John Jay College of Criminal Justice — Assistant Professor in 2D and African American Art/African or African Diaspora

Job ID: 25082

Location: John Jay College

Full/Part Time: Full-time

Regular/Temporary: Regular


John Jay College of Criminal Justice is a senior college of the City University of New York (CUNY) and an internationally recognized leader in educating for justice. Led by President Karol V. Mason, John Jay is a federally designated Hispanic-serving institution, it is ranked third in the nation in Black student success, and it is a top ten institution for promoting student social mobility. John Jay is proud to serve a diverse and dynamic student body of 15,000 students that includes nearly fifty percent students who are first in their family to attend college as well as students who are immigrants, from low-income families, or from other historically underrepresented groups in higher education. 

The College participates in the doctoral programs of the Graduate Center of CUNY, and offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees both in traditional criminal justice-related fields of study as well as in a robust portfolio of liberal arts and sciences programs that highlight themes of justice across the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. The College seeks staff and faculty members who thrive in multicultural academic environments and are committed to access and excellence in higher education. 


The John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY) Department of Art and Music, located in NYC, invites applications for the tenure track position of Assistant Professor of Studio Art and Art History. Successful candidates should be able to demonstrate a well-established and conceptually mature studio art practice in traditional 2D media as well as art historical scholarship in African American art. Secondary expertise in the arts of Africa or the greater African Diaspora is desirable. 

The appointed faculty member will be responsible for teaching undergraduate courses across these areas as well as supporting the 2D studio facility. In addition to teaching and research, Assistant Professors participate on departmental, college and university wide committees, advise students, develop new curriculum, and maintain studio facilities. The department of Art and Music has a commitment to recruit faculty that will contribute to our diversity goals and actions. 

Candidates are expected to bring enthusiasm and demonstrated commitment to teaching and to develop and maintain an active research and publication agenda. 

The successful candidate must be eager and qualified to work with our diverse student body, and have a demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion. As demonstrated in John Jay College’s Seven Principles for a Culturally Responsive, Inclusive, and Anti-Racist Curriculum ( ), the College seeks a faculty member who thrives in a multicultural, collaborative academic environment and is committed to both access and excellence in higher education. 

A terminal degree (MFA or PhD) in studio art or art history or related area is required. The ideal candidate should possess expertise and knowledge of the materials, techniques, intellectual discourse, and history of their field informed by recent work and scholarship in the visual arts. They should be well prepared to teach undergraduate students in both 2D studio and African American Art/African Art or the greater African diaspora art history courses. The candidate should have a proven ability to teach the critical and conceptual frameworks of visual art in an inclusive way, which connects both historical analysis of artworks to their creation. 

The candidate is also expected to have: 

  • A strong exhibition record and evidence of impact in the field.
  • Two–three years of college-level teaching and evidence of excellent mentorship.
  • A record of publications in the visual arts, curating, and/or other formalized discourse
    in the visual arts (including scholarly books and articles, exhibition catalogues,
    conference papers, art criticism, community based projects).
  • A strong commitment to inclusive teaching.

$72,667- $99,532Salary commensurate with education and credentials.
CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.

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Once you have registered or logged in with your user name and password, upload a cover letter (indicate how you would contribute to the College’s diversity goals), curriculum vitae, sample of scholarly work, portfolio, and the contact information of three references. 

Review of resumes to begin November 9, 2022. 

Posting closes on January 8, 2023. 

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