California State University, Fresno
College of Arts & Humanities
Department of Art, Design and Art History
Studio Art / Coordinator, Center Creativity and the Arts
Fall 2023 (August 2023)
The Department of Art and Design is seeking applicants for an Assistant Professor, tenure-track position. This position will teach and develop an extensive creative activities and professional agenda in Art Theory and act as director for the Center for Creativity and the Arts (CCA).
The CCA is an important generative part of the creative atmosphere of our campus and serves as a vital nexus point, connecting arts of all forms with our campus and regional community. Linking our campus with international artists and exhibitions important to social concerns, it generates exposure to and involvement in enriching experiences, as well as creating programming that places the University as a destination for local artists and community members.
The Director will provide directorial and managerial oversight by serving as the administrative lead for the CCA and will be responsible for providing operational and financial leadership, strategic programming, program management, developing and maintaining budgets, as well as annual reports. Moreover, they will develop, direct, and enhance educational and public relations programming and visibility with community constituents, as well as position CCA as a leading cultural institution in the Central Valley of California. In addition, the candidate will coordinate the planning and scheduling of programming and exhibitions in the Department of Art, Design, & Art History's gallery spaces including the Phebe Conley Art Gallery, the Dean's Gallery, and the Graduate Studio Gallery at the M Street Arts Complex. As CCA director, the position reports to the Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities. Other responsibilities will include serving as a functional leader and articulating key objectives and long-term organizational goals for the CCA in collaboration with board members, advising undergraduate students, participating in program development and accreditation, rendering service to the University (at various levels), the profession of studio art, and/or the community.
The faculty in our department share their knowledge of and appreciation for the arts with our students, the campus, and with our larger community. The position will participate in teaching studio theory classes and act as Coordinator of the Center for Creativity and the Arts (CCA). In connection with the teaching responsibilities, this position will work with the Chair of the Department of Art, Design, and Art History and the department as a whole. Additionally, the successful candidate will be expected to produce a body of research that contributes substantially to the advancement of the department and CAA's mission and vision. Specific assignments are dependent on departmental needs and the background of the individual.
Our Students: California State University, Fresno is committed to serving our students with a focus on inclusion. Fresno State has been recognized as a Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI); an Asian American/Native American/Pacific Islander-Serving Institution (AANAPISI); and has been designated to the Community Engagement Classification by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.
Required Education (from an accredited institution or foreign equivalent.):
- PhD, MFA, or other terminal degree in art or related field
- Substantial professional experience in art gallery curation and management with an emphasis in museum studies, studio art, art history, cultural anthropology, non-profit business / arts administration or a related field, including study, analysis, and/or evaluation leading to the development or improvement of administrative educational practices, or programs. This is normally achieved with 3 years of experience.
- Demonstrated commitment to working effectively and collaboratively with faculty, staff, students, board members, visiting artists, museums, galleries, and other art institutions, and donors
- Demonstrated abilities and experience teaching art theory at the university level, including ability to engage students in the development of creative activity and critical thinking, as evidenced by the statement of teaching philosophy and teaching record.
- Demonstrated ability and commitment to working effectively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. California State University, Fresno is committed to promoting the success of all, and to reducing the barriers to success related to differences in areas such as race, ethnicity, culture, disability, and more. Candidates who can contribute to that goal are encouraged to apply and identify their strengths and experiences in this area. For additional information on the University’s commitment to diversity visit: www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity
- Strong organizational and time-management skills including the ability to work under pressure and manage multiple tasks and projects under competing deadlines and maintain flexibility in response to constantly shifting priorities.
- Demonstrated history of successful grant writing, fundraising, and experience in coordinating grant writing and fundraising efforts with multiple institutions.
- Curatorial experience including exhibition design and planning, effective interaction with contributing artists, organizing the logistics of transportation of art, and insurance arrangement
- History of planning and provision of leadwork oversight of staff and/or student workers.
- Excellent oral and written communications skills with the ability to effectively present ideas and concepts, including demonstrated ability to generate publicity, announcements, and educational display text for art exhibitions.
- Strong record of significant and relevant research and scholarship or creative activities in art theory and practice, evidenced by the candidate’s portfolio, exhibitions, professional paper presentations, and/or peer reviewed publications/materials accepted for publication.
Application Procedures: To ensure full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by the review date. The committee may elect to review applications submitted after this date. All positions automatically close on March 31, 2023. Apply online at http://careers.fresnostate.edu
Application Review Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2023
Attach the following:
- Cover letter specifically addressing required experience and preferred qualifications
- Curriculum vitae
- Statements of teaching and research philosophy (2 pages max for each 7) Unofficial transcripts
- Representative examples of peer reviewed publications (PDF format required) and/or a portfolio of student and professional practice work (minimum 10 pages each; PDF format required or link to website)
- Names and contact information of three professional references.
- Diversity statement addressing your commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds
- Unofficial Transcripts
Candidates invited for an on-campus visit must submit by mail/e-mail within the designated deadline. The Search Chair will send information and requests for these items:
- Three current letters of recommendation
- Official transcripts
Search Chair: Keith Jordan
Department of Art, Design and Art History
College of Arts & Humanities
About Fresno State:
California State University, Fresno is an engaged University. We focus on broadening students' intellectual horizons, fostering lifelong learning skills, developing the leaders of tomorrow, promoting community involvement, and instilling an appreciation of world cultures. We nurture cultural competence by celebrating the rich diversity of the campus community and welcoming the participation of all. Members of the University community work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds. For information on the University's commitment and dedication to creating a university known for its integrity, civility, equity, respect, and ethical behavior, visit: http://www.fresnostate.edu/academics/diversity
The campus is ranked 36th in the nation by Washington Monthly; ranked 3rd by U.S. News & World Report in graduation rate performance for public institutions; and, ranked 41st in the nation in MONEY Magazines 50 Best Public Colleges. The campus is classified as an R2 “Doctoral Universities – High research activities” university per Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education
Tenure-Track Faculty members gain a clear path to tenure through the University's Probationary Plan Process. For additional information, please visit: www.fresnostate.edu/academics/facultyaffairs/procedures/facultyrtp/. We value our commitment to the success of our faculty by providing services from the Center for Faculty Excellence to Research and Sponsored Programs.
About the Department:
The Department of Art, Design & Art History provides the skills and understanding, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of knowledge in the visual arts. The department offers programs in fine and applied areas of visual art that engage students in inquiry and discovery. These programs help prepare students to be artists, historians of art, designers, educators, and informed and thoughtful citizens in the community and in a global society.
In alignment with the university and College of Arts and Humanities mission and vision statements, the Department of Art, Design & Art History strives to prepare students for lifelong learning by implementing bold, focused strategies designed to maximize access and success for our diverse student body. In collaboration with our community partners, we provide a transformative educational experience that prepares students to serve and to lead in the Central Valley, the state, and beyond. Our programs are structured to provide students the knowledge and experience to succeed in careers in the field of Art, Art History, and Design. We strive to enhance teaching and learning through best practices, innovative programming, and high impact experiences
The Fresno State campus sits in the midst of the San Joaquin Valley, a valley rich in the traditions and representation of Native American peoples and cultures. We are grateful to be in the traditional homelands of the Yokuts and Mono peoples, whose diverse tribal communities share stewardship over this land.
Other Campus Information:
Salary placement commensurate with experience within ranks established by the CSU Salary Schedule
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