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Assistant Professor of Art, affiliated with African American Studies

Application Window

Open date: November 1, 2022

Most recent review date: Monday, Feb 20, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Wednesday, May 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Claire Trevor School of the Arts is seeking candidates to fill one Assistant Professor of Art affiliated with African American Studies position. We are seeking a visual artist exploring the multidimensional experience of Black life in the United States. The artist’s practice may be studio-based (painting, sculpture, photography, video. etc.), interdisciplinary or performative. Some dimension of the ideal candidate’s creative research should engage audiences through participatory, collaborative, or community-based projects.

The Assistant Professor will develop and teach undergraduate and graduate courses in the Department of Art. We are seeking a candidate to design some courses to be cross-listed with African American Studies, and engage with the Black Thriving Initiative and other research cluster faculty in other schools. The successful candidate will serve as an artist-in-residence at UCI Langson Institute and Museum of California Art during the first three years of the Poetic Justice Initiative and work with cluster faculty to develop relationships and programming with community-based arts organizations.

About the Department of Art
A heterogeneous group of artists and scholars, the Art Department values inquiry and experimentation over specific ideologies and intellectual methods. The faculty’s research and instruction investigate how art is made in contexts ranging from the personal to the collective, from art institutions to broader definitions of the public. The department-affiliated University Art Galleries present public exhibitions of critically engaged art and artists from both local and international art communities. The department’s curriculum emphasizes that art is not a freestanding category, but instead takes shape through its intersection with other creative practices, knowledge formations, and social domains. The Art Department has a commitment to cultivating racial justice through artistic production. Current faculty engage in a broad range of artistic practices, with strong emphases on interdisciplinary practice, experimental materiality, performance art, queer theory, post-colonial critique, and political intervention.

About Langson Institute and Museum of California Art
Langson IMCA was founded in 2017 following the gift to UCI of two important private collections of California Art. Two years later, the university hired acclaimed art museum leader and educator Kim Kanatani as its inaugural director to guide the museum’s future, envisioned as the seminal investigator and presenter of California’s influence and innovation through art. Langson IMCA brings together students, faculty, scholars, artists, and other publics to generate new knowledge and learning, and foster transformative experiences inspired by California Art and its global contexts.

About the Poetic Justice Initiative & UCI’s Black Thriving Initiative
At every crucial juncture in our nation’s history, Black authors, artists and other creative workers have produced new narratives, images and social practices that challenge systemic anti-black racism and affirm Black life and humanity. This position is part of a BTI Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative on Poetic Justice, which mobilizes a whole university approach to transform UCI into the preeminent place of higher education where black and system-impacted students, faculty and staff thrive while producing new visions of social justice. Leveraging campus-level cultural infrastructure, including the Langson Libraries and Institute and Museum of California Art, the Poetic Justice initiative is a collaboration between the Departments of African American Studies and Comparative Literature in the School of Humanities; the Department of Art in the Claire Trevor School of the Arts; the Paul Merage School of Business; and the Department of Criminology, Law and Society in the School of Social Ecology. Faculty hired as part of the cluster will develop the Poetic Justice initiative, including innovating how we study the racial effects of slavery, segregation and mass incarceration; and leading community-based activities that support the economic and cultural well-being of black communities in Southern California and beyond.

Launched in 2020 during the racial reckoning, the UCI Black Thriving Initiative mobilizes the entire university to transform UCI into the nation's foremost destination for Black people to thrive as students, faculty, staff, and communities served by the university. To this end, it consists of three action platforms that seek to inform choices, decisions, and priorities as a great public research university. These are: change the culture, leverage the mission, and engage with communities. A major feature of BTI involves advancing understanding about the multifaceted Black experience and drivers of well-being in support of Black communities. The associated faculty cluster hiring program builds on and expands our shared values of diversity, equity and inclusion and commitment to social justice. Selected from a multi-year competition, the three BTI hiring clusters reflect the power and promise of interdisciplinary collaboration. They are: Environmental Health Disparities, Infrastructure Equity, and Poetic Justice. To accelerate and elevate the impact of the research, teaching, and service of participating and affiliated faculty, each cluster will receive dedicated programming support for three years. For more information, consult the BTI website:

Institutional Reference Check
The University of California is committed to creating and maintaining a community dedicated to the advancement, application, and transmission of knowledge and creative endeavors through academic excellence; where all individuals who participate in University programs and activities can work and learn together in a safe and secure environment, free of violence, harassment, discrimination, exploitation, or intimidation. In support of this commitment, and as a means to address all forms of academic misconduct, UC Irvine will conduct an institutional reference check on recruitment finalists of Senate Ladder-Rank Professor and Professor of Teaching series, at all ranks (i.e. assistant, associate, full), prior to extending a formal offer of appointment. Applications submitted via AP Recruit must include a signed copy of the Authorization to Release Information Form for consideration.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
  1. MFA or equivalent training; and
  2. Experience teaching at the post-secondary level.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - A cover letter explaining interest in the position, addressed to "Search Committee."

  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V. , including record of publications, projects, and weblinks, if any.

  • Artist Statement - Discussing candidate's creative research.

  • Teaching Philosophy Statement

  • Inclusive Excellence Activities Statement - Statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion, particularly as is related to the goals of the Poetic Justice Initiative and Black Thriving Initiative. For reference, please review UCI's Commitment to Inclusive Excellence ( For additional information on writing this statement, please go to:

  • Portfolio - Submit a portfolio of up to 10 images and other media samples.

  • Authorization to Release Information Form - A reference check will be completed only if you are made a tentative offer to a Professor or Professor of Teaching series, at any rank. Download, complete, sign, and upload the form:

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

Names and contact information for three recommenders only (no actual letters).

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up-to-date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA