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Tenure-Track Assistant Professor - Foundations

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Position type: Faculty Full Time
Benefit Status: Benefited-Union
Campus: UMass Lowell
Department: Art and Design
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General Summary of Position:

The Department of Art and Design at the University of Massachusetts Lowell seeks applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in Foundations beginning in the Fall 2020.

The search committee is interested in reviewing applicants who have a substantial record of accomplishment in their field, as demonstrated by museum/gallery exhibitions or presentations in other venues relevant to their practice. All fields within the visual arts will be considered. Preference will be given to candidates who are conversant with interdisciplinary thought and practice and demonstrate innovative approaches in their research. Additionally, candidates must provide evidence of an ongoing commitment to significant, innovative, and forward-looking scholarship/creative work that could lead to tenure and promotion after a five-year probationary period. A demonstrable record of grants, residencies, and reviews in noted journals, news sources, and publications will also reflect favorably on the candidate.  

The candidate should be well versed in teaching core undergraduate foundation courses such as 2D design & basic sculpture, Digital Foundations, and Drawing. Experience with new media and innovative technologies would be advantageous. We are looking for someone who will participate in collaborative curriculum development with the rest of the department as well as initiating interdisciplinary collaborations across campus.

The successful candidate will provide education through learning-centered instruction that will enable students to begin to understand and place their work in a historical and contemporary context. The Art and Design Department emphasizes conceptual and aesthetic innovation while encouraging student-centered pedagogy. Experience with first generation college students is a plus. The candidate will help students develop a sound foundation in a program that prepares students for careers in animation and interactive media, graphic design, and studio art.  The ideal candidate should also have experience relating to and working with students of diverse backgrounds.

This position fills a vital role within the department and college, with an emphasis on research, teaching, student advising, student success initiatives, and other forms of service to the department, college, and university. The position is a 3/3 base teaching load, with reductions for creative and research work and faculty who are active in creative/research generally teach a 3/2 or 2/2 workload. Art studio courses are 5 hours & 30 minutes per week.

In addition, full-time faculty must maintain regular office hours, be available for advising students, recruitment and/or department activities and related duties, including committee work. Individuals are sought who can work collaboratively with their colleagues, staff and administration and who can work strategically across the College to support recruitment and retention.

The Department of Art & Design is housed within the University’s College of Fine Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences (FAHSS).  The College is the largest unit of the University, with 11 academic departments and over 200 full-time faculty. FAHSS has experienced significant growth in recent years, including hiring more than 75 new faculty members, achieving 70 percent growth in funded research expenditures, and the addition of several new interdisciplinary graduate programs.

The Art and Design Department at the University of Massachusetts Lowell is a NASAD accredited BFA program. The department has 3 concentrations: Animation and Interactive Media, Graphic Design, and Studio Arts. We are working on an accredited Graphic Design BFA.  Our average student population is steady at 200 with 8 computer labs, a center for large scale printing, a laser cutter, VR lab and 3D printing. Similar resources are available throughout the campus. Our student job placement in creative fields rate is high. We are working for 100% student retention year to year and a 4-year graduation average. We feature art/design study abroad courses in Portugal, Italy and England and we are open to proposals in other locations. Faculty at UML often collaborate across disciplines for richer learning.  

For more information about the department, please visit our homepage:, or any of our social media feeds @umlart, @uml_artdesign

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. The Art Department seeks candidates who can contribute to that goal. We encourage you to apply and identify your strengths in this area.

Minimum Qualifications Required:

  • MFA Degree in hand at time of application
  • Minimum of 2-years full-time teaching experience at the undergraduate level
  • Substantial portfolio of creative work

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise in traditional hands-on studio practices (such as drawing, painting, and/or sculpture/installation fabrication techniques)
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite Applications. Broad understanding of current technologies, such as 3D modeling, Virtual Reality, Animation, and/or Coding
  • Strong knowledge of foundation studies and contemporary art issues
  • Broad knowledge of theoretical, conceptual and critical aspects of art history  

Special Instructions to Applicants: 

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. However, the position may close when an adequate number of qualified applications is received.

Please include the following required documents with your application:

  • Cover Letter
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • Names and contact information for three references and their relationship to the candidate will be required at the time of application.  Written references are not required for the application.

In addition, please include the following required portfolio documents as follows: The following portfolio required documents should be submitted through SlideRoom at

  • A portfolio of applicant’s work (20 images maximum) 
  • 20 examples of work from five or more students labeled as such 


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The University of Massachusetts Lowell is committed to increasing diversity in its faculty, staff, and student populations, as well as curriculum and support programs, while promoting an inclusive environment. We seek candidates who can contribute to that goal and encourage you to apply and to identify your strengths in this area.

The University of Massachusetts Lowell is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action, Title IX employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, sex, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age over 40, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, or other protected class.

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