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Lecturer, Studio Art Foundations

University of Central Florida
Orlando, Florida

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Arts & Humanities, Fine & Performing Arts
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Four-Year Institution

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Unleash Your Potential With Us

As a next-generation public research institution, we are an inclusive community of thinkers, doers, creators, innovators, healers, and leaders striving to shape the future and solve the world’s most challenging problems. No matter what your role is, when you join Knight Nation, you become an integral part of our mission to become a university for the future. You’ll be met with opportunities to connect and collaborate with uniquely talented faculty, staff, and students across 13 colleges and multiple campuses and regional locations. That means greater challenges to tackle, more meaningful opportunities to grow, and rewarding experiences that go beyond a paycheck.

The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) is a large, diverse unit that values interdisciplinary perspectives and experimental inquiry through making art. SVAD is the largest school in the College of Arts and Humanities (CAH) at the University of Central Florida (UCF) located in Orlando, Florida. UCF placed No.16 in U.S. News & World Report "Most Innovative Schools" category in the 2020 Best Colleges Rankings and named the most-innovative "national university" in the state of Florida. A Hispanic Serving Institution, UCF is home to a growing and diverse student population of over 70,000 students, almost 2,000 faculty, and more than 4,700 staff. At UCF, we are dedicated to identifying candidates who will contribute to our mission through equity­ minded practice and culturally responsive pedagogy.

With approximately 2,000 plus majors and minors, SVAD offers the following areas of study: animation, architecture, art history, photography, graphic design, emerging media, and studio art. UCF offers the following degrees: Architecture (B.Des.), Art (B.A. and BFA), Emerging Media (B.A., BFA, and MFA), and Photography (B.S.). More information about the school and our offerings is available at:


The Opportunity

The School of Visual Arts and Design (SVAD) invites applications for a nine-month, non-tenure earning, lecturer in studio art foundations. The anticipated start date is on August 8, 2023.

The position requirements are teaching four courses per semester, active engagement in committee service, maintaining regular office hours, developing curriculum, participating in campus and community life, and other collective initiatives. The successful candidate for this position will be passionate about advancing art foundations (2D and 3D Design) through course and curricular development, student mentorship, and active scholarship.

The art foundation lab is a 2700 square foot studio equipped to support traditional and digital processes including laser cutting, CNC, woodworking, and hand tools for various fabrication techniques. The art foundation courses support a synchronized curriculum to prepare students for upper-level courses and areas of specializations.


Minimum Qualifications

A terminal MFA degree in studio art from an accredited institution by start of appointment, evidence of college-level teaching in studio art foundations, an active creative practice, and effective communication skills.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidates should be capable of designing and delivering all levels of studio art foundation courses including drawing, 2D design, and 3D design.
  • Demonstrate outstanding design capabilities, strong grounding in formal design principles, creative problem solving, critical thinking, and critiquing skills.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of current issues in the fields of art and/or design.
  • Demonstrate ability to teach analog processes, digital technologies, and fabrication tools.
  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access (DEIA). Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Ability to collaborate and work as a member of a team with strong interpersonal and organizational skills.


Additional Application Materials Required:  

UCF requires all applications and supporting documents be submitted electronically through the Human Resources employment opportunities website, In addition to the online application, please upload the following individual PDF documents:

1.) Letter of application.

2.) Curriculum vitae.

3.) Teaching philosophy.

4.) Diversity statement.

5.) Up to three course syllabi/related teaching materials.

6.) Artist statement.

7.) Contact information for three professional references.

8.) A single, multi-page PDF that includes 15 examples of personal work.

9.) A single, multi-page PDF that includes 15 examples of student work with any information identifying the student removed. All images of personal work and student work should include: title, medium, dimensions, and date.

10.) Copy of transcript.

NOTE: Please have all documents ready when applying so they can be attached at that time. Once the online submission process is finalized, the system does not allow applicants to submit additional documents later.

The selected candidate will be required to submit official transcripts (and, as applicable, U.S. degree equivalency evaluations) documenting the conferral of their qualifying academic credentials.

For further questions about this position, please contact Debi Starr at [email protected].


Job Close Date:



Are Benefits Important to You?

Working at UCF has its perks!  In addition to helping drive change and having a positive impact by supporting our students, staff, and faculty, UCF offers:

  • Benefit packages including medical, dental, vision, life insurance, healthcare flexible spending accounts, and an Employee Assistance Program.
  • Paid time off, including annual and sick leave and paid holidays.
  • Retirement savings options.
  • Employee discounts, including tickets to many Orlando area attractions.
  • Education assistance.
  • Flexible work environment.

And more…For more benefits information, go to ‘Prospective Employees’ on the UCF Human Resources website (


Who Are We?

