Assistant Professor, Art/Area Head of Visual Foundations – University of Nevada, Reno—Main-Campus/Assistant-Professor–Art-Area-Head-of-Visual-Foundations_R0122976#path=

The Department of Art at the University of Nevada, Reno invites applications for a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor and Area Head of Visual Foundations. The successful candidate must be able to develop Visual Foundations curriculum and teach both in Visual Foundations and in another area within the department: Graphic Design, Digital Media, Drawing, Painting, Photo/Video, Printmaking, or Sculpture. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate their interest and experience in working with diverse student populations.

Tenure-track faculty will be expected to maintain teaching load; engage in active research/creative practices; contribute to the interdisciplinary BFA and MFA fine arts programs by serving on committees and teaching seminars; and participate in service to both the department and the university. The anticipated start date is July 1, 2021.

The Department of Art seeks an individual with strong experience in visual foundations mixing traditional tools with digital applications. The ideal candidate will have an excellent background in teaching and in recent pedagogical advancements in the area. Experience in the latest theory and practice is highly desirable, as is participation in organizations or conferences in the field. The individual would work closely with existing faculty in all areas to assess and develop visual foundations courses that support and connect to the unique and varied curriculum being taught in the Department of Art.

The position of Area Head involves managing facilities and equipment in the classroom space, ordering supplies, and maintaining instructors for the numerous course sections offered each semester and during summer sessions, and building curriculum as needed.

UNR and the Department of Art offers excellent resources for scholarly research and artistic practice. It is an energetic, supportive, and exciting community of professionals with a deep commitment to excellence in research/creative activity, teaching, and service.

Required Qualifications

  • MFA in Studio Art from a nationally accredited institution
  • 2 years teaching experience at the college level beyond graduate teaching assistantships
  • Teaching experience in visual foundations and one other area of expertise
  • Active and promising record of excellence in research/creative activity including national and/or international exhibitions

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience working with diverse and underrepresented populations
  • Participation in organizations/conferences dealing in theory and pedagogy surrounding teaching foundations courses
  • Demonstration of course and curriculum development
  • Experience working with BA, BFA and MFA students

Compensation Rank

Assistant Professor II

Salary Schedules

Department Information

The UNR Department of Art offers multiple areas of emphasis for students including art history, book & publication arts, ceramics, digital media, drawing, graphic design, painting, photography and videography, printmaking, and sculpture. Students may work in a specific area of specialization or explore a range of practices in a variety of media in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, and Master of Fine Arts degree programs.

The Department of Art is one of three academic units within the School of the Arts, housed in the College of Liberal Arts. The departments of Art, Music, and Theatre and Dance enroll more than 4,000 students from diverse backgrounds in arts courses each semester; we believe that artistic exploration is integral to a liberal arts education. Talented students and faculty from each department engage in scholarship and creative activity that are showcased to the community on our beautiful stages, concert halls, and visual arts venues. Each year over 75,000 visitors attend University arts events that highlight a range of guest artists as well as our own outstanding faculty and student research and creative activity.

College and University Information

The University of Nevada, Reno and the College of Liberal Arts strongly value diversity, equity and inclusion. Besides housing a growing interdisciplinary Department of Gender, Race and Identity Studies, the College has a Latino Research Center and affiliated faculty in the Ozmen Institute for Global Studies. The College plays an active role in addressing racism, bias and inequities in society and at the local level. For examples of the innovative and unique ways we are working to dismantle racism, visit our Diversity, Research and Engagement website. The College emphasizes inquiry, discovery and openness to new ideas and perspectives and supports major scholarly research and creative activity in the humanities, social sciences and arts.

The University of Nevada, Reno is a public Research 1 land-grant institution of the Nevada System of Higher Education with a student population of approximately 22,000, including over 3,000 graduate students. We are a comprehensive, doctoral university that has been designated as a Carnegie R1 institution with very high research activity and a Carnegie Community Engagement Classification. Nearly half of our students are students of color and we are officially an Emerging Hispanic Serving Institution. In accordance with the University’s land grant, tier-one research institution mission, our faculty are expected to contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching and service in a pluralistic environment.

