PACIFIC NORTHWEST COLLEGE OF ART
POSITION: Chair of Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Program
Fulltime combined administrative and teaching responsibilities
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Open until filled (review of applications begins February 23, 2017)
SALARY: Competitive and commensurate with experience
ACADEMIC RANK: Commensurate with experience
START DATE: August, 2017
REPORTS TO: CAO / Academic Dean
POSITION SUMMARY: The Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) is seeking a highly qualified individual to chair and administer the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Program. This is a national search for a three-year renewable appointment. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated ability to facilitate useful critiques and discussions, and support the widely different methodologies, intentions and conceptual strategies of MFA students. The successful candidate will bring an articulate understanding of modern and contemporary issues in art and design. The candidate will have strong connections to local, national and international creative individuals, practices and organizations, and the ability to maintain an internationally competitive MFA program.
This is a 12 month position, requiring year-round administrative oversight of the program. The Chair will work closely with the faculty and administration to support and develop course syllabi and outcomes in alignment with the Core Themes and Strategic Plan of the college, improve library resources, recruit and select students, develop a schedule of visiting artists, scholars, designers, and to match incoming students with qualified mentors. In addition to administering the program the Chair will organize and teach within the program including the Graduate Studio Course each summer term and serve as the primary mentor and advisor to the students in the Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Program.
Demonstrated successful graduate level teaching and student advising
MFA or higher in Fine or Design Arts, or related degree
Minimum 3 years fulltime teaching experience
Demonstrated abilities in curriculum development, scheduling, and facilities oversight
Demonstrated administrative experience
Demonstrated excellence and achievement in their chosen field
Demonstrated broad-based expertise in modern and contemporary issues in art and design
Demonstrated ability to facilitate critical dialogue, mentoring, and program development with students working across disciplines and issues of context and audience
Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in the art and design world
Demonstrated ability to understand, discuss and support diverse student intentions
Demonstrated ability to implement and undertake evaluative measures to assess student outcomes and program success
Demonstrated ability to engage productively in institutional long-range planning
Demonstrated knowledge of current technology and its integration into creative practice
Demonstrated knowledge of current technology and its integration into online and distance pedagogical strategies
Demonstrated ability to forge strong relationships and connections with the creative community at the regional, national and international level
Excellent writing and communication skills
Ability to implement and undertake evaluative measures to assess student outcomes and program success
Versed in cultural theory and the history and impact of ideas
Well traveled and substantial cross and intercultural experience
Experience with institutional evaluation/assessment processes
The College and the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies function as a laboratory where cross-pollination amongst artists, designers and scholars fosters a lively community of making and critical discussion.
The Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies includes, MFA in Visual Studies Program, MFA in Visual Studies Low Residency, MFA in Collaborative Design, MFA in Applied Craft and Design, MA in Critical Theory + Creative Research and the MFA in Print Media. The Ford Institute for Visual Education (FIVE) purpose is to establish within PNCA innovative advanced programs, exhibitions, symposia, outreach activities, and top-notch artists in residence. Through FIVE, PNCA is seeking collaborative relationships between students, international artists, and the region’s art, design and business communities, and to extend the institution’s intellectual resource platform.
Founded in 1909 and located in an award-winning campus in the heart of Portland, Oregon, PNCA is one of a handful of West Coast institutions accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design offering BFA and MFA degrees. Under the guidance of professional, practicing artists, designers, and scholars, students can focus on Communication Design, General Fine Arts, Illustration, Video and Sound, Animated Arts, Intermedia, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, or Sculpture. A PNCA education is centered on the core themes of studio practice, professional practice, critical theory, and worldview. A PNCA education prepares students to interpret the conditions and events shaping the world, and enables them to engage that world and its cultures with understanding, enthusiasm and integrity.
Additional information at http://www.pnca.edu
All application materials are to be submitted digitally using the subject header: "Chair of Low-Residency MFA in Visual Studies Search".
Send letter of interest; resume/CV with email address; examples of previous and current work in digital form or URLs; a selection of student work with project descriptions; statement of teaching philosophy; and contact information for three references, to: email@example.com
PNCA recognizes that diverse classrooms and workplaces offer the richest learning opportunities and is committed to a policy of equality in our admission and employment practices. PNCA welcomes applications from candidates that expand the college’s diversity.