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Assistant Professor, Art Therapy - School of Art

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts: School of Art


Tempe, AZ

Open Date

Apr 16, 2024



The School of Art in the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts at Arizona State University seeks a full-time 9-month (academic year) tenure-track Assistant Professor in Art Therapy, beginning August 2024, with an emphasis on research in contemporary art within person-centered art therapy to address mental health. This position includes research, teaching and service responsibilities on the Phoenix and Tempe, Arizona, campuses.

About ASU

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. In 2022, ASU was named a Hispanic-Serving Institution and in 2023, ASU joined the prestigious Association of American Universities. ASU is deeply committed to advancing in innovative ways while sustaining a welcoming, supportive, and empowering environment for all members of our community.

About the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts

The Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, the largest comprehensive design and arts school in the country, is located within a dynamic research university focused on transformative change. Built on a unique combination of disciplines, the Herberger Institute comprises the Schools of Art; Arts, Media and Engineering; Music, Dance and Theatre; and ASU FIDM; The Design School; The Sidney Poitier New American Film School, and the ASU Art Museum. The Herberger Institute is committed to developing and scaling ideas that strengthen the role of designers and artists across all areas of society and culture, and increasing the capacity of artists and designers to make a difference in their communities. For more information on the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, visit herbergerinstitute.asu.edu.

We are especially interested in applicants who are dedicated to advancing the ASU Charter and realizing ASU’s Design Aspirations.

The School of Art seeks a candidate with a rich and varied skill set in the field of person-centered Art Therapy that is socially and culturally responsive. The successful candidate is expected to pursue an active research agenda that integrates a variety of factors, including socio-economics, social justice, diverse cultural-aesthetics and social-linguistics for deeper therapeutic engagement for clients. The successful candidate is expected to contribute to establishing a dynamic and forward-thinking Art Therapy undergraduate program that expands the field of art therapy and counseling beyond its traditional applications, including developing curriculum and new courses related to their area of expertise. The successful candidate is expected to pursue an active teaching agenda, including teaching and mentoring undergraduate art students based on department needs. The successful candidate is expected to teach upper and lower division courses and instruct a variety of in-person, hybrid, and online course offerings. The successful candidate is expected to contribute impactful service to the program, the School of Art, the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, and ASU as well as the profession and/or the community. To learn more about the School of Art, please visit https://art.asu.edu/.


Required Qualifications:

MFA or appropriate terminal degree(s) with coursework in art and art therapy

An active arts-based research agenda with the potential to achieve national recognition in the field of research

Art Therapy experience in a clinical context with a minimum of 1000 total supervised clinical fieldwork hours

Proficiency in mental health documentation (HIPAA)

Demonstrated fieldwork experience that includes more than one health setting, such as a community-based mental health setting and an institutional mental health setting

Desired Qualifications:

Ability to teach undergraduate art therapy courses using innovative pedagogy, such as an extensive skill set that includes less traditional art therapy materials such as sound and performance art, as well as other genres of art in the expanded field

A comprehensive understanding of contemporary art with the ability to integrate and explore the role of contemporary art-based concepts and nomenclature into art therapeutic pedagogy

Experience working collaboratively in academic, art therapy and community settings

Demonstrated client-contact hours utilizing both art therapy and talk therapy in 1:1, virtual, open studio, and group therapy formats

Fieldwork competencies in counseling techniques that support, engage and integrate multiple mental health frameworks in service of providing holistic and comprehensive care.

Ambitions to bring a high level of informed criticality to the field of art therapy, its history, practices, traditions, and healthcare systems is highly valued.

Research that engages diverse paradigms and enhances inclusiveness such as critical understanding of the mental health challenges that varying populations confront

Application Instructions

Instructions to Apply:

Please submit the following materials as separate items:

Letter of interest addressing the position description and required qualifications

Curriculum vitae

Examples of scholarship / creative work (limit 2 publications and/or creative work, up to 20 images)

Names and contact information for three references

Applicants advancing to the second round of review may be asked to provide additional materials.

All applications must be submitted electronically via http://apply.interfolio.com/144620

Application Deadline:

The application deadline is May 15, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

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

Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and 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, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

In compliance with federal law, ASU prepares an annual report on campus security and fire safety programs and resources. ASU’s Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available online at https://www.asu.edu/police/PDFs/ASU-Clery-Report.pdf. You may request a hard copy of the report by contacting the ASU Police Department at 480-965-3456.