Texas Tech University
J.T. & Margaret Talkington College of Visual & Performing Arts
School of Art
Assistant Professor of Practice in Art Appreciation
The School of Art at Texas Tech University is accepting applications for an assistant professor of practice to teach Art Appreciation. The School is seeking an individual to teach and develop innovative forms of teaching art appreciation to non-art majors enrolled at the University. The Assistant Professor of Practice is a non-tenure track position annually renewable appointment based on successful annual reviews and available funding. A comprehensive performance review will be conducted at the end of the third year, and in the sixth year there will be opportunity to apply for continuing appointment.
Qualifications: MA, MAE, MFA, PhD. Proficiency in ability and experience in teaching historical and current topics in the visual arts, knowledge of best practices in the visual arts pertaining to the understanding of the field. Experience in teaching large lectures and the use of recent instructional technologies such as blackboard, social media, Skype, hybrid courses and other software associated with online platforms for distance education.
Preferred Qualifications: Two to three years of teaching experience in a four year institution. Candidate must have a commitment to quality education, student centeredness and the ability to work as a team member.
Position Description: The successful candidate will:
- Teach the equivalent of six courses per academic year.
- Teach and develop innovative and diverse forms of teaching art appreciation to non-art majors.
- Work with other instructors to design and develop syllabi/course content for on line, studio/based and thematic sections of the course.
- Work with publishers to identify textbooks for face-to-face and online teaching/learning components.
- Assist the administration in identifying potential adjunct faculty to teach art appreciation. Mentor adjuncts and graduate students to teach classes.
- Serve on School and College wide committees as needed.
- Work closely with the associate director responsible for scheduling classes.
- Collaborate with members of the administration and faculty on ideas to enhance programs and student engagement.
Applications are to be completed online at: http://www.texastech.edu/careers (select Faculty > Search Openings)
Please provide the following with your application:
1. Letter of Application – detailing interests, qualifications for the position
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Other Document – teaching philosophy
4. References – a list of names, addresses and phone numbers of at least three professional references currently aware of your expertise and whom we may contact
Successful candidate will be required to send official transcripts for all university coursework to:
Chair, Assistant Professor of Practice, Art Appreciation
School of Art, Texas Tech University
Lubbock TX 79409-2081
School of Art:
The School is NASAD accredited and offers the BA in Art History, BA in Art, the BFA in Studio Art, Graphic Design and Visual Studies (teacher certification), the MAE, the MFA in Studio Art, MA in Art History, and the Ph.D. in Fine Arts with a major in Art termed "Critical Studies and Artistic Practice." A faculty of 31 full-time professors serves approximately 325 undergraduate students and 50 students involved in graduate study. Technical and administrative support includes a total of 12 staff positions. The School’s Visual Resource Center maintains art reference books, current art periodicals, instructional media, digital classrooms, and a legacy slide collection, as well as an expanding collection of digital images for teaching and research. Additional images are available through ARTStor and online through the university library. The program also supports the Landmark Arts Galleries and the Standing Room Only Photography Gallery (SRO). For more information, visit www.art.ttu.edu.
Established in 1923, Texas Tech is one of the youngest major research institutions in the country and one of four major comprehensive universities in the state. The 1839-acre Spanish Renaissance style campus serves approximately 36,000 students. The Graduate School enrolls over 6,000 students in over 100 different master’s programs and more than 50 doctoral programs. The Graduate School strives to maintain flexibility through a combination of options from the traditional degree programs to interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary choices. As of 2002, the units of Art, Music and Theater and Dance comprise the Talkington College of Visual and Performing Arts. For more information, visit www.vpa.ttu.edu.
A city of more than 220,000, Lubbock is situated atop the Caprock on the High Plains of northwest Texas. Lubbock offers a quality living experience with a semi-arid climate and housing costs below the national average. Lubbock’s international airport offers direct, one-hour flights to Dallas/Fort Worth, Austin, Houston, and Denver, thereby providing access to major museum collections, exhibitions, and art markets. Lubbock also supports a symphony orchestra; museums; a community visual and performing arts center; galleries; music, dance, and theater performances; a First Friday Art Trail; and a growing variety of restaurants and shops.