CALL FOR APPLICATIONS: Assistant Professor of Book Arts, Arizona State University

Assistant Professor of Book Arts, School of Art
Arizona State University

Date Posted
Oct. 23, 2014

  • Job Title
    Assistant Professor of Book Arts, School of Art
  • Department
    School of Art
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  • Institution
    Arizona State University
  • Tempe, AZ
  • Application Deadline
    Dec. 23, 2014
  • Position Start Date
    Available immediately
  • Job Categories
    Assistant Professor
  • Academic Fields
    Art – Printmaking
    Art – General
    Fine Arts – General
  • Assistant Professor of Book Arts, School of Art
    • Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University

    The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks an exceptional artist in the area of Book Arts for a full-time, tenure-track appointment at the assistant professor level, beginning Fall 2015.

    Arizona State University is a new model for American higher education, an unprecedented combination of academic excellence, entrepreneurial energy and broad access. This New American University is a single, unified institution comprising four differentiated campuses positively impacting the economic, social, cultural and environmental health of the communities it serves. Its research is inspired by real world application, blurring the boundaries that traditionally separate academic disciplines. ASU serves more than 80,000 students in metropolitan Phoenix, Arizona, the nation’s fifth largest city. ASU champions intellectual and cultural diversity, and welcomes students from all fifty states and more than one hundred nations across the globe.

    The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the nation at a research university, is a vibrant example of the of the New American University philosophy. With 4,700 students, more than 675 faculty and faculty associates, 135 degrees and a tradition of top-ranked programs, the Herberger Institute is built on a combination of disciplines unlike any other program in the nation. The Institute includes the School of Art; School of Arts, Media + Engineering; The Design School; School of Film, Dance and Theatre; School of Music; and, the ASU Art Museum. Through recognizing that design and the arts are critical resources for transforming society and solving complex problems, the Herberger Institutes committed to placing artists and designers at the center of public life.

    Located in one of the most expansive metropolitan centers in the United States and situated in the Sonoran desert, the School of Art supports a broad range of art practice and inquiry. Programs within the School of Art lead to the degrees of Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Art with concentrations in art history, art studies, museum studies; an online BA in art history; Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in Art with concentrations in art education and a broad number of media; Master of Arts (MA) in Art with concentrations in art history or art education; and, Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Art. In addition, the School participates in the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Programs in Design, Environment and the Arts housed within the Herberger Institute. With several nationally ranked programs and one of the largest comprehensive art programs in a public research university in the United States, the ASU School of Art plays a prominent role within the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and is located on the Tempe campus, with graduate studios in the downtown Phoenix warehouse district.

    This position will strengthen the well-established and highly ranked program in printmaking in the School of Art. The program includes instruction in the book arts and other forms of traditional processes, while actively embracing alternative materials and methods that cross boundaries with other disciplines. The program has a strong history of collaboration that includes the atelier-like Print Research Facility, the Native American community based Map(ing) project and the publishing imprint, Pyracantha Press. The seven well-equipped studios include one of the nation’s largest collections of metal type. The School of Art seeks candidates with expertise in the area of book arts and knowledge of the depth and range of book arts practices with a commitment to diversity, the capacity to work across artistic and academic disciplines and the ability to grow dynamic degree programs. More information about the program is available at

    The successful candidate is expected to pursue a research agenda related to his/her expertise in book arts and actively participate in the MFA and BFA degree programs in the School. The successful applicant will demonstrate excellence in teaching with the ability to formulate and instruct a variety of course offerings at undergraduate and graduate levels, including studio and seminar courses, courses for and including non-art majors and mentor undergraduates and graduates. Additional responsibilities include studio maintenance, budgeting, oversight of safe studio practices and service to the School of Art and curricular program.

    Required Qualifications: Master of Fine Arts degree or equivalent terminal degree, strong evidence of research and professional activity in a book arts practice and university teaching experience.

    Desired Qualifications: Demonstrated potential to achieve national or international recognition in creative research and/or scholarship; evidence of ability to teach classes in additional areas that might include letterpress, relief printing, papermaking, digital techniques, collaborative printing, typography, bookbinding; experience in and/or collaboration on the publishing of limited edition books or prints; and, a record of community outreach.

    Instructions to Apply: Please submit a letter of interest addressing creative research, teaching and work experience. Include a curriculum vita, the names and contact information of three references, two course syllabi and evidence of creative work in the form of twenty images (.jpg format, 1,200 max. pixel width), with a separate image list. Ten separate images of student work are encouraged. Applications by email are preferred. Submit all materials Applications sent via mail must be addressed to: Chair, School of Art Search Committee, Book Arts, C/O Denise Sparks, Specialist to the Director, School of Art, P.O. Box 871505, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1505

    Please include a self-addressed stamped envelope, if you would like your materials returned.

    Application Deadline: Deadline is December 23, 2014. If not filled, every two weeks thereafter, until the search is closed.

    ASU conducts pre-employment screening for all positions, which includes a criminal background check, verification of work history, academic credentials, licenses and certifications.

  • EEO/AA Policy
    Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status or any other basis protected by law. See ASU’s complete non-discrimination statement, at See ASU’s Title IX policy, at
  • Contact
    Denise Sparks
    School of Art
    Arizona State University
    900 South Forest Avenue
    Tempe, AZ 85287-1505
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