Assistant Professor of History
University of Denver
United States

Assistant Professor of History

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Work type: Faculty Full-Time
Location: Denver, CO
Categories: Faculty
Division: Arts & Humanities/Social Sciences

The School of Art and Art History (SAAH) offers a BA and BFA in Studio Art, a BA in Art History, MA in Art History with a Museum Studies concentration option. The Studio Program has about 60 majors, and the Art History program has about 20 art history majors and 30 MA degree students. Both programs serve undergraduate students across campus in the Common Curriculum. We are strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment, which is in full accord with the value that DU places on its commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion.

As the cultural center of the Rocky Mountain region, Denver has a wealth of institutional resources including the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Contemporary Art - Denver, the Clyfford Still Museum, the Kirkland Museum of Fine and Decorative Arts, and the Museo de las Americas. The School of Art has its own exhibition spaces including the Vicki Myhren Gallery, and the Davis Gallery which particularly offers opportunities for students to exhibit their art. The University Art Collections seeks to build its holdings of work by artists who are historically underrepresented in institutional collections. Our current emphasis includes acquisitions of artwork by contemporary BIPOC artists with input from representative students, staff, and faculty.

The Studio Art area utilizes both discipline-specific and multidisciplinary practices to develop visual language, material processes and conceptual approaches relevant to student learning. The curriculum strives for fluidity between media, materials, and processes and supports dialogue among a diverse group of faculty and peers. The current Studio Art faculty offer courses in Ceramics, Foundations, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, and Sculpture.

The University of Denver’s School of Art and Art History (SAAH) invites applicants for a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Expanded Drawing beginning Fall 2024. We seek an expansive artist/scholar, deeply engaged in contemporary drawing practices and a dynamic educator with a passion for teaching undergraduates, to steward and provide leadership in a new program of Expanded Drawing. A successful candidate will maintain rigorous standards in foundational drawing and provide depth to the existing drawing curriculum, while also creating innovative and experimental advanced-level courses that considers contemporary drawing methods and concepts including, but not limited to: traditional and non-traditional mark-making, digital techniques and processes, installation, community-based practices, sequential image-making and/or storytelling.

SAAH is strongly committed to building a diverse and inclusive educational environment; thus we seek a colleague that prioritizes teaching and mentorship of students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities, and gender expressions. Successful candidates may have the opportunity to collaborate with DU’s Critical Race and Ethnic Studies program, and other interdisciplinary programming within the University.

Essential Functions 

  • Pursue a creative research agenda that results in high-quality creative research with a trajectory for national/international exhibition and/or publication record.
  • Teach five (5) in-person undergraduate courses over three (3) ten-week quarters per academic year, including introductory Drawing, upper-level Expanded Drawing, Studio Core, and Common Curriculum.
  • Employ best practices through the University of Denver's current course management system (Canvas) to provide essential course information to students and conduct class sessions and individual appointments remotely when needed.
  • Advise students regarding SAAH program requirements.
  • Contribute to University, College, departmental, and program service. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities 

  • Advanced scholarly expertise in the field of expanded drawing.
  • Excellent undergraduate teaching skills with the ability to teach foundational and expanded drawing practices, techniques, as well as various course in the Studio Art Core and DU Common Curriculum.
  • Knowledge of, and ability to skillfully teach contemporary topics, e.g., community engagement, social justice, indigenous histories, diaspora, reexamination and critique of art historical canons, LGBTQIA+ activism, sustainability and climate discourse, critical studies of race, ethnicity, gender, and/or class.
  • Ability to interact constructively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, and students.
  • Excellent skills in oral and written communication.

Required Qualifications

  • Undergraduate teaching experience in drawing at multiple levels.
  • MFA in Art or related field at the time of appointment.
  • Actively involved in creative research in the field of expanded drawing and exhibitions at professional institutions.
  • Dynamic and developing exhibition record.

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2-3 years undergraduate-level teaching experience.
  • Demonstrated teaching and research excellence in foundational and expanded drawing practices and innovative contemporary drawing discourse and engagement.
  • National/international exhibition and/or publication record.
  • Evidence of commitment to, and experience in, promoting DEI and in using inclusive pedagogies.

Work Schedule
While the University's administrative offices are open Monday – Friday, 8:00 am – 4:30 pm, faculty schedules vary from term to term and are based on courses taught, service commitments, and research agendas. The University's academic calendars are posted on the registrar's website (the law school is on a semester system and has a different academic calendar).

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) December 15, 2023.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $70,000-$78,000

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate’s sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

For full consideration, please include the following documents with your application: 

  1. Curriculum Vitae that indicates exhibition history and courses you have taught before as an instructor.
  2. Cover Letter explaining your research agenda, interest in and qualifications for this position (1-2 pages). 
  3. Portfolio and statement of creative research and artwork: A single PDF including 20 images, may include up to 3 video links (max length of 2 mins), and statement of creative research (1-2 pages), and a link to artist website.
  4. Teaching philosophy and methods to engage students. (1 page)
  5. Teaching portfolio: A single PDF including, student work (10 images), 3 sample syllabi with project assignments.
  6. A statement describing how the candidate’s research, teaching, and/or service contributes to DU’s values, practices, and actions regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion (1 page).  Candidates can view DU’s DEI Action Plan [] and/or the College of Arts and Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) DEI Strategic Plan [] for reference.
  7. Contact information for three professional/academic references. Letters may be requested at a later date.

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, religion, creed, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, military enlistment, or veteran status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the University's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; the Americans with Disabilities Act; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; Equal Pay Act; Colorado Equal Pay for Equal Work Act; the Colorado Protecting Opportunities and Workers' Rights ("POWR") Act; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For more information, please see the University of Denver's Non‑Discrimination‑Statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

Advertised: October 30, 2023
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