Assistant Professor of Visual Art: Open Media/focus on Blackness

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-12-18
Req: R0020652

The College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia is launching a new faculty hiring initiative devoted to Race, Justice and Equity, building on a broad range of recent commitments, including an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation funded project to hire 10 Tenure/Tenure Track faculty working on the Global South; an expansion and University endowment commitment to the Carter Woodson Institute and Department of African and African-American Studies; the establishment of the Dean’s Doctoral Fellowships to enhance our recruitment of underrepresented graduate students; and a parallel new project in collaboration with the Mellon Foundation to appoint 30 Race, Justice, and Equity Postdoctoral and Arts fellows across the University (20 in Arts & Sciences).

These commitments further our mission as a public university, dedicated to the promise of democratic life, and consistently engaged with the unfinished struggles for democracy, freedom, and justice with which our national and institutional histories are so deeply entangled. The present historical moment—and the deep histories that have produced it—call us to engage with renewed urgency the particular histories of inequality affecting Black communities in the United States and across the globe. Our hiring, research, teaching, and institutional practices and commitments must respond to that call.

As part of this newest initiative, UVA Arts & Sciences is launching a cluster of 10 new tenured/tenure track searches for faculty members working in Black studies in national and global contexts, with intersecting fields of interest across disciplinary domains. Appointments will span multiple fields: Music and Sound Studies, Black Political Thought and Philosophy; Sociology of Race; Black Feminist Theory; Studio and Digital Art; Race, Media and Technology; Black Diaspora and Latinx studies; Environmental Justice; Race and Health, Black Youth studies. We will launch five of these searches immediately and the next five in the Fall of 2021.

These new faculty members will join a community of colleagues at UVA already working in and across disciplines on the social, cultural, political, historical, and environmental questions that are central to African, African-American, and Diaspora communities across the US and around the world. The University of Virginia’s location and history necessitates that we sustain and expand research and teaching in these areas.

The Department of Art at the University of Virginia invites applications from contemporary visual artists whose creative work focuses on Blackness. For this tenure track position we seek an artist working in any visual medium who engages with the African Diaspora, Afro-Futurism, Afro-Surrealism, Black Feminism, LGBTQ issues, Neo-Abolitionism, and/or other formal inquiries into and around Black experience.

The artist will work within a vibrant undergraduate studio art program with excellent facilities for photography, sculpture, painting, cinematography, digital media, and printmaking. Assistant professors in the Studio Art program teach a two-two course load and receive significant research support. A relevant terminal degree (MFA or equivalent by May 2021) is required along with a developing exhibition history and evidence of current and ongoing creative practice.

The Art Department at UVA focuses on undergraduate studio art education within a liberal arts college. Candidates should have teaching experience and a strong interest in undergraduate education.

Review of applications will begin January 25, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The appointment begins with the fall term of 2021 with an anticipated start date of August 25, 2021.


***Please note ALL REQUESTED documents MUST be uploaded in the cv/resume box and you can combine documents into one PDF.***

***Applications that do not contain all the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

Apply online at search for posting #R0020652, complete the application, and attach the following:

  • A cover letter addressing your interest in the position and describing current creative practice and teaching experience.
  • A statement describing experience working with diversity and equity issues.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • A link to an online portfolio or reel of representative personal creative work (attach to Portfolio/Creative Work)
  • Contact information for three references

Questions about this position should be directed to Kevin Everson at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to: Nicole Robinson, Faculty Search Advisor at

The University will perform background checks on all new faculty hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

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The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 12/20/2020
Application Due: 6/10/2021
Work Type: Full Time