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Art, Media, and Design

Assistant Professor- 1920-006

Effective Date: Fall 2020

The Art, Media, and Design Department (AMD) at California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) seeks a full-time tenure track candidate whose work is based in 2-D studio arts including drawing, painting and printmaking as well as hybrid analogue and digital practices across these media. Applicants should demonstrate a professional record of exhibitions and theoretical understanding of the field. The position coincides with the roll out of the new Art, Media, and Design degree, giving the candidate an opportunity to develop curriculum. AMD encourages candidates who are in conversation with transdisciplinary thought and practice and who demonstrate innovative and intersectional approaches. Preference will be given to candidates who complement and expand on the strengths of the department and who add cultural and intellectual diversity to the area. The successful candidate will be expected to demonstrate excellence in research/creative activities and teaching as well as actively contribute regularly to the department, school, and university through committee service and faculty shared-governance responsibilities.

Applicants’ creative activities/research, service and teaching records should align with AMD’s goal to develop creative thinkers, artist professionals, and cultural leaders through a cross-disciplinary curriculum balancing innovation, traditional craftsmanship, critical thinking, and scholarly civic engagement and activism within a diverse community. The student-centered, interdisciplinary department seeks applicants with a passion for instigating thoughtful and relevant artwork from a diverse student body. AMD values diversity among its faculty and is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual and artistic community. The department strongly encourages applications from artists who identify with underserved groups and whose work contributes to the college and university mission and commitment to diversity. The ideal candidate has experience relating to and working with students of diverse backgrounds and can adeptly bring relevant topics to the classroom.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master of Fine Arts in Painting, Printmaking, or related field of Studio Art
  • Strong national and international exhibition record
  • Minimum of 2 years college level teaching experience
  • Ability to teach foundational perceptual skills as well as upper division courses
  • Experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for underrepresented groups

Desired/Preferred Qualifications:

  • College level teaching experience beyond 2 years, preferably with diverse and/or underserved communities
  • Demonstrated experience in program and curriculum development
  • Work that embodies themes of diversity through culture, identity and/or value systems
  • Record of mentorship across a diverse student population
  • A demonstrated commitment to traditional as well as innovative and interdisciplinary practices


All applications must include:

  • Cover letter that addresses the above minimum and desired/preferred qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • 1-Page Artist Statement
  • Samples of the candidate’s work – please provide links to work/portfolio (minimum 5 projects with checklist and brief description)
  • Teaching statement including teaching philosophy and statement on diversity - In addressing teaching philosophy, we ask that candidates also discuss ways in which they could contribute to an inclusive and equitable learning environment for all students.
  • Samples of student work
  • Sample syllabus (for any course relevant to the position)
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • A completed Faculty Application
  • Applicant Survey 1920

Submit application materials and direct any inquiries to:

A review of applications will begin on November 15, 2019 ; however, the position will be open until filled.

The University is particularly interested in applicants who have experience working with students from diverse backgrounds and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for under-represented groups.

The department of Art, Media, and Design is committed to increasing the diversity of the campus community. Candidates who have experience working with a diverse range of faculty, staff, and students, and who can contribute to the climate of inclusivity are encouraged to identify their experiences in these areas.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and an Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institution (AANAPISI) and was recently named one of the top 32 Colleges most friendly to junior faculty by the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education. Visit Faculty Opportunities  for more information.

California State University San Marcos is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer that is strongly committed to promoting diversity in all areas of the campus community. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to age, physical or mental disability, gender or sex, genetic information, gender identity, gender expression, marital status, medical condition, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion or religious creed, sexual orientation, and veteran or military status.

The person holding this position is considered a limited mandated reporter under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 (revised July 21, 2017) as a condition of employment.

This position is subject to employment verification, education verification, reference checks and criminal record checks. An offer of appointment is contingent upon successful completion of a background check, including a criminal records check, and may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information.