Assistant Professor in Painting and Drawing,University of Washington, School of Art + Art History + Design (Seattle, WA)

Job Requirements and Responsibilities

The School of Art + Art History + Design at the University of Washington welcomes applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Painting and Drawing Program in the Division of Art. The appointment starts in September 2021 and has a 100% full-time, nine-month service period.

The School of Art + Art + History + Design fosters a respectful, inclusive community that supports creative and critical expression and scholarship amidst a culture that accepts the value of every individual. The School encourages students, faculty, and staff to engage in healthy dialogue and respect the values and global perspectives of a diverse population. The School’s commitment to diversity extends to the recruitment of faculty, staff, and students who exhibit a dedication to creating academic excellence and who demonstrate the ability to work with a broad spectrum of populations. One of only a handful of schools that grant undergraduate and graduate degrees in Art, Art History, and Design, the School provides a unique learning environment and collaborative opportunities for students and faculty at one of the world’s leading public research universities. Set in Seattle, the UW is a hub of academic excellence, creativity, innovation, and industry, with a rich and long history amid an inspiring natural landscape.

Program faculty have the expertise and credentials to work within a contemporary context in painting, drawing, and across disciplines, contributing to the diversity, equity, and inclusion of our community through their studio practice, teaching, and service. Given the multidisciplinary nature of ideas and approaches in contemporary art, the School of Art + Art History + Design is developing its curriculum to encourage students to expand their interests across disciplines and fields within the university and surrounding community. These changes are ongoing and involve both historical knowledge and perceptual acuity, as well as an awareness of social, political, cultural, scientific, and conceptual investigations within the practice of art. The School of Art + Art History + Design is committed to building a faculty that reflects its diverse student population. The ideal candidate will further the scholarly and practice-based research that is integral and critical to this mission, forging new alignments, and advancing existing strengths.

Job Description

Faculty in the Painting and Drawing Program are invested in painting and drawing as a form of critical inquiry, integrating research, and interdisciplinary approaches to making work and pedagogy. The Painting and Drawing Program faculty, work with undergraduate and graduate art students, as well as students from other disciplines in the School and across the university.

The Painting and Drawing undergraduate curriculum offers formal knowledge at the introductory levels. Students at the intermediate and senior levels are encouraged to embrace a broader conceptual framework in their studio practice, emphasizing individual research, cultural diversity, critical thinking, experimentation, and a comprehensive understanding of contemporary issues in the arts.


Applicants must have an MFA in Painting and Drawing or a master’s degree—or foreign equivalent—in a related field by the start of the appointment, as well as a professional and academic record. Candidates must be able to teach at all levels in the undergraduate and graduate painting and drawing program and be proficient in the formal, perceptual, theoretical, and historical foundations of contemporary visual art practice.

Application Instructions

Please submit

  • A letter of interest
  • Artist statement
  • CV
  • 20 images of work
  • Sample course syllabi
  • Statement of teaching philosophy
  • Diversity statement
  • Three letters of recommendation.

Submit applications via the following Interfolio URL:

Please request that your letters of reference be submitted using the Interfolio application. The preferred deadline is November 15, 2020. Address questions about this position to the Painting and Drawing Search Chair, PD2020@uw.ed

For more information about the School of Art + Art History + Design and the Painting and Drawing program, please visit

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement
University of Washington is an affirmative action and equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, pregnancy, genetic information, gender identity or expression, age, disability, or protected veteran status.

Commitment to Diversity
The University of Washington is committed to building diversity among its faculty, librarian, staff, and student communities, and articulates that commitment in the UW Diversity Blueprint ( Additionally, the University’s Faculty Code recognizes faculty efforts in research, teaching and/or service that address diversity and equal opportunity as important contributions to a faculty member’s academic profile and responsibilities (