Penn State: Assistant Professor of Art Education


The School of Visual Arts within the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University invites applications for the position of Assistant Professor of Art Education. This is a full-time, tenure-line position with an anticipated start date of August 2022. The teaching load is four courses per year, typically as a two-course load each semester. Expectations include undergraduate advising, graduate mentoring, maintaining an active research agenda, and departmental and university service. A Ph.D. or Ed.D. is required at the time of appointment.

The School of Visual Arts (SoVA) offers a B.A. in Studio Art, B.F.A in Studio Art (with concentrations in Ceramics, Drawing and Painting, New Media, Sculpture, and Photography), a B.S. and Post-baccalaureate Certification in Art Education, and B. Des. in Digital Art and Multimedia Design and Professional Photography. SoVA also offers a B. Des in Digital Multimedia Design and a certificate in Digital Art through Penn State’s World Campus. Graduate programs offer an M.F.A. in Art, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Art Education with M.S. and Ph.D. dual-title degrees in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and a Ph.D. dual-title degree in African American and Diaspora Studies.  For more information on curriculum and programs, please visit

Penn State’s School of Visual Arts is part of the College of Arts and Architecture, which is working to establish a culture of anti-racism and anti-oppression that embraces individual identities, fosters a culture of inclusion, and promotes equity through curricula, values, standards, ideals, policies and practices. The ideal candidate for this position will share our commitment to advancing these goals.

The University Park campus is located within State College, PA, which was recently ranked number 5 in a ranking of top college towns by the American Institute for Economic Research, and number 15 in a ranking of the Safest College Towns in America by Safewise. Located in a valley in the Appalachian Mountains, in Centre County, Pennsylvania, employment at Penn State offers incredible opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the central Pennsylvania outdoors combined will all the culture, sports, and entertainment a large university community can bring, and is within drivable distance from New York City, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, and Washington DC

The Art Education program’s current focus is on intersections among and transdisciplinary approaches to visual culture, childhood and youth studies, digital and mobile studies, feminist and critical pedagogies, critical race theory, histories of art education, curriculum studies, critical disability studies, environmental studies, cultural and diaspora studies, art teacher education, studio experience, arts-based research, and contemporary theories.


  • Demonstrated professional and scholarly activity through a developed research agenda that may include a record of peer-reviewed publications and a potential for securing external funding. Preference is given to applicants who demonstrate successful experience teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate art education students, and experience teaching in PreK-12 schools, community-based organizations, or cultural institutions.
  • Evidence of equitable considerations, awareness, and practice with regard to contemporary curricula development, inclusive practices in educating diverse student bodies and working with a diverse faculty and staff, along with evidence of working collectively to cultivate a culture that supports success and enables all members of a college community to thrive.


  • Demonstrated ability to balance a robust research agenda with teaching and service at the program, school, college and university levels, and contribute to the program’s collective values of sensitivity to equity and inclusion and its mission of social responsibility.

Priority Deadline: December 15, 2021