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Lecturer Pool

The Department of Art & Art History invites applications for an ongoing pool of part-time Lecturers who may be appointed to teach visual art courses at the lower and/or upper division level in Sculpture, Installation, Digital Media, New Media, Video, Animation, Performance, Social Practice, and interdisciplinary combinations of these areas. PLEASE NOTE: At this time, we are not asking for submissions in the areas of Photography, Painting, Drawing, and Print Media.

Selected candidates should have professional experience as evidenced by a notable exhibition record, and a contemporary approach to art practice. Preference will be given to candidates with a proven ability to work with students of diverse backgrounds, a multidisciplinary orientation that bridges areas of art practice, and a broad understanding of the scholarly field of contemporary art. The department also seeks to add to its current strength in the creation of socially and environmentally engaged work.

Candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through their teaching are strongly encouraged to apply.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience and the number of courses the Lecturer is appointed to teach. Compensation for Summer Session courses may vary from courses taught during the academic year.


  • Terminal degree in a relevant field of study at the time of application, or four years equivalent professional experience in artistic and creative work consisting of national and/or international record of performances, exhibitions, or installations in museums, galleries, festivals, or alternative venues engaging the general public.
  • University or college teaching experience.

Appointments are contingent on the hiring unit’s instructional need and the availability of funding. Appointments are typically made during one or more quarters of the regular academic year (fall, winter, and spring quarters), but they may also be made during Summer Session. Quarters are typically 10 weeks, and courses are normally scheduled MW or TTh for 1 hour 50 minutes each day. Lecturers are expected to hold regular weekly office hours.


  • Letter of application that briefly summarizes your qualifications, areas of expertise, and interest in the position (required)
  • Curriculum vitae (required)
  • Artwork samples. (A minimum of ten sample files are required and a maximum of fifteen will be accepted. The sample files may include clips of audio or video, but the total combined duration of all audio and video submissions may not exceed 5 minutes). Do not submit 2D work as a video slide show.
  • Descriptions of courses or course syllabi that you have taught or would propose to teach (a minimum of one is required and a maximum of three will be accepted)
  • Letters of recommendation (a minimum of 2 are required and a maximum of 5 will be accepted)


Stanford is an equal employment opportunity and 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 characteristic protected by law. Stanford welcomes applications from all who would bring additional dimensions to the University’s research, teaching and clinical missions.