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University of Oklahoma, School of Visual Arts

Professor of Native American Art History

The School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma invites dynamic candidates to apply for an Assistant/Associate/Full Professor position in Native American Art History.  A secondary emphasis in Museum Studies, and evidence of engagement with Tribal Nations/Native communities are desirable.

The successful candidate will play a major role in OU’s distinguished Ph.D. program in Native American Art History and will have an opportunity to participate in the university’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant supporting Native American Art History and Curatorial Training.  OU’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is home to the Eugene B. Adkins Collection of Art of the American Southwest and Native American Art and the James T. Bialac Native American Art Collection, providing a world-class resource for teaching and research.  The 2/2 course load will encompass teaching at all levels in the program.  The position, starting on 16 August 2020, offers a competitive salary, generous start-up funding, and research support.

OU’s School of Visual Arts is dedicated to inclusivity, seeking excellent applicants from a diversity of backgrounds in methodology and scholarly interests, as well as in gender and ethnicity.

The University of Oklahoma (OU) is a Carnegie-R1 comprehensive public research university known for excellence in teaching, research, and community engagement, serving the educational, cultural, economic and health-care needs of the state, region, and nation from three campuses: Norman, Health Sciences Center in Oklahoma City and the Schusterman Center in Tulsa.  OU enrolls over 30,000 students and has more than 2700 full-time faculty members in 21 colleges.  

Notably, Oklahoma is home to 39 Native nations. Norman, Oklahoma has the third highest Native American population in the United States for towns of 100,000 or more. OU has a large Native American student body and active Native faculty and staff.  OU has excellent scholarly resources in this area—in addition to the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, the campus is also home to significant Native American holdings and collections in the Western History Collection and the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. As well, many opportunities exist for collaboration with the Department of Native American Studies and newly established Native Nations Center.

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Assistant/Associate Professor of Visual Communication

The School of Visual Arts at the University of Oklahoma invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor beginning in August 2020. The Visual Communication (graphic design) program seeks candidates who share our mission to provide design education within a student-centric learning environment that emphasizes excellence in teaching, research and service to the community.

The Visual Communication program emphasizes a conceptual yet practical approach to design problem solving. The responsibilities of the position include working with area faculty to develop and maintain curriculum that is committed to creative and innovative approaches to graphic design education. Faculty will teach undergraduate and graduate design courses with a focus on new and emerging technologies as related to visual communication. The candidate should demonstrate a rigorous research and/or creative activity agenda that explores opportunities for applied and/or theoretical research in graphic design. The individual should maintain a research/creative agenda that attracts and mentors students at all levels. Service responsibilities are expected at the program, school, college, university and professional levels. Salary commensurate with experience.

For more information about our program, please visit http://www.ou.edu/finearts/visual-arts/programs

About the OU School of Visual Arts: Founded in 1915, the school attracts highly qualified and talented students seeking to study in the program areas of Studio Art; Art, Technology and Culture; Visual Communication; and Art History. The faculty is made up of nationally recognized artists and scholars who promote a positive atmosphere contributing to creative activities and scholarship.  In addition to its on-campus facilities, the school also has access to a year-round study abroad programs in Arezzo, Italy. 

  • The school has 28 full-time faculty who mentor over 250 undergraduate and graduate levels art majors.  
  • The school’s facilities include the Fred Jones Jr. Art Center, The Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, and the off-campus OU School of Visual Arts Annex, which houses graduate student and faculty studios.
  • The OU School of Visual Arts is the only institution in the state to offer a graduate degree in art history at both the master’s and doctoral levels.
  • The school frequently partners with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art which boasts a nearly 16,000-object permanent collection.

 About the University of Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma-Norman is a comprehensive research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation in the highest tier of research universities in the nation (R1: Doctoral Universities—highest research activity).  Our research enterprise features award—winning nationally and internationally-recognized faculty, multidisciplinary research centers, scholarly publications, and acclaimed performances at venues throughout the world. As of Fall 2018 the Norman campus has 26,165 students and 1,922 faculty members.