The University has dynamic intellectual, artistic and sports life and a close relationship to the city of Reno, an emerging tech and innovation hub with a diverse population and a rich cultural history that hosts an active art, music and festival scene. Known for its proximity to Lake Tahoe and the Sierra Nevada mountains, Reno is a vibrant, diverse and growing city located on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada, about 200 miles east of San Francisco, about 100 miles east of Sacramento and 30 miles north of the state capital, Carson City. Combined with the neighboring city of Sparks, the Reno-Sparks metropolitan area has a population of more than 500,000. Reno is only 30-45 minutes from Lake Tahoe and major ski resorts and is rated one of the top locations in the United States for living and outdoor recreation. It has an international airport with direct flights to many U.S. transportation hubs and to Mexico. For more information about the city and the surrounding area, please visit and

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty and staff from different backgrounds bring to the education experience. We believe that cultivating an environment that embraces and promotes diversity and inclusivity is fundamental to the success of our students, our employees and our community. The University of Nevada, Reno is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples’ professional needs. We offer a Dual Career Assistance Program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a negotiable competitive salary, moving allowance (if applicable), a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, along with many other benefits. Additionally, there is a grant-in-aid educational benefit for faculty and dependents. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Contact Information for this position

Search Chair – Inge Bruggeman, Assoc. Professor, Area Head for Book & Publication Arts,

Search Coordinator – Jodie Helman,



Full-Time Equivalent


Required Attachment(s)

Please note, once you submit your application the only attachment/s viewable to you will be the attachment/s to the resume/CV section of the application. Any additional required attachment/s to the cover letter, references, additional documents sections of the application, will not be viewable to you after you submit your application. All uploaded attachment/s will be on the application for the committee to review. To request updates to attachments, prior to the committee review of applications, please contact the candidate helpdesk at

Please upload the following attachments to your application

  • A complete Curriculum Vita
  • Cover letter stating qualifications, experience, research plans and teaching experience
  • Contact information for three professional references.
  • A brief statement (one page maximum) about how you would contribute toward our mission of creating a culturally inclusive environment in the role for which you are applying
  • Portfolio: PDF with up to 20 images of work, images may be substituted with a link to other media (total time-based media 10 minutes max.)
  • Portfolio of student work: PDF with up to 20 images of work, images may be substituted with a link to other media (total time-based media 10 minutes max.)
  • Statement of artistic work and research
  • Teaching Philosophy in relationship to Visual Foundations

This posting is open until filled

First review of applications will begin December 18th, 2020. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. Recruitment will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received, or a hiring decision has been made.


The University of Nevada, Reno, is a public research university that is committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Nevada’s land-grant university founded in 1874, the University serves 21,000 students. The University is a comprehensive, doctoral university, classified as an R1 institution with very high research activity by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education and also earned the Carnegie Community Engagement classification. More than $800 million in advanced labs, residence halls and facilities has been invested on campus since 2009. It is home to the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine and Wolf Pack Athletics, maintains a statewide outreach mission and presence through programs such as the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Small Business Development Center, Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and is part of the Nevada System of Higher Education. Through a commitment to world-improving research, student success and outreach benefiting the communities and businesses of Nevada, the University has impact across the state and around the world.

Located where the Sierra Nevada meets the high desert of the Great Basin, the University’s verdant, 290-acre campus is a 45-minute drive from scenic Lake Tahoe. Today, the University delivers on its land-grant mission of access to education and knowledge by investing in the academics, facilities, support, engagement and vibrant campus life that promote our diverse students’ cognitive growth and academic achievement — all while remaining one of the best values in American higher education, according to both Forbes and Money magazines (2018). The University is ranked in the top tier of National Universities by U.S. News & World Report and in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

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