College of Arts & Letters


Department of ART

Assistant Professor, Department of ART, Art Education

Starting Date:

Fall, 2017

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. or Ed.D. in Art Education, or equivalent in a related field, is required at the time of employment; minimum of 3 years of teaching art to ethnically, economically and culturally diverse students in the K-16 schools; and evidence of a continuing scholarly and creative agenda. Likewise, documented experience in forming collaborative partnerships in educational settings; the experience and ability to maintain an art education classroom setting including supplies and equipment; and possessing excellent interpersonal skills, both in oral and written communication.

The successful candidate will be committed to the academic success of all of our students and to an environment that acknowledges, encourages, and celebrates diversity and differences. To this end, the successful candidate will work effectively, respectfully, and collaboratively in diverse, multicultural, and inclusive settings. In addition, the successful candidate will be ready to join faculty, staff, students, and administrators in our University’s shared commitment to the principles of engagement, service, and the public good.

Preferred Qualifications:

Preference is given to those with teaching experience in k-16 education with expertise in the following areas: critical pedagogy; visual culture studies; new media and technology; distance learning; exceptional education; museum education; accreditations; and university governance. Knowledge and experience of the Common Core and K-16 teaching practices is preferred.

Other preferred qualities include experience with diverse student populations, successful infusion of technology into teaching, and the ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and arts educators in schools and arts organizations. Ability to develop and manage curriculum, degree programs, on both undergraduate and graduate levels; as well as advising and participating on productive committees. Have a broad knowledge of art and design, art history, contemporary theory and aesthetics. Applicants should demonstrate the ability to engage in open critical discourse with students.


The Department of Art in the College of Arts and Letters at California State University, Los Angeles seeks applicants for a tenure-track, Assistant Professor of Art Education. The faculty in Art Education conducts research in the field, teaches courses in art education, advises students, writes grants, and maintains liaison with national, state, regional, and local agencies, schools, and the Charter College of Education. Additional responsibilities include managing CCTC SMP (California Commission on Teacher Education Credentialing Subject Matter Program), NCATE (National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education) and NASAD (National Association of Schools of Art and Design) accreditation procedures for both graduate and undergraduate Art Education program.

The primary professional responsibilities of instructional faculty members at Cal State LA are: teaching, research, scholarship and/or creative activity, and service to the University, profession and to the community.  These responsibilities generally include: advising students, participation in campus and system-wide committees, maintaining office hours, working collaboratively and productively with colleagues, and participation in traditional academic functions.

This position in Art Education, requires responsibilities that include teaching a range of graduate and undergraduate courses in art education (i.e., areas of history and philosophy of art education, curriculum in art, pedagogy in art, child development, and teacher education), community service/civic learning, and general education programs.  Additionally, field experience supervision and participation in professional activities in the art education area consistent with departmental/university expectations are required. Additional responsibilities critical to the position include developing and certifying curriculum that meets university requirements, state standards and national accreditations.

Supervision of students in the Single Subject Credential Program in Art and the Subject Matter Preparation Program in Art is considered essential. Qualified applicants must have teaching experience, a well-developed research agenda, knowledge of curriculum design principles, a continuing interest in studio and design practices, and a comfort level with a highly diverse student population. Other duties will include coordinating the screening process for admission to the graduate program, serving on master’s thesis committees, as well as department, college, and university committees, advising undergraduate and graduate students, integrating new technologies into the program design and academic governance, which is expected to work with colleagues within the department and at the college and university level on committee and other service projects.


Initial salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

The University:

Cal State LA is one of 23 campuses within the California State University system. With over 60 undergraduate and graduate degree programs led by award-winning faculty, Cal State LA’s dedication to access and excellence has been recognized nationally.  Founded in 1947, the University is located just minutes from downtown Los Angeles, adjacent to the San Gabriel Valley, and serves more than 27,000 students who reflect the rich ethnic and racial diversity of the area. As a federally recognized Hispanic-serving and Minority-serving institution, Cal State LA recognizes the transformative power of education and embraces its duty to identify and serve the needs of all of its students. This longstanding commitment is reflected in its history as home to the nation’s first Chicano Studies program, second Pan-African Studies program, as well as Latin American and Asian and Asian American Studies programs. Faculty have the opportunity to establish affiliate status with ethnic studies and other academic programs, including the Honors College. In addition to meeting fully its obligations under federal and state law, Cal State LA is committed to creating a community in which a diverse population can live, work and learn in an atmosphere of civility and respect for the rights and sensibilities of each individual.

Required Documentation:

To ensure the full consideration, applicants should submit all application materials by 8/31/2016. The search is open until filled and will automatically close on 12/10/2016 if not filled.

1) A Letter of application including a statement of teaching philosophy and research interests, and an explanation of qualifications relative to the responsibilities specified above;
2) Current vitae;
3) Official transcripts;
4) Three current letters of recommendation - names and contact information of at least three references.
5) Supplemental information (examples of current research and/or activities; articles, papers, catalogues, websites); and
6) University’s Application for Academic Employment form.

Employment contingent upon proof of eligibility to work in the United States.


Correspondence should be sent to:
(Address applications and required documentation in PDF format and/or requests for information to)


Art Education Search Committee
Department of ART
California State University, Los Angeles
5151 State University Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90032

Note: 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 as a condition of employment.

A background check (including a criminal records check) must be completed satisfactorily before any candidate can be offered a position with the CSU. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the application status of applicants or continued employment of current CSU employees who apply for the position.

Cal State LA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to achieving and supporting diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. Applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a strong record of mentoring students from underserved or underrepresented groups are encouraged to apply.

All qualified individuals will receive equal consideration without regard to economic status, race, ethnicity, color, religion, marital status, pregnancy, national origin or cultural background, political views, sex or sexual orientation, gender identification, age, disability, disabled veteran or Vietnam era veteran status.


Upon request, reasonable accommodation will be provided to individuals with protected disabilities to (a) complete the employment process and (b) perform essential job functions when this does not cause undue hardship.