Founded in 1963 to fuel the region’s talent pipeline and support the growing U.S. space program, UCF is built to make a better future for our students and society. It’s one of the reasons U.S. News & World Report ranks UCF among the nation’s top 20 most innovative colleges, while Forbes, Kiplinger, and The Princeton Review rank us a best-value university. UCF is one of 14 universities nationwide designated as both a Hispanic-Serving Institution and a Research 1 university. With 13 colleges, including a fully accredited College of Medicine, UCF offers more than 220-degree programs between its main campus, downtown campus, hospitality campus, academic health sciences campus, and 11 UCF Connect centers located throughout the region. In addition, UCF extends its reach to communities in and beyond Central Florida by offering complete online programs leading to bachelor's degrees, master's degrees, Ph.D.'s., certificates, and more.


The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer. Unless explicitly stated on the job posting, it is UCF’s expectation that an employee of UCF will reside in Florida as of the date the employment begins.


Additional Requirements related to Research Positions

Pursuant to Florida State Statute 1010.35, prior to offering employment to certain individuals in research-related positions, UCF is required to conduct additional screening. Applicants subject to additional screening include any citizen of a foreign country who is not a permanent resident of the U.S., or who is a citizen or permanent resident but is affiliated with or has had at least 1 year of higher education, employment, or training in China, Cuba, Iran, Russia, North Korea, Syria, or Venezuela.

The additional screening requirements only apply to employment in research-related positions, including, but not limited to faculty positions (including employed visiting positions), graduate positions, individuals compensated by research grants or contract funds, postdoctoral scholar positions, and undergraduate positions.



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Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:

As an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, UCF encourages all qualified applicants to apply, including women, veterans, individuals with disabilities, and members of traditionally underrepresented populations. UCF's Equal Opportunity Statement can be viewed at

As a Florida public university, UCF makes all application materials and selection procedures available to the public upon request.

The University of Central Florida is proud to be a smoke-free campus and an E-Verify employer.


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About University of Central Florida

At the University of Central Florida, bigger is better. Because being big means:

  • Access — Providing more opportunities to people of any age who might not otherwise have access to earn a high-quality college degree
  • Innovation — Attracting thought leaders from around the world to conduct innovative research and scholarship on our campuses
  • Impact — Creating a positive, lasting impact on the Central Florida community and the world beyond

Big for a Reason

UCF is an emerging preeminent research university located in metropolitan Orlando. With more than 66,000 students, UCF is one of the largest universities in the U.S. In addition to its impressive size and strength, UCF is ranked as a best-value university by Kiplinger’s, as well as one of the nation’s most affordable colleges by Forbes. The university benefits from a diverse faculty and staff who create a welcoming environment and opportunities for all students to grow, learn and succeed.

Founded in 1963, UCF and its 13 colleges offer more than 200 degrees from UCF’s main campus, hospitality campus, health sciences campus, 11 regional locations and online programs. It has more than 12,000 employees and an operating budget of $1.5 billion. The Washington Post has showcased how UCF is set to “demolish the popular belief that exclusivity is a virtue in higher education” thanks to the success of our mission of increasing access to high-quality education.

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We’re Dedicated to Faculty Success

One of UCF’s priorities is to strengthen its faculty by adding world-class researchers and scholars, and ensuring the success of each member in the classroom, the research lab and beyond. From teaching technologies and professional development to research mentoring and work-life balance, UCF faculty are supported in every aspect of their careers through a variety of offices and centers designed to help them achieve more.

UCF is an academic, partnership and research leader in numerous fields, including optics, modeling and simulation, engineering, computer science, business administration, education, biomedical sciences, hospitality management and digital media. UCF’s Faculty Cluster Initiative fosters the development of interdisciplinary teams focused on solving today’s most challenging scientific and societal challenges. Nine clusters have been created in fields as diverse as sustainable coastal systems, renewable energy, prosthetic interfaces and cyber security.

In 2016-17, UCF faculty received $148.7 million in research funding and have accrued more than $1 billion in external grants during the past decade. Distinctive programs extend learning beyond the classroom and include leadership programs, cooperative education, mentorships, internships, service learning and paid research positions.

Why join UCF?

Orlando is one of the fastest-growing major metropolitan regions in America (U.S. Census Bureau) and will add more than 500,000 new residents by 2026. The city was named No. 1 in the U.S. for job growth for 2015 by the U.S. Department of Labor. And it has become a hub for the life sciences, medical innovation and technological developments. That’s why Orlando ranked No. 4 on Forbes’ 2015 best cities for future job growth and No. 13 for fastest-growing cities in the U.S. And it’s why Fast Company magazine has included Orlando in its list of “Best Cities for Innovation.” Plus, the warm sunshine and pleasant climate create a perfect environment in which to live, work and explore.UCF area

UCF is one of Central Florida’s largest employers, with more than 2,000 faculty members and nearly 10,000 staff members, and adds $7.73 billion of value to the economy. We’re looking for passionate, innovative and driven faculty members to help us make a difference. Ready to get started?



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