CSUSM Recruitment

CSUSM Recruitment

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Assistant Professor of Art, Media, and Design

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Work type: Instructional Faculty – Tenured/Tenure-Track
Location: San Marcos
Categories: Unit 3 - CFA - California Faculty Association, Faculty - Fine/Performing Arts, Tenured/Tenure-Track, Full Time
Position Description

Department: Art, Media, and Design

Rank: Assistant Professor

Starting Date: Fall 2024

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 Graphic Design and 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/or graphic design practice as well as theoretical understanding of the field. 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.

Our department offers tracks in Digital & Media Art, Visual Arts/Visual Culture, and is launching a new minor in Environmental Art and Social Practice. 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, equity, and inclusion. 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 or equivalent experience
  • Active research and creative agenda
  • Strong national/international exhibition/festival record
  • College level teaching experience in related area

Preferred Qualifications:

  • 2 years+ college level teaching experience in related area
  • Teaching/mentorships with diverse and/or underserved communities
  • Work that embodies themes of diversity through culture, identity, value systems, and/or other ways of knowing
  • Demonstrated experience in program and curriculum development
  • Professional experience in art and design
  • Candidates who complement and expand on the strengths of cultural and intellectual diversity to the area
  • Expertise in critical histories and theories of representation within art and design

Application Materials:

  • Cover letter that addresses the above minimum and desired/preferred qualifications.
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Diversity Statement
  • Narrative Statement including A) Philosophy of creative approach (Artist statement); B) Teaching statement including teaching philosophy; C) Statement on diversity describing candidate’s experience of mentoring underserved populations and commitment to working effectively with faculty, staff, and students in a multicultural/multiethnic campus environment with a substantial population of first-generation students .
  • Samples of the candidate’s work – please provide links to work/portfolio (minimum 3 projects with checklist and brief description)
  • Samples of student work
  • Sample syllabus (for any course relevant to the position)
  • Three professional references

Anticipated Hiring Salary Range: $6,916 - $7,333 per month

CSU Classification Salary Range: $5,405 - $11,994 per month


Review of applications will begin January 12, 2024, and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, all applicant materials should be completed by the deadline.

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.

CSUSM has been designated as a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) 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 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.

Per the California State University’s Out-of-State Employment Policy, the CSU is prohibited from hiring employees to perform CSU-related work outside California. Working in the State of California is a condition of employment.

The person holding this position is considered a 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 December 22, 2020 as a condition of employment.

CSU requires faculty, staff, and students who are accessing campus facilities to be immunized against COVID-19 or declare a medical or religious exemption from doing so. Any candidates advanced in a currently open search process should be prepared to comply with this requirement. The systemwide policy, can be found at CSU Covid Policy. Questions should be sent to the Office of Human Resources at hr@csusm.edu

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.  Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act or Clery Act Notification can be found at Clery Act Notification.

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