of their research, creative practice(s), and pedagogy. The position requires a doctorate in art education or a closely related area by the position starting date, although ABD candidates-completing their degrees by the time of appointment-will be considered.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit


The successful candidate will bring an active research agenda and evidence of innovative teaching. They must show clear promise of developing distinguished records of independent research and teaching. The ability to collaborate with faculty outside of our program and School, including those from Studio, Design, Art History, Education, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, and the new campus-wide Design Center is highly desirable. Applicants must have a terminal degree (Ph.D., Ed.D.) in art education or a closely related area by the time of appointment. The successful candidate will have a commitment to scholarship through exhibition and/or publication in a scholarly area in/related to Art Education, including (although not limited to): anti-racist art education; arts-based research; art education research methods and history; arts learning; childhood and youth studies; community arts; critical pedagogy; curriculum theory; design education; disability studies; gender, sexuality, and women's studies; museum studies; philosophy; psychoanalysis; socially engaged art practice; the pedagogical turn in contemporary art; or visual culture. K-12 teaching experience is preferable. Potential for securing external funding is also a plus.


The successful candidate will teach a 2/2 teaching load (two courses each in the fall and spring semesters) that may include courses in research methods, visual and cultural theory, the foundations and history of art education, teaching methods, early field experience and pre-clinical teaching practicums, and special topics focusing on the candidate's research. The successful candidate will participate in a program of teaching and advising at both the graduate and undergraduate level, and be eligible to serve on master's and doctoral committees. The candidate will engage in interdisciplinary, collaborative teaching, and research with colleagues in the School of Art + Design, the College of Fine and Applied Arts, across the University, and the broader community. They will be expected to support and contribute to curriculum development, service activities, and faculty governance, as well as continue scholarly research in their areas of expertise. The candidate must sustain a national and international profile and role in the field of art education through active participation and leadership in professional organizations, on editorial review boards, within arts' advocacy, through consulting work, through artist/scholar residencies, lectures, keynote presentations, scholarly panels, and conference presentations. The successful candidate may also have the option to serve as one of the co-editors of the in-house scholarly journal Visual Arts Research (Published by the U of I Press). Learn more about the journal here:

Salary will be commensurate with experience.


About Art Education

Upon the success of this faculty search, the Art Education Program will consist of three full-time tenured/tenure-track faculty members, plus teaching, adjunct and some affiliated faculty. Degrees offered include the BFA, MA, Ed.M., and Ph.D. The program also offers a minor in community arts education for undergraduates. The art education program is in partnership with Stratton Elementary in Champaign, IL where the University's Everyday Arts Lab is operated. This partnership provides a site for art education research, preclinical experience, and creative collaboration. All of our licensure students do their student teaching in the Chicagoland and/or Champaign-Urbana areas. The Art Education program has a longstanding and strong relationship with the Chicago Public Schools and many Champaign County Public Schools including Champaign Unit 4, Urbana District 116, and Prairieview-Ogden School District 197.

Additional information about the Art Education program and faculty can be found at

About the School of Art + Design

The School of Art and Design offers undergraduate and/or graduate degrees in Art Education, Art History, Crafts, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, New Media, Painting, Photography, and Sculpture. The future of design at Illinois also includes a new facility intended for outreach, education, and experimentation in design for students in fields within and outside the arts. The new Siebel Center for Design is being constructed immediately next to the Art + Design building. Read about it here:

About the University of Illinois

The School of Art + Design is part of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois, an internationally recognized research and educational institution. The University supports faculty as active researchers in the humanities, arts, sciences, engineering, and design through opportunities for funding and vital cross-disciplinary exchange in the campus' many institutes, centers, and initiatives. These include the Campus Research Board, the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities, the Center for Advanced Study, the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, and numerous other more specialized centers.

The arts also play a vital and recognized role in the university's service mission as a state university, as evidenced by the historic examples of the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures, Krannert Art Museum, and the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, each a respected international hub for innovative scholarship and public engagement.

The University actively pursues a commitment to diversity through growing support for its numerous area and ethnic studies programs. Faculty and students in the arts routinely collaborate with these areas in their research and programming; such efforts enjoy support for activities on campus and around the world.

Supported by the nation's third largest research library and abundant technological resources, the University of Illinois provides a rich environment for collaboration and experimental ventures. Champaign-Urbana is located in East Central Illinois, within a short driving distance to Chicago, Indianapolis, and St. Louis. For more information, please visit for the university, for the college, and for the school.

To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by November 12, 2018. For a full position description and to apply, please visit

Please create your candidate profile at and upload the following:

  1. A letter of application
  2. A research statement
  3. A teaching philosophy
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Sample syllabi
  6. Names and complete contact information for three references
  7. Scholarly writing sample
  8. Portfolios of student and/or personal creative work (if available)

Please submit items 1-4 combined into a single multi-page (letter size) PDF (NOT an Acrobat "PDF portfolio"). Use the naming convention of "lastname_firstname_docs.pdf". For the portfolio (item 8) please also submit as a single multi-page PDF (letter size). Any media files that are part of this portfolio (item 8) should be either linked or embedded to the portfolio PDF.

The committee may begin reviewing applications before then but no decision will be made until after the close date. All requested information must be submitted for your application to be considered. The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

Please direct any inquiries to:
Associate Professor and Chair of Art Education, Jorge Lucero
School of Art + Design, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
408 East Peabody Drive, Champaign, IL 61820 USA
217-333-0855 / [email protected]

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.

College Name or Administrative Unit: Fine and Applied Arts
Category: 1-Faculty
Title: College of Fine + Applied Arts: Assistant Professor (Art Education) - Art+Design (98362)
Open Date: 10/12/2018
Organization Name: Art and Design





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Posted: 10/13/2018
Application Due: 11/17/2018
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