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Assistant Professor in Painting & Drawing, tenure-track position starting August 1, 2017

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The University of Tennessee, Knoxville seeks a dedicated artist and teacher for whom Painting and Drawing is a central part of the creative practice. The successful applicant will be engaged with contemporary issues and conversant in current theory and practice. The School of Art is committed to a broad range of approaches to painting and drawing and seeks an individual who will enrich our program while contributing to a national and international exchange of ideas.

Required qualifications: MFA or other terminal degree; two years of post-graduate, college-level teaching experience or equivalent; a demonstrated commitment to excellence in teaching; and an established record of exhibition and/or related research with clear potential for achievement on a national and/or international level.

Desired qualifications: Evidence of an ability to make meaningful contributions to an open and inclusive community and to support the diversity and intercultural goals of the School and the University.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will teach painting and drawing at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Tenured and tenure-track professors at the School of Art teach two classes a semester. Other responsibilities will include active participation in departmental organization, student advising, graduate thesis committees, and committees that support the educational mission and initiatives of the School and University. The studio faculty is expected to demonstrate a strong commitment to professional growth through exhibitions, research, and creative activity.

The School of Art studio faculty is composed of committed artists and teachers who provide a rigorous and supportive atmosphere based upon the exigencies of artmaking. The Painting and Drawing area is home to an active and integral Artist-in-Residence program that brings a nationally recognized artist to work and teach in the School of Art each semester.

Review of applications will begin December 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Applicants who complete their submissions by January 11th will be eligible for an interview during the CAA conference. Selected interviewees will be notified by January 25th. Conference attendance is not required. The School of Art contact person is Painting & Drawing Search Committee Chair, Professor Jered Sprecher,, 865.974.3407

Application Instructions: To apply use:

Create a login and follow the instructions to complete your application. Please convert all word documents to PDFs before uploading. Include in your application materials: letter of application; CV; 20 images of creative work including descriptions; links to websites; artist statement; teaching philosophy; 4 images of student work including descriptions; the names and contact information of three references; and an indication of availability for an interview during the upcoming CAA conference in New York. The University of Tennessee underwrites the Slideroom fee, there is no cost to applicants to apply via Slideroom to this position.

UT Knoxville is the flagship campus of the University of Tennessee system and a Carnegie doctoral research extensive university with almost 22,000 undergraduate and 6,000 graduate students from more than 100 countries. Part of the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Art is a nationally ranked, NASAD-accredited program home to 300 undergraduate and 29 graduate majors. The School offers a three-year MFA degree in Studio Arts with concentrations in Time-Based Art, Ceramics, Painting/Drawing, Printmaking, and Sculpture. At the undergraduate level, we offer a BFA in Studio Art with concentrations in 2D, 3D and 4D; a BFA in Graphic Design; a BA in Art; and a BA in Art History. The 23 full-time, tenured and tenure-track faculty include internationally recognized artists, designers, filmmakers, and historians. To learn more about the School of Art visit:

 Knoxville has a lively downtown, over 1,000 acres of urban wilderness, close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains, and a vibrant and diverse arts, music, and culture scene, including the Knoxville Museum of Art and the acclaimed Big Ears avante-garde music and art festival.

The University of Tennessee, School of Art prides itself in celebrating all forms of diversity. All qualified applicants will receive equal consideration for employment and admissions without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, physical or mental disability, or covered veteran status.

 Eligibility and other terms and conditions of employment benefits at The University of Tennessee are governed by laws and regulations of the State of Tennessee, and this non-discrimination statement is intended to be consistent with those laws and regulations.

 In accordance with the requirements of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, The University of Tennessee affirmatively states that it does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or disability in its education programs and activities, and this policy extends to employment by the University.

 Inquiries and charges of violation of Title VI (race, color, and national origin), Title IX (sex), Section 504 (disability), ADA (disability), Age Discrimination in Employment Act (age), sexual orientation, or veteran status should be directed to the Office of Equity and Diversity (OED), 1840 Melrose Avenue, Knoxville, TN  37996-3560, telephone (865) 974-2498.  Requests for accommodation of a disability should be directed to the ADA Coordinator at the Office of Equity and Diversity.

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