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University of California, Santa Cruz
  • Position Number: 1649373
  • Location: Santa Cruz, CA
  • Position Type: Art History

Art: Assistant Professor in Environmental Art (open until filled, initial review 01/06/20)

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 1st, 2019
Next review date: Monday, Jan 6, 2020 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Tuesday, Jun 30, 2020 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.


The Art Department at the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) invites candidates working in the field of Environmental Art to apply for a tenure track faculty position recruited at the level of assistant professor.

We seek an accomplished artist with environmental art as a central practice and whose work shows potential to attain national and international recognition. We have a preference for candidates with a multidisciplinary orientation. Successful candidates must be able to teach in both graduate and undergraduate art classes. We seek a candidate with the ability to teach technical and conceptual art at a graduate and undergraduate level including students from diverse disciplinary backgrounds. In addition, the ideal candidate engages environmental art as a contribution to the health of the earth from the local to global scales. We are also interested in a candidate who demonstrates a broad understanding of environmental and ecological systems, practices and the scholarly fields of environmental art and related critical histories. Possible related areas of research and teaching might include intro to environmental art, bio arts, environmental design, systems thinking, environmental justice or ecological thinking/practice.

Candidates will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their research, teaching, and service. The successful candidate must be able to work with students, faculty and staff from a wide range of social and cultural backgrounds. The campus currently operates on a schedule of three 11week quarters per academic year. The successful candidate will be expected to teach 4.5 graduate/undergraduate five unit courses per year, or their equivalent, in accordance with the department's workload policy advise and mentor students actively engage in research activity and actively participate in administrative responsibilities for the department, affiliated college and the campus. The ability to contribute significantly to graduate education and mentoring of graduate students is highly desirable.

The Art Department engages environmental art by exploring the potential impact of interdisciplinary art practices on society and the environment. The BA program in Art is an interdisciplinary program. Art majors are encouraged to study a variety of courses within the art department as well as in other departments. Faculty in this position will be teaching students with visual arts backgrounds as well as well as students who study ecology, environmental studies and other fields related to environmental art. Candidates will also teach in our upcoming MFA program in environmental art and social practice. This MFA is expected to accept the first student cohort in 2021.

The Arts Division supports cross disciplinary research funded through the Arts Research Institute the university awards research and teaching grants awarded through the Committee on Research, the Committee on Teaching, and others.

The University of California Santa Cruz is a Research-1 institution with a long history of supporting environmental research and environmental justice. The campus is located among redwood forests and meadows overlooking Monterey Bay, along California's Central Coast in close proximity to Silicon Valley and the San Francisco Bay Area.

UC Santa Cruz values diversity, equity, and inclusion and is committed to hiring faculty who share these values. UC Santa Cruz is a Hispanic-Serving Institution with a high proportion of first-in-family students. To be considered, candidates must demonstrate an understanding of the barriers facing women and people of color, and describe their experience and future plans to promote equity and inclusion in teaching, mentoring, and research.

Assistant Professor

Commensurate with qualifications and experience; academic year (nine-month basis).

Applicants must have Masters, M.F.A. or Ph.D. (or equivalent foreign degree) in an area of expertise related to Environmental/Ecological Art. Degree requirements expected to be completed by June 30, 2020.

July 1, 2020, with the academic year beginning in September 2020. Degree requirements must be met by June 30, 2020 for employment effective July 1, 2020.

Applications are accepted via the UCSC Academic Recruit online system; all documents and materials must be submitted as PDFs.

Please refer to Position # JPF00761-20 in all correspondence.

Reference Requirement
Applicants must provide the names and contact information of their references (a minimum of 3 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted). The hiring unit will request confidential letters* from the references of those applicants who are under serious consideration. Please note that your references, or dossier service, will submit their confidential letters directly to the UC Recruit System.

*All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. For any reference letter provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service, career center), direct the author to UCSC's confidentiality statement at

Full consideration will be given to applications completed by January 6, 2020 Applications received after this date will be considered only if the position has not been filled.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Santa Cruz is committed to excellence through diversity and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University's equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to the Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 or by phone at (831) 459-3676.

Under Federal law, the University of California may employ only individuals who are legally able to work in the United States as established by providing documents as specified in the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986. Certain UCSC positions funded by federal contracts or sub-contracts require the selected candidate to pass an E-Verify check (see More information is available at the APO website (see or call (831) 459-4300.

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Document requirements
  • Cover Letter - Letter of application outlining scholarly and creative background as well as current and future research plans
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Statement addressing your understanding of the barriers facing women and people of color and past and future contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion through research, teaching, and service. Candidates are urged to review guidelines on statements before preparing their application: Initial screening of candidates will be based on statements of contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Statement of Teaching - Teaching statement describing your teaching experience and teaching interests
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Portfolio of completed works - Portfolio of completed works with descriptions of each work: 1 PDF document with links to online works and brief description of each work
  • Ten images of student work - 1 PDF document with links to online works and brief description of each work
  • Writing sample (1 of 2 required)
  • Writing sample (2 of 2 required)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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