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Assistant Professor of Practice / DePreist Visiting Professor

Portland State University
Portland, OR
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Sep 15, 2021

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Assistant Professor of Practice / DePreist Visiting Professor in Art History Please see Special Instructions for more details.
Review of applications will begin November 15th, 2021 and will continue until the finalists are identified. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.
Position Announcement
Proposed Start Date 09/16/2022

Rank CP - Asst Professor of Practice

Working Title Assistant Professor of Practice / DePreist Visiting Professor in Art History

Position Number D96203

Representation AU - AAUP

Faculty Type Fixed Term Instructional (up to 3 years)

Fixed Term End Date: 06/15/2023

Position FTE 1.0

Term of Service 9 month

Brief Description of PSU/School/Dept

About Portland State Universitys School of Art + Design

Portland State University is a nationally acclaimed leader in sustainability and community-based learning. Oregons largest and most diverse university, PSU serves just under 30,000 students from 50 states and nearly 100 nations. Within this context, PSUs School of Art + Design offers degree programs that help students explore the many ways artists and designers function in and serve society. With more than 1,000 undergraduate majors, a vibrant dual-focus graduate program and a dedicated faculty of artists, designers and scholars, the School of A+D is a place where students from a variety of backgrounds interact, exchange ideas and cross conventional aesthetic boundaries.

The School of Art + Designs degree programs are built upon an intensive first-year core that introduces the materials, language, ideas and techniques of interdisciplinary practice in art, design and art history. From this common core, students may pursue a BFA degree in Art Practice, a BFA in Graphic Design or a BA/BS in Art History. Emphasizing community, visual literacy, the critical exploration of ideas, and the importance of craft, our degree programs provide students with opportunities to forge connections among traditions of visual art, the social dimension of art and design, and their own developing expression.

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Portland State University College of the Arts and the School of Art + Design invite applications for the James DePreist Visiting Professorship. One of the first African-American conductors on the world stage, James DePreist helmed orchestras from Amsterdam to Tokyo and is credited with building the Oregon Symphony into one worthy of international acclaim. A National Medal of Arts winner, poet and educator, Mr. DePreist demonstrated a lifelong commitment to the power of arts education and the importance of equal access. This Professorship seeks to perpetuate his exemplary spirit by supporting inclusive experiences and diverse, non-western perspectives in art and design education.

The teaching focus of each new Professorship is determined by the current needs of the School of Art + Design in concert with the interests and expertise of the successful candidate. For the 2022-2024 position we seek a scholar with expertise in African-American, African Diaspora or Native American/Indigenous art history of any time period, including contemporary.

This is a 1.0 FTE , two-year position, renewable for a maximum total of four years. The position begins September 16, 2022.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

Typically, a Full-time Fixed Term position teaches 36 credits during the three-quarter academic year. However, this position involves an instructional workload reduction of 12 credits for funded DEI community-engagement and outreach.

The successful candidate will have an active scholarly research agenda; a commitment to teaching lower and upper-division courses in the area of his/her/their expertise; and an interest in the possibility of engaging local collections of pertinent material, for example the Native American holdings of the Portland Art Museum.

Primary Activity I - Instructional

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in art history or related field strongly preferred; ABD candidates and/or candidates with an MA in art history and relevant experience will also be considered.

Applicants must possess knowledge of current technologies relative to instructional tasks and an interest in their creative use.

A record of accomplishment, such as art historical publications and/or curatorial achievements.

College-level teaching experience.

Demonstrated interest in contributing to a contemporary interdisciplinary setting in an atmosphere of close faculty-student mentoring.

Preferred Qualifications

Two years of teaching experience at the college/university level beyond a teaching assistantship.

Experience teaching one or more of the following: Critical Race theory, Diaspora studies,
indigenous studies, post-colonial theory, decolonization theory, Ethnic studies, feminist
theory, African-American art, African Diaspora arts, Indigenous arts/Visual arts by indigenous
peoples of the Americas, and/or theory from a non-eurocentric perspective.

An interest in developing community-based courses.

A record of community outreach activities.

Experience in curriculum development.

Create an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates differences.
Function and communicate effectively and respectfully within the context of varying beliefs, behaviors, orientations, identities, and cultural backgrounds.
Seek opportunities to gain experience working and collaborating in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings with a willingness to change for continual improvement.
Adhere to all of PSUs policies including the policies on Prohibited Discrimination & Harassment and the Professional Standards of Conduct.

Contributes to a culture of environmental stewardship, practices resource conservation, and actively works toward achieving long-term sustainability goals.

Professional Standards of Conduct

At Portland State University, all employees are expected to conduct themselves in a professional manner which maintains a safe, respectful, and productive environment for faculty, students, administrators, and staff. It is the responsibility of every member of the Portland State University community to conduct themselves in accordance with our PSU Professional Standards of Conduct which are available at

Total Compensation Range & Benefits Statement

The starting annual salary rate for this position will be dependent upon the knowledge, experience, skills and abilities of the chosen candidate, the budget of the hiring department, and approval from HR.

PSUs excellent benefits package includes 95% premium paid healthcare; a generous retirement and vacation package; and reduced tuition rates for employee, spouse or dependent at any of the Oregon Public Universities.

Additional Information

To apply, please submit:

A letter of interest.
A statement of teaching philosophy.
A statement of research interests.
Evidence of teaching effectiveness.
Writing sample(s).
Full contact information for three references (including phone numbers and email addresses).

Review of applications will begin November 15th, 2021 and will continue until the finalists are identified. Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Does this position require the employee to drive a motor vehicle? No

Background Check Required Yes

If you have questions

Posting Close Date

Projected Close Date for Posting Open Until Finalists Identified

Application screening begins 11/15/2021

Will you consider an ABD applicant for this position? Yes

If yes, when must the degree be earned? 9/15/2022

If necessary, would you be willing to sponsor the succcessful applicant for permanent US residence, now or in the future? Yes
Reference Requests
Accept References No

Minimum Number of References 3

Maximum Number of References 3

Cutoff Date

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