Assistant Professor – Tenure Track

Southeast Missouri State University
Job Description

Assistant Professor – Tenure Track

Foundations Coordinator

Department of Art and Design

Holland College of Arts and Media


Primary Responsibilities


The Foundations Coordinator supervises the Foundations Program within the comprehensive BFA, BSED, and BA programs; oversees advising of all foundations students; coordinates semester Foundation Reviews; is key to departmental recruitment and retention; teaches undergraduate courses in all levels of Foundations; and has a demonstrated strength in figure drawing.  The Foundations Coordinator may teach any of the following studio classes: Drawing I, Drawing II (figure), 2D Design, Color Composition, and 3D Design.  The Coordinator will teach the equivalent of 12 credits per semester with one annual studio course reassignment.  Studio classes range in size from 12-20 students. There is the expectation that the Coordinator will participate in department, college, and university committee service; maintain an active professional studio practice; and work to support students, faculty, and staff in the Department of Art and Design and the university.


Required Qualifications


·         Master of Fine Arts (MFA) (Degree must be from a regionally accredited or internationally accredited/government certified university)

·         Minimum of two years of experience teaching at the college/university level as instructor or higher

·         Demonstrated experience and ability to teach any of the following areas of foundations studio classes: Drawing I, Drawing II (figure), 2D Design, Color Composition, and 3D Design

·         Demonstrated strength in figure drawing

·         Demonstrated active exhibition record and professional involvement

·         Excellent written, interpersonal, and oral communication skills

·         Strong leadership and organizational skills with an understanding of assessment approaches for foundations-level students and responsive student advising  

  • Demonstrated commitment to collegiality when interacting with others within the University community
  • Demonstrated commitment to a diverse work environment, including working with multi-cultural populations and an understanding of, and sensitivity to, issues affecting women and minorities


As a public regional university (with a graduate mission), Southeast seeks candidates with a commitment to excellent undergraduate (and graduate) education and student success within the framework of the teacher-scholar model.  Applications of instructional technology and pedagogical research are supported through the Center for Scholarship in Teaching and Learning and the Office of Online Learning.  Successful candidates will contribute to the development of innovative curricula and delivery strategies, including traditional, blended and online formats, and participate in initiatives promoting student success, retention and degree completion. 


Application Deadline:  This position is available August 1, 2019, and will remain open until filled.  To ensure full consideration, applications must be complete and received by May 1, 2019.


To Apply: Submit the following items online at


·         Letter of interest addressing position requirements

·         Current vitae showing artistic and professional work experience

·         Statement of teaching philosophy 

·         Personal artist statement

·         List of courses taught

·         20 images of personal work (PDF file that includes title, medium, dimensions, and year for each image)

·         20 images of your student work, ideally demonstrating foundations competencies (PDF file that includes title, medium, dimensions, and year for each image)

·         Unofficial copies of transcripts (official transcripts are required when offer of employment is accepted)

·         Names and contact information of three professional references, including phone and email


Department Information: The Southeast Missouri State University Department of Art & Design includes the following program areas: Art, Art Education, Studio Arts (Ceramics, Digital Art, Graphic Design/Illustration, Painting, Printmaking and Sculpture), Interior Design, Commercial Multimedia (Computer Multimedia Graphics, Commercial Photography). For more information visit


University Facts:  Southeast Missouri State University is a comprehensive regional state university with five colleges, approximately 11,000 students, and a faculty and staff of approximately 1,100. Southeast is a moderately selective institution, offers baccalaureate, masters, and specialist degrees, and participates in joint doctoral programs with the University of Missouri. Cape Girardeau, a historic city overlooking the Mississippi River, is the hub of a thriving county with a population of approximately 78,000. Serving a region of more than 500,000 people, it is the largest center for retail, medical, manufacturing, communications, and cultural activities between St. Louis and Memphis.





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