Living in Norman, Oklahoma:  Norman is a culturally, rich, vibrant community of approximately 120,000, located 20 minutes south of Oklahoma City, a metropolitan area with a population exceeding 1,200,000. With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on “best places to live” rankings.

­Application review will begin November 1, 2019 and will continue until the position is filled. Please submit questions by email to kmthumann@ou.edu.

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Academic Director

Opportunity: The Director position offers a rewarding opportunity for an accomplished professional in the field of art, art history, or design to bring their proven track record of strategic leadership and collaboration to further strengthen successful programs and develop external partnerships.  The individual must be adaptive and comfortable in defining and implementing approaches in all aspects of the school. Candidates are expected to provide evidence of successful leadership, effective interpersonal and communication style, and history of shared governance.

The Director serves as the academic and administrative officer of the OU School of Visual Arts, reporting to the dean of the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts. The Director provides creative and proactive leadership, as well as principled administrative guidance and advocacy for the mission of the school in teaching, creative activity/research and public service/outreach.  The desired candidate should be visionary and be able to articulate and promote expanded definitions of art and art history.  The individual should have a good understanding of current technologies, and be able to develop strategies that incorporate diverse ways to develop and promote the school and its efforts. 

This position is tenurable at the rank of Full Professor. The University seeks to appoint a new Director of the OU School of Visual Arts as early as July 1, 2020

Review of applications will begin November 1, 2019.  Position will remain open until filled.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Academic and administrative leadership of the school
  • Oversight of school programs and policies
  • Budget development
  • Fundraising
  • Faculty and student recruitment
  • Representing the school on campus, nationally and abroad
  • Teaching two classes each year and maintaining scholarly research and creative activity

About the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts:

The college offers the largest and most comprehensive fine arts program in the state and the region.

  • The college faculty, with 124 members, is the third largest faculty at the University of Oklahoma.
  • The college is composed of the OU School of Visual Arts, School of Dance, the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama, School of Music and the A. Max Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre.
  • The faculty consists of artists and scholars who are outstanding in their fields and committed to the education of young artists.

About the OU School of Visual Arts: Founded in 1915, the school attracts highly qualified and talented students seeking to study in the program areas of Studio Art; Art, Technology and Culture; Visual Communication; and Art History.  The faculty is made up of nationally recognized artists and scholars who promote a positive atmosphere contributing to creative activities and scholarship.  In addition to its on-campus facilities, the school also has access to a year-round studies abroad program in Arezzo, Italy. 

  • The school has 28 full-time faculty who mentor over 250 undergraduate and graduate levels art majors.  
  • The school’s facilities include the Fred Jones Jr. Art Center, The Charles M. Russell Center for the Study of Art of the American West, and the off-campus OU School of Visual Arts Annex, which houses graduate student and faculty studios.
  • The OU School of Visual Arts is the only institution in the state to offer a graduate degree in art history at both the master’s and doctoral levels.
  • The school frequently partners with the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art which boasts a nearly 16,000-object permanent collection.

About the University of Oklahoma: The University of Oklahoma-Norman is a comprehensive research university classified by the Carnegie Foundation in the highest tier of research universities in the nation (R1: Doctoral Universities—highest research activity).  Our research enterprise features award-winning nationally and internationally-recognized faculty, multidisciplinary research centers, scholarly publications, acclaimed exhibitions, presentations, and performances at venues throughout the world.  As of Fall 2018 the Norman campus has 26,165 students and 1,922 faculty members.

Living in Norman, Oklahoma:  Norman is a culturally, rich, vibrant community of approximately 120,000, located 20 minutes south of Oklahoma City, a metropolitan area with a population exceeding 1,200,000.  With outstanding schools, amenities, and a low cost of living, Norman is a perennial contender on “best places to live” rankings.

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